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Fortunately for you, we’re not throwing away our shot to present these life-giving ‘Hamilton’ memes for your viewing pleasure:

1. 1. 21 'Hamilton' Memes That Continue To Give Us Life

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Because this is the most relatable thing we’ve ever seen.

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If you aren’t head-banging and screaming “HERCULES MULLIGAN” at the top of your lungs every time you listen to “Yorktown” you aren’t doing it right.

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Us after physical activity and John Jay after writing five of the federalist papers.

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Happy Valentine’s Day from A. Ham.

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Hugs and kisses from King George.

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The child who wrote this list is our spirit animal.

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Only the truest of ‘Hamilton’ fans will get this...

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What can we say? We’re old souls.  

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Raise your hand if you’re a Lin-Manuel Carrie.

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‘Hamilton’ in a nutshell.

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It’s cards against humanity, but for Alexander Hamilton.

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History has its eyes on this meme.

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A purrr-fect representation of this song.

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Have you ever seen anything more accurate?

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Time to replenish your Gatorade stock, gang.

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When the Patrick to your Spongebob ALWAYS gets your ‘Hamilton’ references.

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1. LEGS DIAMOND (1988), 64 Performances

Frank Rich, The New York Times: Far from being a source of ridiculous slap-happiness, ''Legs Diamond'' is a sobering interlude of minimum-security imprisonment that may inspire you to pull out a pen and attend to long-neglected tasks, like finishing last Sunday's crossword puzzle or balancing a checkbook. The script is so confusing I lost its thread before the end of the first number. The unhelpful dialogue, which rarely falls trippingly from the company's highly amplified tongues, sounds as if it had been translated from foreign-language comic books. A typical punchline? ''My girls don't come cheap, and neither do sequins.'' (Actually, these sequins look as if they do.) If there's any mystery to ''Legs Diamond,'' it is the one attending [the show’s star Peter] Allen, not the gangster he purports to play. Here is a performer with a single expression - a pop-eyed, I-dare-you-not-to-love-me grin - and a harsh singing voice as taut as his face. He delivers jokes as if he were a ''Hollywood Squares'' second banana struggling with his cue cards, and his dancing amounts to a few Rockette-style high kicks and a lot of wiggling at the joints. As for Mr. Allen's songs, they are so derivative they make Andrew Lloyd Webber's scores sound idiosyncratic.

2. LENNON (2005), 49 Performances

Ben Brantley, The New York Times: In the immortal words of Yoko Ono, "Aieeeee!" A fierce primal scream -- of the kind Ms. Ono is famous for as a performance and recording artist -- is surely the healthiest response to the agony of "Lennon," the jerry-built musical shrine that opened last night at the Broadhurst Theater.

3. BRING BACK BIRDIE (1981), 4 Performances

Frank Rich, The New York Times: If the first ''Birdie'' was invigorating, the new one is depressing right up until that curtain call. Although its creators have done plenty of fine work since their first success, you'd never guess it from this mess. ''Bring Back Birdie'' is not only far inferior to its predecessor, but it is also woefully tired - as if everyone involved had abandoned hope. Instead of doing ''Bring Back Birdie,'' these people should have brought back ''Bye Bye Birdie.'' Or maybe they should have left their and our fond memories in peace. Though ''Bring Back Birdie'' aspires to bring back everyone's happy youth, it has sent its creators and audience alike crashing into a gloomy middle age.

4. THE CIVIL WAR (1998), 61 Performances

Ben Brantley, The New York Times: In the wake of any war come questions, dazed, wondering questions. What, finally, did we gain from fighting? What did we learn? Why did this conflict have to happen in the first place? Perhaps, then, it is appropriate that the new musical called ''The Civil War,'' whose subject is nothing less than what its grand, stark title promises, should provoke a similar litany of questions. Why are we here at the St. James Theater? What is the point in remaining for more than two hours? Why would anyone stage a show that improbably drains the drama from what is still the most fraught and painful chapter in American history? The show arranges its archetypal elements into confoundingly static patterns, laying out all its cards in its opening minutes and then failing to combine them in ways that would build to revelation or strong emotional response. Though the musical covers the full span of the war, with the names, dates and casualty counts of major battles projected in supertitles, you eventually come to feel that you have been watching the same rotating diorama.

5. TABOO (2003), 100 Performances

Peter Marks, The Washington Post: Experiencing the stultifying "Taboo," you feel as if you could be standing on a shaky pier on the edge of theaterland, waving the SS Broadway Musical goodbye. This sort of sensation comes on those dispiriting nights when big, new, expensive shows bearing all the telltale signs of actual entertainment -- starry names, busy choreography, lighting -- reveal how far the musical has strayed from traditional craftsmanship. During these peculiar events, you find yourself questioning the entire institution of Broadway, wondering whether anyone will ever again levitate an audience with imaginative songs painstakingly woven into a story of bona fide human consequence. The feeling will pass, of course, because the regenerative impulse in your psyche guides you to the memory of a recent success like "Avenue Q," a witty, melodious sendup of urban mores and post-graduation angst. But still, Broadway continues to shelter hokum like "Taboo," a production with such an acute case of meaning-deprivation that you almost forget what's happening as it's happening. The wasted actors -- as in misused -- include the estimable Raul Esparza, playing a cross-dressing London club promoter who narrates this musical-in-flashback. Esparza is so fired-up here you want the stagehands to keep him away from matches; he's a combustible presence, but if the performance were any more intense, it could embarrass even Mandy Patinkin.

6. THE STORY OF MY LIFE (2009), 5 Performances

Adam Feldman, Time Out New York: “The Story of My Life” is a two-man musical with a dual personality. Half of Brian Hill and Neil Bartram’s well-meaning piece examines the tension between memory and fiction, as seen through the lives of two men with a knack for verbose self-reflection; the other half is a collage of cultural platitudes about butterflies, angels and snowflakes. The show can’t decide if it wants to be Stephen Sondheim or a gift shop in Topeka. “The Story of My Life” needs fewer stories and more life. It is hard to imagine that this snowflake of a show will survive in the Broadway drift: It has wings, but it doesn’t have a prayer. --- Ben Brantley, The New York Times: In addition to jettisoning the usual excesses of tourist-trapping extravaganzas, they have tossed away such niceties as originality, credibility, tension and excitement. I don't think it's spoiling anything to tell you that [Malcolm] Gets's character is dead when the show begins. So, for all practical purposes, is "The Story of My Life." And as directed by [Richard] Maltby, [actor Will] Chase (of "Lennon" and "High Fidelity") and Mr. Gets (a Tony nominee for "Amour") sing and act with winning (and, under the circumstances, merciful) restraint. It is to their infinite credit that even when they're extolling the precious glories of snow angels and a butterfly's wings, you don't feel like punching them in the face.

7. CRY BABY (2008), 68 Performances

Ben Brantley, The New York Times: There's no delicate way of putting this. Cry-Baby is ... tasteless. ... When I said "tasteless," I meant without flavor: sweet, sour, salty, putrid or otherwise. This show in search of an identity has all the saliva-stirring properties of week-old pre-chewed gum. --- Clive Barnes, New York Post: The music comes in two rocky flavors -- cheery and droopy. It's the kind of music that makes you wonder whether you've heard it before, just before you stop caring. --- Mary Carol McCauley, The Baltimore Sun: Opportunity knocked last night at the door of the Marquis Theatre, where Cry-Baby is making its Broadway debut. But nobody answered.

8. LEAP OF FAITH (2012), 19 Performances

David Cote, Time Out New York: Want to make a ton of money? Peddle God to fools. Want to lose a ton of money? Invest in a Broadway turkey. You can’t have it both ways. It’s perfectly fine—even desirable—if your religion is crude and nonsensical, but a show as bland and confused as “Leap of Faith” is not going to make rich men of its producers (among whom are actual church leaders). The fake cash distributed by actors to audience members—so we may place it in the offertory baskets at Jonas Nightingale’s revivalist hoedowns—is all the green this wanly tacky production is likely to see.

9. LESTAT (2006), 39 Performances

Ben Brantley, The New York Times: A promising new contender has arrived in a crowded pharmaceutical field. Joining the ranks of Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata and other prescription lullaby drugs is “Lestat,” the musical sleeping pill that opened last night at the Palace Theater. Dare to look upon “Lestat” and keep your eyelids from growing heavier and heavier.

10. HURRY, HARRY (1972), 2 Performances

Clive Barnes, The New York Times: Muggings, massage parlors and disasters such as “Hurry, Harry” have all conspired to give Broadway a bad name. It is so feeble that even its opening is I suppose worthy of congratulation -- lesser men would have given up in the face of the inevitable. But the producer, Peter Grad, and the three people who wrote the book, the man who wrote the music, and the man who wrote the lyrics fought on in spite of everything. It is sad when this kind of thing happens-- sad for the backers, sad for the people who worked for it, sad for the critics forced to pan it. The critic in such circumstances is a particular innocent. Halfway through he is tempted in a paranoid fashion to wonder: “What did I ever do to you guys that you have to give me such a rotten night?’ Oh, well!”

11. GOOD VIBRATIONS (2005), 94 Performances

Ben Brantley, The New York Times: Even those who believe everything on this planet is here for a purpose may at first have trouble justifying the existence of "Good Vibrations," the singing headache that opened last night at the Eugene O'Neill Theater. But audience members strong enough to sit through this rickety jukebox of a show, which manages to purge all catchiness from the surpassingly catchy hits of the Beach Boys, will discover that the production does have a reason to be, and a noble one: "Good Vibrations" sacrifices itself, night after night and with considerable anguish, to make all other musicals on Broadway look good.

12. MARILYN: AN AMERICAN FABLE (1983), 17 Performances

Frank Rich, The New York Times: If you read all the fine print in the Playbill for ''Marilyn: An American Fable,'' you'll discover that the new musical at the Minskoff has 16 producers and 10 songwriters. If you mistakenly look up from the Playbill to watch the show itself, you may wonder whether those 26 persons were ever in the same rehearsal room - or even the same city - at the same time. On top of its many other failings, ''Marilyn'' is incoherent to the point of being loony. I defy anyone to explain - just for starters - why 10 chorus boys dressed in pink plumbers' costumes sing a song about bubble baths at the climax of Act II. [post_title] => 12 Times The Critics Were Absolutely Savage (But Not Necessarily Wrong) [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 12-times-critics-were-absolutely-savage-not-necessarily-wrong [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-07 10:58:27 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-07 15:58:27 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=371432 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 2 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 371144 [post_author] => 2182 [post_date] => 2019-02-27 09:34:16 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-02-27 14:34:16 [post_content] => Listening to cast albums and watching Instagram Live stories are great and wonderful, but what happens when you just need to see Broadway stars in a binge-able way? Here are a few of our favorite stage stars and where you can see them!

1. Tituss Burgess

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“The Little Mermaid” on Broadway’s original Sebastian has his star turn as a wannabe Broadway actor on Netflix’s recently finished “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Titus Andromedon came from the deep south, where boys who wanted to do musical theatre were considered… different. He finally makes it to New York, where he meets Kimmy and Lillian, who encourage him to follow his dreams. This Netflix original series released part two of its final season in January 2019, and is still available to stream.

2. Darren Criss

via GIPHY Our favorite StarKid has been very busy since his starring role as Blaine in “Glee.” He portrayed killer Andrew Cunanan in “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace” in the beginning of 2018. For his unnerving performance, Criss earned a Primetime Emmy, two Screen Actors Guild awards, a Golden Globe, a Gold Derby award, and a whole slew of nominations. You can watch this FX miniseries on Netflix.

3. Meryl Streep

via GIPHY Film’s greatest living actress and the Tony award-winning powerhouse that is Meryl Streep is coming to “Big Little Lies” season two this June. She will star as Mary Louise Wright, Perry Wright’s mother, who comes to Monterey looking for answers. “Big Little Lies” is based on the novel of the same name by author Liane Moriarty. The first season of the hit show is available on HBO, which leaves plenty of time for us to binge watch before the second season hits our screens!

4. Kristin Chenoweth

via GIPHY On NBC’s “Trial and Error,” Chenoweth lets her bubbly persona shine as she plays the first lady of East Peck, Lavinia Peck-Foster, who is on trial for the murder of her husband. “Trial and Error” is a spoof of a true crime series; season one focused on another “trial,” the defendant being played by John Lithgow. This series isn’t currently available to stream (Netflix, we’re looking at you!), but if you’re dedicated, each episode is available for purchase on YouTube, Vudu, iTunes, and Google Play.

5. Viola Davis

via GIPHY The phenomenal Viola Davis from the ABC hit “How to Get Away with Murder” holds the distinction of being the first black person to have earned the “Triple Crown of Acting,” being the trifecta of a Tony, an Academy, and an Emmy award. Davis has garnered high praise for her work as Annalise Keating, a law professor who becomes dangerously ensnared in a murder plot with five of her students. “How to Get Away with Murder” is available on both Netflix and Hulu.

6. Josh Groban

via GIPHY The Tony-winning “tenor in training” landed himself a Netflix original series with Tony Danza, titled “The Good Cop.” Groban is a pathologically “good cop,” whose father was also in the NYPD - but the opposite of good. This is a funny, easy-to-watch comedic crime series, especially if you’re a fan of the classic “good cop, bad cop” trope. Season one is available to stream on Netflix.

7. Nathan Lane

via GIPHY The three-time Tony award-winning superstar plays a recurring role as Pepper Saltzman on ABC’s “Modern Family.” This mockumentary follows a mixed family’s daily life in suburban Los Angeles. Pepper is a flamboyant friend of the married couple Cameron and Mitchell. “Modern Family” is ABC’s longest running comedy series, having been aired since its premiere in 2009. You can stream this sitcom on Hulu or for free on ABC’s website. Whatever you choose to binge, you can support your favorite stage stars along the way! Did we miss your favorite? Leave a comment below... [post_title] => Here's Where You Can Find Your Favorite Stage Stars On Television [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => heres-where-you-can-find-your-favorite-stage-stars-on-television [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-02-27 09:34:16 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-27 14:34:16 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=371144 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 370776 [post_author] => 11 [post_date] => 2019-02-26 10:28:39 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-02-26 15:28:39 [post_content] => New year, new you, new TV shows to marathon! Similar to theatre, television breathes life into stories that are important, progressive, tragic, funny, outrageous and joyful. Whether it be through a streamable platform or via a good-old-fashioned network, current TV offers plenty of picks that could translate well to the stage. From the quick-witted antics of Midge in ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ to the devious plots of Count Olaf in ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events,’ we’ve rounded up nine shows airing this year that we think deserve a theatrical adaptation:

1. ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

TV shows that should be plays/musicals Amazon Prime’s award-winning original has swept audiences by storm with its quirky slew of characters, its lovable leading lady, its smart dialogue and its empowering story. Enter Midge Maisel, a spunky housewife living on the Upper West Side of New York City during the 1950s. With a husband, two children, and a wardrobe fit for a queen, Midge’s charmed life seems picture perfect...until her husband unexpectedly leaves, and she stumbles into a whirlwind stand-up comedy career. With a cast of colorful characters and plenty of hilarious mishaps (plus actual comedy routines), ‘Maisel’ is a shoo-in for a fabulous theatrical makeover.

2. ‘You’

2: 9 TV Shows In 2019 That Are Made For The Stage The Broadway stage is no stranger to dark comedies and Netflix’s latest creepy series, ‘You’, has the potential to find its place in the theatre world. This psychological thriller quite literally follows Beck, an aspiring writer in New York City, through the eyes of her stalker, Joe Goldberg. While narrator Joe first comes across as your typical all-American guy in his twenties, an unsettling truth starts to unravel. ‘You’ is suspenseful, dramatic and could certainly make for musical material.

