With over 120 musical examples illustrating this remarkable story, from the earliest times to Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, the history of the musical in all its glory comes alive, in this entertaining recording....
|Title||:||Hist of the Musical 4D|
|Format Type||:||Audio CD|
|Number of Pages||:||272 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
Hist of the Musical 4D Reviews
I liked this book very much. As an avid musical theatre fan, I especially enjoyed the musical clips included in the audiobook. I did feel that the author could have elaborated more on the more modern musical theater. Shows like Rent were completely left out, and he only mentioned the movie musical in relation to classics like Singing in the Rain. I also felt that some odd musical selections were made. Instead of playing the standard song of some classic shows (why not play Wilkommen, from Cabaret, or Comedy Tonight, from A Funny Thing?) the author often opted for either ballads or more obscure numbers. However, all in all I think that this book should basically satisfy any musical theater fan. The references to famous shows and writing teams are fun, as are the clips of earlier musicals which might be unknown to the reader.
An example of what an audio book can do really well. This edition includes hundreds of music clips to underscore Fawkes' points as you travel through musical hall, light opera, musical theatre and broadway spectacular. Like fine radio, this is an ideal choice for long listening stretches. I would like to say it never gets tiresome, but the quality of the narration recording is surprisingly weak. It has a tinny echo, like listening to someone read over a conference call. This keeps it from being a first-rate example of what an audio production can bring to a book, esp. of non-fiction. Blame the producers, and check out other volumes of Fawkes' musical histories.
Nice little overview of musical theatre. Not too indepth. Full of chatty tidbits about certain authors and writing teams.The best part is lots and lots of musical examples. Many of them are old old recordings so the sound quality isn't the best, but you get the idea.
Interesting history with clips of many old musicals. It ended with Les Mis so it had nothing in it on any new stuff.Listened to the Overdrive recording on my iPhone.
Nice, quick overview but if you are looking for more in depth, look elsewhere. Served to whet my appetite... luckily I got in some holds at the library today. :)