Which role would you rather?[post_title] => Would You Rather: Broadway Dream Role Edition - Volume 2 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => would-you-rather-broadway-dream-role-edition-volume-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-01-15 09:44:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-01-15 14:44:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?post_type=snax_poll&p=369993 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => snax_poll [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 369747 [post_author] => 1294 [post_date] => 2019-01-09 15:01:19 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-01-09 20:01:19 [post_content] => Happy New Year! This will be the last edition Best Musical ranking until the 2019 Tony Awards where I will do the Best Musicals of the 2010s and the Best Musical Revivals of the 2010s. Then that will be it. Anyway, the 1950s was a gold mine for golden age shows, with Rodgers and Hammerstein ruling the Great White Way, Stephen Sondheim made his Broadway debut and the Tony Awards had only just started! [post_title] => Rank The Best Musical Winners Of The 50s! [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => rank-the-best-musical-winners-of-the-50s [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-01-09 15:01:19 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-01-09 20:01:19 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=369747 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 369953 [post_author] => 11 [post_date] => 2019-01-09 09:54:25 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-01-09 14:54:25 [post_content] => The sequel to Disney’s beloved ‘Mary Poppins’ has finally arrived and we are chim chim cheery about it. Our favorite magical nanny may have returned with a new brood of kids and lots of new tricks, but there are plenty of similarities to the classic 1964 film. We love these 10 ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ parallels in the most delightful way:
1. Mary’s cheeky wit.Whether she’s bantering with her own reflection or acting like her supernatural tricks are totally normal, Mary Poppins is full of sass. In the original film, Mary pays the Banks family a visit after answering an unpublished “nanny advertisement” written by young Jane and Michael. When Mr. Banks is puzzled by how this ad written by his children has actually been seen, Mary makes him feel like he’s the fool. In the sequel, her cleverness is just as savage as she downplays her mystical ways leaving others to feel like a talking umbrella should be an everyday occurrence. It’s all part of Mary Poppins being practically perfect in every way... and we love it!
2. The animated worlds.In ‘Mary Poppins Returns’, it doesn’t take long for audiences to come across a cartoon clan of singing, dancing, talking animals. A bathtub transforms into a giant, bubble-filled ocean and a ceramic bowl, used for decor in the nursery, becomes a world in which the new generation of Banks children take a carriage ride to the Royal Doulton Music Hall. While the original movie’s animated sidewalk-chalk world is quite literally a jolly holiday, the new iteration includes a menacing cartoon villain who teaches the children a valuable life lesson. Differences aside, the sequel pays tribute to Mary Poppins’ magic and features a band of familiar tap-dancing penguins.
3. The saving of Mr. Banks.Not only is the beloved original film as sweet as a spoonful of sugar but it carries a powerful message as well. By the time Mary ventures on from the Banks family, it’s pretty apparent that her real purpose was to show Jane and Michael’s no-nonsense father that life is more than working for a paycheck. In the sequel we find Michael, now a father of three, drowning in bills after the passing of his wife. Once again, Mary Poppins arrives to tend to the children but ends up teaching Michael a thing or two.
4. Mary’s low-key life lessons.When it comes to fixing family issues, Mary doesn’t have to do much. Her strange and sudden arrival in both movies is a catalyst for the children and their father to improve a strained relationship. Most of the time these lessons are strategically coordinated in a practically perfect way by Mary Poppins herself.
5. The befriending of a local misfit.First, we had Bert, the chimney sweep, and now we have Jack, a lamplighter. We may not know how Bert first encountered a magical nanny, but he’s clearly savvy about Mary Poppins' unconventional methods and joins her and the children on their many adventures. Jack from ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ (Lin-Manuel Miranda) makes it clear that Mary was once his nanny and accompanies her and the children into imaginative worlds as well.
6. Michael Banks becoming an artist.Remember when the adorable Michael Banks didn't want to invest his money and instead wanted to give his tuppence to the bird lady? In ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ Michael is all grown up and working at his father’s bank but primarily considers himself an artist. Our money is on the fact that Michael likely considers passion more important than dollar signs as his father learned this lesson in the first film.
7. Jane Banks is an advocate.Similar to Michael mirroring his father, Jane holds similarities to the original Mrs. Banks. Her mother was a suffragette advocating for women’s rights in ‘Mary Poppins’, and we now find Jane spearheading labor union rallies.
8. Secondary characters mirror those from the original film.We may see similarities between Jack and Bert or the Banks children and their parents, but character foils don’t stop there. Instead of kooky Uncle Albert who loves to laugh so much that he consistently floats on the ceiling, we are introduced to Mary Poppins' cousin, Topsy, whose world very literally turns upside down. Rather than the bird lady, Angela Lansbury portrays the balloon lady. Plus, Dick Van Dyke plays Mr. Dawes, the bank's director, again!
9. Mary defies the laws of English.Mary Poppins might be prim and proper, but she doesn’t have any regard for rules of the English language. In the original film, she creates new words (AKA “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”) and teaches the children the practice of nonsensical rhyming in the sequel.
10. There’s a massive dance number.If there’s one thing chimney sweeps and lamplighters are good for it’s a Broadway-style dance number. Everyone knows the classic tune, “Step In Time,” and it’s safe to say that new generations will be humming the ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ version, “Trip A Little Light Fantastic.” Both are big dance scenes that include a lot of Mary Poppins magic.
What did we miss? Leave a comment below...[post_title] => 10 Practically Perfect Parallels in 'Mary Poppins Returns' [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 10-practically-perfect-parallels-mary-poppins-returns [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-01-09 09:54:25 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-01-09 14:54:25 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=369953 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 369770 [post_author] => 11 [post_date] => 2019-01-08 08:52:50 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-01-08 13:52:50 [post_content] => [post_title] => Poll: See How Your Favorite Musicals Stack Up In The Theatre Nerds Community [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => poll-how-favorite-musicals-stack-up-theatre-nerds-community [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-01-08 08:53:46 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-01-08 13:53:46 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?post_type=snax_poll&p=369770 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => snax_poll [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 4 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 369945 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-01-05 12:16:23 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-01-05 17:16:23 [post_content] => Baby, it’s cold outside and we want nothing more than to cozy up to a slew of musical movies. This month, we’re rounding up all musicals available for stream on Hulu (you can check out our latest Netflix roundup here), and while the popular platform doesn’t offer a vast repertoire for theatre nerds yet, there is enough content to keep us singing along on our couch for a few hours. Here are musicals currently available on Hulu:
1. JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERTFans of the NBC special starring John Legend and Sara Bareilles can rejoice! Hulu’s addition of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert’ is a blessing for any musical theatre nerd hoping to jam to some Andrew Lloyd Webber tunes. This reimagined concert version might be a little different than the original production but it’s got the same iconic hits from “Superstar” to “I Don’t Know How To Love Him”.
2. FAMEBased on the 1980 film and its subsequent stage version, the remake of ‘Fame’ follows a group of ambitious students who attend a performing arts high school in New York City. Angst, drama, song and dance take the lead in this coming of age musical.
3. SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREETAttend the tale of Sweeney Todd; his skin was pale and his eye was odd! This dark musical chronicles the life of a barber who seeks revenge after tragedy falls on his wife and daughter. Put those jazz hands away for this one, ladies and gents. ‘Sweeney Todd’ is blood, guts, and lots and lots of Sondheim.
4. FANTASIA 2000While not a traditional musical by any means, ‘Fantasia 2000’ brings to life some of the greatest music of all time. This Disney sequel follows suit with the first iteration of ‘Fantasia’, combining classical works by famous composers and animated sequences. For a theatre nerd, it’s the perfect pick on a relaxing rainy day.
5. LOVESTRUCK: THE MUSICALIf you’ve spent the last month binge-watching every cheesy Netflix movie in the book (both installments of ‘The Christmas Prince’, perhaps?), then this musical might just be your cup of tea. ABC Family/Freeform curated this jukebox treasure which sets songs such as “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” to one former Broadway dancer’s love story.
6. TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMASWhether you’re mourning that Halloween has come and gone or counting down the days until Christmas, Tim Burton’s popular film will do just the trick. Though the spooky story has yet to grace the stage, it comes with a catchy soundtrack and memorable protagonist by the name of Jack Skellington. We’re here for that.
7. YOUNGEROkay, this series is not a musical but it’s bound to keep fans of musical theatre just as happy - it’s chock full of major Broadway stars. Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster leads the show playing Liza Miller, a 40-year-old mother and divorcée who lands a job at a major publishing house after fibbing about her age (hint: she passes as a much younger 26-year-old). The cast also includes ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ actress Miriam Shor with guest appearances from other show-tune singers such as Laura Benanti and Christian Borle. All five seasons are currently available on Hulu. Our minds are blown that it’s already a new year, and we’re starting 2019 with a powerhouse Broadway playlist that will get us amped for the fresh start. Whether you’re going into January with a to-do list of things to accomplish or merely good vibes, these musicals will help you start the new year right:
1. THE CHER SHOWvia GIPHY Fresh off its Broadway debut, ‘The Cher Show’ brings to life the journey of an iconic artist as seen through Cher during three different stages of her career. While our fingers are crossed for an original cast recording soon (because Stephanie J. Block sings like magic), the music of Cher can still count as an inspiring anthem in our book. Not only will her songs encourage us to believe in life after love, but ‘The Cher Show’ reminds us that being different is the key to success.
2. WAITRESSvia GIPHY With music penned by Sara Bareilles and a story based off the 2007 film, ‘Waitress’ has been captivating the theatre with sugar, butter, flour, and an empowering message. Enter Jenna, a sweet and hard-working protagonist who can’t seem to catch a break (spoiler alert: she’s a waitress stuck in a terrible marriage). As the story unfolds through some of the most uplifting show tunes out there, we watch Jenna transform into a strong-willed, determined woman who is set on giving herself the life that she deserves.
3. LES MISÉRABLESIf you know anything about musical theatre, you’ve probably heard songs from ‘Les Misérables’ in some form. As one of Broadway’s greatest shows of all time, ‘Les Mis’ depicts Victor Hugo’s tale of Jean Valjean, a man who committed a crime and subsequently dedicates his life to living with grace and kindness. It’s a tale of forgiveness and second chances that will inspire you to better yourself this coming year.
4. FUNNY GIRLvia GIPHY Crowned a classic by many musical fans (and Barbra Streisand fans alike), ‘Funny Girl’ is most known for its beloved tune, “Don’t Rain On My Parade.” And in 2019, we are NOT letting anyone rain on our parade. You feel?
5. DEAR EVAN HANSEN
6. INTO THE WOODSvia GIPHY Speaking of no one being alone… ‘Into The Woods’ boasts an aptly named song (“No One Is Alone”) and teaches a variety of lessons through fairy-tales woven together via a glorious Sondheim soundtrack. Sure, the plot is comedic and quirky, but even adults can do with a reminder of these important messages.
7. THE COLOR PURPLEvia GIPHY If anyone has obstacles to overcome it’s Celie in ‘The Color Purple’. Based on the famous Alice Walker novel of the same title, ‘The Color Purple’ follows a young woman as she tries to find her way out of an abusive marriage in small-town Georgia. While listening to this show certainly calls for a box of tissues, how can sensational songs like “I Am Here” not inspire?
8. HAMILTONvia GIPHY In case you’ve been living under a rock, this musical masterpiece hasn’t slowed down. In fact, it’s nonstop. We’re hoping that Alexander Hamilton encourages you not to throw away your shot in 2019.