3. ‘The Good Place’

3: 9 TV Shows In 2019 That Are Made For The Stage Imagine arriving at the pearly white gates of heaven only to find there’s been a mix-up, and you’re not supposed to be there... That’s fate for Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) in NBC’s ‘The Good Place’. This light-hearted comedy series is full of silly twists and turns and delivers some meaningful messages too. Give us a choir of singing angels, a dancing Janet, an ensemble number about all of The Good Place’s frozen yogurt joints, and Broadway is sure to be forkin’ blessed.

4. ‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events’

4: 9 TV Shows In 2019 That Are Made For The Stage A tap-dancing Count Olaf and some belting Baudelaires - we’re all about the concept of ‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events: The Musical’. This popular children’s book series- turned-Netflix-show has more than enough drama to keep audiences engaged as they watch Violet, Klaus, and Sunny narrowly escape the clutches of one ominous count. (Petition for Neil Patrick Harris to reprise Count Olaf in the Broadway musical?)

5. ‘The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina’

5: 9 TV Shows In 2019 That Are Made For The Stage The life of Sabrina Spellman no longer requires a laugh track in Netflix’s new iteration exploring the highs and lows of being a teenage witch in the normal human world. Based on a comic series of the same name, ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ is a revamped, mystical TV show centered around its beloved half-witch, half-mortal heroine. A pinch of music, a dust of magic and a healthy dose of high school drama seems like the perfect brew for a stage adaptation that will give us chills.

6. ‘Pose’

6: 9 TV Shows In 2019 That Are Made For The Stage Last year, ‘Glee’ creators Ryan Murphy and Bryan Falchuk reunited to bring the first season of ‘Pose’ to FX. This distinctive series acts as a commentary on life in New York City for a diverse ensemble of characters during the 1980s. The show includes plenty of music and dives deep into something as simple as someone's everyday life, which is why we think ‘Pose’ would make impactful theatre.

7. ‘The Handmaid's Tale’

7: 9 TV Shows In 2019 That Are Made For The Stage While we’re not so sure this Hulu masterpiece lends itself to song and dance, a live retelling of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ saga would most certainly be a powerful production onstage. For centuries, theatre has embraced progressive storytelling - and this dystopian society in which women are forced into various roles such as child-bearers (otherwise known as “handmaids”) carries some pretty heavy albeit essential themes. The show does take audiences through different facets of the Gilead republic but focuses primarily on the hardships of one enslaved woman called June. Watching June’s journey unfold onstage is bound to make for a night of thought-provoking theatre.

8. ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’

8: 9 TV Shows In 2019 That Are Made For The Stage If you’re a fan of Netflix’s wild series, ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’, which culminated in January of 2019, you’ve probably watched those Titus Andromedon musical numbers on repeat. Throughout the comedy’s four seasons, Kimmy Schmidt’s best friend Titus (a theatre nerd if there ever was one) continuously makes musical theatre references and even breaks out into song. As for the show’s premise? In the very first episode, Kimmy is rescued from an underground bunker where she was held hostage by a crazy cult leader for the past 15 years, and must then cope with adjusting to modern-day city life.

9. ‘Game Of Thrones’

9: 9 TV Shows In 2019 That Are Made For The Stage Winter may be coming for the very last time in 2019, but our fingers are crossed for George R. R. Martin’s massive phenomenon to receive the theatre treatment somewhere down the road. While putting together a production of this scale would undoubtedly prove a challenge (there are dragons after all), experiencing the Seven Kingdoms onstage would be worth it. Though the journeys that take place in this fantasy realm are complex, HBO’s series shares tales of love, loss, family, and the battle between good versus evil. Kisha laz atthirarido… that’s “we can dream” in Dothraki.

Have another show you want to see adapted to theatre? Share in the comments below!

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I can't remember how old I was the first time that I saw the Rocky Horror Picture Show--other than to say that I was far too young to be watching it--but that movie changed my life; it stirred within me an intense passion for musicals that has never been quenched. In high school, I made friends with some of the drama kids. It was so cathartic to be around people who understood my passion and to be in a place where there was no judgment. During intermission, we'd jam to showtunes in the dressing rooms. I always ask musical theater fans what their favorite musical is, and I hear all of the standards: Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Les Miserbles, Hamilton, and Rent, but never have I come across a fellow fan of Miss Saigon. In fact, any musical fan friend I've mentioned it to has said that while they've heard good things about the show, they have not experienced it themselves. The musical is an updated adaption of the opera Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini and features a score by the genius duo behind Les Miserables, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boubil. It is Broadway's thirteenth longest running show, opening in 1991 after succeeding in the West End in London for 2 years. Filipina singer Lea Salonga made her musical debut as the lead heroine, Kim, at the age of 17. Set during the fall of Saigon during the final days of Vietnam War, the musical tells the tragic story of a young orphan who gets entangled in a world of prostitution and corruption to survive. On her first night as a bargirl at the seedy bar Dreamland, Kim's virginity is bought by a US marine, John, for his friend Chris. Chris is initially reluctant to partake in his gift, but relents, and desperate for any connection, the two fall in love. Chris vows to save Kim from her life of degradation, only for the two to be tragically separated when the US troops were suddenly recalled home. It's a tragic love story that pulls at the heartstrings and despite its risque subject matter, it never comes across as profane, just a sad way of life for these characters. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6PoGJ-YKa0 The score is beautifully done with wonderful songs such as: "Sun and Moon" and "The Last Night of the World" two of Kim and Chris's love songs, as well as "I Still Believe," and the heartbreaking showstopper "I'd Give My Life For You." In 2014, the show was revived in London and fellow Filipina, Eva Noblezada was cast as Kim. Following a successful 2 year run, it transferred to Broadway  for a year before closing once more. A film adaption has been rumored to be in the works for years, however, nothing has as of yet, surfaced, though the 25th anniversary performance was filmed and released on DVD in the UK. Having a wide range of shows to choose from, I can honestly say that Miss Saigon is one of my absolute favorite shows. Not only does it showcase the most under-represented culture and ethnicity, but the story is so engrossing that you're sucked right in and your heart breaks along with Kim's. Her journey from scared child to fearless mother willing to die for her young son is captivating and the shocking ending leaves you in tears. This is a story of survival, love, determination, and above all else, strength that is universal to everyone. Why this amazing show isn't more popular among the theater crowd, I will never know. Seriously, if you have not seen this show, or at least listened to the soundtrack, you are missing out. There are very few times before that a show has impacted me as much as Miss Saigon did when I finished the 2014 live recording album for the first time. I am hopeful that the success of both productions of the revival will spur the film adaption on an that the revival cast will get to reprise their roles on screen; Eva Noblezada was born to play this role and after having heard her countless times on the album and seen her in the 25th anniversary live DVD, there is no one else who can do the role justice, besides Lea Salonga, of course. The OBC  and 2014 live recordings can be found on Youtube, as well as the 2001 Manila tour production -- featuring Lea Salonga. I was able to find the 25th anniversary movie on a site and download it onto my computer since it was never released in the US on either DVD or digital. Please go and check this show out. Even if it isn't your cup of tea, even if it isn't your new favorite show, it's worth a shot. 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The best lesson that my theatre teachers in high school could have ever taught me was to keep going even when you think you can’t. Every time that cast list went up and my name wasn’t where I wanted it to be, I was devastated. But I kept showing up. I kept taking on responsibilities and did my best to help out wherever possible.
We all have them. Those teachers who stick with you, even years after you have them in class. Every time you pull out the yearbook, you’re instantly flooded with memories once you come across their picture on the faculty page. These teachers didn’t just teach you what was in the syllabus. They taught you life lessons too. Lessons that stick with you for years after graduation. The very fact that you can recall these teachers shows the enormous impact that they had on you. If you were a theatre kid like I was (and still am), I’m willing to bet that this influential person was none other than your theatre teacher. They were most likely your favorite teacher (or if you had a bad experience, your least favorite). You most likely spent hours upon hours of rehearsals, tech nights, and performances with them. And most likely, they knew way too much about your personal life. If this is sounding a lot like your high school theatre experience, you’re not alone. My high school was huge. Over 2,000 students filled the hallways every day. When you already have a small circle of people you can call friends, those 2,000 classmates can feel like 2,000 strangers. By sophomore year, I was entirely out of options as for where to sit and eat lunch in the cafeteria. I remember one day very vividly. I had become so frustrated with finding a seat in the cafeteria. I had been bouncing around from table to table, trying to find a group of kids that I felt comfortable enough sitting with. Finally, I asked the cafeteria worker for a styrofoam tray and booked it to the orchestra room. I figured it would be better to eat alone in the orchestra room out of sight from the 800 kids sitting in the cafeteria than to put myself on public display as the kid who was sitting alone at lunch. That was when my orchestra teacher and high school musical director poked her head out of her office and asked me what I was doing. Me, thinking I was in trouble, tried to come up with an excuse as to why I was sitting alone in the orchestra room with my lunch. Instead of responding with anger (not that I expected her to), she invited me into her office where we launched ourselves into a discussion about the latest shows hitting Broadway that season. I finished my lunch and headed off to my next class, feeling much better about my day. That one day turned into a series of days eating lunch in my director’s office. Pretty soon, I was eating lunch there every day. I started helping out with things around her office, becoming the second pair of eyes when it came to looking over program revisions for the upcoming spring musical. I took over the responsibility of managing the costume closet that held the various costumes of musicals past. I learned so much about the business behind theatre because my theatre teacher allowed me the opportunity to do so. By the time senior year had rolled around, I took the title of “Student Business Manager.” But by then, it was truly just a formality. Over time, a few of my musical friends had started dropping in. We felt safe in the orchestra room with our musical director. She made us feel included and like we belonged. I know it’s a cliche of sorts to say that your students become your kids, but honestly my teacher was like a second mother to me. Her office was practically a second home for me and a few others. Some of us had pitched in together to buy a Keurig for the back room, further fueling my coffee addiction. At one point there was a panini maker, but once my teacher smelled bacon, she shut that down real quick. Seeing how passionate my teacher was about theatre made me passionate about theatre. She inspired me to pursue this as a career, but most importantly, always keep a love for theatre burning within me. Were there moments where I was frustrated? Sure. Every time a cast list was posted. I never got the part I wanted in the school musical. I was always the sidekick or a featured part. It took me until senior year to finally get even a supporting role. But did I let that stop my passion or the relationship that I had established with my director? No. The best lesson that my theatre teachers in high school could have ever taught me was to keep going even when you think you can’t. Every time that cast list went up and my name wasn’t where I wanted it to be, I was devastated. But I kept showing up. I kept taking on responsibilities and did my best to help out wherever possible. These were life lessons that my theatre teachers were teaching me. What matters more than how you accept victory is how you deal with defeat. I didn’t realize it at the time, but now almost a year following my high school graduation, I do. The remarkable thing is that even though I am graduated and off at college, they are still teaching me. Now and then I’ll find myself shooting off a text or e-mail to an old teacher asking for advice. And they’ll give it to me. Or vice-versa, they’ll check in and see how college is going. That is the sign of a teacher who cares. My high school orchestra teacher wasn’t the only important theatre teacher in my life. I’ve had many, many others. Each of them worthy of an entire article just for themselves. Maybe I’ll share those stories someday. But the fact of the matter is, I have been blessed to have so many significant role models in my life that have shared their love of theatre with me, therefore fostering an appreciation of the art form within myself. Whether you had a positive or negative experience with your high school theatre teacher (and whether you’ll admit it or not), they were fundamental in your development as an artist. Middle school and high school theatre are where we’re first exposed to this great art form. The educators that facilitate these programs in our schools have a tremendous task. They don’t just teach theatre. Theatre is not just acting out words on stage. Theatre is history. Theatre is music. Theatre is a science. Theatre is a math. Theatre is foreign language. Theatre is all of it wrapped in one. Our theatre teachers are tasked with teaching life. That is their importance.

Did you have an influential theatre teacher in your life? Tell us about them in the comments below!

[post_title] => The Importance Of Theatre Teachers [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => the-importance-of-theatre-teachers [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-02-20 10:40:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-20 15:40:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=370997 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 370961 [post_author] => 2192 [post_date] => 2019-02-15 08:40:16 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-02-15 13:40:16 [post_content] => It’s hard to imagine but, once upon a time, there was no such thing as a “director” -- at least not as we know them today. Back in Ancient Greece, staging a show was predominantly the responsibility of the playwright. In medieval times when the church presented large scale pageant plays, the role of the director more closely resembled that of a modern stage manager (coordinating how the scenery would function, making sure everyone was standing where they were supposed to be, etc.). During the Renaissance, another figure took prominence: the “actor-director.” This was a senior member of the troupe that served as master for staging and helped cultivate a performance from the cast. It wasn’t until after World War II that the modern director began to reign supreme. Today, the director has many responsibilities. Some are microscopic, and some are monumental. Chiefly, the director must guide the team in defining the artistic shape of the production. They must set the parameters of the world that is being created. This earns them the right to have an opinion on everything (whether or not that opinion is voiced and/or heeded). And while most people would jump at the chance to be in charge, it is important to remember that with great power comes great responsibility. To be a director, you have to prove yourself a leader worth following. Here’s how…

1. Do Your Research

via GIPHY Are you allergic to homework? Do book reports make you drowsy? Would you rather be dead than go to the library? Then, buddy, this is NOT the job for you. Like the genre itself, directing starts on the page. Before your first rehearsal, you’ll need to have a general understanding of the show’s historical context, references and themes. Even looking up the reviews of the original production might influence your interpretation. Granted, this doesn’t mean you have to know EVERYTHING… but if you intend to be a leader worth following, being a smarty-pants surely doesn’t hurt.

2. Be Organized & Stay Organized

The quickest and easiest way to have people turn against you is to waste their time. So, make a schedule and STICK TO IT. After all, you can’t earn respect unless you offer it. Don’t run over in a session (“Oh, just another 10 minutes!”), don’t be late (“Sorry to keep you all waiting!”) and don’t skip breaks (“You can just push through, right?!”). And be realistic with your expectations; you know you’re not going to get a production number staged in 45 minutes. Also, know what pages you are staging in that session; be familiar with them and have them handy. No one wants to work with a fumbling doofus.  

3. Don’t Over-Plan

I know what you’re thinking: “Wait... didn’t you just tell me to research until my eyes bleed and schedule every time I’ll need to pee?” Well, yeah… BUT -- this is where you have to show a little restraint. Remember: you’re the director, not the dictator; if you have an answer for every question, you’re not only doing your job, you’re doing everyone else’s. And that’s ANNOYING. Giving actors line-readings (performing the role for them instead of coaching them to find a performance) invalidates their creative input. As much as you can, allow for happy accidents. Encourage people to make their own discoveries by answering questions with more questions. When they find the answer “independently”, there is a sense of ownership that will really show in the work.

4. Collaborate

via GIPHY The best idea in the room doesn’t have to be your own. You’ve assembled a room full of talented and creative people. So… LET THEM BE TALENTED AND CREATIVE! Learn to listen; listen to learn.  

5. Study Art

Staging is HARD. Composition is one of the most difficult concepts for young directors to grasp. There are lots of little rules: actors should stand in triangles, people need to “cheat out” to see faces, asymmetry is your friend, etc. An easy way to develop your eye is to study the Old Masters (basically any painter working before 1800… or anyone with the same name as a Ninja Turtle). Find paintings of crowd scenes in particular. Take note of how the artist places his/her subjects to achieve peak visibility and drama. See how you can adapt their work. After all, the proscenium stage is modeled after the frame of a painting.   

