(Applause Books). Featuring 28 of the top talents on Broadway! The Alchemy of Theatre lets the top talents in every theatrical field, from producing and writing to publicity and makeup, share their hard-earned wisdom. They speak on how to achieve success in an environment where giant egos are locked up together under mounting financial and emotional pressure, and are expected to deliver greatness. In short, this book is a how-to manual of collaboration by the professionals who do it best. Among those who have packed their lively essays with real-world stories of experience on legendary productions are directors Harold Prince, Susan Stroman, and George C. Wolfe; playwrights Wendy Wasserstein, recently deceased, and Edward Albee; stars Chita Rivera and Brian Stokes Mitchell; set designer Robin Wagner; songwriter Cy Coleman, in one of his last writing efforts before his death; costume designer William Ivey Long; producer Rocco Landesman; theatre operator Gerald Schoenfeld, chairman of The Shubert Organization; playwright and librettist Terrence McNally; lighting designers Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer; Musical Director Paul Gemignani; and more than a dozen more. This book is nothing but true-life stories of how these precepts work in real life for some of the most talented people alive. "Every narrative gives an inside look at what makes theater magical and allows a performance to come together. For those who love the theater, this book is essential." Library Journal
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
Category: Performing Arts
Is directing an art? Do directors need to be trained? What do directors actually do? These questions and more are answered in this accessibly written survey of the art of theatre direction. Its broad scope ranges across the theatres of both America and Europe, looking at practices from Stanislavski up to the present day.
He penned songs such as Witchcraft and The Best Is Yet to Come (signature tunes for Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett respectively) and wrote such musicals as ÊSweet CharityÊ ÊI Love My WifeÊ ÊOn the Twentieth CenturyÊ and ÊThe Will Rogers FolliesÊ ä yet his life has gone entirely unexplored until now. ÊYou Fascinate Me SoÊ takes readers into the world and work of Tony Grammy and Emmy Award-winning composer/performer Cy Coleman exploring his days as a child prodigy in the 1930s his time as a hot jazz pianist and early television celebrity in the 1950s and his life as one of Broadway's preeminent composers. This first-time biography of Coleman has been written with the full cooperation of his estate and it is filled with previously unknown details about his body of work. Additionally interviews with colleagues and friends including Marilyn and Alan Bergman Ken Howard Michele Lee James Naughton Bebe Neuwirth Hal Prince Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune provide insight into Coleman's personality and career.
How Information and Technology Made the Modern World
Author: Jeremy Black
Publisher: Yale University Press
Information is power. For more than five hundred years the success or failure of nations has been determined by a country’s ability to acquire knowledge and technical skill and transform them into strength and prosperity. Leading historian Jeremy Black approaches global history from a distinctive perspective, focusing on the relationship between information and society and demonstrating how the understanding and use of information have been the primary factors in the development and character of the modern age. Black suggests that the West’s ascension was a direct result of its institutions and social practices for acquiring, employing, and retaining information and the technology that was ultimately produced. His cogent and well-reasoned analysis looks at cartography and the hardware of communication, armaments and sea power, mercantilism and imperialism, science and astronomy, as well as bureaucracy and the management of information, linking the history of technology with the history of global power while providing important indicators for the future of our world.
This anthology collects together primary texts and documents written by Elizabeth Tudor, Machievelli, Edmund Spencer, Francis Bacon, Ben Jonson, Galileo Galilei, James I, Walter Raleigh and Michel Montaigne relevant to the literature, culture and intellectual life in England between 1550 and 1660. Divided into sections, this collection of primary sources covers such topics as religion, politics, society and social life, education, literary and cultural theories, science and magic, gender and sexuality and exploration and trade. --From publisher's description.