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The Movie Musical

Newmarket Pictorial Moviebooks
by Bill Condon

Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Newmarket
Pub. Date: March 2007
ISBN: 1557047375
Dimensions: 9.1 × 0.6 × 10.8 inches

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A stunning, lavishly illustrated companion book to the Academy Award-winning screen adaptation of one of the most successful stage musicals of all time.

A quarter of a century after first bringing Broadway audiences to their feet, the Tony Award-winning musical Dreamgirls has finally arrived on the silver screen, brilliantly adapted and directed by Bill Condon.
This lavish book captures the film's extraordinary visual style with more than 200 illustrations, including color movie stills by acclaimed Hollywood photographer David James; concept paintings; costume designs and archival photos.
The book's introduction by renowned drama critic Martin Gottfried recalls legendary Broadway producer Michael Bennett and the creation of the original Broadway musical, and an original essay by musical journalist Cheo Hodari Coker gives an insider's look at the production of the award-winning film, from music and set designs to choreography and principal photography.
Set in the turbulent 1960s to mid- 70s, Dreamgirls follows the rise of a trio of women--Deena (Grammy Award winner Beyonce Knowles), Effie (Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson), and Lorrell (Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose)--who have formed a promising singing group called The Dreamettes.  At a talent competition, they are discovered by an ambitious manager named Curtis Taylor Jr. (Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx), who offers them the opportunity of a lifetime: to become the back-up singers for headliner James "Thunder" Early (Academy Award nominee Eddie Murphy).  Curtis gradually takes control of the girls' look and sound, eventually giving them their own shot in the spotlight as The Dreams.  That spotlight, however, begins to narrow in on Deena, finally pushing the less attractive Effie out altogether.  Though the Dreams become a crossover phenomenon, they soon realize that the cost of fame and fortune may be higher than they ever imagined.

About Bill Condon

Bill Condon wrote and directed Kinsey, which was honored with the 2005 Best Director Award from the British Directors Guild.  He was nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay for Chicago, Academy Award-winner for Best Picture of 2002.  Condon won the Academy Award for his screenplay Gods and Monsters, which he directed.  The film was awarded the Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature and Best Picture of 1998 by the National Board of Review.  His Newmarket books include Kinsey: Public and Private; Chicago: The Movie and Lyrics; and Gods and Monsters: The Shooting Script.

Born in New York City, he attended Columbia University where he received a degree in philosophy. An article he wrote for Millimeter Magazine brought him to the attention of producer/director Michael Laughlin, for whom Condon wrote his first two features, Strange Behavior and Strange Invaders. Condon made his directing debut with Sister, Sister, starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judith Ivey, and Eric Stoltz. He went on to direct several independent features and cable movies, such as Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh,  White Lie, starring Gregory Hines, and Murder 101, for which he won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. His was nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay adaptation of the musical Chicago, directed by Rob Marshall and starring Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere.  His latest film is Kinsey, about sex reasercher Alfred Kinsey, which stars Liam Neeson and Laura Linney.

Product Details

Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Newmarket
Pub. Date: March 2007
ISBN: 1557047375
Dimensions: 9.1 × 0.6 × 10.8 inches

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