6. Steal Creatively

Nobody likes a thief (especially not Javert…). It doesn’t matter that you saw the original production 50 times; as the director, it’s your job to figure out how the story will be told anew. Copying another production’s staging/choreography is THEFT. That work is/was someone else’s intellectual property. You can let their work influence you, sure -- there’s a reason the show was successful in the first place. But steal creatively. When you see a show, take note of elements you admire. But don’t be dumb about it. You’d be surprised how inconspicuously the end of the first act of “Sunday in the Park with George” fits into the chorale of “The Pirates of Penzance.” And the audience (and critics) will be none-the-wiser. And if they are? Well, just call it an homage...

7. Don’t Be a Jerk

via GIPHY This one sounds like a no-brainer, but… ugh, you’d be surprised. A lot of what a director does is to encourage other artists to deliver their best work. That’s not going to happen when people are scared of you. You can be tough and challenging, for sure. But don’t be a bully! Like, never ever. Behaving like a tyrant is sabotage to the creative process. And be brave enough to apologize when you have to; it doesn’t make you weak to say you’re sorry when it’s due. It’s like your mother always said: treat others the way you want to be treated.

8. Find the Humanity

Theater is magic. To breathe the same air as artists while they create for you in real-time -- it’s an experience that is unparalleled. Simply put: there is no other form that can so closely replicate real life. Those are the moments to strive for, those moments of truth. One way to emphasize this is to ask yourself constantly while watching, “Does this feed my sense of truth?” If not, consider what changes can be made or notes can be given. But remember: the sense of truth shifts from show to show. The reality of “Mamma Mia!” is very different from that of “A Little Night Music.” Always aim for truth within the construct of the reality you are creating.

9. Know Your Audience

via GIPHY Directing a show for kids? Then maybe your actors need to keep their pants on… The point is: always remain aware of the intended audience for your work. For example, the church-going crowd doesn’t like vulgarity. Even if you [BLEEP]-ing love swears, you may have to find ways to tone things down the product to meet the audience’s ethical standards without compromising your artistic integrity OR the integrity of the work as written (no one said this job was going to be easy…) After all, the audience is the reason you have a job in the first place. Respect them and they’ll respect you.

10. Honor the Playwright

The most important person in the rehearsal room is always the playwright; it doesn’t matter if they’ve been dead for 2,400 years (here’s looking at you, Aristophanes…). It was the playwright’s idea that brought everyone together. Therefore, it is your primary responsibility as director to tell the story as they intended. Have a crazy concept for a show? Cool. Before you try to cram it into your new-fangled box, ask yourself, “Does this idea serve the play as written?” If not, you’re editorializing. In the theater, the playwright is God. The director just gets to spread the blessed word. [post_title] => AGAIN, FROM THE TOP: 10 Tips For Young Directors [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 10-tips-for-young-directors [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-02-15 08:50:44 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-15 13:50:44 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=370961 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 370265 [post_author] => 11 [post_date] => 2019-02-12 09:20:10 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-02-12 14:20:10 [post_content] => [post_title] => Poll: Which 'Hamilton' Song Is The Best Jamilton? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => poll-which-hamilton-song-is-the-best-jamilton [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-02-12 09:20:10 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-12 14:20:10 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?post_type=snax_poll&p=370265 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => snax_poll [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 370895 [post_author] => 2133 [post_date] => 2019-02-09 21:20:58 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-02-10 02:20:58 [post_content] => Since 2003, the musical adaption of Gregory Maguire's hit novel "Wicked: the Lives and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West" has mystified fans worldwide. The musical tells the story of Elphaba (future Wicked Witch) and how she became "wicked." G(a)linda has a prominent role as well as Elphaba's roommate and reluctant friend. The roles were originated by Idina Menzel (who won the Tony for Best Actress) and Kristin Chenoweth. The show is currently the sixth longest-running show on Broadway, grossing over $1.3 billion. For years, rumors have circulated that a film adaption is in the works. Back in 2015, Lea Michelle and Harry Styles were listed as Elphaba and Fiyero on the IMDB page for the movie. In 2017, former Pussycat Dolls lead singer, Nicole Scherzinger was rumored to be vying for the leading role of Elphaba. Also in 2017, the show writer Stephen Schwartz confirmed that a film adaption is in the works and gave fans a release date: December 20, 2019! However, after the announcement that Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical "Cats" is getting the feature film treatment, the "Wicked" movie once again fell by the wayside...until February 8th, 2019, when it was announced that at last (hopefully) the film will be released on December 22, 2021. Little is known about the film except that Stephen Daldry will direct, Winnie Holtzman (who wrote the book for the musical) will pen the script along with Stephen Schwartz, and Mark Platt is set to produce. I am so excited for this movie! "Wicked" is one of my all-time favorite musicals. Ideally, I would love for Idina and Kristin to reprise their roles, but I understand that they are both too old to play college-aged girls. However, the second act could be set 20 years down the road, and then the door could be open for them to come back. I have some ideas for the main cast as I would have it. Given my deep affection for the show, I am incredibly protective and critical of the unreleased casting. Some musicals can succeed with leads that act better than sing, but "Wicked" is not one of those shows. From Elphaba belting out "Defying Gravity" and "No Good Deed" and G(a)linda's operatic notes, powerhouse vocalists are required to do the show justice. First off, I definitely think the vocals should be live in the movie. With the success of other live musicals such as the 2012 "Les Miserables" film and "Across the Universe" in 2007, the idea of using live vocals as opposed to the traditional prerecorded tracks has become slightly more popular. Personally, I feel that using the actor's live vocals adds intimacy and rawness to a movie that can't be accomplished by lip-synching. That's why I'm hoping that real singers are cast instead of actresses.

Here are my top picks for the movie cast, as well as some honorable mentions.

1. Elphaba: Samantha Barks

This British songstress got her start on the musical reality series "I'd Do Anything" in 2008, where she competed for the role of Nancy in a new production of "Oliver." She performed "Defying Gravity" on the show, and came in third, but after playing the role of Eponine in the West End as well as the 25th Anniversary concert, she went on to play Nancy, before reprising her role of Eponine for the "Les Mis" movie. Currently starring as Vivian in the Broadway production of "Pretty Woman the Musical," Barks' other theatre credits include Velma Kelly in the Hollywood Bowl production of "Chicago," and Kathy" in the West End production of "The Last Five Years." She's an incredibly talented vocalist and actress and has proven more than once that she has the pipes to wear Elphaba's hat.

2. G(a)linda: Perrie Edwards

A 1/4 of British girl group Little Mix, Perrie Edwards is known for her stellar voice. Though she does not often get to showcase her operatic skills, Edwards is capable of hitting impressive high notes. I don't know how good of an actress she is, but I think with a dialect coach's help to mask her British accent, she could make a wonderful G(a)linda.

3. Fiyero: Brendon Urie

The Panic! at the Disco frontman is known for his versatile voice, impressive vocal range, love of dance, and dashing good looks. I think that if anyone could pull off Fiyero's swagger and bring his "Dancing Through Life" number to new levels of amazing, Urie is a perfect choice. At 31, he's a little old to play the role, but he looks a lot younger, and I'd love to see him play a bad boy. During his stint in "Kinky Boots" on Broadway, he impressed fans with his acting and vocals.

4. Madame Morrible: Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep is undeniably the greatest actress in the business. While she is less known for singing ability, Streep did get her start on Broadway and had starred in three musical film adaptions: "Mamma Mia!," "Into the Woods," and "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" as well as singing in such films as "Postcards From the Edge" and "Ricki and the Flash." The role of Madame Morrible is not huge, but Meryl would definitely be able to steal the show in the role, channeling her character of Miranda from "The Devil Wears Prada" with Morrible's icy demeanor and caustic insults.

5. The Wizard: Hugh Jackman

The Aussie heartthrob is best known for his role as Wolverine in the "X-Men" franchise films, but he is also a song and dance man. He starred as Jean Valjean in the "Les Mis" film, as well as P. T. Barnum in "The Greatest Showman." His theatre credits include originating the role of Peter Allen in "The Boy From Oz" on Broadway as well as his one-man show, in which he sang pop tunes as well as old theatre favorites. It would be nice to see Jackman not play the hero for once, though the role of the Wizard is more an anti-hero than a traditional villain.

6. Nessarose: Barrett Wilbert Weed

This theatre actress is best known for originating the roles of Veronica in "Heathers: the Musical" off-Broadway and Janice in "Mean Girls" on Broadway. Possessing solid rock 'n roll vocal abilities, Weed would nail the minor role of Nessarose. I'd bet she could pull off vindictive spoiled brat very well, but convey a hint of Nessarose's inner fragility.

Honorable Mentions:

Elphaba: Ciara Renée,  Naya Rivera, Cynthia Erivo, Emili Sandé,  Leona Lewis, Rita Ora, Anna Kendrick, Demi Lovato, Lea Michele, Jessie J. G(a)linda: Amanda Seyfried, Megan Hilty, Kristen Bell. Fiyero: Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Jonathan Groff (only with Lea Michele,) Darren Criss, Shawn Mendes. Madame Morrible: Helena Bonham Carter, Jessica Lange, Michelle Pfeiffer. The Wizard: Joel Grey, Christopher Walken, Sir Patrick Stewart, Matthew Broderick, Nessarose: Lea Michele [post_title] => 'Wicked: The Movie' Dream Cast [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => wicked-movie-dream-cast [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-02-11 09:37:17 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-11 14:37:17 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=370895 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 370783 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-02-07 10:40:31 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-02-07 15:40:31 [post_content] =>

Here are five acting exercises from my book 100 Acting exercises for 8–18-Year-Olds to help children and teenagers to improve their acting technique:

1. Packing a bag with given circumstances

An acting exercise where students do a simple action and add dimension to it by applying given circumstances. Age: 8 plus. Skills: Creating a character, focus, improvisation, mime, and imagination. Participants: This can be practiced alone or in a group. Time: 10–20 minutes. You’ll need: A room large enough for students to spread out and find a quiet space. How to: The students find a space in the room and sit down on their own. The student imagines that they are packing a bag for an event; perhaps they are going on holiday, on a school trip, to school, to the gym, or traveling for a year, or even that they’ve been assigned to a spy mission. Explain that they can be any character they want, but they must know at least three of their given circumstances. For example, it’s your first day at high school, you’re in your tidy bedroom with everything neatly laid out on the sofa bed, and you have stomach cramps. Or you are leaving home, you are in a rush because you don’t want your parents to find out, you have a headache, and your stuff is spread all over the room because you threw it all over the place in a rage. Give the students a few minutes to mime packing their bags under a particular set of given circumstances and then ask them to try again with a brand-new set of circumstances. This can be done three or four times. Variation: This exercise can also be done with a real bag and real objects. However, this can be distracting and too leading. If practiced this way, explain the exercise the week before to students and ask them to bring in a bag and some objects. It can be good for students to swap their bags and objects with others so that the items they are using don’t hold too many set connotations. Tip: Students shouldn’t rush this exercise or feel that they have to talk or perform. Subtle actions and reactions can be very intriguing, and these should come naturally if the student is playing the given circumstances.

2. Changing the tempo

A fun warm-up game where students explore the different speeds people operate at. Age: 8 plus. Skills: Creating a character, imagination, and movement. Participants: This exercise can be done alone or in a group. Time: 5–15 minutes. You’ll need: A room big enough for students to walk around in. How to: Students find a space in the room, and the teacher explains how different People move at different speeds. Ask the students to think of someone they know who moves around at top pace and someone they know who moves around very slowly. Now explain that they are going to move around the room at different speeds, which will vary depending on what number the teacher calls out. If the teacher calls out number one, students will move at a very slow speed, and if the number ten is called out, they will move at a fast pace. Students then add a character inspired by the speed. If number two is called out, for example, a suitable character might be a person who is at ease on holiday at the beach or a person who isn’t very enthusiastic about going somewhere. Then, if the number eight is called, the actor might walk around the room fast as if they are late for a meeting or excited on their way to the gates at Disney. Running isn’t allowed in this exercise, even when the number ten is called; a fast walk is the maximum speed allowed. The teacher calls out all the different numbers, asking students to come up with characters and situations for each number. Ask the students to choose their favorite character and speed from the ones they just experimented with. Some students may choose a slow character, number one or two, and others may choose a fast one, nine or ten. Ask the students to walk around the room as their chosen character. Instantly, the diversity of speeds will create an interesting scene and annoyances, and conflicts emerge as people get in each other’s way. Variation: Ask the students to get into pairs; within the pair, one will play a low-speed person and the other a high-speed person, but despite this, they both have the same objective. Perhaps they are looking for a lost dog, trying to complete a school assessment or trying to tidy a room. Conflict will arise in this scene because they are playing opposite tempos, and it’s quite likely some comedy will spring from this. Tip: Explain to students not just to focus on the speed of which a character walks but also to consider the speed of their body language. Someone at a number ten, for example, might have very rapid and frequent body language.

3. Favorite feature

An acting exercise to encourage the actor to move in new ways. Age: 8 plus. Skills: Creating a character, movement, and mime. Participants: This exercise can be done alone or in a group. Time: 10–15 minutes. You’ll need: A room students can move around in. How to: Start by asking students to walk around the room. Explain that when you call out a body part, the student is to imagine this is their favorite feature about themselves. Let’s say the teacher calls out ‘eyes’; the students will then walk around imagining that their eyes are their favorite feature. Now ask the students to all shake hands with another student and introduce themselves, still with their eyes as their favorite feature. People’s movements are often influenced by what they like and dislike about themselves. If your favorite feature about yourself is your eyes, you may open them wide, make them expressive while you talk and be keen to make eye contact. Ask the students to move around the room introducing themselves to as many different people as possible with their eyes as their favorite feature. Then after a few minutes, change the body part so that now the hands are their favorite feature. Carry on like this, changing the favorite feature every so often. Other body parts may include the feet, waist, collarbone, lips, and hair. When working with under 18s, it is essential to avoid the more genital areas of the body in this exercise. Variation one: What you don’t like about yourself can also influence movement. A fun variation of the above exercise is to call out a body part that the student can imagine they don’t like about themselves. So if you called ‘lips’, for example, the actor would imagine they don’t like their lips; they might keep touching and covering their lips when introducing themselves, or they might bite their lips or turn their head down slightly to draw attention away from their lips. Variation two: Another variation is to do one favorite feature and one feature you don’t like about yourself at the same time. For example, ‘you like your hair, but you dislike your nose’. Tip: Ask students to think about their own movement in everyday life and how their favorite and least favorite features about themselves affect their movement. However, don’t ask them to share this information with the class as it’s private.

4. Creating given circumstances for fairy-tale characters

An academic and imaginative exercise to encourage students to create backstories for characters. Age: 8 plus. Skills: Spontaneity, creating a character, imagination and character building. Participants: This exercise can be done alone or in a group. Time: 10–20 minutes. You’ll need: A pen and paper for each student. How to: Ask the students to think of one character from a fairy tale and a scene from the fairy tale featuring this character – for example, when Jack sells his cow Daisy, or when Snow White takes an apple from the disguised queen, or when the wolf talks to Little Red Riding Hood in the woods. Now ask the students to take that character and scene and to answer the questions below:
  •  What’s the character’s name?
  • What are their hobbies?
  •  What don’t they like?
  •  What are their favorite things?
  • Do they have any enemies?
  •  How old are they?
  •  Where do they live?
  •  Who makes up their family?
  • Do they have any friends?
  •  How have they found themselves in the situation they are in?
  •  What are their surroundings like at the moment?
  •  Are they cold, hot, hungry, in a rush or in any pain?
Explain before you begin that it’s okay to make up the answers and that there is no right or wrong answer. Any interpretation is acceptable. Variation one: After students have gathered all of this information on their character, they can put it into practice. Ask them to create short 5-minute improvisations in groups of three to four using their characters. It can be fun to have a group of characters from different fairy tales altogether, and this provides a good base for a new and unique improvisation. Variation two: This exercise can be practiced with a different set of characters that are not fairy-tale characters. For an older, more advanced group, the same exercise as above could be done with Shakespearean characters, characters from novels or characters from musicals Tip: Discourage students from overthinking or writing things down and encourage them to approach given circumstances in a practical and intuitive way.

