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Chapter 4: Dramaturgy

Performing in Contemporary Musicals
Chapter 4: Dramaturgy

Mapping the Story Arc 

Mapping Character Arc

 

  • Click here to download Character Arc handout (p. 81)

 

 

Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading: Dramaturgy

  1. Brown, Jason Robert. 2016. “What I Think About Writing Music for the Theater.” JasonRobertBrown.com, March 6, 2016.http://jasonrobertbrown.com/2016/03/06/essay-writing-music-for-the-theater/ 

  2. DeVore, John. 2014. “You Hate Musicals Because You Are Dead Inside.” Medium, June 8, 2014.https://medium.com/@johndevore/you-hate-musicals-because-you-are-dead-inside-cda63052659e 

  3. Engel, Lehman. 2006. Words with Music: Creating The Broadway Musical Libretto. Updated and Revised by Howard Kissel. New York: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books.

  4. Hatcher, Jeffrey. 1996. The Art & Craft of Playwriting. Cincinnati: Story Press.

  5. Viertel, Jack. 2016. The Secret Life of The American Musical. New York: Sarah Crichton Books.

  6. Valencia, Brian D. 2016. “A Method for Musical Theatre Dramaturgy.” In The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy, edited by Magda Romanska. New York: Routledge.

  7. Woolford, Julian. 2012. How Musicals Work and How to Write Your Own. London: Nick Hearn Books.

 

Recommended Reading: Song Types

  1. Brown, Larry Avis. 2007. “The Dramatic Function of Songs in Musical Theatre.” larryavisbrown.com, July 2007 (rev. 2019).https://larryavisbrown.com/dramatic-function-of-songs-in-musicals/ 

  2. Prahl, Amanda. 2016. “If I Loved You: The Evolution of the Conditional Love Song in Musical Theatre.” Howlround, September 3, 2016.https://howlround.com/if-i-loved-you 

  3. Viertel, Jack. 2016. The Secret Life of The American Musical. New York: Sarah Crichton Books.

 

Recommended Reading: Understanding Song Structure

  1. Appen, Ralf von and Frei-Hauenschild. 2015. “AABA, Refrain, Chorus, Bridge, Prechorus - Song Forms and Their History.” German Society for Popular Music Studies, October 3, 2015.  http://www.gfpm-samples.de/Samples13/appenfrei.pdf 

  2. Viertel, Jack. 2016. The Secret Life of The American Musical. New York: Sarah Crichton Books.

 

Recommended Reading: Rhyme Scheme

 

  1. Eastwood, Joel and Hinton, Erik. 2016. “How does Hamilton, the non-stop hip-hop Broadway sensation tap rap’s master rhymes to blur musical lines?” The Wall Street Journal, June 6. 2016.http://graphics.wsj.com/hamilton/ 

  2. Grant, Anette. 1994. “Line by Line by Sondheim.” The New York Times Magazine, March 20, 1994.https://www.nytimes.com/1994/03/20/magazine/line-by-line-by-sondheim.html 

  3. Fresh Air. 2012. “Stephen Sondheim: Examining His Lyrics and Life.” Hosted by Terry Gross. NPR, February 16, 2012.https://www.npr.org/2012/02/16/146938826/stephen-sondheim-examining-his-lyrics-and-life 

  4. Weinman, Jaime. 2013. “Broadway Musicals Can’t Bust a Rhyme.” Macleans, May 27, 2013.https://www.macleans.ca/culture/but-nothing-rhymes-with-orange/