9. NEWSIESSeize the day and make your dreams happen! Chances are, you have a few things you’d like to accomplish come January. Whether it’s personal, professional or something as small as taking up a new hobby, listening to a soundtrack like ‘Newsies’ can put your mind and heart in the right place.
10. FROZENBlast this Broadway soundtrack and let 2018 go.
11. ON YOUR FEET!From regular working-class woman to musical sensation, Gloria Estefan’s bio-musical is full of trials, tribulations, and conga. In case you need any more reason for the rhythm to get you, the show is full of motivational songs. Don’t take our word for it; take Gloria’s: “Get on your feet, get up and make it happen!”
12. BILLY ELLIOTvia GIPHY Despite ridicule and others not believing he could succeed, Billy pursues his passion for ballet. The riveting soundtrack that accompanies this Elton John-composed musical is a must for that motivation playlist.
13. WICKEDvia GIPHY Between “Defying Gravity” and “For Good,” we’re certain this soundtrack has a song for every theatre nerd in all of Oz. Whether a clean slate means putting a feud in the past or mustering up the courage to try something new and scary, this musical has us embracing the new year (and sobbing into our broomsticks).
14. HAIRSPRAYvia GIPHY We all could use a little dose of Tracy Turnblad’s zest for life. Amp up your morning playlist in the new year with positive songs like “Run And Tell That,” “Without Love” and, of course, “You Can’t Stop The Beat.”
15. RENTThough known by many for being dark and sad, ‘Rent’ has stood the test of time as an empowering and impactful musical. Songs like “No Day But Today” remind us not to take any day for granted and to live in the moment. It’s the perfect start to your new season of love.
16. ANNIEBecause we must never forget that “the sun'll come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow there'll be sun.” HONORABLE MENTION
THE GREATEST SHOWMANWhile this musical has yet to storm the stage, it’s only a matter of time. ‘The Great Showman’ has already found its fandom in the theatre nerd community, and we’re letting its music be our mantra in the new year. Get ready, 2019... THIS IS ME! 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[post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => quiz-are-you-elsa-or-anna-from-frozen [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-12-28 10:30:32 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-12-28 15:30:32 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=369694 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 369569 [post_author] => 11 [post_date] => 2018-12-12 08:59:22 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-12-12 13:59:22 [post_content] => [viralQuiz id=91] [post_title] => Quiz: Describe Your Ideal Holiday Season And We'll Tell You Which Festive Show Tune Is Your Theme Song [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => quiz-describe-your-ideal-holiday-season-and-well-tell-you-which-festive-show-tune-is-your-theme-song [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-12-12 09:03:49 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-12-12 14:03:49 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=369569 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 369224 [post_author] => 1294 [post_date] => 2018-11-25 14:50:09 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-11-25 19:50:09 [post_content] => The term classic is a little vague but we can all think of examples of "classic" plays. My choices include Death of a Salesman, The Iceman Cometh, The Glass Menagerie and A Raisin in the Sun. These are all classics now, but which modern plays might join their ranks as "classic". Here are some of my choices! 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[post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => quiz-how-much-do-you-really-know-about-mamma-mia [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-11-11 10:51:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-11-11 15:51:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=12163 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 369269 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-11-05 10:08:53 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-11-05 15:08:53 [post_content] => Famous faces as guest stars are a popular fixture of television and can end up being some of the best episodes of a season. An already great idea becomes even better when the guest star on your much-loved show also happens to be your Broadway favorite.
Here are 9 of Broadway’s best guest starring roles:
1. Nathan Lane on “Sex and the City”Season five of the mammoth hit show “Sex and the City” featured Broadway actor Nathan Lane guest starring as Bobby Fine. Fine is a friend of Carrie Bradshaw who is assumed to be gay and surprises everyone by coming out as straight when he marries Bitsy von Muffling, a wealthy socialite. Nathan Lane plays the part just right and is hilarious every step of the way.
2. Kristin Chenoweth on “Glee”Broadway legend Chenoweth made several guest appearances on “Glee” as the quick-witted April Rhodes. Chenoweth’s rendition of “Maybe This Time” from “Cabaret” is a showstopper, bringing one character to tears. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAEcmdso-PY
3. Cristin Milioti on “The Mindy Project”Yes, we all know she played the long speculated role of the mother on “How I Met Your Mother.” But even more hilarious was “Once” actor Cristin Milioti’s five-episode guest spot as Whitney, a high-powered hedge fund manager with a drug problem on “The Mindy Project.” After sobering up, Whitney and Mindy strike up a friendship where the two single pals support each other through their difficult challenges.
4. Jeremy Jordan and Darren Criss on “The Flash/Supergirl Crossover”Two is better than one in the case of both a superhero crossover episode and beloved Broadway stars Darren Criss and Jeremy Jordan. The pair kicks off a throwback musical number on the episode, with a fully choreographed sequence. What’s not to love? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jdq42pasVyo
5. Josh Groban on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”While most know Josh Groban for his incredible singing voice, the “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” actor is also pretty funny. In his cameo on the musical comedy show, Groban appears to Rebecca while she’s walking home, to dish out some important life advice about not sleeping with your ex-boyfriend’s father. While that is as hilarious as it sounds, the best part has to be when he announces himself by belting out his name. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2U7k7aPKue0
6. Ben Platt on “Will and Grace”“Dear Evan Hansen” star Ben Platt becomes the new younger man in Will’s life when they meet at a bar. Platt’s character Blake is an over the top, millennial that catches Will’s attention but with whom he later struggles to connect. There are some definite similarities between Platt’s character in this episode and his role as Benji in his breakout film “Pitch Perfect.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoHDadIfPa4
7. Lin Manuel-Miranda on “How I Met Your Mother”Before his “Hamilton” fame, Miranda unleashed his rhyming powers on Marshall in an episode of the popular television comedy “How I Met Your Mother.” Miranda plays Gus, who raps about Canada and generally annoys Marshall. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BdxYOrCc74
8. John Gallagher Jr on “The West Wing”A baby-faced Gallagher had a brief stint on the popular Aaron Sorkin drama, “The West Wing.” Coming to the aide of Josh, Donna, and Toby when they are left behind in a small town after a presidential appearance, Gallagher’s Tyler picks them up, and hilarity ensues as they try to get back on track. This is not the “American Idiot” star’s only appearance on a Sorkin show. He went on to play endearing producer Jim Harper on “The Newsroom.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVsQYkx0Ics
9. Andrew Rannells on “Will and Grace”It seems that Will loves to get his flirt on with the Broadway stars! “Falsettos” Andrew Rannells’ character operates a gay-conversion camp but finds himself falling for Will after a steamy kiss. Rannells is as good as ever, showcasing his perfect comedic timing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBsJAS2ui20
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This week, Theatre Nerds is rounding up 40 terms that we think every thespian (as well as their perplexed friends and loved ones) should know. Start studying!1. BLOCKING - Rather than standing in front of someone so that they can’t get by, ‘blocking’ in the theatre world refers to the exact placement on a stage where an actor needs to be during a scene. 2. CALL TIME - The time in which an actor must be present at the theatre for an audition, rehearsal or show. No phones are involved with this kind of call. 3. COLD READING - Put your tissues away. This simply means to read a script with little to no preparation. No rehearsing for you - you’re going in cold! via GIPHY 4. CURTAIN CALL - That magical moment after a production when the cast comes out for a bow and applause. 5. DOWNSTAGE - The front of a stage where performers are closest to the audience. 6. DRAMATURGY - A study of the context in which a production takes place. Generally, a bunch of actors (or a person assigned to the role of dramaturg) research a play’s specific era, location, societal beliefs, traditions, etc. to gain a better understanding of the world where the story is set. 7. DRESSER - A stagehand who aids in keeping costumes neat and tidy, as well as helping performers during costume changes. Not to be confused with a piece of furniture. 8. ENCORE - That epic musical number that occurs after audiences have applauded the finale of a show and cast members have given a closing bow. via GIPHY 9. FOURTH WALL - Sounds like something from the Twilight Zone but is really the conceptual barrier between actor and audience member. Performers that “break the fourth wall” address the audience. 10. FRINGE - Thespian lingo for theatre that is out of the box, avant garde and experimental. 11. FRONT-OF-HOUSE - Areas of a theatre or performing arts venue where the public can be. Antonym: backstage. 12. GHOST LIGHT - A light that stays illuminated on a stage when the auditorium is otherwise unoccupied. Naturally this term was coined by a thespian and therefore super dramatic (and creepy). 13. GOBO - A fancy term for light-based projections that are used during a theatrical production. 14. LOGE - A section of boxed balcony seats located in a theatre. 15. METHOD ACTING - When actors try to achieve complete emotional understanding of their character (i.e., adjusting their lifestyle to align with a role as part of the rehearsal process). 16. OFF BOOK - When actors can finally toss the script aside because they have their lines memorized. 17. OPEN AIR THEATRE - An outdoor theatre. 18. ORCHESTRA - While even non-theatre folks know that the orchestra can refer to live instruments accompanying a show, the term also defines a venue’s main floor seating. 19. PROSCENIUM - The arch or boarder that frames a stage. 20. QUICK CHANGE - A really, really, really, really, really, really fast costume change. 21. RUN THROUGH - When a cast rehearses their entire show from beginning to end. 22. SCRIM - A piece of cloth that’s used as a backdrop on-stage (often lit from behind to create the scene). 23. SITZPROBE - A magical rehearsal where singers and musicians unite to run through musical numbers together. 24. SOLILOQUY - When a character expresses internal thoughts or emotions verbally for the benefit of the audience. Basically, when a character talks to themselves. 25. STAGE DIRECTION - When a play’s text includes instructional movement or gestures. 26. STAGE DOOR - The secret place where theatre nerds fan-girl and get Playbills signed after a show. via GIPHY 27. STAGE MANAGER - (Noun) A magical device usually fueled by caffeine that brings order to chaos. (We even put it on a shirt.) 28. STAGE MOM - Those super-moms that aid their thespian offspring in line running, costume sewing, prop making, shoe shopping, choreography watching, snack supplying, makeup applying, fundraising and more. (We put that on a shirt also.) 29. STRIKE - When the run of a show is done and everyone involved congregates to destroy the set. Tears are probably shed. 30. SUPERNUMERARIES - While this word reminds us of superheroes, it is the Individuals who are onstage during a show to fill in crowd scenes but aren’t actually actors, singers or dancers. (They may have superpowers as well.) 31. SWING - A thespian ninja who has the ability to jump into multiple roles as an understudy at any given moment. 32. TECHIE - A loving term of endearment for those who make the magic happen offstage (aka theatre technicians who work with lights, props, sets, etc.) 33. THEATRE-IN-THE-ROUND - A theatre with seats surrounding every side of the stage. They are also known as arena stages. 34. THE BARD - What ultra-theatre nerds call William Shakespeare. 35. THRUST STAGE - A stage that “thrusts” into the auditorium; there are seats surrounding three sides. 26. TYPECAST - When you’re just ALWAYS cast in a nerdy role. Or ALWAYS the villain. Or ALWAYS that cool sidekick who owns a hairless cat. 37. UNDERSTUDY - It’s like substitute teaching but one step closer to winning a Tony. 38. UPSTAGE - The back of the stage farthest from the audience. 39. UPSTAGED - This word also refers to that theatre kid who constantly tries to outshine everyone. *Cue Beyoncé’s “Diva”* via GIPHY 40. WINGS - The area to the sides of the stage where all things important happen: quick changes occur, props await their moment in the sun, and performers enter onstage.