5. I’m sorry I ...

A fast-paced improvisation exercise perfect for a group warm-up. Age: 8 plus. Skills: Listening, spontaneity, imagination, and improvisation. Participants: This needs to be done in a group of five or more. Time: 10–15 minutes. You’ll need: A room big enough to sit in a circle. How to: The group sits in a circle, and one person – let’s call her Rania – starts by standing up. Rania approaches a person sitting in the circle, and she apologizes for something. Let’s say she approaches Maya. Rania might be very sorry because she has lost Maya’s pet dog, she’s smashed Maya’s phone or she’s cast an irreversible spell on Maya’s brother. Maya can react in any way she likes. She could be sad, cross or maybe even pleased about the accident. What’s vital here is that whatever Rania is apologizing for, Maya goes along with it. Once the short improvisation comes to an end, Maya will then pick someone else in the circle and approach them to apologize for something. Maya might go over to Vadim, for example, and apologize for getting mud on his coat. But if Vadim asks to pass, that’s okay; Maya can pick someone else. Improvisation must never be forced onto anyone as that could put them off for life. Chances are if Vadim is given a few weeks in class just to watch, in a few weeks’ time, he will join in with an improvisation exercise on his own accord once he’s ready. Tip: It can be fun when students play this game in character. Explain to students that they can be any character they like – a school teacher, princess or astronaut. Once they think of a character, it is likely to give them inspiration for something to be sorry for. About 100 Acting Exercises for 8 - 18 Year Olds SEE ON AMAZON Theories and techniques of some of the greatest theatre practitioners including Sanford Meisner, Constantin Stanislavski, Lee Strasberg, and Uta Hagen provide a basis for Samantha Marsden's original exercises. The exercises have been tried and tested in the author's own classroom. Focus points used in leading drama schools such as voice, movement, relaxation, character development, and understanding text are recreated for a younger student. The book features a foreword by Paul Roseby, CEO and Artistic Director of the National Youth Theatre. “Here is the book that every drama teacher should have on their shelf” –  Sylvia Young, OBE “An excellent resource. In it, acting coaches and their young students will find daily inspiration.” –  Robert McKee, author, lecturer and story consultant “Every young actor that wants a working instrument should do these great, fun and practical exercises” –  Michelle Danner, Artistic Director of the Michelle Danner Acting Studio About the Author Samantha Marsden studied method acting at The Method Studio in London. She went on to study Drama, Applied Theatre and Education at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She worked as a freelance drama teacher for eleven years at theatre companies, youth theatres, private schools, state schools, special schools and weekend theatre schools. In 2012 she set up her own youth theatre, which quickly grew into one of the largest regional youth theatres in the country. 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In an industry where artists are chosen more for their looks and marketability than talent, and auto-tune is every talentless singer's best friend, Brendon is one of the rare true talents. Not only does he write the majority of the music, but he's also an insanely talented vocalist who continues to wow fans with his pipes. He possesses a tenor voice, which encompasses four octaves (D2 to C7.) Urie made his debut on Broadway in "Kinky Boots," a musical by Cyndi Lauper. He played the lead role of Charlie Price from May 26, 2017, through August 6, 2017. His run with the show was met with stellar reviews and extensive press coverage. I have not seen Kinky Boots, nor have I seen a bootleg version of Brendon's time in the show, but being a huge P!ATD fan, I can't help but think about what roles I'd love to see him play in some of my favorite Broadway shows. For these choices, I have taken into consideration his vocal skills, charisma, and sex appeal.

1: P.T. Barnum in "The Greatest Showman."

The film, starring Hugh Jackman was hugely popular at the time of its release toward the tail end of 2017. Though Hugh Jackman has said that he'd happily don the top hat again in a sequel, a Broadway adaption would be the next logical step rather than another movie. In order to successfully transition from stage to screen, the hypothetical show would need the right star. Hugh Jackman is a terrific actor and talented singer, and although he has performed on Broadway before in his one man show and in the OBC of "The Boy From Oz," I feel that a great successor would be Brendon Urie. He already covers the films title song "This is the Greatest Show" for the "The Greatest Showman: Reimagined soundtrack," and knocked it out of the park, and fans of P!ATD will know just how well he can pull off a top hat and red jacket. This one is written in the stars!

2. The Phantom in "The Phantom of the Opera"

The Phantom of the Opera is beloved by many and revered to be the greatest musical of all time; it's certainly the longest running! The title character of the Phantom is supposed to be dark, mysterious, and sexy despite his facial disfigurations; charming beyond belief and possessing top-notch vocal skills. This role screams Brendon Urie!  The role calls for a tenor or a high baritone singer, and Mr. Urie would rock the hell out of the half mask. I'd kill to hear him belt out "It's over now, the music of the night!" To be fair, I do think that he'd be a great Raoul, too, but true "phans" know what a terrible character Raoul is, so I won't even go there.

3. John in "Miss Saigon"

In the tragic musical about the fall of Vietnam, John is an ancillary character; as Chris's friend and comrade, he plays a key role in several scenes and opens the second act with the soulful "Bui Doi" number. I do not doubt in my mind that Urie could take the song to levels that no one has before.

4. Christian in "Moulin Rouge!"

The film was wildly successful in 2001 when it was released. For years, a stage adaption was rumored to be in the works with the film's stars Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman, though nothing came of it for years. On July 10, 2018, a new version of the musical premiered in Boston at the Colonial Theatre. The cast included Aaron Tveit and Karen Olivo. With an opening date on Broadway set for July 26, 2019, the previews will begin on June 22 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. The jukebox musical has incorporated more modern songs into the new production, so if Brendon were to play romantic writer Christian, who's to say maybe a Panic! song couldn't be included as well?

5. Fiyero in "Wicked.

"After 16 years on the Great White Way, the musical is still going strong, with a film adaption allegedly in the works. The male lead, Fiyero has been played by rock singer and American Idol alum Adam Lambert; a rich bad boy with a soft side he keeps hidden from the world, the character goes from an airheaded playboy to a hero in his own right. Given his affinity for dancing and his ability to hit higher notes, I could easily see Beebo courting everyone's favorite witches.

6. Jude in "Across the Universe."

The jukebox musical comprised of Beatles songs was released in 2007 to mixed reviews. A stage adaption has never surfaced, but, if it ever were to happen, I couldn't think of a better actor to step into Jim Sturgess' shoes than Brendon Urie. Although the role of Jude calls for a British accent (the character hails from Liverpool,) I'm sure with the right dialect coach, Urie could easily pull it off.

7. Buddy Holly in "Buddy - the Buddy Holly Musical."

This musical uses the music of Buddy Holly to tell the story of the beloved musician's rise to fame and his tragic end.  In the music video for "Ready to Go (Get Me Out of My Mind) one of the characters that Urie impersonates is a Buddy Holly-esque singer. He had the look and moves down pat.

8. Stacee Jax in "Rock of Ages"

The fictitious rock god seen in the 80s rock jukebox musical has been played by the likes of Tom Cruise in the film adaption. He's portrayed as a washed-up alcoholic, blowing gigs and burying his sorrows in alcohol, drugs, and pretty girls. If the show were to ever reopen on Broadway, or get the "Live" treatment on TV, I think Brendon would be an interesting Stacee Jax, if for no other reason than to hear him belt out iconic rock anthems.

9. Melchior in "Spring Awakening."

I am well aware that this one is a bit of a stretch as Melchior is supposed to be a teenager and Brendon Urie is 31, but he could pull off the character's broody personality and would kill songs like: "Totally Fucked," "All That's Known," "The Bitch of Living," and "Left Behind." If late 2000s Brendon Urie had done a musical, this is the one he'd have done.

10. Roger in "Rent."

I don't know why I keep mentally casting Brendon in these broody roles, but we already know that he pulls off guyliner in a way that few can and his rendition of "One Song Glory" would literally explode all of the ovaries everywhere.

11. Hedwig in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."

If anyone could follow in John Cameron Mitchell and Neil Patrick Harris' immortal footsteps in the role of the transgendered rock star Hedwig, Brendon Urie is your man! He can wear the heck out of heels and he would slay "The Origin of Love."

12. Frank N. Furter in "The Rocky Horror Show."

This one follows much the same line of reasoning as my previous suggestion. Frank N Furter is a pansexual alien from Transexual who likes to dress like a woman and create men in a lab, and he still has the time and energy to seduce both Brad AND Janet. This role has Brendon Urie written all over it. With his trademark dirty sense of humor, he could ad lib his way through the show, and it would be genius. I will be severely disappointed if this one never comes to be. So, there you have it, my dream roles for Brendon Urie to play either on Broadway or in some incarnation of said shows. I am in no way affiliated with Brendon or with Panic! at the Disco, I'm just a huge fan of the band, the man, and awesome musical theater. [post_title] => Top Broadway Roles That Brendon Urie Would Slay [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => top-broadway-roles-that-brendon-urie-would-slay [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-02-04 17:55:37 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-04 22:55:37 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=370661 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [12] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 370557 [post_author] => 11 [post_date] => 2019-01-31 10:39:45 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-01-31 15:39:45 [post_content] => From woeful Shakespearean sonnets to the wartime laments of ‘Les Mis’, theatre brings a plethora of dramatic monologues to the table. Kickstart your next audition by browsing this diverse selection of snippets from some of the most dynamic male characters onstage.

Here are 17 dramatic monologues for men:

1. “We can't strike.” - Marius from ‘Les Misérables’

Chris McCarrell as Marius in Les Misérables. Spark a revolution with this one-minute monologue spoken by Victor Hugo’s Marius. Monologue Length: 1:00 - 1:15 “We can't strike. Why not? Because it's against the law to strike! The king has declared that everything is a crime. Writing is a crime. Two weeks ago, the police destroyed the Galaty, the worker's newspaper. They smashed the press. They burned over two thousand newspapers but that didn't satisfy the king. Three days ago at a student meeting, a peaceful meeting, soldiers broke it up and arrested two of my friends. Writing, talking, going to class, speaking out is a crime. Being poor is a crime. Being poor is the worst crime of all. And if you commit these crimes, you are condemned for life. Our government has no mercy, no pity, no forgiveness. And there's no work for us. And because there's no work, our children are starving. Tell me: why are we powerless to save the people we love? All of you know. Tell me - why? The king betrayed us. We were promised the vote, do we have it? Do we have the vote? Where is the republic our fathers died for? It's here my brothers. It lives here in our heads. But most of all, best of all, it's here in our hearts. In our hearts - WE ARE THE REPUBLIC!”

2. “You wouldn’t understand yet, son…” - Walter Lee Younger from ‘A Raisin In The Sun’

From one of the most acclaimed plays to date comes Walter Lee Younger’s iconic monologue. Walter is an ambitious dreamer who wants a better life for his family, untouched by poverty. Monologue Length: 1:25 - 1:40 “You wouldn’t understand yet, son, but your daddy’s gonna make a transaction...a business transaction that’s going to change our lives...That’s how come one day when you ‘bout seventeen years old I’ll come home and I’ll be pretty tired, you know what I mean, after a day of conferences and secretaries getting things wrong the way they do...’cause an executive’s life is hell, man--And I’ll pull the car up on the driveway...just a plain black Chrysler, I think, with white walls--no--black tires. More elegant. Rich people don’t have to be flashy...though I’ll have to get something a little sportier for Ruth--maybe a Cadillac convertible to do her shopping in...And I’ll come up the steps to the house and the gardener will be clipping away at the hedges and he’ll say, “Good evening, Mr. Younger.” And I’ll say, “Hello, Jefferson, how are you this evening?” And I’ll go inside and Ruth will come downstairs and meet me at the door and we’ll kiss each other and she’ll take my are and we’ll go up to your room to see you sitting on the floor with the catalogues of all the great schools in America around you...All the great schools in the world! And--and I’ll say, all right son--it’s your seventeenth birthday, what is it you’ve decided?...just tell me where you want to go to school and you’ll go. Just tell me, what it is you want to be==Yessir! You just name it, son...and I hand you the world!”

3. “Well, as you guessed, Hope took over her father's business…” - Officer Lockstock from ‘Urinetown’

We think “urine” luck with Officer Lockstock’s animated ‘Urinetown’ monologue. Monologue Length: 1:15 - 1:30 “Well, as you guessed, Hope took over her father's business, instituting a series of reforms which opened the public bathrooms to all the people, to pee for free whenever they liked, as much as they liked, for as long as they liked, with whomever they liked. The UGC was renamed, "The Bobby Strong Memorial Toilet Authority" and was operated as a public trust for the benefit of the people. Of course, it wasn't long before the water turned silty, brackish and then disappeared altogether. As cruel as Caldwell B. Cladwell was, his measures effectively regulated water consumption, sparing the town the same fate as the phantom Urinetown. Hope chose to ignore the warning signs, however, preferring to bask in the people's love for as long as it lasted. If there is a next time I'm sure we can. Well, that's our story. Hope eventually joined her father in a manner not quite so gentle. As for the people of this town? They did as best they could. But they were prepared for the world they inherited, weaned as they were on the legend born of their founding father's scare tactics. For when the water dried up, they recognized their town for the first time for what it really was. What it was always waiting to be."

4. “I’m just living in Berkeley.” - Benjamin Braddock from ‘The Graduate’

Full of angst and self-confliction, the popular story of Benjamin Braddock follows his affair with the older Mrs. Robinson and his romance with her daughter, Elaine. Monologue Length: 0:45 - 1:00 “I’m just living in Berkeley. Having grown somewhat weary of family life, I’ve been meaning to stop by and pay my respects but have not been entirely certain how you felt about me after the incident with your mother which was certainly a serious mistake on my part but not serious enough I hope to permanently alter your feelings about me. I love you. I love you and I can’t help myself and I’m begging you to forgive me for what I did. I love you so much I’m terrified of seeing you every time I step outside the door. I feel helpless and hopeless and lost and miserable, please forget what I did please Elaine O God Elaine I love you please forget what I did? Please forget what I did Elaine, I love you.”

5. “All the world’s a stage…” - Jacques from ‘As You Like It’

Perhaps one of the most memorable speeches in theatre history, Shakespeare’s “All the world’s a stage” stands the test of time. Bring your own unique voice to the role of Jacques with this monologue. Monologue Length: 1:15 - 1:30 “All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. At first the infant, Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms. And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel, And shining morning face, creeping like snail Unwillingly to school. And then the lover, Sighing like furnace, with a woful ballad Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier, Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard, Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel, Seeking the bubble reputation Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice, In fair round belly with good capon lin'd, With eyes severe, and beard of formal cut, Full of wise saws and modern instances; And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon, With spectacles on nose and pouch on side, His youthful hose well sav'd, a world too wide For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice, Turning again toward childish treble, pipes And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all, That ends this strange eventful history, Is second childishness and mere oblivion, Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.”

