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Behind the Lyrics of "Go Tonight": Grief and Nothingness

When I was twenty years old, one of my high school friends got drunk and fell through the open window of a college dorm room and died. Everyone was drunk that night because it was one of those school-condoned “first-day-of-spring” rituals that colleges love. Community bonding, right? I took the call in my boyfriend’s dorm room. He had a single that year. It was small, impersonal. I rubbed my feet against the cold linoleum while I listened to another friend sob through the information. The phone can ring and your life can change. Except it doesn’t change all that much because you’re still alive. 

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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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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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#ServerLife Everyone should work in the hospitality industry so that we can all share the common experience of how much it sucks. Almost three years ago, I started working at a restaurant in Jersey where I met a girl who told me that her cousin worked at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). Of […]

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Broadway Budgets 101: Breaking Down the Weekly Budget

My last post on production budgets took us through the beginning of a show’s development all the way through the first preview; here, we’re going to talk about how expenses are budgeted on a week-by-week basis after the show gets up and running. In the simplest terms, the show’s producers want the gross box office […]

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Recently, I got in touch with Broadway veteran Betsy Struxness. While she’s currently performing in Hamilton, Betsy’s career has taken her through many national tours and Broadway shows. Her journey is one that many people pursuing show biz can relate to; she started performing at a young age and from there it’s been a long […]

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Broadway Budgets 101: Breaking Down the Production Budget

Anyone with a passing interest in theatre will probably have thrown around terms like “big-budget musical” at least once in their life, and anyone who’s borne witness to the staggering successes (few) and spectacular flops (many) on Broadway will wonder just how much money was made or lost in the process. From Hamilton to Honeymoon […]

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What’s My Deal With All The “Hamilton” Videos?

This post originally appeared on hesherman.com. Republished with permission.  If you’re a dedicated fan of the musical Hamilton, or if you follow me on social media, you may well have come across the streetside #Ham4Ham show videos I’ve been sharing since late July. As I write, they’ve collectively been viewed on YouTube about 890,000 times – […]

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“Musicals in Real Life” and the Magic of Spontaneous MT

Imagine yourself eating lunch at the food court of your local mall. Everything about your day so far has been totally normal. Then, out of the blue, the people around you – a food court employee, a janitor, a fellow mall-goer, even the security guard – start singing to each other. This may be the […]

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The Journey To Creating My First Cabaret

First off, I am excited to share that this is my first NMT blog post as a college graduate! In order to celebrate my big graduation, I wanted to do something special that would be the perfect farewell to my time at California State University, Fullerton. I am a BA Theatre Arts student with an […]

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The Bare Minimum: Breaking Down Broadway Actor Salaries

Ever wanted to know how much actors on Broadway get paid? Look no further. Before we start, it’s important to note that every item that goes into constituting a total salary is determined by the actors’ union, Actors’ Equity Association, several years in advance; they actually publish salary rates, which automatically increase every year in […]

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Workshopping ON THE EVE – Week #3: The Performance

After approximately two weeks of rehearsal and two days with the creative team, the day of the staged reading was upon us! The MFA Musical Theatre Class of 2016 was dressed in “hip clothing” and ready to show the San Diego theatre community the beauty of On the Eve. The day started with a few […]

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Workshopping ON THE EVE – Week #2: Finding Character

The SDSU Class of 2016 (plus two guests) learned all the music for the staged reading of On the Eve in about a week (only using 2 hours of class time a day to learn it as a group)! Once that was finished, it was time to move on to dissecting the script and staging […]

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I am thrilled to be able to share an exciting experience with you all – a real life look into the creation of a piece of new musical theatre! The MFA program at San Diego State University is collaborating with La Jolla Playhouse to workshop a new musical, On the Eve, to be presented on […]

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BC Beat: Where The Community Lives

I am sitting in a dark corner of Cielo, a club in the West Village whose twitter proudly proclaims it as “WHERE HOUSE MUSIC LIVES!!” But it’s midday. The sun shines in through an open door. And there’s definitely no house music. Instead, there are five dancers rehearsing a narrative dance piece based on the […]

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A New Role

Within the theatre we all tend to wear a variety of hats. Whether you started off as an actor or started off as a lighting designer, within some point of your career you were needed for something more or something different. So many people define themselves as more than one label. Or as I like […]

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