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    What is a 'book of the musical'?

    Since I know there are some members here involved in musical theatre, I was wondering if someone could tell me what exactly a "book of the musical" is . . . what specific information goes into it? It's probably common knowledge, but I must admit, I am not sure . . .

    Thanks!
    Sean Patrick Hannifin
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    Re: What is a 'book of the musical'?

    The book of a musical is the script for the musical.

    It's the part of the musical that isn't sung. It's the plot , story, overall structure.

    Can't elaborate much more than that - except to say they are the hardest part to get right when you make a musical.

    Cheers

    Sean

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    Re: What is a 'book of the musical'?

    The "book" of a Musical is the script of the show. This may have been written by someone other than the Lyricist who writes the words for the song.
    Hope this helps
    Tony

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    Re: What is a 'book of the musical'?

    The Book of The Musical most often is a book that covers everything involving a particular musical, say like "Cats". It gives you an in depth view of everything that goes on in side and outside including copy writes, music, libretto, casting, and so on. You can get a Book of The Musical for any musical to study it's history, writers, history and anything else involved.
    I have several in our youth theatre library.
    Do a search and you should come up with most famous musicals on Amazon.
    Styxx

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    Re: What is a 'book of the musical'?

    Thanks for the responses! I did see a few "book of the musical"s on Amazon.com, perhaps I'll try to get the GMU library to order some so I can take a look . . .
    Sean Patrick Hannifin
    My MP3s | My Melody Generator | my album
    "serious music" ... as if the rest of us are just kidding

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