6. “A heavier task could not have been imposed…” - Egeon from ‘The Comedy Of Errors’

In the opening of this play by The Bard, Egeon wears his heart on his sleeve and tells the audience of his tragic past. Monologue Length: Up to 2:50 “A heavier task could not have been imposed Than I to speak my griefs unspeakable: Yet, that the world may witness that my end Was wrought by nature, not by vile offence, I'll utter what my sorrows give me leave. In Syracusa was I born, and wed Unto a woman, happy but for me, And by me, had not our hap been bad. With her I lived in joy; our wealth increased By prosperous voyages I often made To Epidamnum; till my factor's death And the great care of goods at random left Drew me from kind embracements of my spouse: From whom my absence was not six months old Before herself, almost at fainting under The pleasing punishment that women bear, Had made provision for her following me And soon and safe arrived where I was.” [Full Monologue HERE]

7. “To be, or not to be--that is the question…” - Hamlet in ‘Hamlet’

Hamlet’s infamous speech is sure to prove a worthwhile challenge for actors looking to take on a classic piece by Shakespeare. Monologue Length: 1:30 - 1:45 “To be, or not to be--that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune Or to take arms against a sea of troubles And by opposing end them. To die, to sleep-- No more--and by a sleep to say we end The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to. 'Tis a consummation Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep-- To sleep--perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub, For in that sleep of death what dreams may come When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause. There's the respect That makes calamity of so long life. For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, Th' oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely The pangs of despised love, the law's delay, The insolence of office, and the spurns That patient merit of th' unworthy takes, When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels bear, To grunt and sweat under a weary life, But that the dread of something after death, The undiscovered country, from whose bourn No traveller returns, puzzles the will, And makes us rather bear those ills we have Than fly to others that we know not of? Thus conscience does make cowards of us all, And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought, And enterprise of great pitch and moment With this regard their currents turn awry And lose the name of action. -- Soft you now, The fair Ophelia! -- Nymph, in thy orisons Be all my sins remembered.”

8. “Is this a dagger which I see before me…” Macbeth in ‘Macbeth’

Enter The Scottish Play - a story filled with intensity and anguish. Step into the shoes of this acclaimed role and slay your next dramatic monologue. Monologue Length: 1:30 - 1:45 "Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee. I have thee not, and yet I see thee still. Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible To feeling as to sight? or art thou but A dagger of the mind, a false creation, Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain? I see thee yet, in form as palpable As this which now I draw. Thou marshall'st me the way that I was going; And such an instrument I was to use. Mine eyes are made the fools o' the other senses, Or else worth all the rest; I see thee still, And on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood, Which was not so before. There's no such thing: It is the bloody business which informs Thus to mine eyes. Now o'er the one halfworld Nature seems dead, and wicked dreams abuse The curtain'd sleep; witchcraft celebrates Pale Hecate's offerings, and wither'd murder, Alarum'd by his sentinel, the wolf, Whose howl's his watch, thus with his stealthy pace. With Tarquin's ravishing strides, towards his design Moves like a ghost. Thou sure and firm-set earth, Hear not my steps, which way they walk, for fear Thy very stones prate of my whereabout, And take the present horror from the time, Which now suits with it. Whiles I threat, he lives: Words to the heat of deeds too cold breath gives. [A bell rings] I go, and it is done; the bell invites me. Hear it not, Duncan; for it is a knell That summons thee to heaven or to hell."

9. “But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?” - Romeo from ‘Romeo And Juliet’

If it’s a declaration of love that strikes your fancy, choose this monologue from the one of the most romantic (and tragic) love stories of all time. Monologue Length: 1:00 - 1:10 "But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the East, and Juliet is the sun! Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon, Who is already sick and pale with grief That thou her maid art far more fair than she. Be not her maid, since she is envious. Her vestal livery is but sick and green, And none but fools do wear it. Cast it off. It is my lady; O, it is my love! O that she knew she were! She speaks, yet she says nothing. What of that? Her eye discourses; I will answer it. I am too bold; 'tis not to me she speaks. Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven, Having some business, do entreat her eyes To twinkle in their spheres till they return. What if her eyes were there, they in her head? The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven Would through the airy region stream so bright That birds would sing and think it were not night. See how she leans her cheek upon her hand! O that I were a glove upon that hand, That I might touch that cheek!"

10. “Under the cool shade of a sycamore…” - Boyet from ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’

This eloquent speech brings to life the role of Boyet, assistant to the princess in ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’. Monologue Length: 1:20 - 1:35 "Under the cool shade of a sycamore I thought to close mine eyes some half an hour; When, lo! to interrupt my purposed rest, Toward that shade I might behold addrest The king and his companions: warily I stole into a neighbour thicket by, And overheard what you shall overhear, That, by and by, disguised they will be here. Their herald is a pretty knavish page, That well by heart hath conn'd his embassage: Action and accent did they teach him there; ‘Thus must thou speak,' and 'thus thy body bear:' And ever and anon they made a doubt Presence majestical would put him out, 'For,' quoth the king, 'an angel shalt thou see; Yet fear not thou, but speak audaciously.' The boy replied, 'An angel is not evil; I should have fear'd her had she been a devil.' With that, all laugh'd and clapp'd him on the shoulder, Making the bold wag by their praises bolder: One rubb'd his elbow thus, and fleer'd and swore A better speech was never spoke before; Another, with his finger and his thumb, Cried, 'Via! we will do't, come what will come;' The third he caper'd, and cried, 'All goes well;' The fourth turn'd on the toe, and down he fell. With that, they all did tumble on the ground, With such a zealous laughter, so profound, That in this spleen ridiculous appears, To cheque their folly, passion's solemn tears."

11. “Mankind marches on…” - Peter Trofimov from ‘The Cherry Orchard’

Peter, an intellectual with an often pretentious nature, sheds light on his views with “Mankind marches on…” Monologue Length: 1:30 - 1:45 “Mankind marches on, going from strength to strength. All that now eludes us will one day be well within our grasp, but, as I say, we must work and we must do all we can for those who are trying to find the truth. Here in Russia very few people do work at present. The kind of Russian intellectuals I know, far and away the greater part of them anyway, aren’t looking for anything. They don’t do anything. They still don’t know the meaning of hard work. They call themselves an intelligensia, but they speak to their servants as inferiors and treat the peasants like animals. They don’t study properly, they never read anything serious, in fact they don’t do anything at all. Science is something they just talk about and they know precious little about art. Oh, they’re all very earnest. They all go round looking extremely solemn. They talk of nothing but weighty issues and they discuss abstract problems, while all the time everyone knows the workers are abominably fed and sleep without proper bedding, thirty or forty to a room--with bed-bugs everywhere, to say nothing of the stench, the damp, the moral degradation. And clearly all our fine talk is just meant to pull wool over our own eyes and other people’s too. Tell me, where are those children’s creches that there’s all this talk about? Where are the libraries? They’re just things people write novels about, we haven’t actually got any of them. What we have got it dirt, vulgarity and squalor. I loathe all those earnest faces. They scare me, and so do earnest conversations. Why can’t we keep quiet for a change?”

12. “Yes, I have tricks in my pocket, I have things up my sleeve.” - Tom Wingfield from ‘The Glass Menagerie’

‘The Glass Menagerie’ opens with this monologue by Tom Wingfield, the narrator of the story. Monologue Length: Up to 2:00 “Yes, I have tricks in my pocket, I have things up my sleeve. But I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion. To begin with, I turn bark time. I reverse it to that quaint period, the thirties, when the huge middle class of America was matriculating in a school for the blind. Their eyes had failed them or they had failed their eyes, and so they were having their fingers pressed forcibly down on the fiery Braille alphabet of a dissolving economy. In Spain there was revolution. Here there was only shouting and confusion. In Spain there was Guernica. Here there were disturbances of labour, sometimes pretty violent, in otherwise peaceful cities such as Chicago, Cleveland, Saint Louis. . . . This is the social background of the play. The play is memory. Being a memory play, it is dimly lighted, it is sentimental, it is not realistic. In memory everything seems to happen to music. That explains the fiddle in the wings. I am the narrator of the play, and also a character in it. The other characters are my mother Amanda, my sister Laura and a gentleman caller who appears in the final scenes. He is the most realistic character in the play, being an emissary from a world of reality that we were somehow set apart from. But since I have a poet's weakness for symbols, I am using this character also as a symbol; he is the long-delayed but always expected something that we live for. There is a fifth character in the play who doesn't appear except in this larger-than-life-size photograph over the mantel. This is our father who left us a long time ago.He was a telephone man who fell in love with long distances; he gave up his job with the telephone company and skipped the light fantastic out of town. . . .The last we heard of him was a picture postcard from Mazatlan, on the Pacific coast of Mexico, containing a message of two words - 'Hello - Good-bye!' and no address. I think the rest of the play will explain itself …”

13. “Try and calm yourself, and make your mind easy again…” - Torvald Helmer from ‘A Doll’s House’

Torvald comforts his wife, Nora, in this snippet from Henrik Ibsen’s play, ‘A Doll’s House.’ Monologue Length: 1:20 - 1:45 “Try and calm yourself, and make your mind easy again, my frightened little singing-bird. Be at rest, and feel secure; I have broad wings to shelter you under. [Walks up and down by the door.] How warm and cosy our home is, Nora. Here is shelter for you; here I will protect you like a hunted dove that I have saved from a hawk's claws; I will bring peace to your poor beating heart. It will come, little by little, Nora, believe me. Tomorrow morning you will look upon it all quite differently; soon everything will be just as it was before. Very soon you won't need me to assure you that I have forgiven you; you will yourself feel the certainty that I have done so. Can you suppose I should ever think of such a thing as repudiating you, or even reproaching you? You have no idea what a true man's heart is like, Nora. There is something so indescribably sweet and satisfying, to a man, in the knowledge that he has forgiven his wife--forgiven her freely, and with all his heart. It seems as if that had made her, as it were, doubly his own; he has given her a new life, so to speak; and she has in a way become both wife and child to him. So you shall be for me after this, my little scared, helpless darling. Have no anxiety about anything, Nora; only be frank and open with me, and I will serve as will and conscience both to you--. What is this? Not gone to bed? Have you changed your things?”

14. “Oh, Miss Julie, a dog may lie on the couch of a Countess…” - Jean from ‘Miss Julie’

Jean’s complex character first appears one way to Miss Julie, the play’s protagonist, before showing his true colors. Monologue Length: 1:15 - 1:25 “Oh, Miss Julie, a dog may lie on the couch of a Countess, a horse may be caressed by a lady's hand, but a servant—yes, yes, sometimes there is stuff enough in a man, whatever he be, to swing himself up in the world, but how often does that happen! But to return to the story, do you know what I did? I ran down to the mill dam and threw myself in with my clothes on—and was pulled out and got a thrashing. But the following Sunday when all the family went to visit my grandmother I contrived to stay at home; I scrubbed myself well, put on my best clothes, such as they were, and went to church so that I might see you. I saw you. Then I went home with my mind made up to put an end to myself. But I wanted to do it beautifully and without pain. Then I happened to remember that elderberry blossoms are poisonous. I knew where there was a big elderberry bush in full bloom and I stripped it of its riches and made a bed of it in the oat-bin. Have you ever noticed how smooth and glossy oats are? As soft as a woman's arm.—Well, I got in and let down the cover, fell asleep, and when I awoke I was very ill, but didn't die—as you see. What I wanted—I don't know. You were unattainable, but through the vision of you I was made to realize how hopeless it was to rise above the conditions of my birth.”

15. “I’m celebrating because I’ve got a friend who tells me all the things that ought to be told me.” - George Gibbs from ‘Our Town’

Thornton Wilder’s beloved ‘Our Town’ chronicles the story of one town, Grover’s Corner, and the families that encompass the community. George Gibbs is an all-American boy navigating family, school, love for Emily, and growing up. Monologue Length: 0:45 - 1:00 “I’m celebrating because I’ve got a friend who tells me all the things that ought to be told me. I’m glad you spoke to me like you did. But you’ll see. I’m going to change. And Emily, I want to ask you a favor. Emily, if I go away to State Agricultural College next year, will you write me a letter? The day wouldn’t come when I wouldn’t want to know everything about our town. Y’ know, Emily, whenever I meet a farmer I ask him if he thinks it’s important to go to Agricultural School to be a good farmer. And some of them say it’s even a waste of time. And like you say, being gone all that time – in other places, and meeting other people. I guess new people probably aren’t any better than old ones. Emily – I feel that you’re as good a friend as I’ve got. I don’t need to go and meet the people in other towns. Emily, I’m going to make up my mind right now – I won’t go. I’ll tell Pa about it tonight.”

16. “Why do you got to get killed?” - Lennie Small from ‘Of Mice And Men’

Known for his kind heart and loyalty, Lennie struggles with accepting that he has accidentally killed a puppy given to him by his friend, George. Monologue Length: 1:00 - 1:15 “Why do you got to get killed? You ain't so little as mice. I didn't bounce you so hard. (bends pup's head up and looks in its face) Now may be George ain't gonna let me tend no rabbits if he finds out you got killed. (Scoops a little hollow and lays puppy in it out of sight and covers it over with hay. He stares at the mound he has made.) I'll tell George I found it dead. (unburies pup and inspects it. Twists its ears and works his fingers in its fur, sorrowfully) But he'll know. George always knows. He'll say: "You done it. Don't try to put nothin' over on me." And he'll say: "Now just for that you don't get to tend no ‐‐‐ you know whats." (his anger rises. Addresses pup) Damn you. Why do you got to get killed? You ain't so little as mice. (picks up pup and hurls it from him, turns his back on it. Sits bent over his knees, moaning to himself.) Now he won't let me...Now he won't let me. You wasn't big enough. They tole me and tole me you wasn't. I didn't know you'd get killed so easy. Maybe George won't care. This here pup wasn't nothin' to George.”

17. “What can I do? I'm a patsy, what can a patsy do?” - Eddie Carbone from ‘A View From The Bridge’

Though well intentioned, Eddie Carbone struggles to stay afloat in the real world as he lets himself slowly fall into a delusional state of mind in 'A View From The Bridge.' Monologue Length: 0:45 - 1:00 “What can I do? I'm a patsy, what can a patsy do? I worked like a dog twenty years so a punk could have her, so that's what I done. I mean, in the worst times, in the worst, when there wasn't a ship comin' in the harbor, I didn't stand around lookin' for relief—I hustled. When there was empty piers in Brooklyn, I went to Hoboken, Staten Island, the West Side, Jersey all over—because I made a promise. I took out of my own mouth to give to her. I took out of my wife's mouth. I walked hungry plenty days in this city! (It begins to break through.) And now I gotta sit in my own house and look at a son-of-a-bitch punk like that—which he came out of nowhere! I give him my house to sleep! I take the blankets off my bed for him, and he takes and puts his dirty filthy hands on her like a goddam thief!”

