Staging Musicals - An Essential Guide

Staging Musicals - An Essential Guide $35.95

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Matthew White

Published by Methuen

Have you ever dreamt of putting on a Musical from scratch?

Or perhaps you already have, but would welcome some extra guidance?

Well look no further - this book will give you all the information you need to successfully stage a musical

Placing a firm emphasis on good organisation and careful planning, Matthew White guides you through the various stages and processes involved in putting on a musical theatre production

From choosing the right show and creating budgets and schedules

Holding auditions and taking rehearsals

How to deal successfully with everything from set, costume, and lighting design to ticket sales and publicity

All culminating in the final run of performances

Matthew even covers the after-show party!

Drawing on his own extensive experience working as a director, actor, and writer in professional musical theatre, Matthew also talks to other key industry figures to explore and explain how they contribute to the overall process of putting on a show

Staging Musicals is the ultimate step-by-step guide for anyone planning a production, whether working with amateurs, students, or young professionals


Foreword by Cameron Mackintosh


1 Where does it all begin?
2 The creative team
3 Stage management and technical support
4 Budgets, schedules and publicity
5 Research and design
6 Casting the show
7 The first day of rehearsals
8 Rehearsals - creating a company
9 Rehearsals - songs, scenes, choreography and staging
10 Rehearsals - stage management responsibilities
11 From the rehearsal room to the stage
12 The first night and beyond
13 The Musical as a distinct genre



"White gives theater students, working professionals and fans some genuine insight into how to stage a musical. Whether you're an ambitious member of your local community theater, dreaming of making it on Broadway or just want to know more about what goes into creating your favorite shows, White gives a step by step guide from start to finish" ~ Broadway Direct

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