How Does The Show Go On?

How Does The Show Go On?

The ultimate book for theater lovers of all ages.

There is no other book in the marketplace that provides such a comprehensive and robust overview of the fundamentals of theatre created with young readers in mind but appropriate for “show people” of all ages. Five minutes to places!

Thomas Schumacher, world-renowned Broadway producer and President of Disney Theatrical Productions, gives readers unprecedented access to the business of theatre in How Does the Show Go On? An Introduction to Theater. 

Using his successful array of Tony Award®-winning Disney musicals as examples including The Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins and more, Tom takes readers from the front of house to backstage, from the box office to the stage door, and behind the curtain to showcase what it takes to bring a show to life.

Now in its third edition, How Does the Show Go On? includes never-before-seen photographs and personal stories from the making of Disney’s newest hit Broadway musical, Frozen, and has been updated with augmented reality experiences via the free DisneyScan app. 

About the Author, Thomas Schumacher
Since 1988, Thomas Schumacher has worked with The Walt Disney Company setting new standards of excellence in film, television and theatre. Currently, he serves as President & Producer of Disney Theatrical Productions, overseeing the development, creation and execution of Disney’s worldwide stage entertainment and leads the Buena Vista Theatrical banner, licensing 21st Century Fox titles for stage adaptations.
Mr. Schumacher’s Broadway, domestic, and international stage hits include Beauty and the Beast, King David, The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Aida, Mary Poppins, On the Record, TARZAN®, High School Musical, The Little Mermaid, Peter and the Starcatcher, Freaky Friday, Shakespeare in Love, Newsies, Aladdin, and Frozen. As President of Walt Disney Feature Animation, Mr. Schumacher oversaw some 21 animated features. He currently sits on numerous boards including serving as Chairman of the Broadway League.

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September 28, 2022
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what is "How Does The Show Go On"? Rehearsal score App?

We Have our contract and I would like to possibly add resources but I am not sure exactly what some of them are.

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November 02, 2020
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Performing individual numbers?

Can I request to have actors sing a musical number without an orchestra?  We are not allowed to meet in person so it would have to be in Zoom format or pre-recorded.  How do I get a license for that?

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October 07, 2020
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Production during Covid

Do you have any videos or information that would explain how to do a digital production?  I'm thinking the pros have already done this or at least thinking about it.  We already have the license and deposit for Beauty and the Beast 2021 and are thinking about any options should we still be in "lock down " for community theater


Judy Rodes

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