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With music and lyrics by Australian comedian and singer-songwriter Eddie Perfect (“Shane Warne, “King Kong”), “Beetlejuice” is an outrageously hilarious spectacle that balances the macabre with the comedic. The cast and crew have brought forth a production that would make Burton and his original cohorts proud. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWeblJlO7a0 Here we have a cast that could not have been better assembled, since they fit their respective roles like a glove... or in this case, like a corpse in a hearse! In the title role is Alex Brightman, who is best known for his Tony-nominated performance as Dewey Finn in "School of Rock." His embodiment of Beetlejuice would make even Michael Keaton shudder. Brightman's portrayal of the shameless, sailor-mouthed miscreant is complete with spot-on accents and a devilishly convincing comical timing. Brightman’s consistently raspy voice throughout the show is proof that the man has vocal cords of steel, and his performance is a must-watch for Tony voters. Alongside him playing Lydia is Sophia Anne Caruso ("The Sound of Music Live!", "Lazarus"). Whereas Winona Ryder's Lydia is low-key and subtle, Caruso's Lydia has more attitude. Lydia grieves over her mother’s death and barely tolerates her selfish, oblivious father, and Caruso nails the angst needed for the self-proclaimed "strange and unusual" goth teenager. Vocally, Caruso has a solid belting register that is far beyond her 17 years. Her first big solo number "Dead Mom" is a midtempo rock number in the vein of Paramore, and I can easily see Caruso fronting her own future band if she chooses to do so. Other standouts in the cast include Broadway veteran Kerry Butler ("Catch Me If You Can," "Mean Girls") and Rob McClure ("Chaplin") as the adorkable recently deceased couple Barbara and Adam Maitland. Leslie Kritzer ("Legally Blonde"), who plays Delia, Lydia's soon-to-be stepmother and life coach, is an absolute riot, as is her co-star Adam Dannheisser ("Oslo"), who plays Lydia's father, Charles. Also noteworthy is Kelvin Moon Loh (“The King and I” 2015 Revival) as Delia’s ethereal guru Otho. Although a minor character, it would be remiss not to applaud Dana Steingold's brief but screamingly funny performance as an innocent, easily scared Girl Scout in the second act. [caption id="attachment_369138" align="aligncenter" width="798"] Pictured: Alex Brightman playing Beetlejuice.[/caption] One of the show's most significant assets is its spectacular set, costume, and lighting design. The production is complete with animatronic sandworms and shrimp-arms, not to mention at least five different backgrounds throughout the course of the show. The set's gothic aesthetic is spot-on with Tim Burton's style from the movie, and its immaculate versatility is something that I hope Tony voters remember come spring. Moreover, the costumes are nearly exact replicas of the movie ones (e.g., Beetlejuice’s striped suit and Lydia’s red wedding dress). In classic Broadway fashion, the costume changes in numbers such as “Creepy Old Guy” are swift and stunning. Elsewhere, the lighting design strikes gothic gold. Before the curtain rises, it is covered with a beaming spiral, as if to hypnotize the audience into a world far beyond our darkest fears. Perhaps my favorite use of the lighting is how minimal it is in the netherworld scenes, heightening the Tim Burton-like desolation of the next world. The crew has crafted a flexible set that turns the seemingly impossible into a reality. Meanwhile, the writing is sensational. Like last year’s production of “Mean Girls,” the book here is not just a total copy-and-paste of the movie to the stage. The book writers Scott Brown and Anthony King (both “Gutenberg! The Musical”) have expanded character backstories. For example, the musical opens with Beetlejuice wreaking havoc in a graveyard shortly before cutting to the funeral for Lydia’s mother. Some plot details have changed, however, such as how Barbara and Adam die in the story’s beginning. A car driving off a bridge, like in the movie, here turns into the couple falling through the floor in their house. With the dialogue, Brown and King have upped the ante on the humor. The script is replete with explosive jokes and lyrics that tip-toe between knee-slapping and just plain wrong ("There are misogynistic guys here/Someday you're gonna die here/It's basically Dubai here"). Musically, Eddie Perfect lives up to his surname with his lively rock/swing hybrid score that enhances the brash dark humor throughout the story. The score hits the ground running with the uptempo opening number "The Whole Being Dead Thing.” Other highlights throughout the show include "That Beautiful Sound," "Creepy Old Guy," and "Everything Is Meh." The latter number features another delightful addition to the story: the fictional boy band Boy Inferno, which greets people upon entering the netherworld. Furthermore, fans of the movie will be relieved to know that the two Harry Belafonte songs used in the movie's iconic dinner scene and finale scene are recycled for the stage version. [caption id="attachment_369139" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Eddie Perfect, the composer, and lyricist for “Beetlejuice.”[/caption] The show is already a hit among audiences, with many patrons arriving on opening night in full gothic makeup, dyed hair, and costumes. Ticket-wise, some performances are already down to single tickets in certain sections. Overall, I hope the show is not altered too much when it transfers to New York in the spring. There are already several strong aspects, and I hope that all the aforementioned musical numbers stay intact. As the DC production is currently the only incarnation of the musical, it is hard for me to imagine a better cast than the current one. I do hope though that Otho’s character is expanded. I know his Act II appearance is brief, but I feel that there is much comedic potential to explore with him. Regardless of how the final version manifests, "Beetlejuice" is already a hit of demonic proportions! WARNING: Contains strong language, suggestive content, and strobe light effects. Not recommended for children under 15. "Beetlejuice" plays at DC's National Theatre through November 18th. 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Impress your casting director with these 17 comedic monologues for men:
1. “I would like to say something your honor…” - Leo Bloom from ‘The Producers’Chronicling a goofy duo of ‘has been’ Broadway producers, this aptly titled musical is packed with satire and witty dialogue making it a shoo-in for a comedic monologue choice. Take on the role of Leo Bloom, a nerve-wracked accountant who partners up with the bold and scheming Max Bialystock. Monologue Length: 1:08 - 1:20 “I would like to say something your honor, not on my behalf, but in reference to my partner, Mr. Bialystock....your honor, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, Max Bialystock is the most selfish man I ever met in my life...Not only is he liar, and a cheat and a scoundrel, and a crook, who has taken money from little old ladies, he has also talked people into doing things, especially me, that they would never in a thousand years had dreamed of doing. But, your honor, as I understand it the law was created to protect people from being wronged. Your honor, whom has Max Bialystock wronged? I mean, whom has he really hurt? Not me. Not me. I was.... this man.... no one ever called me Leo before. I mean, I know it's not a big legal point, but even in kindergarten they used to call me Bloom. I never sang a song before. I mean with someone else, I never sang a song with someone else before. This man.... this man... this is a wonderful man. He made me what I am today...he did. And what of the dear ladies? What would their lives have been without Max Bialystock? Max Bialystock, who made them feel young, and attractive, and wanted again. That's all I have to say.”
2. “Perhaps you think…” - Black Stache from ‘Peter And The Starcatchers’Do you have a knack for the dark side? Set sail with this fantastical monologue from the Tony Award-winning play, “Peter And The Starcatchers.” Show the audition room that it’s not easy being a villainous pirate - as seen by this lament from the ominous (and slightly silly) Captain Black Stache. Monologue Length: 45 seconds - 1 minute “Perchance you think a treasure trunk sans treasure has put my piratical BVDs in a twist? How wrong you are. Yes, I’d hoped to be hip-deep in diamonds, but they’re a poor substitute for what I really crave: a bona fide hero to help me feel whole. For without a hero, what am I? Half a villain; a pirate in part; ruthless, but toothless. And then I saw you, and I thought, “Maybe? Can it be? Is he the one I’ve waited for? Would he, for example, give up something precious for the sake of the daughter he loves?” But alas, he gives up sand. Now, let’s see: hero with treasure, very good. Hero with no treasure…. doable. No hero and a trunk full o’ sand? Not s’much. NOW, WHERE’S MY TREASURE?!?” (Credit: Elice, Rick. Peter and the Starcatcher Disney Editions, 2014.)
3. “Eliza, you are to stay here…” - Henry Higgins from “My Fair Lady”This monologue from Professor Henry Higgins sums up ‘My Fair Lady’ in a nutshell. As a stiff and stern educator, Higgins is out to make a lady of the wild and carefree Eliza Dolittle. He states his rules for their lessons in this memorable scene. Monologue Length: 1:07 - 1:20 “Hmmm. Eliza, you are to stay here for the next six months learning how to speak beautifully, like a lady in a florist shop. If you're good and do whatever you are told, you shall sleep in a proper bedroom, have lots to eat, and money to buy chocolates and take rides in taxis. But if you are naughty and idle you shall sleep in the back kitchen amongst the black beetles, and be walloped by Mrs. Pearce with a broomstick. At the end of six months you shall be taken to Buckingham Palace in a carriage, beautifully dressed. If the King finds out that you are not a lady, the police will take you to the Tower of London, where your head will be cut off as a warning to other presumptuous flower girls (Eliza looks up at him terrified) But if you are not found out, you shall have a present of seven-and-six to start life with as a lady in a shop. If you refuse this offer you will be a most ungrateful wicked girl, and the angels will weep for you. (Seeing by Eliza's reaction that she has understood every word he turns to Pickering, his former tone instantly changed to one of good humor) Now are you satisfied, Pickering?”
4. “Juicy as a pomegranate.” - Beverly Carlton from “The Man Who Came To Dinner”If it’s a bit of dramatic flair you’re looking for, this might be your cup of tea. Enter Beverly Carlton: a playwright and performer with a talent for impressions. In this minute-long monologue, he reenacts an overly theatrical conversation. Monologue Length: 55 seconds - 1:10 “Juicy as a pomegranate. It is the latest report from London on the winter maneuvers of Miss Lorraine Sheldon against the left flank -- in fact, all flanks -- of Lord Cedric Bottomley. Listen: “Lorraine has just left us in a cloud of Chanel Number Five. Since September, in her relentless pursuit of His Lordship, she has paused only to change girdles and check her oil. She has chased him, panting, from castle to castle, till he finally took refuge, for several weekends, in the gentleman’s lavatory of the House of Lords. Practically no one is betting on the Derby this year; we are all making book on Lorraine. She is sailing tomorrow on the Normandie, but would return on the Yankee Clipper if Bottomley so much as belches in her direction.” Have you ever met Lord Bottomley, Maggie dear? “Not v-v-very good shooting today, blast it. Only s-s-six partridges, f-f-four grouse, and the D-D-Duke of Sutherland.”
5. “I think lunchtime is about the worst time of day for me.” - Charlie Brown from ‘You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown’Poor Charlie Brown! Nothing can ever seem to go right. In this scene, a melancholy Charlie discusses why lunchtime is his least favorite part of the day. Nail your audition with an excerpt from this Peanuts-inspired script. Monologue Length: 2:12 - 2:30 “I think lunchtime is about the worst time of day for me. Always having to sit here alone. Of course, sometimes, mornings aren't so pleasant either. Waking up and wondering if anyone would really miss me if I never got out of bed. Then there's the night, too. Lying there and thinking about all the stupid things I've done during the day. And all those hours in between when I do all those stupid things. Well, lunchtime is among the worst times of the day for me. Well, I guess I'd better see what I've got. Peanut butter. Some psychiatrists say that people who eat peanut butter sandwiches are lonely...I guess they're right. And when you're really lonely, the peanut butter sticks to the roof of your mouth. There's that cute little red-headed girl eating her lunch over there. I wonder what she would do if I went over and asked her if I could sit and have lunch with her?...She'd probably laugh right in my face...it's hard on a face when it gets laughed in. There's an empty place next to her on the bench. There's no reason why I couldn't just go over and sit there. I could do that right now. All I have to do is stand up...I'm standing up!...I'm sitting down. I'm a coward. I'm so much of a coward, she wouldn't even think of looking at me. She hardly ever does look at me. In fact, I can't remember her ever looking at me. Why shouldn't she look at me? Is there any reason in the world why she shouldn't look at me? Is she so great, and I'm so small, that she can't spare one little moment?...SHE'S LOOKING AT ME!! SHE'S LOOKING AT ME!! (he puts his lunchbag over his head.) ...Lunchtime is among the worst times of the day for me. If that little red-headed girl is looking at me with this stupid bag over my head she must think I'm the biggest fool alive. But, if she isn't looking at me, then maybe I could take it off quickly and she'd never notice it. On the other hand...I can't tell if she's looking, until I take it off! Then again, if I never take it off I'll never have to know if she was looking or not. On the other hand...it's very hard to breathe in here. (he removes his sack) Whew! She's not looking at me! I wonder why she never looks at me? Oh well, another lunch hour over with...only 2,863 to go.”
