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AuthorMessage: "Deconstructing Harold Hill" - Ragtime, Passion, Sunday in the Park, and others
Posted by: Chaz64

On: 3/21/2000 at 2:59:55 AM GMT

Message #: 106

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News from New Line Theatre

ST. LOUIS, March 13, 2000 . . . The second musical theatre book by New Line=20
Theatre's artistic director, Scott Miller, Deconstructing Harold Hill=20
((Heinemann Publishing, ISBN 0-325-00166-9, paperback, $18.95) was released=20
December 1, 1999 and has already gone into its second printing.

Deconstructing Harold Hill is a deep-down, loving analysis of some of the=20
greatest musicals ever produced on Broadway, in-depth enough for professiona=
directors and actors and yet accessible enough for the casual fan. Each=20
chapter takes one show and discusses it in depth, looking at characters and=20
relationships, musical themes, historical context, the authors' original=20
intentions, and other things. Chapters include the current Broadway mega-hit=
Chicago, the recent Broadway hit Ragtime, classics like Camelot, The Music=20
Man, and The King and I, Stephen Sondheim's Passion and Sunday in the Park=20
with George, and the lesser known March of the Falsettos.

Booklist said about it, "Miller's book is too fascinating to be hogged by=20
would-be directors. Students of theater will find it a godsend, and general=20
audience members for musical theater should find it quite appealing." Peter=20
Filichia on said "After I finished reading, I immediately starte=
the book all over again."

Miller's first book From Assassins to West Side Story: the Director's Guide=20
to Musical Theatre ((Heinemann Publishing, ISBN 0-435-08699-5, paperback,=20
$19.95)) is now in its third printing and has received rave reviews. It=20
follows the same format as Deconstructing Harold Hill and discusses=20
Assassins, Cabaret, Carousel, Company, Godspell, Gypsy, How to Succeed, Into=
the Woods, Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Mis=E9rables, Man of La Mancha, Merri=
We Roll Along, My Fair Lady, Pippin, Sweeney Todd, and West Side Story.=20 called the book "that rare theater textbook that is so articulate=
insightful, and downright playful that it can be read simply for pleasure."=20=
Stage Directions magazine gave it "Our highest recommendation." Library=20
Journal said, "[Miller] aims at the heart of each work and reaches it with=20
artistic insight."

Miller has also contributed to three other books, Stephen Sondheim: A=20
Casebook, a collection of essays by the top musical theatre experts in the=20
country, as well as The Stage Directions Guide to Directing and The Stage=20
Directions Guide to Publicity, both published by Stage Directions magazine.=20=
He has also written book, music, and lyrics for eight musicals, and has=20
written music for film, television, and radio. He is a columnist for=20
CultureFinder, a national arts website ( and a periodi=
contributor to several national theatre magazines, including In Theater,=20
Stage Directions, and The Sondheim Review. =20

Deconstructing Harold Hill is available in bookstores and online at=20 New Line Theatre is a professional, alternative=20
musical theatre company dedicated to involving the people of the St. Louis=20
region in the exploration and creation of innovative, provocative,=20
issue-oriented works of the musical theatre. Visit the New Line Theatre=20
website at
Note -- Since I can only periodically check the list, e-mail me privately if=
you want more info...

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