Celebrates the lyrical genius of the influential songwriter who penned the words to hits such as "Over the Rainbow" and "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" and includes an in-depth review of his fifty-year career.
In 2004, the original Broadway production of Wicked earned 10 Tony nominations, including best musical. Based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire, the show continues to run on Broadway and has touring companies throughout the United States and around the world. In Wicked: A Musical Biography, author Paul Laird explores the creation of this popular Broadway musical through an examination of draft scripts, interviews with major figures, and the study of primary musical sources such as sketches, drafts, and completed musical scores. Laird brings together an impressive amount of detail on the creation of Wicked, including a look at Maguire's novel, as well as the original source material, The Wizard of Oz. This volume also offers a history of the show's genesis along with examinations of the draft scenarios and scripts that demonstrate the show's development. Laird also explores Stephen Schwartz's life and work, providing an analysis of the composer and lyricist's work on the show through song drafts, sketches, and musical examples. Laird also surveys the show's critical reception in New York and London, noting how many critics failed to appreciate its qualities or anticipate its great success. The unusual nature of Wicked's story—dominated by two strong female leads—is also placed in the context of Broadway history. A unique look into a successful Broadway production, Wicked: A Musical Biography will be of interest to musicologists, theatre scholars, students, and general readers alike.
"Reader beware--you choose the scare! GIVE YOURSELF GOOSEBUMPS! Your teacher thinks it'll be good for your class to hang out at the new wax museum in town. Yeah, right! Once you get there your teacher starts blah-blahing about something or other and that’s when you and your friend see the red door. If you decide to check out what's behind door #1, you'll discover the museum owner’s secret for making lifelike sculptures. And it doesn’t look like fun! If you decide to ditch the red door and go the other way you'll end up meeting scary Sybil Wicked — and wish you hadn't. Will you escape this creepy place before you're turned into a human candle? The choice is yours in this scary GOOSEBUMPS adventure that's packed with over 20 super-spooky endings!
This first full-length study of Timothy Findley argues that his novels and short stories are part of a system of war texts. Not only is Findley's fiction haunted by the specter of war; it is also a compulsive testament to the infinite repetitions of war in domestic, gender, and class conflicts. Influenced by feminist literary theory, the workings of literary intertextuality, and the new historiography, the study shows how war as a literary device—as well as various historical wars, documents of war, and literary war texts—inform the novels and stories of Timothy Findley to such an extent that war becomes an integral part of their signifying systems.
Rebuilding Relationships with Your Children : a Self-help Guide for Parents in Recovery
Author: Rosalie Cruise Jesse
Publisher: Johnson Inst
Category: Family & Relationships
The influence of addictive behaviors in families can affect children even generations later. This self-help guide for parents in recovery describes how chemical dependency harms relationships between parents and children; examines the hurt that can blind parents to the damage they have done; presents principles and guidelines that can help rebuild parent-child relationships; and shows positive ways parents can communicate more clearly and re-establish their role as family leaders.
Brenda Wilbee presents six biblical heroines as role models for women, showing that while women would like to go back to the Garden, they remain in a world of tough choices. They need to know that when faced with a conflict, they do not have to endure or give in--they can flee, wait for a deliverer, do battle, or change the situation.
Tells the story of the midgets who played the Munchkins in the 1939 Hollywood classic The Wizard of Oz, including where they came from, how they fared during filming, what they did off the set, and what became of those among them who stayed in show business.
One of the most beloved film musicals of all time, The Wizard of Oz represents an enduring family favorite and cultural classic. Yet there is much more to the story than meets the eye, and the MGM movie is just one of many ways in which it has been represented. In this lively and wide-ranging book, editors Danielle Birkett and Dominic McHugh bring together insights from eleven experts into the varied musical forms this great American myth has taken in the past century. Starting with the early adaptations of L. Frank Baum's story, the book also explores the writing, composition and reception of the MGM film, its importance in queer culture, stage adaptations of the movie, cult classic The Wiz, Stephen Schwartz's Broadway blockbuster Wicked, and the cultural afterlife of the iconic Arlen-Harburg songs. What emerges is a vivid overview of how music - on stage and screen - has been an essential part of the story's journey to become a centerpiece of American culture.