6.“Don’t let her bedevil you, gentlemen.” - Finian McLonergan from ‘Finian’s Rainbow’If you’re opting for a traditional monologue, this snippet from ‘Finian’s Rainbow’ will do the trick. Walk into your audition as Finian himself using this outrageous speech which takes place after the titular character’s daughter is accused of witchcraft. Monologue Length: 45 seconds - 1 minute “Don’t let her bedevil you, gentlemen. A witch she is and a witch she’s always been. Who would know better than me, her unhappy father, who found her on me doorstep, left by a fairy in the moonlight. At the age of two, she could talk with the skylarks, and decode the chirping of the crickets. At the age of four, she could blow a rainbow out of a bubble pipe, and then wear her pants out sliding down it. Then, during her adolescence, she took a tragic turn. She began to change whiskey into milk. It was a crisis, a crisis. From then on, one change led to another, and now you are all witnesses to the unhappy climax - she’s changed a white man into a black. (silencing gesture) Quiet, Woody, I’m doing the right thing. Just a minute, gentlemen. Sharon can also change a black man into a white.”
7. “Well either you are closing your eyes to a situation you do not wish to acknowledge…” - Harold Hill from ‘The Music Man’There may be seventy-six auditionees vying for a role, but only one will be cast! Impress casting directors by embodying the infamous Harold Hill, a traveling salesman who poses as a band director in a small Iowa town. Monologue Length: 1:25 - 1:40 “Well either you are closing your eyes to a situation you do not wish to acknowledge, or you are not aware of the caliber of disaster indicated by the presence of a pool table in your community. Well, you got trouble my friend. Right here, I say, trouble right here in River City. Why sure I'm a billiard player, certainly mighty proud to say, I'm always mighty proud to say it. I consider that the hours I spend with a cue in my hand are golden. Help ya cultivate horse sense, and cool head and a keen eye. Did you ever take and try to give an ironclad leave to yourself from a three rail billiard shot? But just as I say it takes judgement, brains and maturity to score in a balk line game, I say that any boob, can take and shove a ball in a pocket. And I call that sloth, the first big step on the road to the depths of degreda- I say first, medicinal wine from a teaspoon, then beer from a bottle. And the next thing you know your son is playing for money in a pinch back suit and listening to some big out of town jasper here to talk about horse race gamblin'. Not a wholesome trottin race, no, but a race where they sit down right on the horse! Like to see some stuck up jockey boy sitting on Dan-Patch? Make your blood boil? Well, I should say. Now friends, let me tell you what I mean. Ya got one, two, three, four, five, six pockets in a table. Pockets that mark the difference between a gentleman and a bum with a capital B and that rhymes with P and that stands for pool.”
8. “O, she misused me past the endurance of a block!” - Benedick from ‘Much Ado About Nothing’Shakespearean dialogue has long been a popular monologue choice - and with good reason! These words, spoken by the role of Benedick, is a great choice if you’re looking to find a monologue that showcases old English and can be performed in approximately one minute. Monologue Length: 1:05 - 1:15 “O, she misused me past the endurance of a block! An oak but with one green leaf on it would have answered her; my very visor began to assume life and scold with her. She told me, not thinking I had been myself, that I was the Prince's jester, that I was duller than a great thaw; huddling jest upon jest with such impossible conveyance upon me that I stood like a man at a mark, with a whole army shooting at me. She speaks poniards, and every word stabs. If her breath were as terrible as her terminations, there were no living near her; she would infect the North Star. I would not marry her though she were endowed with all that Adam had left him before he transgressed. She would have made Hercules have turned spit, yea, and have cleft his club to make the fire too. Come, talk not of her. You shall find her the infernal Ate in good apparel. I would to God some scholar would conjure her, for certainly, while she is here, a man may live as quiet in hell as in a sanctuary; and people sin upon purpose, because they would go thither; so indeed all disquiet, horror, and perturbation follows her.”
9. “And I, forsooth, in love!” - Berowne from ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’This particular Shakespearean declaration of love is a tad dramatic (and can be a fun monologue when auditioning for a comedic role!) Berowne, a former cynic when it comes to romance, unexpectedly falls for a beautiful girl; this new revelation sparks the words below... Monologue Length: 1:20 - 1:45 “And I, forsooth, in love! I, that have been love's whip, A very beadle to a humorous sigh, A critic, nay, a night-watch constable, A domineering pedant o'er the boy, Than whom no mortal so magnificent. This wimpled, whining, purblind, wayward boy, This signor-junior, giant-dwarf, Dan Cupid, Regent of love-rimes, lord of folded arms, The anointed sovereign of sighs and groans, Liege of all loiterers and malcontents, Dread prince of plackets, king of codpieces, Sole imperator and great general Of trotting paritors -- O my little heart! And I to be a corporal of his field, And wear his colors like a tumbler's hoop! What? I love, I sue, I seek a wife! A woman that is like a German clock, Still a-repairing, ever out of frame, And never going aright, being a watch, But being watched that it may still go right! Nay, to be perjured, which is worst of all; And, among three, to love the worst of all; A whitely wanton with a velvet brow, With two pitch balls stuck in her face for eyes. Ay, and, by heaven, one that will do the deed, Though Argus were her eunuch and her guard. And I to sigh for her, to watch for her, To pray for her! Go to, it is a plague That Cupid will impose for my neglect Of his almighty dreadful little might. Well, I will love, write, sigh, pray, sue, groan: Some men must love my lady, and some Joan.”
10. “Well, kiddies, that’s what happened to Tommy today.” - Jeff Douglas from ‘Brigadoon’Pack your bags and take a trip to Brigadoon with this monologue. Lerner and Lowe’s beloved show follows two friends who stumble upon a mystic town that appears once every 100 years (ooh! aah!) Monologue Length: 1:30 - 1:45 “Well, kiddies, that's what happened to Tommy today. But, what about his friend Jeff? Well, he had fun too. Tonight he went running off through the woods after some highland hot-head who was gonna make all the people disappear by crossing the wrong street. Well after a while, Jeff thought he saw a bird perched low in a tree, and he shot at it. Something fell to the ground. He rushed over to it, and whaddya think it was? It was hot-head Harry. Yessir, the boy Dermish himself, lying there looking all dead....Now to kill somebody somewhere else in the world would've been an awful thing, but you see, Harry was a citizen of the little town that wasn't there, and he probably never lived in the first place. Chances are there weren't even any woods. In fact the whole day probably never even happened, because you see, this is a fairy tale...(angry) Dream stuff, boy, all made up outta broomsticks and wishing wells! It's either that or a boot camp for lunatics, I don't know what goes on around here. All I know is that whatever it is, it's got nothing to do with me and nothing to do with you! And anything that happens to either of us just doesn't count! How can it when you don't understand it? And you wanna give up your family, your friends, your whole life for this? It's not even worth arguing about. Now go say goodbye to the little people and thank them for the picnic!...You're confused aren't ya boy? You know, if you believed as much as you think you do, you wouldn't be.”
11. “Okay. Now here it comes.” - Man In Chair from ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’Over the years, the nameless Man In Chair has been played by many well-known actors. Now it’s your time to shine with this iconic monologue from “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Monologue Length: 1:18 - 1:30 “Okay. Now here it comes. The moment I was talking about [...] a moment that has fascinated me more than any other and that has brought me back to this record again and again. Here it comes. (Pause). You can’t quite make out what she says because someone drops a cane. Is she saying “live while you can,” or “leave while you can”? And that’s exactly what you think when you’re standing at the altar, isn’t it, “Live” or “Leave” and you have to live. [... ... ...] So, one day [...] you say “I love you” and you basically phrase it as a question, but they accept it as fact and then suddenly there she is standing in front of you in a three thousand dollar dress with tears in her eyes, and her nephew made the huppah, so what do you do? [...] You choose to live. And for a couple of months you stare at the alien form in the bed beside you and you think to yourself “Who are you? Who are you?” And one day you say it out loud…then it’s a trial separation and couples counseling and all your conversations are about her eating disorder and your Zoloft addiction, [...] and the whole “relationship” ends on a particularly ugly note with your only copy of Gypsy spinning through the air and smashing against the living room wall. But still, in the larger sense, in a broader sense, it’s better to have lived than left, right?”
12.“I'm sorry to have to say it to your face, Lucy, but it's true.” - Schroeder from ‘You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown’If this were a ‘Friends’ episode, this monologue would be called ‘the one where Schroeder calls out Lucy for being crabby. This humorous confrontation is a light-hearted pick especially if you’re auditioning for the role of a young character. Monologue Length: 40 seconds - 1 minute “I'm sorry to have to say it to your face, Lucy, but it's true. You're a very crabby person. I know your crabbiness has probably become so natural to you now that you're not even aware when you're being crabby, but it's true just the same. You're a very crabby person and you're crabby to just about everyone you meet. Now I hope you don't mind my saying this, Lucy, and I hope you're take it in the spirit that it's meant. I think we should be very open to any opportunity to learn more about ourselves. I think Socrates was very right when he said that one of the first rules for anyone in life is 'Know Thyself'. Well, I guess I've said about enough. I hope I haven't offended you or anything.”
13. “It pains me very much to have to speak frankly to you, Lady Bracknell…” - Jack from ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’This classic work by Oscar Wilde is best known for its cleverness and wit. While much of the text comes across as prim and proper, the play is a farce commenting on social hierarchies and traditions of the upper class. Monologue Length: 1:05 - 1:15 “It pains me very much to have to speak frankly to you, Lady Bracknell, about your nephew, but the fact is that I do not approve at all of his moral character. I suspect him of being untruthful. I fear there can be no possible doubt about the matter. This afternoon during my temporary absence in London on an important question of romance, he obtained admission to my house by means of the false pretence of being my brother. Under an assumed name he drank, I’ve just been informed by my butler, an entire pint bottle of my Perrier-Jouet, Brut, ’89; wine I was specially reserving for myself. Continuing his disgraceful deception, he succeeded in the course of the afternoon in alienating the affections of my only ward. He subsequently stayed to tea, and devoured every single muffin. And what makes his conduct all the more heartless is, that he was perfectly well aware from the first that I have no brother, that I never had a brother, and that I don’t intend to have a brother, not even of any kind. I distinctly told him so myself yesterday afternoon.”
