How to Create Stories for
Musicals That Get Standing Ovations
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 and honed. With a breezy, lighthearted approach, creators at all levels are provided key advice for building winning musical stories. Beating Broadway 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 each one is broken down into key narrative beats and plot points.Writing a musical is among the greatest challenges a writer can undertake. Beating Broadway is for anyone who wishes to understand the mysteries of story development for musicals or even how stories for film and television are developed. The book is also an engaging and fun tool for teachers, students, producers, actors, and theatergoers who simply want to know how and why successful musicals work. By expertly breaking down musical storytelling into its basic components, Beating Broadway enhances understanding and pushes the abilities of musical creators to new heights.