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How do you measure a year in the life? How about...love?
FOX's "RENT: Live" finally premiered on January 27th after months of hype and anxious expectations from fans of the musical. With the hit-or-miss nature of live televised musicals, I pass no judgment until each premiere. That being said, as a longtime fan of "RENT," I found the "live" televised production to be somewhat of a mixed bag. On top of showing mostly pre-recorded footage due to a foot injury from Brennin Hunt (the cast's Roger), the entire broadcast was flawed, but not entirely hopeless. With contemporary musicals that have fanbases as large as "RENT," any post-Original Broadway Cast roster will be unfairly compared. The cast for this production is by no means untalented, but as a whole is unfortunately inconsistent. The roster seems better imagined than implemented. Some cast members such as Tinashe (as the club dancer Mimi Marquez) and Valentina (as the street percussionist and fashionista Angel Dumott Schunard) have commendable stage presence. They both look fierce in their respective solo numbers of “Out Tonight” and “Today 4 U, Tomorrow 4 Me.” Their vocals, on the other hand, are generally a poor fit for this show. While I don't see a future for Valentina in singing, Tinashe’s vocals are best heard in her signature R&B style and not rock musicals. Luckily, Tinashe's singing improves in the second act, as heard in “Without You” and the end of “Goodbye Love.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUYLR6ACe60 The saviors of this cast are unsurprisingly the ones with more musical theater experience. Brandon Victor Dixon, who stole the show as Judas in last year’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” for NBC, gives an impressive, tenor-voiced Tom Collins. It is a welcome change from the usual baritones tackling the role. Dixon’s riffs and spectacularly sustained high notes make the heartbreaking “I’ll Cover You (Reprise)” only more thrilling, and the lower notes never sound forced or gravelly. Elsewhere, Vanessa Hudgens shines as the performance artist Maureen Johnson. Although best known for doing the “High School Musical” series, her stints playing Gigi on Broadway and Rizzo in “Grease: Live” three years ago have clearly paid off. Hudgens nails the vocal prowess needed for “Take Me or Leave Me,” as well as the over-the-top exuberance for “Over the Moon.” Another Disney Channel alum, Jordan Fisher, has just the right blend of charm and quirk to make him one of my favorite Mark Cohens that I have seen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_Fctk9jSh8 Further adequate performances come from Kiersey Clemons as the lawyer Joanne Jefferson and R&B singer Mario as the yuppie landlord Benny Coffin III. Clemons immerses herself in the "classy, yet sassy" dry humor that makes her character so memorable. She does not always have solid high notes, but Clemons carries herself with dignity and comedic flair. These traits are especially present in the dialogue throughout "Tango: Maureen." Similarly, Mario gives a surprisingly convincing landlord and is careful not to overwhelm with too many vocal gymnastics. Finally, we have former X Factor contestant Brennin Hunt as Roger Davis. His performance as the singer-songwriter is a slow burn. In spite of his foot injury and pitchy vocals through the first act, he redeems himself in his heartrending rendition of “Your Eyes” towards the finale. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjN0oYKGGRA Despite shortcomings from certain lead cast members, I have to give the ensemble their props. I love the background dancers' aggressive choreography in numbers such as "Rent" and sensual energy in "Tango: Maureen." Songs such as "Will I?," which is about fear of dying a so-called undignified death from AIDS, rarely leave a dry eye in the audience. The ensemble seriously delivered the emotion not just in "Will I?", but also in the musical's most famous number, the Act II opener "Seasons of Love." I always love a great featured soloist for this song, and who better to tackle those ending riffs than "Waitress" and "The Greatest Showman" star Keala Settle! Settle gracefully handles the soul and stamina needed for this song, and is a total gem in her brief appearances onstage. The ensemble’s closing rendition of "Seasons of Love" featured the Original Broadway Cast, and was a fitting, surreal finish to the broadcast. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EObjUNvxu0 From a technical standpoint, the warehouse-like set for the live production is absolutely remarkable. Complete with brick walls and metal bars, it perfectly resembles the rough, Bohemian vibe of Manhattan's Alphabet City. I loved seeing the audience become involved towards the end of the broadcast. Crowd-surfing during "What You Own" and the full-house camera angles during "Finale B" helped keep momentum high. While the novelty of a live televised musical intrigues me, there are of course aspects that are bound to go wrong. Like NBC's "Hairspray Live!" from 2016, "RENT: Live" was not immune to issues with volume and sound mixing. Some performers' microphone feeds dropped out and made some scenes super distracting, particularly for Tinashe in "Out Tonight" and "La Vie Boheme." Another questionable aspect for me is which words get censored. I understand that network television is obviously going to change a few obscenities. That being said, why are some words and phrases such as "kink club," "goddamn," and "dildo" censored, but not "S&M," "masturbation," or "dyke"? It just does not add up. Without a doubt, this production has obstacles and imperfections. However, it does not diminish the cultural significance that Jonathan Larson’s work continues to have. Regardless of how even the purest "RENT" fans feel about the FOX broadcast, this presentation is not totally in vain. "RENT" is still relevant in the movement for LGBT+ rights and finding a cure for HIV/AIDS. Furthermore, it was a great choice of a show to do: contemporary, well-known, and containing the inspiring message of “no day but today.” NBC and FOX take serious risks by putting on live musicals, and I hope they continue to happen so that younger people see musical theatre’s broadening appeal. I hope that Larson's influence in telling realistic musical stories inspires future generations of thespians to discover their creative voices.

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1. "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair" (South Pacific) --> "New Rules" (Dua Lipa)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MR2G1tVcLY "Waste no time, weep no more Show him what the door is for Rub him out of the roll call And drum him out of your dreams" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2qgadSvNyU "Two: Don't let him in You'll have to kick him out again Three: Don't be his friend You know you're gonna wake up in his bed in the morning And if you're under him, you ain't gettin' over him"

2. "Helpless" (Hamilton) --> "Countdown" (Beyonce)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6frd_dHxPRs "Helpless! Look into your eyes, and the sky’s the limit I’m helpless! Down for the count, and I’m drownin’ in ‘em" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XY3AvVgDns "Killing me softly, and I'm still falling. Still the one I need, I will always be with you."

3. "Out Tonight" (RENT) --> "Tik Tok" (Kesha)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w48UFnGMwqo "Let's Go Ouuuuuut Tonight I Have To Go Ouuuuuut Tonight You Wanna Play? Let's Run Away We Won't Be Back Before It's Christmas day Take Me Ouuuuuut Tonight (Meow)" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP6XpLQM2Cs "Tonight, I'm-a fight Till we see the sunlight Tick-tock on the clock But the party don't stop, no"

4. "Get Out And Stay Out" (9 to 5) --> "Bye Bye Bye" (*NSYNC)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bg02Nbu7lk4 "So get out and stay out, I've finally had enough Don't kiss me on your way out, it wouldn't move me much You used me, abused me, you cheated and you lied So get out and stay out, I'm taking back my life" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo-KmOd3i7s "Don't want to be a fool for you Just another player in your game for two You may hate me but it ain't no lie Baby bye bye bye"

5. "I'm Not That Girl" (Wicked) --> "Dancing On My Own" (Robyn)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ly_9rmOE-L8 "Hands touch, eyes meet Sudden silence, sudden heat Hearts leap in a giddy whirl He could be that boy But I'm not that girl" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcNo07Xp8aQ "I'm in the corner, watching you kiss her, oh oh oh I'm right over here, why can't you see me, oh oh oh And I'm giving it my all, but I'm not the guy you're taking home, ooh I keep dancing on my own"

6. "Tonight" (West Side Story) --> "Teenage Dream" (Katy Perry)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_QffCZs-bg "Tonight, tonight The world is full of light With suns and moons all over the place Tonight, tonight The world is wild and bright Going mad Shooting sparks into space" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98WtmW-lfeE "Let's go all the way tonight No regrets, just love We can dance until we die You and I We'll be young forever You make me feel like I'm living a, teenage, dream The way you turn me on I, can't, sleep Let's runaway And don't ever look back Don't ever look back"

7. "Candy Store" (Heathers) --> "Primadonna" (Marina and the Diamonds)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQOoTX1Nxx8 "Time for you to prove you're not a loser anymore Step into my candy store!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gj5L9SYhoSE "You say that I'm kinda difficult But it's always someone else's fault Got you wrapped around my finger, babe You can count me to misbehave"

8. "Nobody Needs to Know" (The Last Five Years) --> "Burn" (Usher)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyZqvgtFa-k "Hold on, clip these wings – Things get out of hand All right, it's over, it's done – No one will understand" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5XNWFw5HVw "Deep down, you know it's best for yourself, but you Hate the thought of her being with someone else But you know that it's over, we knew it was through Let it burn, let it burn, gotta let it burn"

9. "Born to Entertain" (Ruthless!) --> "When I Grow Up" (The Pussycat Dolls)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjqEKJsI30c "Instead of walkin', I go flappin' When I tap, I make it happen! Mom says I have Broadway on the brain!   Don't get too comfy, in that seat. When I strut my stuff, you'll be on your feet! I was born to sing and dance!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0K46C82v9o "When I grow up I wanna be famous I wanna be a star I wanna be in movies When I grow up I wanna see the world Drive nice cars I wanna have groupies"

10. "Climb Every Mountain" (The Sound of Music) --> "The Climb" (Miley Cyrus)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoCPuhhE6dw "Climb every mountain Ford every stream Follow every rainbow 'Till you find your dream" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG2zyeVRcbs "Ain't about how fast I get there Ain't about what's waiting on the other side It's the climb"

11. "Bring On the Men" (Jekyll and Hyde) --> "It's Raining Men" (The Weather Girls)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeWItubZao4 "So let's bring on the men And let the fun begin A little touch of sin Why wait another minute?!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5aZJBLAu1E "God bless Mother Nature, she's a single woman too She took off to heaven and she did what she had to do She taught every angel to rearrange the sky So that each and every woman could find her perfect guy"

12. "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" (The Phantom of the Opera)--> "My Immortal" (Evanescence)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGwJ7CwNPNw Knowing we must say goodbye Try to forgive, teach me to live Give me the strength to try No more memories, no more silent tears No more gazing across the wasted years Help me say goodbye" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5anLPw0Efmo "I've tried so hard to tell myself that you're gone But though you're still with me I've been alone all along"

13. "Cell Block Tango" (Chicago) --> "Hit Em Up Style" (Blu Cantrell)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrrz54UtkCc "He had it coming He had it coming He only had himself to blame If you'd have been there If you'd have heard it I betcha you would have done the same!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMOKlXfXn50 "There go the dreams we used to say (Oops) There goes the time we spent away (Oops) There goes the love I had but you cheated on me And that's worth that now"

14. "There's a Fine, Fine Line" (Avenue Q) --> "Too Little, Too Late" (JoJo)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTFI9sQdpGo "And I don't have the time to waste on you anymore. I don't think that you even know what you're looking for. For my own sanity I've got to close the door And walk away..." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEgk2qM7kxU "I can love with all of my heart, baby I know I have so much to give (I have so much to give) With a player like you, I don't have a prayer That's no way to live It's just too little too late"

15. "Astonishing" (Little Women) --> "Roar" (Katy Perry)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZX8pKPm5LQ "I will blaze until I find my time and place I will be fearless, Surrendering modesty and grace I will not disappear without a trace I'll shout and start a riot Be anything but quiet" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CevxZvSJLk8 "I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter Dancing through the fire 'Cause I am a champion, and you're gonna hear me roar Louder, louder than a lion 'Cause I am a champion, and you're gonna hear me roar!"

16. "Say It Somehow" (The Light in the Piazza) --> "Thinking Out Loud" (Ed Sheeran)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSr3WtU7M_A "You are good to me I know the sound Of touch me I think I hear the sound of Wrap your arms around me Tell me things" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp-EO5I60KA "Take me into your loving arms Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars Place your head on my beating heart I'm thinking out loud Maybe we found love right where we are"

17. "A Call from the Vatican" (Nine) --> "Partition" (Beyonce)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5MH1UWbv2w "I've got a plan for what I'm gonna do to you So hot! You're gonna steam and scream And vibrate like a string I'm plucking. Kiss your fevered little brow" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXJ-QVpWbGg "Take all of me I just wanna be the girl you like, girl you like The kinda girl you like Is right here with me"

18. "If I Can't Love Her" (Beauty and the Beast) --> "It Will Rain" (Bruno Mars)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMXR_4_gX84 "No pain could be deeper No life could be cheaper No point anymore If I can't love her No spirit could win me No hope left within me Hope I could have loved her" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-w3WfgpcGg "'Cause there'll be no sunlight If I lose you, baby There'll be no clear skies If I lose you, baby Just like the clouds My eyes will do the same, if you walk away Everyday it will rain"

19. "Stars and the Moon" (Songs for a New World) --> "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" (U2)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-c1eo0bExyU "And you'll meet stars at the parties I throw at my villas In nice and Paris in June. And I woke one day And I looked around And I thought, "My God I'll never have the moon." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3-5YC_oHjE "I have run I have crawled I have scaled these city walls These city walls Only to be with you But I still haven't found What I'm looking for"

20. "I Am What I Am" (La Cage Aux Folles) --> "Born This Way" (Lady GaGa)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4VMudwlVEU "It's one life and there's no return and no deposit One life so it's time to open up your closet Life's not worth a damn till you can shout out I am what I am" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl0N7JM3wZk "I'm beautiful in my way 'Cause God makes no mistakes I'm on the right track, baby I was born this way"

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Have no fear! Here are 17 dramatic monologues for women:

1. “Set down, set down your honourable load…” - Lady Anne Neville from ‘Richard III’

When it comes to drama, Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III’ doesn’t fall short - as shown by this monologue spoken by the complex and emotionally-driven Lady Anne... Monologue Length: Up to 2:00 "Set down, set down your honourable load, If honour may be shrouded in a hearse, Whilst I awhile obsequiously lament The untimely fall of virtuous Lancaster. Poor key-cold figure of a holy king! Pale ashes of the house of Lancaster! Thou bloodless remnant of that royal blood! Be it lawful that I invocate thy ghost, To hear the lamentations of Poor Anne, Wife to thy Edward, to thy slaughter'd son, Stabb'd by the selfsame hand that made these wounds!" [Full Monologue HERE]

2. “And for that matter I have no secrets.” - Julie from ‘Miss Julie’

Miss Julie Toronto Film Festival The woeful tale of Miss Julie dates back to 1888, written by playwright August Strindberg (it has since then been adapted into modern works such as the National Theatre’s production of ‘Julie’). Monologue Length: 1:25 - 2:00 "And for that matter I have no secrets. You see, my mother was not of noble birth. She was brought up with ideas of equality, woman's freedom and all that. She had very decided opinions against matrimony, and when my father courted her she declared that she would never be his wife—but she did so for all that. I came into the world against my mother's wishes, I discovered, and was brought up like a child of nature by my mother, and taught everything that a boy must know as well; I was to be an example of a woman being as good as a man—I was made to go about in boy's clothes and take care of the horses and harness and saddle and hunt, and all such things; in fact, all over the estate women servants were taught to do men's work, with the result that the property came near being ruined—and so we became the laughing stock of the countryside. At last my father must have awakened from his bewitched condition, for he revolted, and ran things according to his ideas. My mother became ill—what it was I don't know, but she often had cramps and acted queerly—sometimes hiding in the attic or the orchard, and would even be gone all night at times. Then came the big fire which of course you have heard about. The house, the stables—everything was burned, under circumstances that pointed strongly to an incendiary, for the misfortune happened the day after the quarterly insurance was due and the premiums sent in by father were strangely delayed by his messenger so that they arrived too late."

3. “My sister, Veronica, and I did this double act…” - Velma Kelly from ‘Chicago’

...5, 6, 7, 8! Take on the role of Cook County Jail diva, Velma Kelly, who recounts her murderous mishap involving her late husband and sister. Monologue Length: 0:40 - 1:00 "My sister, Veronica, and I did this double act and my husband, Charlie, traveled around with us. Now for the last number in our act, we did these 20 acrobatic tricks in a row, one, two, three, four, five...splits, spread eagles, flip flops, back flips, one right after the other. Well, this one night we were in Cicero, the three of us, sittin' up in a hotel room, boozin' and havin' a few laughs and we ran out of ice, so I went out to get some. I come back, open the door and there's Veronica and Charlie doing Number Seventeen--the spread eagle. Well, I was in such a state of shock, I completely blacked out. I can't remember a thing. It wasn't until later, when I was washing the blood off my hands I even knew they were dead."