14. “Medium” Monologue by Joseph ArnoneIn this contemporary piece, Derek might have a bit of a “Napoleon complex." Put your unique spin on his character with this unique monologue (available on monologueblogger.com) if you’re looking for something new and modern. Monologue Length: 1:30 - 1:45 DEREK: “I’m a medium. Why do you keep asking me if I’m a small? Do I look like a hobbit to you? I have wide shoulders. (standing up from his seat) Look. Look at me. See how my shoulders are wide and then as you go down it starts to V, that’s because I have wide shoulders, alright? (beat) I know the last shirt you got me was a small and still looked big on me. That’s because it was made that way. That’s the design of how that company makes that style shirt. There are other companies I can get in a large, like that coat you made fun of me in, that was the style, a little baggy…well, actually, yeah, you’re right about the coat. It was too big. Why did I buy a coat so big?? (beat) Honey, do I suffer from a slight case of Napoleon disease? Not like a big case but like a small case…you think? Well, my height is 5’11 so I’m no Napoleon. What? I am 5’11! I’m not 5’9. Listen, when we measured last time it was in an old house with crooked flooring, alright? Your mother’s floor is still the original from 1910. It’s all lopsided. Everyone’s height fluctuates in that house depending on where they’re standing. Your Uncle Tobey, who’s 2’2 was staring down at me in the kitchen and then in the living room he was at my knees. Come on, that’s not fair. I’m no smaller than 5’10, that I’m one hundred percent sure about. On my life, I swear on my life about that and that’s still a good height for a guy so I’m not complaining. I’ll give you the inch. But please, most shirts fit me as a medium, so order me a medium.”
15. “God, Gloria, how I always loved this!” - Leo from ‘At Long Last Leo’This play touches on human nature, family dynamics and the promise of a better life. Leo is addicted to thinking, hoping and changing which can be seen in this excerpt from ‘At Long Last Leo.’ Monologue Length: 1:05 - 1:15 “God, Gloria, how I always loved this! (sits on the ground) Being out back at night, looking up at the sky. It always made me think about what an extraordinary tourist attraction the world is. About all the famous people who've lived here, and all the incredible events that have happened right here on this planet. Sometimes, you know what I think about? I think about all the incredible events that have happened that history never knew about. I mean it is unbelievable some of the things that must have happened that, for one reason or another, we don't know about. Sometimes, I think about all the amazing coincidences that have happened that you hear about. And then I think about all the amazing coincidences that almost happened, but didn't...because one guy went down the canned food aisle just as the other one went down the baking goods aisle. I can feel this planet, Gloria. I swear I can actually feel this planet hurtling through space. Fast. Much faster than we realize. (then) Know what else I think about that's weird? What if it turns out I really am the next Moses? Can you imagine? What if I really am?”
16. “You know why men are constantly fighting instead of working together to survive?” - Barry from ‘Dreams In Captivity’It’s a man’s world in this short monologue from Gabriel Davis’ ‘Dreams In Captivity.’ Find your distinct inspiration for Barry, a Lazy Boy salesman who has a thing or two to say. Monologue Length: 40 seconds - 1 minute “You know why men are constantly fighting instead of working together to survive? Simple. Man is mainly motivated to sit on his ass. Our greatest inventors are busy right now finding more ways for us to sit on our ass better. And when they make it, men will kill to sit on it. Wars will happen because every man wants the best Lazy Boy Recliner in the galaxy. AND I SELL IT. I sell a deluxe Lazy Boy outfitted with massagers, heating pads, a cooling unit for drinks – it’s the closest experience of comfort a man can get on earth short of climbing back through his mother’s hoo-ha into the womb. If it's a choice between that and helping you colonize space? No contest.”
17. “If music be the food of love, play on.” - Orsino from ‘Twelfth Night’All the world’s a stage and, therefore, we must end our collection with another monologue by Shakespeare. Orsino, a powerful nobleman, is the definition of lovesick. Command the audition room with this hilarious declaration of love. Monologue Length: 40 seconds - 1 minute “If music be the food of love, play on; Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die. That strain again! it had a dying fall: O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound, That breathes upon a bank of violets, Stealing and giving odour! Enough; no more: 'Tis not so sweet now as it was before. O spirit of love! how quick and fresh art thou, That, notwithstanding thy capacity Receiveth as the sea, nought enters there, Of what validity and pitch soe'er, But falls into abatement and low price, Even in a minute: so full of shapes is fancy That it alone is high fantastical.”
Have a great comedic monologue to share with other actors? Comment below…[post_title] => 17 Comedic Monologues For Men [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 17-comedic-monologues-for-men [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-10-25 09:50:37 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-10-25 13:50:37 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=369032 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 369009 [post_author] => 440 [post_date] => 2018-10-23 09:59:24 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-10-23 13:59:24 [post_content] => It’s hard to believe it’s been fifteen years since “Wicked” flew onto Broadway. The musical took audiences by storm when it first premiered in 2003, bringing a new side to the age-old story of Oz and the Wicked Witch of the West. To commemorate the Broadway smash hit, NBC announced a well-timed Halloween special “A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 years on Broadway” that will air on Monday, October 29th.
Here’s what Wicked fans can expect for the musical special:
Beloved SongsThe one-hour television special is set to be a celebration of song, with acts performing the beloved tunes from the hit Broadway show. A full list of included songs has yet to be released, but that hasn’t stopped fans from speculating and hoping that their favorites will be on deck that evening. Fan footage shot of Ariana Grande at the recent taping confirms her as the performer of the powerhouse number “The Wizard and I.”
Reprising the RolesYou can’t say “Wicked” without thinking of the ladies who made Elphaba and Galinda household names in the Broadway world. Acclaimed Broadway legends Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth will reunite for the night and treat audiences to a reprise of the friendship we’ve all been missing.
Past and PresentChenoweth and Menzel won’t be the only leading ladies onstage for the evening. Glindas and Elphabas from previous shows will join in the celebration, taking the stage with the OGs. Fans can even score a sneak peek of the current production, as Broadway’s Glinda, Amanda Jane Cooper, and Elphaba, Jessica Vosk, will be amongst the group. Other members of the current Broadway company will make appearances through the evening as well.
From Fans to Featured PerformersWicked has garnered fans of all ages over the years, including those with famous names and faces. Never shy about expressing her love for the show, Ariana Grande is confirmed to perform and fan footage of her performance created buzz when it recently made the rounds online. And Grande isn’t the only big name to pay homage to the show. Popular acapella group Pentatonix is set to perform, as well as “Wicked” alumni Adam Lambert, and multi-talented actress/singer Ledisi. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnNlevqBScU
Behind the ScenesThere would be nothing to celebrate without composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, so naturally, he will grace the stage during the show. Filmed at the famous Marquis Theater in New York, the night is sure to be hit with Emmy and Tony-winning Producer Mark Platt at the helm, as well as additional members of the original Broadway team, Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss. So grab all of your favorite witches, light a few jack-o-lanterns, and celebrate a return to the land of ruby slippers, the yellow brick road, and magical possibility. There’s no place like home. Channel: NBC Time: 10/9c
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Would you rather?[post_title] => Would You Rather: Broadway Dream Role Edition [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => would-you-rather-broadway-dream-role-edition [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-10-05 11:34:54 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-10-05 15:34:54 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?post_type=snax_poll&p=368075 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => snax_poll [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 368017 [post_author] => 11 [post_date] => 2018-10-02 15:28:52 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-10-02 19:28:52 [post_content] => Let’s face it: preparing for an audition is nearly as stressful as the audition itself. For many performers, much of that pre-audition anxiety comes in the form of choosing a well-suited monologue. Just like every actress, every monologue brings something new to the table - especially when it comes to comedy!
Next time you’re looking to slay an audition with a funny monologue (YAS, QUEEN!), peruse this diverse collection.
Here are 17 great comedic monologues for women:
1. “So, the day after I turned 18…” - Val Clarke from ‘A Chorus Line’Chances are, you and Val have at least one thing in common: you’re familiar with the trials and tribulations of auditioning. This witty monologue, from the acclaimed musical, ‘A Chorus Line,’ denotes one dancer’s darkly comedic journey to the Broadway stage. Monologue Length: 2:10 - 2:30 “So, the day after I turned 18, I kissed the folks goodbye, got on a Trailways bus - and headed for the big bad apple. Cause I wanted to be a Rockette. Oh, yeah, let's get one thing straight. See, I never heard about "The Red Shoes," I never saw "The Red Shoes," I didn't give a fu** about "The Red Shoes." I decided to be a Rockette because this girl in my home town - Louella Heiner - had actually gotten out and made it in New York. And she was a Rockette. Well, she came home one Christmas to visit, and they gave her a parade. A goddamn parade! I twirled a friggin' baton for two hours in the rain. Unfortunately though, she got knocked up over Christmas. Merry Christmas - and never made it back to Radio City. That was my plan. New York, New York. Except I had one minor problem. See, I was ugly as sin. I was ugly, skinny, homely, unattractive and flat as a pancake. Get the picture? Anyway, I got off this bus in my little white shoes, my little white tights, little white dress, my little ugly face, and my long blonde hair - which was natural then. I looked like a fucking nurse! I had 87 dollars in my pocket and seven years of tap and acrobatics. I could do a hundred and eighty degree split and come up tapping the Morse Code. Well, with that kind of talent I figured the Mayor would be waiting for me at Port Authority. Wrong! I had to wait 6 months for an audition. Well, finally the big day came. I showed up at the Music Hall with my red patent leather tap shoes. And I did my little tap routine. And this man said to me: Can you do fankicks? - Well, sure I could do terrific fankicks. But they weren't good enough. Of course, what he was trying to tell me was...it was the way I looked, not the fankicks. So I said: Fuck you, Radio City and the Rockettes! I'm gonna make on Broadway! Well, Broadway, same story. Every audition. I mean I'd dance rings around the other girls and find myself in the alley with the other rejects. But after a while I caught on. I mean I had eyes. I saw what they were hiring. I also swiped my dance card once after an audition. And on a scale of 10....they gave me for dance 10. For looks: 3."
2. “I can’t open sardines and answer the phone…” - Dotty Otley from ‘Noises Off’Who doesn’t love an audition where you’re playing a character auditioning to play a character? This play-within-a-play features Dotty Otley, a washed-up actress who has a flare for the dramatics. Dotty is not only a principal investor in the play’s production but cherishes the role of Mrs. Clackett, a gossipy housekeeper. Monologue Length: 1:10 - 1:25 “It’s no good you going on. I can’t open sardines and answer the phone. I’ve only got one pair of feet. Hello…. Yes, but there’s no one here, love…. No, Mr. Brent’s not here...He lives here, yes, but he don’t live here now because he lives in Spain… Mr. Philip Brent, that’s right…. The one who writes the plays, that’s him, only now he writes them in Spain… No, she’s in Spain, too, they’re all in Spain, there’s no one here… Am I in Spain? No, I’m not in Spain, dear. I look after the house for him, but I go home at one o’clock on Wednesday, only I’ve got a nice plate of sardines to put my feet up with, because it’s the royal what’s-it’s called on the telly -- the royal you know -- where’s the paper, then? And if it’s to do with letting the house then you’ll have to ring the house-agents, because they’re the agents for the house…. Squire Squire, Hackham and who’s the other one…? No, they’re not in Spain, they’re next to the phone in the study. Squire, Squire, Hackham, and hold on, I’ll go and look. Always the same, isn’t it. Soon as you take the weight off your feet, down it all comes on your head."
