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#TBT: May 3rd – Birthday of Lyricist Betty Comden

Throwback Thursday: May 3, 1917,  Broadway & Hollywood lyricist and librettist Betty Comden is born. “A risk was taken with ‘On the Town’, and look what happened: Betty and Adolph burst onto the scene. A shout-out to Comden & Green!” (Title of Show). Lyricists and librettist Betty Comden, of t Comden & Green, was born May 3, 1917. She and Adolph Green are known for several works, such as On the Town (1944), Singin’ in the Rain (1952), and Bells are Ringing (1956). Together, this duo’s musical comedy talents became theatrical classics that are still performed and beloved today. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Comden had always considered herself a performer, and she was first seen on the stage at the Brooklyn Ethical Culture School (jwa.org). Comden went on to major in drama at New York U...

An MRI Reveals How the Vocal Tract Changes Singing Four Different Ways

BY LORI DORN via www.laughingsquid.com Using an MRI machine at the NYU Langone Voice Center, the very talented vocalist and teacher Tyley Rossbrilliantly demonstrated the changing physicality of his vocal tract as he sang the classic Puccini aria “Nessun Dorma” in four different ways; a light and heady mix, “forward facing Broadway”, “back and down Opera” and in a rock style. As seen through the MRI, each vocal style had its own set physical features. What you’re looking at here are comparative images of the same vowel being sung at the same moment in each vocal style. …take a moment to see for yourself how the anatomical features of the vocal tract that we can see here align differently in each style. How does the tongue position differently? How about the view on the mouth opening? How a...

An Actor’s Guide to Life After Graduation

BY CORY HUNDT via www.backstage.com After years of long rehearsals, memorizing too many lines to count, studying the likes of Stanislavsky, Hagen, and Shakespeare (to name a few), creating lifelong friendships and collaboration partners, and perhaps even acting in or writing a thesis, you’re about to graduate with an acting degree. Congratulations! But now what? Before you freak about the prospect of being thrust out into the “real world” without a helping hand, here’s a step-by-step guide to inform the way you navigate this exciting but also overwhelming time in your career. 1 Year Before Graduation One year before you’re set to graduate, be sure that you’re on track with all of the correct classes and credits you need to finish on time. If you don’t already have built-in meetings with yo...

2018 Tony Award Nominations

via www.playbill.com The 2018 Tony Awards Nominations were announced May 1, with Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants coming out on top with 12 nods each including Best Musical. Joining the two titles in the category were The Band’s Visit (with 11 nominations) and Frozen (earning three nods). Also earning 11 nominations were the Broadway revivals of Angels in America (becoming the most-nominated play in Broadway Tony history) and Carousel, with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and My Fair Lady trailing closely behind with ten. Five nominated performers represented the two leading shows: Mean Girls’ Taylor Louderman, Ashley Park, and Grey Henson, and SpongeBob SquarePants’ Ethan Slater and Gavin Lee. The 72nd annual Tony Awards will take place June 10 at Radio City Music Hall. Sara Bareill...

New Theatre Jobs at Playbill

Theatre Jobs Are you looking for theatre jobs? Maybe you’re new to theatre, looking for something different, or just browsing out of curiousity. No matter what the reason may be, look to Playbill for new and exciting opportunities! Playbill keeps their theatre job postings up to date regularly, with new jobs posted daily! Click the logo above or highlighted link below to start your search! Broadway’s #1 Job Site: Find your next theatre job here – casting calls, auditions, internships, administrative, design, technical and other stage employment at Playbill.com.  

Economy of Movement and the Theatre mask

BY JONATHAN BECKER via www.theatre-masks.com Neutral Mask Class What is Economy of movement? Why would that be important? I was once having a conversation with a colleague and had just mentioned having finished the section on neutral theatre mask. She asked me how long I had spent with the students on the neutral mask exercises. I replied eight weeks. She was shocked. What were you doing for eight weeks she asked? I had to think for a minute before replying because for me the answer was simply, neutral mask work. It occurred to me that not much has been written about the class work with the masks or what surrounds the mask work that makes it so deeply effecting for the students.   It is not enough to simply hand out the masks and get started. The student needs a foundation for understandin...

