Book Spotlight: How Musicals Work And How To Write Your Own

I recently finished reading the fascinating How Musicals Work: And How To Write Your Own, penned by Julian Woolford (and subsequently murdered the book with my highlight pen). Julian meticulously takes apart the Swiss watch that is the stage musical — piece by piece — pausing to show you the shiny innards, and taking time to explain precisely what makes it tick. He writes in vivid detail the history and variety of stage musical formats, pitfalls to avoid when crafting your own story, how to collaborate on the musical composition — and also what to expect when your newborn baby enters into production. Julian knows of which he speaks, as he has written and directed several musicals (many of which have had successful runs all over the world) and he teaches a college course on the subject in the UK.

I imagine this book will likely only appeal to those who are already interested in writing musicals, but honestly — I think this book would be helpful for writers of all stripes (and if you’re just a die-hard fan of musicals, now’s your chance at the ultimate backstage pass, allowing you to hop into the minds of writers and composers).

The world needs more musicals — do you have one in you? If so, this is a fine place to start …