Everything Was Possible
The Birth of the Musical FolliesBook - 2003
In 1971, college student Ted Chapin was in the right place at the right time. As a production assistant, or gofer, he found himself front row center at the creation of one of the greatest of all Broadway musicals:Follies.And since (as part of a college assignment) he kept a journal of everything he saw and heard, he was able to document--in unprecedented detail--how a musical is actually made. Now, thirty years later, he has fashioned that eyewitness account into an extraordinary chronicle that sheds new light on a still-evolving art form while vividly capturing an era long gone. "If there has ever been an account of the creation of a major Broadway production as complete, candid, and apocrypha-free as this one," writes Frank Rich in the foreword, "I have not found it." Everything Was Possibletakes the reader on the roller-coaster ride that is the musical-making process, from the uncertainties of casting to drama-filled rehearsals, from the care and feeding of one-time movie stars like Alexis Smith and Yvonne De Carlo to the tension of that first performance, from the pressures of an out-of-town tryout to the exhilaration of opening night on Broadway. But this was not just any rehearsal process, nor a typical opening night. This was the almost mythicalFollies,the work Rich calls "the most elusive of landmark musicals." Its creators were Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, Michael Bennett, and James Goldman--giants in the evolution of the Broadway musical, geniuses at the top of their game. "Lord knows at least I was there," goes a Sondheim lyric fromFollies.InEverything Was Possible,we all are there--at the birth of a musical that shimmers to this day.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2003
Branch Call Number: Performing Arts 792.642 Cha