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Audition Book Checklist (From your friends at ACTOR THERAPY)

Audition Book Checklist (From your friends at ACTOR THERAPY)

At Actor Therapy, we find that actors often feel confused about what they need in their book — trying to reconcile the dozens of things they’ve been told over the years, and in a variety of different places (both geographically and emotionally). Once and for all, Lindsay Mendez and I offer you our discoveries on what an actor truly needs to cover all their bases.

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Do you ever follow what songs your favorite broadway singers sing and you think they just make the song sound 10x better because you just love their vocals so much? I do, and Ben Fankhauser is one of those singers for me. His voice is insanely gorgeous, limitless, and as Natalie Weiss describes it, His voice is like butter,” (and I totes agree)...

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NMT COUNTDOWN: Top 10 Songs About Social Anxiety

NMT COUNTDOWN: Top 10 Songs About Social Anxiety

Like any relationship, our relationship to music can function as a distraction, or it can be a support system. There are a ton of songs out there to help us shake it off, but what about songs that meet us where we are?

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5 YA Books that Deserve the Be More Chill Treatment

5 YA Books that Deserve the Be More Chill Treatment

Before it was an earth-shattering, heart-rending groundbreaking musical, Be More Chill was the late, great Ned Vizzini’s debut novel. If you had told me, the first time that I read the book—after a recommendation from my high school librarian somewhere during sophomore year—that its musical adaptation would be a viral phenomenon, I would have laughed. Judging by the date stamps, I was one of the only people reading that book.

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Top 5 Things To Consider When Producing a New Musical

Top 5 Things To Consider When Producing a New Musical

A new musical is a tricky beast. It comes with all the challenges of a new play--the problems of dramatic build, character, denouement, economy of dialogue--plus a suite of other potential pitfalls. Is the opening number suitably energizing, and if it is, does it still adequately introduce us to the world of the show? How many ballads is too many ballads? Not to mention solos versus duets or ensemble numbers, male versus female voices, and the question of choreography...it’s enough to make a well-intentioned Lin-Manuel Miranda-wannabe throw in the towel.

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Is Theatre Criticism Dead?

Dear Theatre Critics,

July has been a dark month for you. It seems you can say nothing right! After years of artists cowering in fear of what you might say about them, artists are standing up for themselves (and for each other) to call you out on the way you abuse the hand that feeds you. 

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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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