3. “I sighted a herd near Penguin’s Creek” - Lady Mary from ‘The Admirable Crichton’If it’s traveling back in time you like, choose the words of Lady Mary Lasenby, daughter of an English lord who is stuck on a deserted island with fellow aristocrats. Derived from a play by James M. Barrie (creator of ‘Peter Pan’), this challenging monologue proves a unique pick. Monologue Length: 45 seconds - 1 minute "I sighted a herd near Penguin’s Creek, but had to creep round Silver Lake to get to windward of them. However, they spotted me and then the fun began. There was nothing for it but to try and run them down, so I singled out a fat buck and away we went down the shore of the lake, up the valley of rolling stones; he doubled into Brawling River and took to the water, but I swam after him; the river is only half a mile broad there, but it runs strong. He went spinning down the rapids, down I went in pursuit; he clambered ashore, I clambered ashore; away we tore helter-skelter up the hill and down again. I lost him in the marshes, got on his track again near Bread Fruit Wood, and brought him down with an arrow in Firefly Grove."
4. “[Let me] tell you again, Grace, how important it is to give everyone a chance.” - Mrs. Armstrong from ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’Enter Mrs. Armstrong: veteran Christmas pageant director dedicated to ensuring one church’s amateur stage adaptation of the story of Jesus’ birth does the Bible justice. Tackle her hilarious lecture, and you’re sure to bring a little holiday cheer to the room. Monologue Length: 1:15-1:30 "[Let me]tell you again, Grace, how important it is to give everyone a chance. Here’s what I do -- I always start with Mary and tell them we must choose our Mary carefully because Mary was the mother of Jesus… Yes, and then I tell them about Joseph, that he was God’s choice to be Jesus’ father. That’s how I explain that. Frankly, I don’t ever spend much time on Joseph because it’s always Elmer Hopkins, and he knows all about Mary and Joseph, but I do explain about the Wise Men and the shepherds and how important they are. And I tell them, there are no small parts, only small actors. Remind the angel choir not to stare at the audience, and don’t let them wear earrings and things like that. And don’t let them wear clunky shoes or high heels. I just hope you don’t have too many baby angels, Grace, because they’ll be your biggest problem. You’ll have to get someone to push the baby angels on, otherwise they get in each other’s way and bend their wings. Bob could do that, and he could keep an eye on the shepherds too. Oh, another thing about the angel choir. Don’t let them wear lipstick. They think because it’s a play that they have to wear lipstick, and it looks terrible. So tell them…. And, Grace, don’t use just anybody’s baby for Jesus… get a quiet one. Better yet, get two if you can… then if one turns out to be fussy, you can always switch them."
5. “I got a 'C' on my coathanger sculpture?” - Sally Brown from ‘You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown’Charlie Brown and friends may be a mere bunch of kids, but the beauty of the hit musical, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” is that a cast of adult actors brings this motley crew to life. Poor Sally garners an average ‘C’ grade for a school sculpture, and she has a thing or two to say about it… Monologue Length: 1 Minute "A 'C'? A 'C'? I got a 'C' on my coathanger sculpture? How could anyone get a 'C' in coathanger sculpture? May I ask a question? Was I judged on the piece of sculpture itself? If so, is it not true that time alone can judge a work of art? Or was I judged on my talent? If so, is it fair that I be judged on a part of my life over which I have no control? If I was judged on my effort, then I was judged unfairly, for I tried as hard as I could! Was I judged on what I had learned about this project? If so, then were not you, my teacher, also being judged on your ability to transmit your knowledge to me? Are you willing to share my 'C'? Perhaps I was being judged on the quality of coathanger itself out of which my creation was made...now is this not also unfair? Am I to be judged by the quality of coat hangers that are used by the drycleaning establishment that returns our garments? Is that not the responsibility of my parents? Should they not share my 'C'?"
6. “Do you know what I intend?” - Lucy Van Pelt from ‘You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown’If it’s another member of Charlie Brown’s gang that strikes your fancy (or if you have a knack for dishing severe sass), check out this infamous declaration by the incomparable Lucy Van Pelt. Spoiler alert: she intends to be a QUEEN! Monologue Length: 1 Minute "Do you know what I intend? I intend to be a queen. When I grow up I’m going to be the biggest queen there ever was, and I’ll live in a big palace and when I go out in my coach, all the people will wave and I will shout at them, and...and...in the summertime I will go to my summer palace and I’ll wear my crown in swimming and everything, and all the people will cheer and I will shout at them... What do you mean I can’t be queen? Nobody should be kept from being a queen if she wants to be one. It’s usually just a matter of knowing the right people.. ..well.... if I can’t be a queen, then I’ll be very rich then I will buy myself a queendom. Yes, I will buy myself a queendom and then I’ll kick out the old queen and take over the whole operation myself. I will be head queen."
7. “I’m sorry, but a good HALF of the United States hates pigeons.” - Janet from ‘The West Wing’Jenny Kirlin’s short play offers plenty of witty political humor. If you’re in need of a shorter monologue, consider reading this snippet of theatre that features a great opening line (we do hate pigeons!) Monologue Length: 30 Seconds "I’m sorry, but a good HALF of the United States hates pigeons. One third shoots them for game. I’m not the only bad guy here. You would have voted for an elephant if it had told you it could fix the economy. Which, by the way, is still not fixed. A giant goose egg. [...] I’m sorry if I am offending you, but I find it more than a little offensive that I just walked my daughter past a portrait of a pigeon in the National Art Gallery before I came here."
8. “Well nothing’s perfect Benjamin” - Elaine Robinson from ‘The Graduate’If you’re a film buff as well as a theatre nerd, you may enjoy reading from the stage version of cult-classic blockbuster, ‘The Graduate.’ Your part? Elaine Robinson, daughter of Mrs. Robinson (*cue Simon & Garfunkel*). Monologue Length: 1 Minute "Well nothing’s perfect Benjamin. I wish my mother didn’t drink so much. I wish I’d never fallen out of that tree and broken my thumb because it so affects my fingering I’ll probably never play the violin as well as I’d love to but that’s about it for the bullshit, Benjamin. It’s only bullshit if you let it pile up. Heaven’s in the details. Someone said that. I think Robert Frost said that. I was in this diner with my roommate Diane? And this guy came along with a goat on a rope and it turns out the reason he’s got a little goat on a rope is that he was thrown out the day before for bringing in his dog? But the point is that Diane had stood up to leave when she saw the man walk in and she sat straight down again and said, well if there’s a goat I think I’ll have dessert. And that’s why I love Diane, because if you think like that you not only notice more little goats, you get more dessert."
9. “O, I am out of breath in this fond chase!” - Helena from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’Are your acting chops shown best when getting in tune with old-school theatre? A Shakespeare monologue can do no wrong. Fortunately, The Bard did auditionees the favor of writing comedies and tragedies; and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is one of his most beloved comedic plays. To read Helena’s monologue or not to read Helena’s monologue, that is the question… Monologue Length: 45 Seconds "O, I am out of breath in this fond chase! The more my prayer, the lesser is my grace. Happy is Hermia, wheresoe'er she lies; For she hath blessed and attractive eyes. How came her eyes so bright? Not with salt tears: If so, my eyes are oftener wash'd than hers. No, no, I am as ugly as a bear; For beasts that meet me run away for fear: Therefore no marvel though Demetrius Do, as a monster fly my presence thus. What wicked and dissembling glass of mine Made me compare with Hermia's sphery eyne? But who is here? Lysander! on the ground! Dead? or asleep? I see no blood, no wound. Lysander if you live, good sir, awake"
10. “And why, I pray you?” - Rosalind from ‘As You Like It’We’ve another Shakespearean gem for you: Cue Rosalind, the smart, cunning and beautiful heroine of ‘As You Like It.’ Yes, this comedic piece also has a dramatic flair to it but the text lends itself to some witty interpretations. Monologue Length: 1:20-1:30 "And why, I pray you? Who might be your mother, That you insult, exult, and all at once, Over the wretched? What though you have no beauty,-- As by my faith, I see no more in you Than without candle may go dark to bed,-- Must you be therefore proud and pitiless? Why, what means this? Why do you look on me? I see no more in you than in the ordinary Of nature's sale-work. Od's my little life! I think she means to tangle my eyes too. No, faith, proud mistress, hope not after it: 'Tis not your inky brows, your black silk hair, Your bugle eyeballs, nor your cheek of cream, That can entame my spirits to your worship. You foolish shepherd, wherefore do you follow her, Like foggy south puffing with wind and rain? You are a thousand times a properer man Than she a woman: 'tis such fools as you That make the world full of ill-favour'd children: 'Tis not her glass, but you, that flatters her; And out of you she sees herself more proper Than any of her lineaments can show her. But, mistress, know yourself: down on your knees, And thank heaven, fasting, for a good man's love: For I must tell you friendly in your ear, Sell when you can; you are not for all markets. Cry the man mercy; love him; take his offer: Foul is most foul, being foul to be a scoffer. So take her to thee, shepherd. Fare you well."
11. “I don’t know what it is with me lately but I just get so UGH!” - Kim from ‘Rather Be A Man’Joseph Arnone’s one-act play, ‘Rather Be A Man’ chronicles two girls who are totally done with men being men. The e-play (available for download on MonologueBlogger.com) features a dark-clever reading into the mind of modern women. Monologue Length: 1:05-1:15 KIM: "I don’t know what it is with me lately but I just get so UGH! when guys come up to me, with their cheesy lines, (imitating guy) “Hey, you have such a beautiful smile” or “Can I just tell you that you are so beautiful”. Ugh! It disgusts me. I mean, who the hell does this guy or that guy think he is to give me such compliments? What gives him the right? I don’t do anything to give off any kind of interest whatsoever, I completely look the other way when I see eye contact happening and they STILL come over thinking they’re so suave and it’s simply repulsive. You know what I’m saying?? What does a girl have to do these days? Maybe if I just vomited on myself the guy would walk the other way but I bet even then, I’d get, “The way you vomit on yourself is just so, so delightful.” …All I want is to be left alone. I have a man, I love my man and I do my best to be polite but the irritation and the cheesy lines are getting to be too much. Guys are blind, they really are, OBLIVIOUS to when a girl is not interested. There are days when I rather be a man."
12. ‘Don’t Look At Me’ monologue by Joseph ArnoneThis monologue brings to life the high-power attitude of one high-powered fashion designer. If it’s Meryl Streep in ‘Devil Wears Prada’ that acts as your creative muse, take a look at this monologue and add your own personality to this major diva supreme. Monologue Length: 45 Seconds -1:00 Elmira: "Don’t look at me. (points) You. Eh, eh, eh…when I address you, do not look at me. No eye contact. Is that understood? Look away. (beat) Okay, look at me now. (snaps her fingers) I told you not to look at me. Even if I tell you to look at me, do not look at me. Understood? Good, good darling. (she removes her gloves and hands them to her assistant) Oh! I have something in my eye, can you help me? (pointing) Looking, looking, looking! NO looking under all circumstances. You must raise up that attention span of yours. A fish could retain more darling. That is true. I have read it. Less attention span than a fish. Do not let that be you darling."
