In part I of this book we surveyed the fundamental principles and techniques underlying the creation of musical theater. Once you have grasped the basic techniques and principles, the best way to learn to write musical theater is to write, and then to present what you have written to an audience of some kind. No book can provide a substitute for that, but in this part of the book we can help you get started. We will use a variant of the tutorial approach, in which you can follow us step-by-step through the initial stages of writing a new musical. We will begin two musical theater projects; you can “look over our shoulders” to see how we proceed and, if you like, second-guess the choices we made. Because the processes of writing adaptations and originals are so different, our “tutorials” will include one project of each kind. The point of this approach is to reduce the anxiety of starting a new show from scratch, by breaking the process down into stages and showing how it can be done.
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