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This review is from: Let's Put on a Musical: How to Choose the Right Show for your Theater, Revised & Expanded Edition (Paperback)
Peter Filichia's "Let's Put on a Musical" is a great overview of musical theater for anyone or any organization wanting to put on a musical. It's also a good read and a fun read. As a longtime theater critic, the author has seen a lot, remembered a lot and will remind you of a lot. This is not just for groups wanting to put on a musical. Anyone who has enjoyed musicals will enjoy this book. In our case, we are writing a musical and "Let's Put on a Musical" has given us great perspective for speaking with our investors. They ask us questions such as, "How many musicians do you have in the pit orchestra compared to 'Oklahoma' or "How many songs do you have in your show compared to 'Rent' or 'Little Shop of Horrors'?" Or "How many dances and of what kind are they compared to 'West Side Story'?" Or "What are the liabilities of your show if other folks want to stage it in their town?" Peter Filichia's text gives us the facts and the insights for responding to all these questions. It also gives the reader interesting background on each show. For theater groups wanting to stage a musical, each section ends with suggestions for how to effectively stage that show when they do not have a multi-million dollar budget. The book is arranged so that you can go directly to shows that will appeal to your surfeit of great sopranos or your abundance of fine dancers. This is a very good read that you can enjoy reading straight through or just frequently pull off the shelf.