The popularity of musicals has reached an all-time high leading to the development of numerous original shows. In this comprehensive new guide, Beating Broadway: How to Create Stories for Musicals That Get Standing Ovations, written by veteran storyteller and successful creator of musicals Steve Cuden, readers learn how the plots and stories behind musicals are developed aThe popularity of musicals has reached an all-time high leading to the development of numerous original shows. In this comprehensive new guide, Beating Broadway: How to Create Stories for Musicals That Get Standing Ovations, written by veteran storyteller and successful creator of musicals Steve Cuden, readers learn how the plots and stories behind musicals are developed and honed. With a breezy, lighthearted approach, creators at all levels are provided key advice for building winning musical stories. Cuden, who has been there, done that, offers writers the know-how and encouragement to construct brilliant, attention-grabbing musical storylines. Beating Broadway provides readers with practical, down-to-earth advice for crafting successful musical theater stories that will reach audiences everywhere. This complete, two-part manual also guides aspiring writers in what it takes to develop shows that can attract Broadway producers. By showing writers the ins and outs of storytelling required for today’s commercial musical theater, Beating Broadway places success firmly within grasp. Readers also gain insight into how stories function in forty of the world’s most beloved stage and movie musicals as Cuden breaks down each one into key narrative beats and plot points. “Beating Broadway is a take-you-by-the-hand guided tutorial written by a seasoned professional who really knows his stuff. This book feeds your mind with how stories for musicals are made. If you are interested in creating or producing a musical, Steve’s insights will be helpful and inspiring to you.JEFF MARX, Tony winning Composer/Lyricist of Avenue Q“Beating Broadway digs deep to the core of how stories for successful musicals are created. This is a must-have book for anyone who wants to write exceptional musicals or is just a fan.”SCOTT WITTMAN, Tony Winning Lyricist of Hairspray and Co-Lyricist and Executive Producer for the Hit TV Series, Smash“Beat-by-beat, Steve Cuden breaks down story, structure, and song spotting so you can beat the Broadway musical before it beats you!”CHERI STEINKELLNER, Emmy-winning Writer/Producer of Cheers and Teacher’s Pet, Tony-nominated Writer of Sister Act...
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beating broadway how to create stories for musicals that get standing ovations Reviews
By Lauren Yarger So, you want to be a Broadway musical book writer. If you read "Beating Broadway: How to Create Stories for Musicals That Get Standing Ovations" (Cudwerks Productions, 2013) By Steve Cuden, you just might be on your way.Cuden, who co-wrote the book and lyrics for Broadway's Jekyll & Hyde (music by Frank Wildhorn), cleverly puts together an informative, organized and practical "how to" in his hefty book divided into two "acts."Act One is is the elements of constructing a story for a musical. what are the rules? How is the story structured? How to do it.Act Two is a breakdown of the "narrative beats" of more than 30 Broadway musicals, both classics and more modern shows, giving the breakdown of their scenes and highlighting where the common parts of their story structure happen, like inciting incidents, point of no return, climax, etc. Book of Mormon, A Chorus Line, The Fantasticks, Camelot, Jersey Boys, The Producers, West Side Story, Wicked -- they're all in there. By offering the story breakdowns from shows with which we are familiar, Cuden effectively translates the abstract world of plots, format and formula to tangible application. This section not only is helpful in building story structure, but is a terrific breakdown of these musicals which can be used for reference.A bonus section also includes the breakdowns of five movie musicals with some insights into why stage musicals don't always transition well on the big screen and vice versa.This book is a must read for anyone seriously interested in writing books for musicals. It also has a lot of information helpful to anyone in the process of storytelling in general. Cuden's credits also include film and TV and has written scripts for "Lucky," "X-Men," "Loonatics Unleashed," Extreme Ghostbusters," "The Pink Panther," "Robo Cop" and others. For more information and to purchase the book, visit http://www.beatingbroadway.com/about-... or stevecuden.com.
There are a couple of genuinely helpful structures here - Chapter 14: The Seven Plotpoints in a Nutshell and Chapter 20: Three Dimensional Characters. At the latter half is a story breakdown of 40 different shows, which is pretty enlightening. So for these three chapters alone, it gets a star for each.