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In the last year, my school has begun a new tradition of producing musicals in 24 hours. Yes, it sounds completely crazy, and it completely is. While a lot of schools do “Combat” or “Guerilla” theatre where they write and produce short plays in 24 hours, our 24-Hour Musicals are fully costumed, set, and produced. […]

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When I graduated from university, my first theatrical adventure outside of school was at a Fringe Festival. I left my campus full of confidence, excitement and an idea of how I thought Fringes worked. Together with a team of my fellow graduates, we enjoyed a successful run but met some challenges during the process. In […]

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Gioia To the World (The #Lorte Has Come / #Gioiatress) The first time I met Michael Gioia, I was upset. I was upset because I had just finished playing the Piragua Guy in In the Heights and since I was seventy pounds heavier at the time, it’s easy to be upset for no reason. Mostly, […]

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When we talk about accessibility in theatre, the conversation invariably strays towards the ever-increasing price of theatre tickets, rendering the experience of seeing professional theatre in New York largely untenable for the majority of tourists and residents alike. We all know theatre is too expensive and ticket prices should be reduced for the sake of […]

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The Ultimate 10-Minute Vocal Warm Up for Dancers

As I’ve written about before, warm-ups are important for any performer – physically and vocally. Whether you consider yourself a singer, a dancer, an actor or a combination thereof, it is essential to make sure your body is prepared for anything that might be thrown your way. Starting out as a dancer, I was very […]

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Actor Audition Etiquette: 3 Mistakes to Avoid

We talk a ton these days about audience etiquette, but what we don’t discuss is actor etiquette. Not at shows, of course. Hopefully, knowing what goes into the making of a show keeps any actor from being a disrespectful audience member. But what about actor etiquette at auditions? It’s the height of audition season, and […]

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How Not to Hate Your Survival Job

Survival jobs. I mean until we reach that Lin-Manuel-Stephen-Schwartz hybrid of greatness, most of us MT writers are largely dependent on a day job or side hustle to sustain ourselves. It’s hard not to get resentful when you’re making money doing something you’re not exactly jazzed about. But here’s the kicker that will rock your […]

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This past Sunday, I was fortunate enough to be able to see my friends performing in Broadway Rocks Kelly Clarkson at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Produced by my friend, Brandon Beynon (#beynton), it was one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen. Not only is Kelly Clarkson a fierce singer, she’s also a fierce songwriter. There is […]

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Over the past couple of decades, musical theatre has seen a surge of narratives and stories focusing on teenagers. From Hairspray to 13, musical theatre has welcomed and embraced the often misunderstood adolescent population. Even looking back on decades past, classics like West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie and Grease put the teenager center stage. […]

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“Why would I spend $100 to see a Broadway show, when I can see it on YouTube for free?” “Yes, I have seen WICKED.” “Oh – where did you see it?” “On YouTube.” These are conversations and comments I have heard more times that I can count. Let’s be honest – most of us have. […]

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The Wedding Gig: 4 Tips for Singers

Recently, my mother and I played for a wedding, myself on cello, her on piano. The gig was set up by one of my former teachers – the bride was her best friend, and when she was looking for a musician for her wedding, my teacher recommended me. I’ve played for several weddings before, in […]

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Non Traditional Roles: Cabaret Host/MC

Being a host or MC of a Broadway concert or cabaret is a very fun position that a few awesome folks in the theater community have perfected. Could you have what it takes to join their ranks? What they do: Hosts are meant to keep the audience entertained while musicians switch from one song to […]

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Top 10 Stunt Castings That Just Might Work

Stunt casting in mainstream musical theatre has been a point of contention since time immemorial. Should we sacrifice the quality of the production for a star name who’s guaranteed (ostensibly) to augment sales? Even if said star has theatre training and a live performance background, theatre fans tend to remain suspicious, and I don’t blame […]

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Watching all of the recent live musical broadcasts has me both ecstatic and wanting more. As a performer, it’s so much fun to see one’s art, which may otherwise not be in the public eye, go super mainstream. Granted, not all of the live broadcasts we’ve had have been stellar – but still, increasing appreciation […]

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A while ago, I was surfing through Buzzfeed and ran across an amazing article called “Yes and…No. Standing Up To Sexual Harassment And Assault In L.A.’s Comedy Scene.” This is a beautiful, inspiring article on how a group of female comedians stood up against sexual assault and harassment in their industry and won. I started thinking […]

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Valley High: The Music Video

In 2013, Green Room blogger Maddie Gaw wrote a Song Spotlight about Drew Gasparini’s “Valley High.” The haunting folk rock ballad tells the story of a school shooting from the unique perspective of the shooters. Now, three years later, the song is just as relevant, if not more relevant, to the headlines flashing across our […]

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