Barry Singer brings forty years of musical theater to life – Times Square Chronicles


“An in-depth and passionate look at the last half-century of musical theater, full of interviews and revealing stories that cover ground that other books have not done. It seems pretty much indispensable to Broadway aficionados and musical theater fans around the world. “- Stephen Schwartz, composer of” Wicked “

“It’s almost impossible to love musicals and not fall into the well of joy that is Barry Singer’s ‘Ever After’.
With Singer as a reporter, you are literally “in the room where it happened” with one of the most astute playwrights of his generation. – Thomas Schumacher, producer of “The Lion King”

Applause Books is proud to announce the October 2021 release of Forever (New edition • 400 pages • 978-1493-0-5160-1 • Hardcover) by Barry Singer. Forever remains much more than a detailed history show by show. With one hundred first-person interviews, it’s also a definitive behind-the-scenes account of how these shows were made. Singer invites those who have created the past forty years of musical theater on and off Broadway to tell their own stories.

From an unprecedented look at A choir linethe final arc through the revolutionary evolution of Sunday at the park with George as Stephen Sondheim himself recounted, the tragic triumph of To rent, the real ones behind Disney’s mega-musicals, and even an afternoon with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Forever proceeds to a moment-by-moment account of the birth of Bad by composer Stephen Schwartz; the extraordinary journeys of Fun house, Dear Evan Hansen, The group visit, and Hadestown through the eyes of their respective creators; and, finally, the miracle of Hamilton narrated by its producer Jeffrey Seller.

Forever celebrates new generations of musical theater artists through lengthy interviews with Jeanine Tesori, David Yazbek, Rachel Chavkin, Billy Porter, Laura Benanti, Audra McDonald, Julie Taymor and many more.

Forever Also closely documents the evolution of the contributions of women and people of color to the last forty years of musical theater: their triumphs, their setbacks and their importance to the future of musical theater. Singer witnessed all of this firsthand. No one is better equipped to write the history of this era.

Barry Singer has written extensively on the arts for The New York Times Arts & Leisure Section, The New Yorker, new York magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Opera news, United States today, Huffington Post and Reading poster, among others. He is the author of Black and Blue: The Life and Words of Andy Razaf, a New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year; Living at Village Vanguard, winner of an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Excellence in Music Writing; and Churchill Style: The Art of Being Winston Churchill. He is also the owner of Chartwell Booksellers, one of New York’s last independent bookstores, now in its 38e year.


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