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Designing Broadway: How Derek McLane and Other Acclaimed Set Designers Create the Visual World of Theatre

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In this richly illustrated and information-packed celebration of Broadway set design, Tony Award–winning designer Derek McLane explores the craft while reflecting on some of the greatest stage productions of the past few decades.

Together with other leading set design and theatre talents, McLane invites us into the immersive and exhilarating experience of building the striking visual worlds that have brought so many of our favorite stories to life. Discover how designers generate innovative ideas, research period and place, solve staging challenges, and collaborate with directors, projectionists, costume designers, and other artists to capture the essence of a show in powerful scenic design.

With co-writer Eila Mell, McLane and contributors discuss Moulin Rouge!, Hamilton, Hadestown, Beautiful, and many more of the most iconic productions of our generation. Among the Broadway luminaries who contribute are John Lee Beatty, Danny Burstein, Cameron Crowe, Ethan Hawke, Moisés Kaufman, Carole King, Kenny Leon, Santo Loquasto, Kathleen Marshall, Lynn Nottage, David Rabe, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Wallace Shawn, John Leguizamo, and Robin Wagner.

Filled with personal sketches and photographs fromthe artists’ archives, this stunningly designed book is truly a behind-the-scenes journey that theatre fans will love.

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Q & A with Derek McLane, Emmy and Tony Award-winning set designer, and Eila Mell, co-authors of Designing Broadway

Q: What does a set designer do?

A: Set designers are the people who make the visual world of the play. They invent environments and spaces and decide, with the director, on the rules of that world.

Q: Derek, how did you start your career in set design?

A: I stumbled into set design by accident. When I was a college freshman, a classmate asked if I would build a set, as I had some experience doing construction. Building that set introduced me to the idea of design and I thought I’d like to design one myself. There was no theatre program at Harvard but lots of productions, and I was able to design as many plays and musicals as I wanted, even though I had absolutely no skill at set design.

Q: Eila, what was the most exciting part of the writing process for you?

A: We wanted to show not just Derek’s work, but to juxtapose it with the work of other designers. To do this, I was lucky enough to interview designers, directors, and writers, all of whom contributed generously.

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Running Press Adult (November 22, 2022)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 076248036X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0762480364
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 3.75 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 9.45 x 1.15 x 11.35 inches

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