Part of the Performance Books series
Actor-musicianship is a permanent feature of the musical theatre landscape.
Actor-musician shows can be seen from Bradford to Broadway, from village halls to international arena tours.
However, with the exception of a couple of academic papers, there has been nothing written about this fascinating area of theatre practice.
Jeremy Harrison's book addresses this deficit, operating as both a record of the development of the actor-musician movement and as a practical guide for students, educators, performers and practitioners.
It explores the history of actor-musicianship, examining its origins, as well as investigating - and offering guidance on - how this specialist form of music theatre is created.
It, in turn, acts as a means of defining an art form that has to date been left to lurk in the shadows of musical theatre; a subset with its own distinctive culture of performer, maker and audience, but as yet no formal recognition as a specialism in its own right.
The actor-musician show is multifarious and as such this book targets those interested in mainstream commercial work, as well as alternative and avant-garde theatre practice.
The book draws together expertise from a range of disciplines with contributions from many of the leading figures in this field, including performers, directors, teachers, MDs, producers and writers.
It also features a foreword by theatre director John Doyle.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 232 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 25/02/2016
- Category: Theatre studies
- ISBN: 9781472509635
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