4. “I dream of a place where we could be together at last…” - Audrey from ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’

While ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ offers audiences plenty of laughs (and horrors), it also carries a few heavy themes. Cue Audrey’s heartfelt monologue, denoting her hopes and dreams to live somewhere that’s green beyond Skid Row. Monologue Length: 0:30 - 0:50 "I dream of a place where we could be together at last... It's just a daydream of mine. A little development that I dream of. Just off the interstate in a little suburb, far, far from urban Skid Row. The sweetest, greenest place - where everybody has the same little lawn out front and the same little flagstone patio out back. And all the houses are so neat and pretty... 'Cause they all look just alike. Oh, I dream about it all the time. Just me. And the toaster. And a sweet little guy - like Seymour..."

5. “I come here from North Carolina at seventeen…” - Esther from ‘Intimate Apparel’

Jade Wheeler and Dawn Ursula in "Intimate Apparel." Photo by ClintonBPhotography Lynn Nottage’s play is set in 1905 and chronicles the journey of a young woman following her dreams in New York City. Monologue Length: 0:50 - 1:00 "I come here from North Carolina at seventeen after my mother died of influenza. God bless her loving spirit. My father died two years later, he was a slave you see and didn’t take to life as a freeman. He’d lost his tongue during a nasty fight over a chicken when I was a baby, so I never heard him speak, no complaints, no praise, no gentle words, no goodbye. He was… silent. Broken really. I come to this city by myself, worked my way North little by little, picking berries in every state until I get here. An old woman in the rooming house teach me to sew intimate apparel, saying folks’ll pay you good money for your discretion. It was just about the best gift anybody give me. It was as though God kissed my hands when I first pulled the fabric through the sewing machine and held up a finished garment. I discovered all I need in these fingers. I wanted you to know that about me."

6. “Long gone away somewhere I don’t know…” - Mrs. Robinson from ‘The Graduate’

OBIT BANCROFT And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson… The story of ‘The Graduate’ has graced both screen and stage, an acclaimed script accompanying both. Monologue Length: 0:30 - 0:45 "Long gone away somewhere I don’t know. I met your father, he used t’sing t’me. We’d be go someplace in the car and he would sing. He could sing. But not the high notes. Some songs he couldn’t get those high notes. So at school I had this teacher. Who taught the choir and the piano and the oboe, but the choir, so I know if you singing high up there you must think you breathing in, not out, as you go up… You understand? In, not out, and high as you like. So one night. In the car. I taught him. And right away, he could. And all the songs he used to sing… to want to sing… suddenly… he could sing ‘em. And you know what? He never sang to me again."

7. “One woe doth tread upon another's heel…” - Gertrude from ‘Hamlet’

69d67e3f7a9bb0adf6cb8b412a54f006 If there’s one playwright who knows drama, it’s William Shakespeare. In one of his most-read works, the character of Queen Gertrude laments the death of Ophelia as she informs Ophelia’s brother, Laertes. Monologue Length: 0:50 - 1:10 "One woe doth tread upon another's heel, So fast they follow. Your sister's drown'd, Laertes. Drown'd! O, where? There is a willow grows aslant a brook, That shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream. There with fantastic garlands did she come Of crowflowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples, That liberal shepherds give a grosser name, But our cold maids do dead men's fingers call them. There on the pendant boughs her coronet weeds Clamb'ring to hang, an envious sliver broke, When down her weedy trophies and herself Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up; Which time she chaunted snatches of old tunes, As one incapable of her own distress, Or like a creature native and indued Unto that element; but long it could not be Till that her garments, heavy with their drink, Pull'd the poor wretch from her melodious lay To muddy death."

8. “O good Iago, What shall I do to win my lord again?” - Desdemona from ‘Othello’

othello-and-desdemona In another monologue penned by The Bard, Desdemona beckons the help of her friend, Iago, to win back her husband’s love and affections. Monologue Length: 0:40 - 1:00 "O good Iago, What shall I do to win my lord again? Good friend, go to him; for, by this light of heaven, I know not how I lost him. Here I kneel: If e'er my will did trespass 'gainst his love, Either in discourse of thought or actual deed, Or that mine eyes, mine ears, or any sense, Delighted them in any other form; Or that I do not yet, and ever did. And ever will—though he do shake me off To beggarly divorcement—love him dearly, Comfort forswear me! Unkindness may do much; And his unkindness may defeat my life, But never taint my love. I cannot say 'whore:' It does abhor me now I speak the word; To do the act that might the addition earn Not the world's mass of vanity could make me."

9. “Thou knowest the mask of night…” - Juliet from ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Perhaps the most iconic tragedy to date, ‘Romeo And Juliet’ bare countless woeful speeches. You can get your fill of drama with Juliet’s “Thou knowest the mask of night” monologue. Monologue Length: 1:00 - 1:15 "Thou knowest the mask of night is on my face; Else would a maiden blush bepaint my cheek For that which thou hast heard me speak to-night. Fain would I dwell on form -- fain, fain deny What I have spoke; but farewell compliment! Dost thou love me? I know thou wilt say 'Ay'; And I will take thy word. Yet, if thou swear'st, Thou mayst prove false. At lovers' perjuries, They say Jove laughs. O gentle Romeo, If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully. Or if thou thinkest I am too quickly won, I'll frown, and be perverse, and say thee nay, So thou wilt woo; but else, not for the world. In truth, fair Montague, I am too fond, And therefore thou mayst think my havior light; But trust me, gentleman, I'll prove more true Than those that have more cunning to be strange. I should have been more strange, I must confess, But that thou overheard'st, ere I was ware, My true-love passion. Therefore pardon me, And not impute this yielding to light love, Which the dark night hath so discovered."

10. “Cremuel-- tell the Ambassador of the bill you are bringing into Parliament.” - Anne Boleyn from ‘Wolf Hall’

dramatic monologues women, monologues for women, women's monologues ‘Wolf Hall’ sheds light on the Tudor era of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell. Channel your anguished inner queen with these words by Anne… Monologue Length: 1:05 - 1:20 "Cremuel-- tell the Ambassador of the bill you are bringing into Parliament. I wish it made clear to your master, and to all Europe, that a bill is going through Parliament which settles the succession of England on my children. Mine. Not Katharine’s. When a son is born to me he shall succeed to the throne of England. And my daughters are and shall be royal princesses. Cremuel’s bill declares that Katharine’s child Mary is a bastard-- she was never your wife, Henry, so the child you go on her is a bastard--is that not so, Cremuel? It’s not enough to put Mary out of the line of succession! It’s no good to me. I want her made a bastard. You bill will make her a bastard. You are worried about her cousin, the Emperor? You don’t want to provoke him? No? Then I shall provoke him for you. I shall tell you, Ambassador, what will happen to Mary. The Princess Elizabeth is to have her own household and the bastard Mary will join it as her servant. She will go on her knees to my daughter. And if she won’t bend her knee then she shall be beaten and buffeted until she does bend. She will call my daughter Princess, or I shall make her suffer."

11. “I went to the typing instructor and introduced myself as your mother.” - Amanda Wingfield from ‘The Glass Menagerie’

Glass Menagerie 2 A devoted yet overprotective mother involves herself with the business of her children in this monologue from the acclaimed play, ‘The Glass Menagerie’. Monologue Length: 1:25 - 1:40 "I went to the typing instructor and introduced myself as your mother. She didn’t know who you were. Wingfield, she said. We don’t have any such student enrolled at the school! I assured her she did, that you had been going to classes since early in January. ‘I wonder,’ she said, ‘if you could be talking about that terribly shy little girl who dropped out of school after only a few days’ attendance?’ ‘No,’ I said, ‘Laura, my daughter, has been going to school every day for the past six weeks!’ ‘Excuse me,’ she said. She took the attendance book out and there was your name, unmistakably printed, and all the dates you were absent until they decided that you had dropped out of school. I still said, ‘No, there must have been some mistake I There must have been some mix‐up in the records!’ And she said, ‘No – I remember her perfectly now. Her hands shook so that she couldn’t hit the right keys! The first time we gave a speed‐test, she broke down completely ‐ was sick at the stomach and almost had to be carried into the wash‐room! After that morning she never showed up any more. We phoned the house but never got any answer’ – while I was working at Famous and Barr, I suppose, demonstrating those – Oh! I felt so weak I could barely keep on my feet! I had to sit down while they got me a glass of water! Fifty dollars’ tuition, all of our plans – my hopes and ambition for you – just gone up the spout, just gone up the spout like that."

12. “When I was very small…” - Beneatha Younger from ‘A Raisin In the Sun’

A Raisin in the Sun and Clybourne Park - Los Angeles Theater Review by Harvey Perr Audiences are brought into the living room of one Chicago family in ‘A Raisin In The Sun’. Beneatha, one of the play’s main characters, discusses her past in the below snippet. Monologue Length: 1:15 - 1:30 "When I was very small...we used to take our sleds out in the wintertime and the only hills we had were the ice covered stone steps of some houses down the street. And we used to fill them in with snow and make them smooth and slide down them all day...and it was very dangerous you know...far too steep...and sure enough one day a kid named Rufus came down too fast and hit the sidewalk...and we saw his face just split open right there in front of us...and I remember standing there looking at his bloody open face thinking that was the end of Rufus. But the ambulance came and they took him to the hospital and they fixed the broken bones and they sewed it all up...and the next time I saw Rufus he just had a little line down the middle of his face...I never got over that... That that was what one person could do for another, fix him up--sew up the problem, make him all right again. That was the most marvelous thing in the world...I wanted to do that. I always thought it was the one concrete thing in the world that human being could do. Fix up the sick, you know--and make them whole again. This was truly being God..."

13. “Yes--someday, perhaps, after many years…” - Nora Helmer from ‘A Doll’s House’

Nora Helmer (played by Andrea Syglowski) with her children in "A Doll's House." (Courtesy T. Charles Erikson/Huntington Theatre Company) This play’s leading lady is a model housewife and mother plagued by an inner discontentment for her “perfect” world. Monologue Length: 1:00 - 1:15 "Yes--someday, perhaps, after many years, when I am no longer as nice-looking as I am now. Don't laugh at me! I mean, of course, when Torvald is no longer as devoted to me as he is now; when my dancing and dressing-up and reciting have palled on him; then it may be a good thing to have something in reserve--[Breaking off.] What nonsense! That time will never come. Now, what do you think of my great secret, Christine? Do you still think I am of no use? I can tell you, too, that this affair has caused me a lot of worry. It has been by no means easy for me to meet my engagements punctually. I may tell you that there is something that is called, in business, quarterly interest, and another thing called payment in installments, and it is always so dreadfully difficult to manage them. I have had to save a little here and there, where I could, you understand. I have not been able to put aside much from my housekeeping money, for Torvald must have a good table. I couldn't let my children be shabbily dressed; I have felt obliged to use up all he gave me for them, the sweet little darlings!"

14. “He was a boy, just a boy…” - Blanche DuBois from ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

A Streetcar Named Desire, Stella and Blanche In one of theatre’s most known works written by Tennessee Williams, Blanche DuBois shares her discovery of love and its tumultuous and tragic downfall. Monologue Length: 1:50 - 2:10 "He was a boy, just a boy, when I was a very young girl. When I was sixteen, I made the discovery–love. All at once and much, much too completely. It was like you suddenly turned a blinding light on something that had always been half in shadow, that’s how it struck the world for me. But I was unlucky. Deluded. There was something different about the boy, a nervousness, a softness and tenderness which wasn’t like a man’s, although he wasn’t the least bit effeminate looking–still–that thing was there…. He came to me for help. I didn’t know that. I didn’t find out anything till after our marriage when we’d run away and come back and all I knew was I’d failed him in some mysterious way and wasn’t able to give the help he needed but couldn’t speak of! He was in the quicksands and clutching at me–but I wasn’t holding him out, I was slipping in with him! I didn’t know that. I didn’t know anything except I loved him unendurably but without being able to help him or help myself. Then I found out. In the worst of all possible ways. By coming suddenly into a room that I thought was empty–which wasn’t empty, but had two people in it… the boy I had married and an older man who had been his friend for years…. [... ...] I ran out–all did!–all ran and gathered about the terrible thing at the edge of the lake! I couldn’t get near for the crowding. Then somebody caught my arm. “Don’t go any closer! Come back! You don’t want to see!” See? See what! Then I heard voices say–Allan! Allan! The Grey boy! He’d stuck the revolver into his mouth, and fired–so that the back of his head had been–blown away! It was because–on the dance-floor–unable to stop myself–I’d suddenly said–“I saw! I know! You disgust me…” And then the searchlight which had been turned on the world was turned off again and never for one moment since has there been any light that’s stronger than this–kitchen– candle…"

15. “Fie, fie, unknit that threat'ning unkind brow…” Katherine from ‘The Taming Of The Shrew’

Shakespeare’s comedy (later adapted into musical form via ‘Kiss Me, Kate’) also brings drama to the table. If it’s an eloquent monologue comprised of old English you’re looking for, put your twist on Katherine’s “Fie, fie, unknit that threat'ning unkind brow…” Monologue Length: Up to 2:15 "Fie, fie, unknit that threat'ning unkind brow And dart not scornful glances from those eyes To wound thy lord, thy king, thy governor. It blots thy beauty as frosts do bite the meads, Confounds thy fame as whirlwinds shake fair buds, And in no sense is meet or amiable. A woman moved is like a fountain troubled, Muddy, ill-seeming, thick, bereft of beauty, And while it is so, none so dry or thirsty Will deign to sip or touch one drop of it. Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper, Thy head, thy sovereign; one that cares for thee And for thy maintenance; commits his body To painful labor both by sea and land, To watch the night in storms, the day in cold, Whilst thou li'st warm at home, secure and safe; And craves no other tribute at thy hands But love, fair looks, and true obedience-- Too little payment for so great a debt." [Full Monologue HERE]

16. “A reserved lover, it is said, always makes a suspicious husband.” - Kate Hardcastle from ‘She Stoops To Conquer’

Conquer this traditional dramatic monologue at your next audition. It’s spoken by Kate Hardcastle (also known as “Miss Hardcastle), the story’s heroine who yearns for true love. Monologue Length: 1:45 - 2:00 "A reserved lover, it is said, always makes a suspicious husband. [...] He must have more striking features to catch me, I promise you. However, if he be so young, so handsome, and so everything as you mention, I believe he'll do still. I think I'll have him. [...] Well, if he refuses, instead of breaking my heart at his indifference, I'll only break my glass for its flattery, set my cap to some newer fashion, and look out for some less difficult admirer. [...] Lud, this news of papa’s puts me all in a flutter. Young, handsome; these he put last; but I put them foremost. Sensible, good-natured; I like all that. But then reserved, and sheepish, that’s much against him. Yet can’t he be cured of his timidity, by being taught to be proud of his wife? Yes, and can’t I--But I vow I’m disposing of the husband, before I have secured the lover."