13. “Something I’ve resurrected from that old trunk!” - Amanda Wingfield from ‘The Glass Menagerie’Own the audition room with some Tennessee Williams as you portray Amanda Wingfield, one of the most well-known roles in ‘The Glass Menagerie.’ Though chock full of drama, there are bits of comedic relief throughout the award-winning play. This monologue is spoken by Amanda, an aging and overbearing mother. Monologue Length: 2 Minutes "Possess your soul in patience - you will see! Something I've resurrected from that old trunk! Styles haven't changed so terribly much after all. [She parts the portières.] Now just look at your mother ! [She wears a girlish frock of yellowed voile with a blue silk sash. She carries a bunch of jonquils - the legend of her youth is nearly revived.] [Feverishly]: This is the dress in which I led the cotillion, won the cakewalk twice at Sunset Hill, wore one spring to the Governor's ball in Jackson ! See how I sashayed around the ballroom, Laura? [She raises her skirt and does a mincing step around the room.] I wore it on Sundays for my gentlemen callers ! I had it on the day I met your father. I had malaria fever all that spring. The change of climate from East Tennessee to the Delta - weakened resistance I had a little temperature all the time - not enough to be serious - just enough to make me restless and giddy. Invitations poured in - parties all over the Delta! - 'Stay in bed,' said mother, 'you have fever!' - but I just wouldn't. - I took quinine but kept on going, going ! Evenings, dances ! - Afternoons, long, long rides! Picnics. - lovely! - So lovely, that country in May. - All lacy with dogwood, literally flooded with jonquils! - That was the spring I had the craze for jonquils. Jonquils became an absolute obsession. Mother said, 'Honey, there's no more room for jonquils.' And still I kept on bringing in more jonquils. Whenever, wherever I saw them, I'd say, "Stop ! Stop! I see jonquils ! I made the young men help me gather the jonquils ! It was a joke, Amanda and her jonquils ! Finally there were no more vases to hold them, every available space was filled with jonquils. No vases to hold them? All right, I'll hold them myself - And then I - [She stops in front of the picture.] met your father ! Malaria fever and jonquils and then - this - boy.... [She switches on the rose-coloured lamp.] I hope they get here before it starts to rain."
14. ‘Ferret Envy’ monologue by Tara MeddaughFerret murderers and unconventional pets run amok in this monologue by playwright Tara Meddaugh. Maybe you’re looking to read something that reflects your unique, one-of-a-kind sense of humor. We think this bizarrely wild scenario might do just the trick. Monologue Length: 2 Minutes Jyoti: "I know you think I murdered your ferret, but—hey, stop crying. You’re gonna make me cry too. And you (starts crying)—know—happens—when—we—both—start—oh! I’m doing it too now…Okay. Okay. What would Zena do? Julia, your ferret ran away. He did. I know you don’t want to believe me, but I know this, because…well, I saw him. And I was wearing my glasses, so I had 20/20. Or 20/30. I need a new prescription. But I could still see it was Foozu, and he was wearing the yellow rain slicker, not the winter coat you tie dyed for him, so I think he was headed for Seattle. And, I don’t think we should go after him, Julia. That Payless box wasn’t big enough; you always forgot to feed him, and when you did, it was usually just pebbles and sticks—and I really don’t think ferrets can live on that. Seattle has a lot more to offer Foozu. Food, drinks, warm shelter, intellectual stimulation, perpetual contentment. He deserves that, don’t you think? I, I know coming in and seeing me with the knife over Foozu’s box makes it look rather strange. But. . . Well. . . You miss him, don’t you? (pause) I could be your ferret. Don’t dismiss it right away. I’d be a good pet. I like to curl up in small places and I don’t mind rocks and sticks. You could knit me a winter coat, and you don’t even have to tie dye it if you don’t want to. That’s okay with me. Is that okay with you? I’m gonna just rinse this knife off and throw this little bag away, and then I’ll curl up in my box. I found a new one—a size 11! I’ll wait for you there and you can throw me a ball, okay? Unless, you don’t want me to be your ferret. You don’t need to back away from me. . . Don’t you want me here anymore? If I’m not here, who’s going to sing to you? I know the entire soundtrack to Sleepless In—don’t be scared—I’ll—but I don’t know where I’m supposed to go, Julia. (pause) I could follow Foozu. I could—I could go to Seattle. . . . I’ll follow Foozu. But Julia, when I go, you’ll have to clean off the knife again—I won’t be able to do it. . . . I don’t have a yellow slicker."
15. “Brothers and sisters, resist the Devil…” - Sarah Brown from ‘Guys and Dolls’Step up onto your soapbox and dive into the role of Sarah Brown. In a buzzing New York City, Sarah is set on bringing truth to sinners. This lively monologue is one of the most memorable from this Tony Award-winning musical. Monologue Length: 45 Seconds - 1 Minute "Brothers and sisters, resist the Devil and he will flee from you. That is what the Bible tells us. And that is why I am standing here, in the Devil's own city, on the Devil's own street, prepared to do battle with the forces of evil. Hear me, you gamblers! With your dice, your cards, your horses! Pause and think before it is too late! You are in great danger! I am not speaking of the prison and the gallows, but of the greater punishment that awaits you! Repent before it is too late! Just around the corner is out little mission where you are always welcome to seek refuge from this jungle of sin. Come here and talk to me. Do not think of me as Sergeant Sarah Brown, but as Sarah Brown, your sister. Join me, Brothers and Sisters, in resisting the Devil, and we can put him to flight forever."
16. “Oh! It is strange…” - Gwendolen Fairfax from ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’[caption id="attachment_368038" align="alignnone" width="662"] Photo: Bryan-Brown[/caption] Oscar Wilde’s classic work is fully titled, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People.’ It’s incomparable wit and wordplay is perfect monologue content as can be seen by these words from leading lady Gwendolen Fairfax: Monologue Length: 1:05 - 1:15 "Oh! It is strange he never mentioned to me that he had a ward. How secretive of him! He grows more interesting hourly. I am not sure, however, that the news inspires me with feelings of unmixed delight. [Rising and going to her.] I am very fond of you, Cecily; I have liked you ever since I met you! But I am bound to state that now that I know that you are Mr. Worthing’s ward, I cannot help expressing a wish you were—well, just a little older than you seem to be—and not quite so very alluring in appearance. In fact, if I may speak candidly— [...] Well, to speak with perfect candour, Cecily, I wish that you were fully forty-two, and more than usually plain for your age. Ernest has a strong upright nature. He is the very soul of truth and honour. Disloyalty would be as impossible to him as deception. But even men of the noblest possible moral character are extremely susceptible to the influence of the physical charms of others. Modern, no less than Ancient History, supplies us with many most painful examples of what I refer to. If it were not so, indeed, History would be quite unreadable."
17. “My aunt died of influenza, so they said.” - Eliza Doolittle from ‘My Fair LadyTake on one of the most beloved characters of all time (and on Broadway currently). Quirky and lovable, this Eliza Doolittle monologue is an excellent pick for any woman who knows that the rain in Spain falls mainly in the plain! Monologue Length: 55 Seconds - 1 Minute "My aunt died of influenza, so they said. But it's my belief they done the old woman in. Yes Lord love you! Why should she die of influenza when she come through diphtheria right enough the year before? Fairly blue with it she was. They all thought she was dead. But my father, he kept ladling gin down her throat. Then she come to so sudden that she bit the bowl off the spoon. Now, what would you call a woman with that strength in her have to die of influenza, and what become of her new straw hat that should have come to me? Somebody pinched it, and what I say is, them that pinched it, done her in. Them she lived with would have killed her for a hatpin, let alone a hat. And as for father ladling the gin down her throat, it wouldn't have killed her. Not her. Gin was as mother's milk to her. Besides, he's poured so much down his own throat that he knew the good of it."
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Here are nine awards we’d like to see given out at the Broadway Olympics:
1. Highest Notevia GIPHY Singing does require a certain amount of natural talent, but singers also train and keep their vocal chords in healthy shape to sing at their highest level. It’s safe to say that anyone who plays Christine in “The Phantom of the Opera” would likely qualify for this event.
2. Fastest Quick-Changevia GIPHY Actors could give Olympic sprinters a run for their money when it comes to making a costume change before reappearing onstage in record time.
3. Most Difficult Dance Sequence Completed Without Fallingvia GIPHY Similar to figure skating or gymnastics, this event’s judging would examine artistic factors and difficulty. Newspaper dancing, anyone?
4. Longest-Lasting Stage MakeupThe sweat is real, and making it through a show without sweating off makeup can be a race of its own.
5. Longest Dance Sequencevia GIPHY Speaking of sweat, who doesn’t love a big, rousing dance number? Mix equal parts sweat with stamina, and those dancers leave everyone wondering how they haven’t collapsed from exhaustion.
6. Longest Note Heldvia GIPHY Audiences love when singers blow their minds by holding a note longer than anyone ever thought humanly possible. Work those diaphragms, people!
7. Most Intense Sexual Tensionvia GIPHY This is the you-could-cut-that-craziness-with-a-knife-and-why-can’t-these-two-just-get-it-together-already kind that has you shipping that couple throughout the show and long after you leave the theatre.
8. Most Convincing Death SceneThis event requires precision, emotional depth, and the right physicality to make it believable. The combination needs to be exact, which means there is a higher likelihood of getting it wrong. Done right, and audiences should be left ugly-crying their hearts out.
9. Best Stage Combat SequenceStage combat is a lot like dancing. Choreographed sequences require actors to hit each mark at precisely the right time to avoid the risk of injury. Footwork, prop wielding and turns are only a few of the things actors must remember while also delivering lines and remaining in character. It takes fencing to a whole other level. It takes work to hone a craft of any kind — and more than winning the award itself, part of the draw to the Olympics is seeing someone finally achieve that goal they set for themselves. So, if your dream is to be up on that stage someday, study those who are successful in the arts but also look beyond to those at the top of other fields, like athletics. Inspiration can come from the most surprising places.
