Audience member etiquette for musical theatre

Audience member etiquette for musical theatre

The elements of musical theatre include the actors, the set/props/physical elements, the music, lyrics and text, and the audience. Yes, the audience is 1 of 4 key elements that makes a production complete, and without it, your show isn't really alive. However, actors, musicians and set designers are all trained on how to contribute to a production, whereas audiences generally show up and are given no guidance as to how they should contribute as that key 4th member. Here are a few tips to observe while seeing your next show: 

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Review: "Ever After," a slipperless Cinderella tale

Review: "Ever After," a slipperless Cinderella tale

The Cinderella story received a realistic reboot in the 1998 movie “Ever After,” in which Drew Barrymore portrayed the heroine as a spunky, take-charge girl who wins her prince without benefit of any supernatural intervention, or even a glass slipper. The popular film has now become — surprise! — a storybook-pretty if bland stage musical, making its premiere at the Paper Mill Playhouse, with Margo Seibert supplying the requisite spunk in the central role, Christine Ebersole taking over from Anjelica Huston as the wicked stepmother, and the experienced Kathleen Marshall directing and supplying the dances.

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Tony Awards Fun Facts

Tony Awards Fun Facts

On the eve of the 2015 Tony Awards this coming weekend, it is time to enjoy a few fun facts about the most prestigious awards on Broadway. Disclaimer: not all of these facts are “fun”, but if you love theatre you should at least find some of them interesting! Did you know?

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How to get great headshots for musical theatre

How to get great headshots for musical theatre

There are few things that will affect the trajectory of your musical theatre career as much as your headshot - it is the single most important marketing tool you have as an actor. It will be present on your audition submissions, your website, in printed programs and credits, on your profile for various social media platforms, and more. In this field, YOU are the product, and your headshot is what gives YOU a visual identity. Whoa.....that's a lot of pressure! Relax - Musical Theatre U is here to break down the headshot process into a few simple, manageable steps. Consider the following points carefully, and you'll end up with great headshots:

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2015 Tony Award Nominations

2015 Tony Award Nominations

An American in Paris and Fun Home topped the nominations for the 69th annual Tony Awards on April 28, earning 12 nods each, including Best Musical. Announced by Broadway-bound Bruce Willis and Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two garnered most nominations of any play with eight, closely followed by Skylight with seven and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time with six. Other standouts included a nomination for Sting for Best Score forThe Last Ship, which prematurely closed on the Great White Way in January, and On the Twentieth Century's Kristin Chenoweth, who will also co-host this year’s awards ceremony with Alan Cumming.

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Actors’ Equity pushes for minimum wage, but not all members want it

Actors’ Equity pushes for minimum wage, but not all members want it

They rehearse for weeks, often in run down theaters that were once garages or retail stores; perform challenging premieres of new works and imaginative reinterpretations of old ones; and sometimes clean the bathrooms, sell the tickets, or sew the costumes, too.

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The pros and cons of acting in community theatre

The pros and cons of acting in community theatre

Many Musical Theatre U readers are just starting their acting careers, or could be considered pre-professional. After graduating out of a high school or college level theatre program, what's next? If you're lucky, you might get cast immediately into paid, professional work. However, the majority will work their way up the ladder, just like any other career, and move from lower status jobs gradually up to paid and leading roles. Often, that ladder begins with community theatre, a natural step after a high school or college program. Let's discuss what it's like to participate in a community theatre production, what kind of situations you'll encounter, and how to make the most of it.

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Review: The Last 5 Years

Review: The Last 5 Years

Anna Kendrick plays Cinderella in this month’s Disney Broadway musical adaptation, Into the Woods, and returns as a cappella singer Beca in next year’s sequel, Pitch Perfect 2. However, in between those two film releases, Kendrick will again put her singing talent to good use with The Last Five Years, a big screen take on Jason Robert Brown’s acclaimed stage musical of the same name, as scripted and directed for the screen by Oscar-nominee Richard LaGravenese (Living Out LoudP.S. I Love You). Last Five Years deconstructs the five-year relationship between aspiring actress Cathy Hiatt (Kendrick) and aspiring novelist Jamie Wellerstein (Jeremy Jordan, Smash).

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