What Were They Thinking?: Carrie, from Book to Movie to Musical (Paperback)
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What Were They Thinking?: Carrie, from Book to Movie to Musical (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 30/04/2014
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(Applause Books). What Were They Thinking: Carrie, from Book to Movie to Musical is an intensely personal chronicle, tracking Lawrence Cohen's almost four-decade history with Stephen King's classic fable, from reading the manuscript in 1973 while a reader for producer David Susskind, to writing the screenplay for the classic 1976 Brian de Palma film, from deciding to turn it into a musical (1984) to the controversial Royal Shakespeare Company and legendary Broadway production that crashed and burned (1988), to collaborating on its rebirth and resurrection Off-Broadway for MCC Theater in 2012. Rarely has a theatrical account been so first person and insider based-naming names, telling never-before-told stories, and revealing what its creators were thinking. Passionate and visceral, it provides a highly informative and educational behind-the-scenes look into just how musicals are written and put together. How did a show that even its harshest critic, Frank Rich, admitted was a workable idea for a musical and Ken Mandelbaum argued was salvageable go so far off track? How did an Oscar-winning composer and lyricist, plus the award-nominated screenwriter of the original film, mess up so badly? How did a musical that the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company chose as its follow-up to Les Miserables become such a train wreck? What were they thinking? Follow the journey from its inception to its resurrection-thirteen theater award nominations; an award for Best Revival; the release of a long-awaited cast recording; and licensing by Rodgers and Hammerstein allowing Carrie to enter the global theater repertoire. Talk about a miracle and a happy ending.

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 9781476874623
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm

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