Actors Push for Two New Tony Awards: Ensembles and Choruses

BY  MICHAEL PAULSON via www.nytimes.com The union representing theater performers said on Wednesday that it was beginning a national campaign to persuade the Tony Awards to create annual prizes for ensembles and choruses. The Tonys, which each year recognize work in plays and musicals on Broadway, currently honor performances only by actors in leading and supporting roles. But many regional theater contests honor the work of the rest of the cast — for example, the Jeff Awards in Chicago have an annual prize for the best ensemble. “We feel like everybody onstage needs to be able to compete to receive recognition for their performance,” said Mary McColl, executive director of the union, Actors’ Equity, which represents more than 51,000 actors and stage managers. “There has been this wide swa...

Winners of the 2018 Olivier Awards

BY BWW NEWS DESK via www.broadwayworld.com FULL NOMINATIONS LIST FOR THE OLIVIER AWARDS 2018 WITH MASTERCARD Best Actor In A Supporting Role In A Musical: Michael Jibson for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre ** WINNER! Ross Noble for Young Frankenstein at Garrick Theatre Jason Pennycooke for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre Cleve September for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre Best Actress In A Supporting Role In A Musical Sheila Atim for Girl From The North Country at The Old Vic ** WINNER! Tracie Bennett for Follies at National Theatre – Olivier Rachel John for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre Lesley Joseph for Young Frankenstein at Garrick Theatre Outstanding Achievement In Music Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Music and Orchestrations by Dan Gillespie Sell...

How Theatre Artists Are Fundraising for Puerto Rico

BY RACHEL MORRIS via www.americantheatre.org It’s been a full six months since Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, but the island is still in recovery mode. Parts of it remain without electricity, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency remains on the ground. The pressure to rebuild only intensifies as this year’s hurricane season creeps closer and closer. But while the devastation is no longer front-page news, these theatre artists are determined to keep a spotlight shining on their island. Read on to learn how they are lending a creative helping hand—and find out how you can give back too. Putting on a Show to Save Lives When news of the hurricane hit, Janio Marrero, a Puerto Rican native and co-artistic director of the Cherry Lane Theatre, was in the middle of a reading festiv...

Thousands of WA Students See Hamilton for $10 (& Perform Their Own Work, too!)

BY PAIGE CORNWELL via www.seattletimes.com Toward the end of the first act of “Hamilton,” characters sing the line, “Immigrants, we get the job done.” It’s common for audiences watching the critically acclaimed musical to react to the “Yorktown” lyric, but for this audience, it seemed to carry more weight for the crowd. Inside the Paramount Theatre Thursday afternoon, 2,800 high-school students roared. Many of the audience members were children of immigrants or immigrants themselves, like the titular Alexander Hamilton, who was born in the West Indies and became one of America’s Founding Fathers. “Hamilton: An American Musical” is playing at the Paramount through March 18. Tickets are hard to come by, and prices range from $250 to more than $1,000. But on Thursday afternoon, the students f...

Roundabout Trains the Next Generation of Backstage Workers

The Theatrical Workforce Development Program readies young people to take on jobs backstage and in the booth. BY ALLISON CONSIDINE  via www.americantheatre.org Roundabout Theatre Company has been giving New York City public school students a taste of theatre for the past 20 years, with education initiatives that train public school faculty to teach theatre skills in the classroom, offer theatre tickets to school groups, and bring Roundabout teaching artists to all five boroughs to share lessons about different theatrical disciplines. But many students who got a glimpse backstage wanted to know more, and Roundabout recognized this as a missed opportunity to provide a pathway for interested students to build professional careers. “What we were seeing was that our students in the after-school...

6 Rules for Following Up After an Audition

BY KRISTYN BRADY via www.dancemagazine.com If you made it through several cuts but didn’t land a contract, you’re probably wondering what went wrong. It’s perfectly acceptable to ask for feedback—if you go about it the right way. Here’s how company and casting directors want to hear from you so you’ll be remembered for your dancing (not for nagging). DON’T Follow Up Prematurely If you get cut in the first round, it’s not necessary to follow up. Photo by Jim Lafferty for Pointe. If you didn’t make the first cut, don’t follow up. Andrea Zee, a casting director for Broadway musicals and tours, says she can’t be helpful unless you’ve made it through several cuts. “It’s just too hard with the number of people we’...

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