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Rock in the Musical Theatre - by Joseph Church (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 216

Genre: Music

Sub-Genre: Genres & Styles

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Age Range: Adult

Book theme: Musicals

Author: Joseph Church

Language: English

TCIN: 78801432
UPC: 9780190943479
Item Number (DPCI): 247-06-1374


"Joe Church's wide-ranging analysis of what songs and music actually do in modern music theatre is essential reading for anyone setting out to write or perform in a modern musical. Reading this book also reminded me that the way we sing on stage in a musical is very different to the way we might sing in other settings. That might seem obvious, but the differences are not so much subtle as mysterious. Joe has shared his long experience of intensive coaching of solo singers and chorus ensembles in music theatre projects. In so doing he unlocks a cask of information that has otherwise been hard to find." -- Pete Townshend

"An enjoyable book, both academically precise, yet practical and approachable. Joe Church covers all the bases here! You've probably never analyzed rock songs the way he does, but he also gives real hard core advice about taking care of your voice; about how to approach a rock song for an audition or maintain it for a long running musical. His knowledge of the history of musicals is impressive, yet completely up to date. I can't wait to have my own copy with me on tour." -- Suzanne Vega

"More than an indispensable how-to manual for young performers, Joe Church defines in this book the important ways rock music has transformed today's musical theatre. When it comes to rocking out onstage, Mr. Church is the most authoritative voice of our time, with an uncanny way of explaining exactly what makes rock powerful, and precisely how to achieve that power theatrically. A must-read for anyone working in musical theatre today." -- Dan Riddle, Music Director of the School of Theatre, The Pennsylvania State University

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