17. “Oh, my sins....” - Lyuba Ranevsky from ‘The Cherry Orchard’

Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” to Be Screened in London In Chekhov’s symbolic drama, the role of Lyuba encompasses a richly complex woman who continually attempts to run from her troubles in search of a happier life. Monologue Length: 1:10 - 1:25 "Oh, my sins.... I’ve always scattered money about without holding myself in, like a madwoman, and I married a man who made nothing but debts. My husband died of champagne—he drank terribly—and to my misfortune, I fell in love with another man and went off with him, and just at that time—it was my first punishment, a blow that hit me right on the head—here, in the river... my boy was drowned, and I went away, quite away, never to return, never to see this river again...I shut my eyes and ran without thinking, but he ran after me... without pity, without respect. I bought a villa near Mentone because he fell ill there, and for three years I knew no rest either by day or night; the sick man wore me out, and my soul dried up. And last year, when they had sold the villa to pay my debts, I went away to Paris, and there he robbed me of all I had and threw me over and went off with another woman. I tried to poison myself.... It was so silly, so shameful.... And suddenly I longed to be back in Russia, my own land, with my little girl.... [Wipes her tears] Lord, Lord be merciful to me, forgive me my sins! Punish me no more! [Takes a telegram out of her pocket] I had this to-day from Paris.... He begs my forgiveness, he implores me to return.... [Tears it up] Don’t I hear music? [Listens.]"

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1. Mary’s cheeky wit.

Related image 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.

Related image 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.

Image result for mary poppins returns gif 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.

Related image 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.

Image result for jane banks mary poppins gif 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.

Image result for michael banks mary poppins returns gif 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.

Image result for mary poppins returns dance gif 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.

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1. JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT

musicals on hulu, hulu musicals Fans 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. FAME

Based 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 STREET

Attend 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 2000

While 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 MUSICAL

If 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 CHRISTMAS

Whether 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.

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7. YOUNGER

Okay, 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.

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1. THE CHER SHOW

via 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. WAITRESS

via 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 MISÉRABLES

If 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 GIRL

via 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

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The music from this show took the world by storm in 2018, and we’re still not over it. ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ reminds us that everyone is struggling with something, but no one is truly alone. Crank up the volume and belt out your best rendition of “Waving Through A Window” before ringing in the new year.

6. INTO THE WOODS

via 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 PURPLE

via 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. HAMILTON

via 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. NEWSIES

Newsies GIF - Newsies GIFs Seize 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. FROZEN

File:Frozen 2.gif Blast 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 ELLIOT

via 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. WICKED

via 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. HAIRSPRAY

via 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. RENT

No Day But Today GIF - Rent Musical NoDayButToday GIFs Though 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. ANNIE

Annie GIF - Annie TheMusical LittleOrphanAnnie GIFs Because 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 SHOWMAN

image While 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! [post_title] => 16 Broadway Musical Cast Albums That Will Inspire You In The New Year [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 16-broadway-musical-cast-albums-that-will-inspire-you-in-the-new-year [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-01-03 10:54:40 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-01-03 15:54:40 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=369878 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 3 [filter] => raw ) [25] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 369694 [post_author] => 11 [post_date] => 2018-12-28 10:28:05 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-12-28 15:28:05 [post_content] => [viralQuiz id=92] [post_title] => Quiz: Are You Elsa Or Anna From 'Frozen'? [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] => 2019-03-14 11:13:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-14 15:13:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=369694 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 2 [filter] => raw ) [26] => 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] => 2 [filter] => raw ) [27] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 369562 [post_author] => 11 [post_date] => 2018-11-26 15:18:30 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-11-26 20:18:30 [post_content] => ‘Tis the season for food, family, festivities...and gifts! Whether you’re shopping for someone special who knows every single show tune by heart or trying to find the perfect present for a theatre-loving thespian, the Theatre Nerds Swag Shop has got you covered. This December, our team is rounding up the best theatrical gifts this holiday season…

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Gift your right-hand man Theatre Nerd’s unique ‘Hamiltones’ coloring bundle. A set of musical-inspired pencils include hues such as “Blue Us All Away,” “Maroon Where It Happens” and “I Hope That You Burn” orange making this the perfect gift for the ‘Hamilton’ fan who loves a good pun. Featuring four coloring pages to complete the bundle, you won’t throw away your shot at finding the perfect present this year. ($22.95) SHOP NOW

HAMILTONES ‘EYES ON YOU’ PALETTE

Our exclusive ‘Eyes On You’ makeup palette is an exciting addition to the ‘Hamiltones’ series. Broadway-lovers can be the bell of the ball (WORK!) with eyeshadow shades including “My Shot” gold, “A Winter’s Ball” beige, “Work” peach, “Rise Up” maroon/brown and “Story Of Tonight” black. ($19.98) SHOP NOW

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‘DEAR EVAN HANSEN’ CAST ENAMEL PIN

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ fans will adore this enamel pin featuring the iconic Connor cast. Snag one of these (along with other Broadway-themed pins from the Thespian Swag collection) for a flawless stocking stuffer! ($8.95) SHOP NOW

‘YOU WILL BE FOUND’ COLLECTION

Remind someone special of the inspiring message in ‘Dear Evan Hansen’. This design is available in apparel, jewelry, totes, and mugs. Browse the entire “You Will Be Found” collection. SHOP NOW

‘BE MORE CHILL’ SQUIP ENAMEL PIN

Broadway’s hottest new show is capturing the hearts of theatre nerds. Be chill and stuff their stocking with a themed enamel pin this holiday season. ($8.95) SHOP NOW

‘BE MORE CHILLIDAYS’ HOLIDAY SWEATSHIRT

Do gifts get more festive than this? Combat the cold with this “Be More Chill” holiday sweatshirt. Whether it’s an ugly sweater party or simply a way to beat the chill, we’re certain fans of this musical will go crazy for this sweet design. ($33.98) SHOP NOW

WICKED: THE GRIMMERIE

While most theatre geeks have unlimited love for ‘Wicked’, this year’s televised anniversary celebrating 15 years of the sensational musical may have rekindled a deep-rooted obsession. Gift fans old and new this behind-the-scenes companion. ($21.99) SHOP NOW

‘WICKED’ FRIENDSHIP CHARM BRACELET SET

If you’ve been changed for the better due to a friendship, this ‘Wicked’ charm bracelet is a fitting gift for the Glinda to your Elphaba. Complete with two adjustable bangle bracelets, this charm set is as charming and magical as they come! ($24.95) SHOP NOW

AUDREY II CREW SOCKS

Slay your holiday sock exchange with these “Little Shop of Horrors” crew socks. Audrey II isn’t exactly a festive plant like mistletoe, but she’s still the best singing shrub around. ($14.95) SHOP NOW

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“Phantom” phans don’t need a masquerade to show off this accessory. You’ll impress any Andrew Lloyd Webber guru with a pendant celebrating the music of the night a la “The Phantom Of The Opera”. ($16.95) SHOP NOW

TODD & LOVETT’S COLLECTION

Mrs. Lovett’s meat pies are probably the worst pies in London, but the Todd & Lovett’s collection is created with Broadway nerds in mind! This series pays homage to ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ with designs ranging from t-shirts to hoodies to our newest addition - Mrs. Lovett’s Cutting Board! SHOP NOW GIFTS FOR THESPIANS...

‘I HAVE REHEARSAL’ COLLECTION

We all know that person who just CAN’T because they’re busy at the theatre. Make that thespian’s holiday merry and bright with something from the “I Have Rehearsal” Collection. SHOP NOW

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Yes, there is an entire series dedicated to the superhumans that are Stage Managers. Don’t overlook these heroic individuals - they make the theatre go round! You’re sure to thrill your favorite SM with any item from our Stage Manager Collection. SHOP NOW

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Celebrate your favorite theatre director with this handcrafted, decorative pillow. It’s a gift fit for the dedicated director who wants to showcase the love for their craft throughout their home! ($24.99) SHOP NOW

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Any good thespian will know EXACTLY what this saying means as tech week can be a chaotic time for both actors and stage crew. Theatre nerds are sure to get a kick out of this hilarious (and comfy) hoodie. ($33.98) SHOP NOW Want to find more theatre-themed goodies? Browse the full Theatre Nerds Swag Shop SHOP ENTIRE STORE [post_title] => Theatre Nerds 2018 Holiday Gift Guide [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => theatre-nerds-2018-holiday-gift-guide [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-11-26 15:20:25 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-11-26 20:20:25 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=369562 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [28] => 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! [post_title] => 5 modern Plays That Will Be Future Classics [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 5-modern-plays-that-will-be-future-classics [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-11-25 14:50:09 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-11-25 19:50:09 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=369224 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [29] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 369514 [post_author] => 11 [post_date] => 2018-11-16 10:53:50 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-11-16 15:53:50 [post_content] => [viralQuiz id=90] [post_title] => Quiz: Cook A Thanksgiving Feast And We'll Tell You Which Shakespeare Play You Are [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => quiz-cook-a-thanksgiving-feast-and-well-tell-you-which-shakespeare-play-you-are [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-11-16 10:53:50 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-11-16 15:53:50 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=369514 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [30] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 12163 [post_author] => 11 [post_date] => 2018-11-11 10:51:35 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-11-11 15:51:35 [post_content] => [viralQuiz id=59] [post_title] => Quiz: How Much Do You Really Know About 'Mamma Mia!'? [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 ) [31] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 369329 [post_author] => 11 [post_date] => 2018-11-08 08:32:38 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-11-08 13:32:38 [post_content] => When it comes to living our best lives as thespians, it’s easy to take inspiration from the stage. Any theatre nerd who can’t resist a good show tune knows that Andrew Lloyd Webber is the king of Broadway. From ‘Phantom’ to ‘Cats’ to ‘School of Rock’, Webber has penned songs for numerous musicals that continue to stay relevant and perform across the globe. Start your day off on a positive (music) note with these 25 lyrics from Andrew Lloyd Webber shows:

1. “Don’t try to think ahead. Save tomorrow for tomorrow. Think about today instead.” - ‘What’s The Buzz?’ (Jesus Christ Superstar)

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2. “Stand back--you ought to know what'cha gonna get in me: Just a little touch of star quality!” - ‘Buenos Aires’ (Evita)

3. “Close your eyes and let music set you free.” - ‘The Music Of The Night’ (The Phantom Of The Opera)

4. “And with me in control of the band as a whole, we will rock and we'll roll with our heart and our soul; If you're in raise your hand! I'm in the band!” - ‘You’re In The Band’ (School Of Rock)

5. “If you think it, want it, dream it, then it's real.” - ‘You Are What You Feel/Any Dream Will Do’ (Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat)

6. “I can smile at the old days, I was beautiful then. I remember the time I knew what happiness was. Let the memory live again.” - ‘Memory’ (Cats)

7. “You'll get by, you always have before.” - ‘Another Suitcase In Another Hall’ (Evita)

8. “No more talk of darkness, forget these wide-eyed fears; I'm here, nothing can harm you, my words will warm and calm you.” - ‘All I Ask Of You’ (The Phantom Of The Opera)

9. “We taught the world new ways to dream.” - ‘New Ways To Dream’ (Sunset Boulevard)

10. "There's a light at the end of the tunnel." - ‘Light At The End Of The Tunnel’ (Starlight Express)

11. “With Odin and Zeus on the bass and the drums, and Thor playing tambourine, and Amos and Janis and Kurt will appear, and Jesus’ll toss me a beer; and we’ll jam ‘round the clock at the top of Mount Rock!” - ‘When I Climb To The Top Of Mount Rock’ (School Of Rock)

12. “Try to forgive, teach me to live, give me the strength to try.” - ‘Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again’ (The Phantom Of The Opera)

13. “So look with your heart and not with your eyes, the heart understands, the heart never lies.” - ‘Look With Your Heart’ (Love Never Dies)

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14. “With one look I'll ignite a blaze; I'll return to my glory days; They'll say, ‘Norma's back at last!” - 'With One Look' (Sunset Boulevard)

15. “Don't cry for me, Argentina; the truth is I never left you all through my wild days, my mad existence, I kept my promise, don't keep your distance.” - ‘Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina’ (Evita)

16. “Try not to get worried, try not to turn on to problems that upset you, oh. Don't you know everything's alright, yes, everything's fine.” - ‘Everything’s Alright’ (Jesus Christ Superstar)

17. “Let the dream begin.” - ‘The Music of the Night’ (The Phantom Of The Opera)

18. “For we know we shall find our own peace of mind…” - Close Every Door (Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat)

19. “Back when I was younger, wild and bold and free, I can still remember how the music used to be. Chords like rolling thunder, loud beyond control; every note and lyric branded right across my soul.” - ‘Where Did The Rock Go?’ (School Of Rock)

20. ”Only you have the power within you. Just believe in yourself.” - ‘I Am The Starlight’ (Starlight Express)

21. “Feel the early morning madness, feel the magic in the making; why, everything's as if we never said goodbye.” - ‘As If We Never Said Goodbye’ (Sunset Boulevard)

22. “Don't hold back, you are certain to impress!” - ‘Buenos Aires’ (Evita)

23. “Any dream will do.” - ‘Any Dream Will Do’ (Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat)

24. “Let me be your shelter, let me be your light; you're safe, no one will find you, your fears are far behind you.” - ‘All I Ask Of You’ (The Phantom Of The Opera)

25. “Stick it to the man!” - ‘Stick It To The Man’ (School Of Rock)

Have a favorite Andrew Lloyd Webber lyric that you live by? Share it with us in the comments below!

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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”

Kristin Chenoweth 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”

Broadway stars television spots 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”

Ben Platt 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”

Broadway stars TV 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

Who is your favorite Broadway guest star? Let us know in the comments below…

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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.

Have a thespian term you want to include? Share it with us in the comments below!

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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"]Beetlejuice musical review 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"]Beetlejuice musical review, beetlejucie musical 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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Fortunately for you, we’re not throwing away our shot to present these life-giving ‘Hamilton’ memes for your viewing pleasure:

1. 1. 21 'Hamilton' Memes That Continue To Give Us Life

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Hugs and kisses from King George.

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6. 21 'Hamilton' Memes That Continue To Give Us Life
Hamilbears
Can we have more supercalifragilisticexpialidocious ‘Hamilton’/’Mary Poppins Returns’ crossovers, please?

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7. 21 'Hamilton' Memes That Continue To Give Us Life
Hamilbears
Da da da dat da dat da da da da ya da....

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8. 21 'Hamilton' Memes That Continue To Give Us Life
Pinterest
The child who wrote this list is our spirit animal.

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Pinterest
Only the truest of ‘Hamilton’ fans will get this...

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10. 21 'Hamilton' Memes That Continue To Give Us Life
Buzzfeed / @brokeymcpoverty
What can we say? We’re old souls.  

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11. 21 'Hamilton' Memes That Continue To Give Us Life
Popbuzz / @blainecapatch
Raise your hand if you’re a Lin-Manuel Carrie.

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12. 21 'Hamilton' Memes That Continue To Give Us Life
Her Campus
‘Hamilton’ in a nutshell.

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13. 21 'Hamilton' Memes That Continue To Give Us Life
Her Campus
It’s cards against humanity, but for Alexander Hamilton.

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Pinterest
History has its eyes on this meme.

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15. 21 'Hamilton' Memes That Continue To Give Us Life

Hamilbears
A purrr-fect representation of this song.

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Pinterest
We are satisfied.

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Pinterest
Us.

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Pinterest
Also us.

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19. 21 'Hamilton' Memes That Continue To Give Us Life

Hamilton.trashh / Meme.Me.Inside
Have you ever seen anything more accurate?

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20. 21 'Hamilton' Memes That Continue To Give Us Life

The Globe Trotting Scientist
Time to replenish your Gatorade stock, gang.

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21. 21 'Hamilton' Memes That Continue To Give Us Life

Webstagram
When the Patrick to your Spongebob ALWAYS gets your ‘Hamilton’ references.

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