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Here are 39 of our favorite Hamilton musical quotes:
My name is Alexander Hamilton
And there’s a million things I haven’t done But just you wait, just you wait
- Hamilton (Alexander Hamilton)
How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten Spot in the Caribbean by Providence, impoverished, in squalor Grow up to be a hero and a scholar? - Hamilton (Alexander Hamilton)
If you stand for nothing, Burr, what’ll you fall for? - Hamilton (Aaron Burr, Sir)
I am not throwing away my shot I am not throwing away my shot Hey yo, I'm just like my country I'm young, scrappy, and hungry And I'm not throwing away my shot - Hamilton (My Shot)
Raise a glass to freedom Something they can never take away - Mulligan, Laurens, & Lafayette (The Story Of Tonight)
Look around, look around at how Lucky we are to be alive right now - Eliza AND Peggy (The Schuyler Sisters)
'Cause when push comes to shove I will kill your friends and family to remind you of my love - King George (You'll Be Back)
Dying is easy, young man. Living is harder - Washington (Right Hand Man)
Look into your eyes, and the sky’s the limit I’m helpless! - Eliza (Helpless)
And when you said “Hi,” I forgot my dang name, set my heart aflame, ev’ry part aflame - Angelica (Satisfied)
Love doesn't discriminate between the sinners and the saints, it takes and it takes and it takes and we keep loving anyway - Burr (Wait For It)
12.If they don’t reach a peace, that’s alright Time to get some pistols and a doctor on site - Laurens (10 Duel Commandments)
How does a ragtag volunteer army in need of a shower Somehow defeat a global superpower? - Burr (Guns and Ships)
I’m takin this horse by the reins makin’ Redcoats redder with bloodstains - Lafayette (Guns and Ships)
Let me tell you what I wish I’d known When I was young and dreamed of glory: You have no control: Who lives, who dies, who tells your story - Washington and Company (History Has Its Eyes On You)
I’m runnin’ with the Sons of Liberty and I am lovin’ it! See, that’s what happens when you up against the ruffians We in the shit now, somebody gotta shovel it! Hercules Mulligan, I need no introduction When you knock me down I get the fu** back up again! - Mulligan (Yorktown)
You're on your own Awesome...wow - King George (What Comes Next)
We'll bleed and fight for you We'll make it right for you If we lay a strong enough foundation We'll pass it on to you We'll give the world to you and you'll blow us all away
- Burr (Dear Theodosia)
Why do you write like you’re running out of time? Write day and night like you’re running out of time? Ev’ry day you fight, like you’re running out of time - Burr (Non-Stop)
'Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’ We fought for these ideals; we shouldn’t settle for less These are wise words, enterprising men quote ‘em Don’t act surprised, you guys, cuz I wrote ‘em - Jefferson (Cabinet Battle #1)
My dearest, Angelica “Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow Creeps in this petty pace from day to day” I trust you’ll understand the reference to Another Scottish tragedy without my having to name the play - Hamilton (Take A Break) Couldn't leave out the nod to the Bard ;)
No one really knows how the Parties get to yesssss The pieces that are sacrificed in Ev’ry game of chesssss We just assume that it happens But no one else is in The room where it happens. - Burr (The Room Where It Happens)
Have you an ounce of regret? You accumulate debt, you accumulate power. Yet in their hour of need, you forget. - Jefferson (Cabinet Battle #2)
How you say, no sweat We're finally on the field. We’ve had quite a run Immigrants: We get the job done - Hamilton and Lafayette (Yorktown)
25.Ev'ry action has its equal, opposite reactions. Thanks to Hamilton, our cabinet’s fractured into factions. Try not to crack under the stress, we’re breaking down like fractions. We smack each other in the press, and we don’t print retractions I get no satisfaction witnessing his fits of passion The way he primps and preens and dresses like the pits of fashion - Thomas Jefferson (Washington On Your Side)
I wrote my way out of hell I wrote my way to revolution I was louder than the crack in the bell I wrote Eliza love letters until she fell I wrote about The Constitution and defended it well - Hamilton (Hurricane)
History has its eyes on you. - Washington, Eliza, Angelica & Maria (Hurricane)
You and your words flooded my senses Your sentences left me defenseless You built me palaces out of paragraphs You built cathedrals - Eliza (Burn)
My name is Philip I am a poet I’m a little nervous, but I can’t show it I’m sorry, I’m a Hamilton with pride You talk about my father, I cannot let it slide - Philip (Blow Us All Away)
Talk less! Smile more! Don't let them know what you're against or what you're for! - Burr (Election of 1800)
I wanna be in the room where it happens - Burr (Your Obedient Servant)
I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory - Hamilton (The World Was Wide Enough)
I hope that you burn - Eliza (Burn)
I'm a diamond in the rough, a shiny piece of coal Tryin' to reach my goal, my power of speech: unimpeachable
- Hamilton (My Shot)
Work! - Schuyler Sisters (The Schuyler Sisters)
You say our love is draining and you can't go on You'll be the one complaining when I am gone - King George (You'll Be Back)
Rise up! - Hamilton, Burr, Mulligan, Laurens, Lafayette (Right Hand Man)
We rise and we fall and we break and we make our mistakes. And if there's a reason I'm still alive when everyone who loves me has died I'm willing to wait for it. - Burr (Wait For it)
I’m a General. Whee!!!! - Lee (Stay Alive)
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Here are 20 items all drama teachers should have in their classrooms:
1. Book of Improv Gamesvia GIPHY If class finishes early, you are stuck for a lesson or are looking for a way to engage students at the start of class, you can’t go wrong with improv games. Amazon offers several choices in books on the subject, or you can purchase sets from educator resource site Teachers Pay Teachers.
2. Box of Costumes and PropsBe it an in-class activity or a school production, having costumes and props available is essential. It may take some time to accumulate a decent stash of items, but start by asking friends or family if they have anything they are looking to get rid of or cruise local garage sales. Dollar stores, craft stores and discount stores are great for finding more specialized pieces at low prices and often have coupons or teacher discounts. Or, enlist the help of creative students or staff to make costumes and props. Never get rid of costumes and props used in a production, unless they’re borrowed, broken or rented. You never know when they could be useful again. Be sure to find plastic bins, crates or even a trunk for storage to keep your collection in good condition.
3. Sharpie Markersvia GIPHY Whether you are labeling tape-marked spots onstage, teacher resources or writing on chart paper, Sharpie markers are multipurpose and always useful. Consider investing in a few mini Sharpie markers that come with keychain clips for easy access.
4. Quality Speakersvia GIPHY Teaching a movement class? Showing a film clip? Just listening to music? Poor-quality speakers mean students can’t hear and will either miss a crucial point you’re trying to make or disengage with the lesson. It’s worth doing some research and purchasing a high-quality set of speakers that will last.
5. Organizational Storagevia GIPHY Drama classes by nature are more interactive, but that doesn’t mean they have to be disorganized. Avoid chaos and allow your students to have independence by maintaining an organized and structured classroom. Whether it’s bins, shelves, cubbies or carts, the options are extensive. Check out Pinterest for tips and ideas for classroom storage and organization.
6. Art Suppliesvia GIPHY Allow your students to thrive in inspiring moments and engage in the creative process. Having art supplies on hand gives them the freedom to follow their creativity for an assignment or school production. Speak to your administration about budget for such items before purchasing any on your own.
7. Glue Gun and Duct Tapevia GIPHY There’s nothing this pair can’t do.
8. Jar of Safety Pinsvia GIPHY Basic uses include fitting a costume, but safety pins are also great for fastening items to stage curtains or backdrops or even transforming costume pieces into something completely different with creative pinning.
9. Butcher PaperDrawing, brainstorming and creating backdrops for classroom performances are just a few ways you can use butcher paper. The long rolls of paper are easy to store, economical and more versatile than regular plain paper.
10. LCD Projector or TVvia GIPHY Being able to show video clips and multimedia during your lessons is helpful to keep your students engaged and spark ideas.
11. ClipboardsMany drama classrooms opt not to have desks to allow for more space to move around. Clipboards are a great alternative when students need to make notes, write creatively or complete an activity. They also come in handy for productions when you need to organize copies of the script and design notes for members of your backstage and technical crew.
12. Piano or Keyboardvia GIPHY A piano opens more opportunities for your students to be creative and inventive. A budding Sondheim could be among your students, and creating a space that lets them explore the different areas of theatre could be the spark they need. It’s also useful for musical auditions and rehearsals.
13. Performance Spacevia GIPHY If you are given a regular classroom space, it can be helpful to designate where the “stage” will be. Some teachers create a small platform within their room, while others mark the space with an area rug or colorful duct tape. Remember to review safety regulations within your school before deciding how you will design your space.
14. Notice BoardFind wall space to hang a cork board where you can advertise arts opportunities such as audition notices, community theatre groups, theatre performance posts or post-secondary programs. Check with your administration before posting anything from a source outside of the school, as some schools have policies around what can be advertised to the student body.
15. Foam Ballvia GIPHY Tossing a ball back and forth around the classroom is a fun way to call on students and engage them in the lesson or discussion by asking the student holding the foam ball to be the one to speak. It’s also an active way to review terminology by having the students toss the ball while quizzing each other.
16. Small Sewing Kitvia GIPHY You never know if there is a budding designer in your midst. Give your students the freedom to explore their imagination and create costume pieces for their performances.
17. Overhead Projectorvia GIPHY With many schools transitioning to using document cameras and smart boards, overhead projectors are collecting dust somewhere in the school. Rescue them and give them a new lease on life as budget spotlights for performances in class.
18. Inspirational Décorvia GIPHY Make your room a haven for creativity. Hang up old playbills, posters of shows and examples of those who have found success in creative careers. Also, artwork with motivational phrases can be the encouragement some students need to engage and move outside of their comfort zones. You can also engage students with fun, decorative items. One of my high school music teachers kept a plastic lawn gnome on his desk that had been given to him by a student as a joke. Students always asked about it when first entering his class, and it eventually became the class mascot.
19. Stage Direction SignIt is surprisingly easy to forget the difference between stage right and stage left when you are also trying to stay in character, read lines, act, sing or dance. Having a reference poster or two for stage directions allows students to reference it independently and saves you from having to repeat the directions numerous times.
20. Buzzervia GIPHY Presentations and improve games can get chaotic and noisy. Avoid shouting to get their attention and use a buzzer, bell or noisemaker instead. Your voice will thank you. While all of these items are an excellent support for programming, ultimately, the passion for the subject matter is the most important thing to have in every classroom. And luckily, that’s priceless.
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So without further ado, here are all the Netflix Musicals this fall:
1. RENTIn this musical, set in the 90s, New Yorkers struggle with their jobs, love lives and the effects of the AIDS epidemic on their society.
2. Newsies: The Broadway Musical (Stage)Newsies is based on the 1992 film, which was inspired by the Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City. Music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, and book by Harvey Fierstein.
3. The Phantom of the Opera'From his hideout beneath a 19th century Paris opera house, the brooding Phantom (Gerard Butler) schemes to get closer to vocalist Christine Daae (Emmy Rossum)'. Source: Wikipedia
4. Mamma Mia!Donna, an hotelier in the Greek islands, is getting ready for her daughter's wedding with the help of two old friends. Sophie, the bride, crafts a plan. She invites three men from her mother's past in hope of meeting her real father and having him walk her down the aisle on her wedding day.
5. Shrek The Musical (Stage)The greatest fairy tale never told comes to life in this colorful, song-filled, Tony Award-winning Broadway production based on the hit movie. Starring: Sutton foster and Brian d'Arcy James
6. Beauty and the Beast
Held captive in an enchanted castle where clocks and candlesticks come to life, a brave young woman clashes with a beastly but good-hearted prince.
7. The Last 5 Years
A novelist and his actress wife recall the story of their relationship through music, starting from opposite points in time and meeting in the middle.
A Polynesian girl destined to be her island's chief makes a perilous trip with a boastful demigod to undo his mistake and save her people.
9. Emo the Musical
We all new this was coming right? Expelled from private school for attempted suicide, emo Ethan enters the world of Seymour High and meets a cute Christian who's ready to convert him.
10. High School Musical 3
A group of seniors who are having a hard time leaving high school behind stage a musical expressing their hopes and fears about the future.
11. Opening Night
Once a rising star on Broadway, Nick is now the perennially pestered production manager for a new musical dedicated to rock music's one-hit wonders.
Disney brings an ancient legend to life in this animated tale of a tomboy who disguises herself as a man so she can fight with the Chinese Army.
When their fellow Trolls are captured by hungry Bergens, upbeat Princess Poppy and her grouchy pal Branch embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
The heavenly Hercules is stripped of his immortality and raised on Earth instead of Olympus, where he's forced to take on Hades and assorted monsters.
15. Country Crush
A city girl falls for a country boy who follows her to New York, but their romance may be over when she must choose between love and a music career.
16. The Prince of Egypt
Born into slavery but raised as the son of a pharaoh, Moses accepts his destiny: to lead the Hebrews out of slavery and into freedom.
17. White Christmas
Two war buddies fall for two sisters and follow the girls to a resort owned by their former commanding officer, who is in danger of losing the place.
A young American Indian girl tries to follow her heart and protect her tribe when settlers arrive and threaten the land she loves.
19. Cherry Pop
When the headliner at a drag bar refuses to perform, a young newcomer makes his debut while backstabbing queens fling insults behind the curtain.
20. Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart
Equipped with a mechanical heart and determined to stay out of death's shadow, young Jack understands that love could prove fatal.
21. Holy Camp
In this musical comedy, two rebellious teen girls who love electronic music have a life-changing brush with the divine at a camp run by nuns.
22. Joseph: King of Dreams
With his gift of dream interpretation and his brilliantly colored coat, Joseph inspires jealousy in his brothers in this animated Bible story.
23. A Star Is Born (1976)
In this recut personally supervised by Barbra Streisand, a gifted songbird's marriage to an aging rocker falls apart as her star rises and his falls.
24. Beat Bugs: All Together Now
After winning a local talent show, the Beat Bugs journey to compete on "The Bug Factor," a televised singing contest held in faraway Rocket Ship Park.