Auditioning for Musical Theatre demystifies the process of giving the best possible professional audition for a role in a musical. It is the result of Denny Berry’s own experience, sitting "behind the audition desk" for 30 years of professional Broadway auditions, as well as teaching newcomers and coaching established actors. The book coaches performers on how to be their best selves—and avoid the pitfalls of nerves and poor preparation. To do so, it offers:
- An in-depth, practical approach to a professional audition that gives readers detailed suggestions about how to identify their vocal strengths, choose the material most suited to it, and present the entirety of their "product" with confidence.
- Rules to guide the actor through the audition process, along with sample homework assignments.
- A comprehensive list of musical material, genres, and commonly-referred-to categories of songs designed to help auditioners select the right material for any given audition.
The book is intended for the talented newcomer as well as the experienced actor who wants to deliver a more effective audition. Ultimately, Auditioning for Musical Theatre takes the reader through the parts of auditioning that they can control, and helps them tailor every situation to show their individual best.
Table of Contents
LIST OF FIGURES
BEFORE WE BEGIN
CHAPTER ONE: AUDITION FUNDAMENTALS
CHAPTER TWO: AUDITION RESEARCH
CHAPTER THREE: THE PRESENTATION PREPARATION
CHAPTER FOUR: SPEAKING IN THE MUSICAL THEATRE
CHAPTER FIVE: THE DANCE CALL
CHAPTER SIX: OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
Denny Berry is a musical theatre director, choreographer, and teacher. She heads the Musical Theatre Program at the University of Utah, USA, which she’s designed as a springboard for young professionals. She’s the associate choreographer of The Phantom of the Opera, the longest running show on Broadway.