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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.
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 40 of the world's most beloved stage and movie musicals as Cuden breaks down each one into key narrative beats and plot points.
About the Author
Steve Cuden co-created the Broadway and international hit musical, Jekyll & Hyde. Cuden co-wrote the show's original book and lyrics with noted composer Frank Wildhorn and also contributed lyrics for numerous songs in the long-running Broadway show. He teamed with Wildhorn again to co-conceive the international hit musical Rudolf, Affaire Mayerling, which has been produced on stages in Hungary, Vienna, Japan, and Korea. He also directed and co-produced the cult favorite, award-winning horror-comedy feature, Lucky. Having written nearly ninety teleplays for popular animated TV shows, Cuden's work has been featured in such notable shows as X-Men, The Batman, Goof Troop, Pink Panther, Xiaolin Showdown, and Iron Man. He teaches screenwriting at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
"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
"When Steve Cuden and Frank Wildhorn first played Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical for me in the mid-1980s, I thought the libretto was one of the most dynamic, thrilling pieces of musical theater I'd ever heard. And now with Beating Broadway, Steve has written another smash hit, which I predict will inspire the development of many long running Broadway successes. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to create winning new works for musical theater." —MILTON OKUN, Record Producer and Founder of Cherry Lane Music Publishing
"Steve Cuden's years of professional experience in television and Broadway combine for a powerful, clear, strong insider's how-to manual about story structure in musical theatre. It's like he's giving away trade secrets. A must-have in any serious musical theatre writer's library!" —SCOTT GUY, Executive Director, Academy for New Musical Theatre and multiple Emmy-nominated Screenwriter
"The lavish frosting of 'Thirty-Five Broadway Musicals and Five Movie Musicals' broken into beats tops off this generous hunk of knowledge served with humor, candid insight and a bravely giving spirit. Steve Cuden means to send us off to battle fully armed. For battle it is and the prize to be won—the world's laughter, tears and applause—is no less than a kind of immortality." —WENDY PINI, Co-Creator/Writer/Artist, Elfquest; Creator/Writer/Artist, Masque of the Red Death the graphic novel; Writer, Book and Lyrics Masque of the Red Death—A Musical Thriller