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We change to fit our intended audience, change to fit our theme for our show. But it's very hard to change to something to something that has never been done before. Luckily, these musicals did exactly that so you don't have to! [post_title] => 10 Broadway Musicals That Revolutionized Broadway Musicals [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 10-broadway-musicals-that-revolutionized-broadway-musicals [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-06-22 09:31:54 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-06-22 13:31:54 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=32627 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 55717 [post_author] => 736 [post_date] => 2018-06-20 09:46:30 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-06-20 13:46:30 [post_content] => Eleven o’clock numbers have long been beloved musical theatre tunes, as they are remembered as the big, showstopping numbers of the show. And that’s exactly the point! In the beginning of the musical theatre genre, writers wanted to leave a lasting impression on the audience that would have them leaving the theatre humming a tune from the show. The writers were smart to incorporate the tune almost at the end of the production so it would stay fresh in audiences’ minds as they left the theatre. If a show started at 8 p.m., these songs were usually inserted at the 11 p.m. mark — hence the name, “11 o’clock number.” This idea has since evolved. The songs still leave a lasting impression, but now they’re not always placed at the end of the show. In terms of plot, the songs often serve as a way for major characters to come to an important realization or turning point. Here are 11 of our favorite 11 o’clock numbers for women:

1. ‘Memory’ from ‘Cats’


2. ‘Rose’s Turn’ from ‘Gypsy’


3. ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’ from ‘Dreamgirls’


4. ‘The Music and the Mirror’ from ‘A Chorus Line’


5. ‘I’m Here’ from ‘The Color Purple’


6. ‘Gimme Gimme’ from ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’


7. ‘Back to Before’ from ‘Ragtime’


8. ‘I’m a Brass Band’ from ‘Sweet Charity’


9. ‘Cabaret’ from ‘Cabaret’


10. ‘The Miller’s Son’ from ‘A Little Night Music’


11. ‘The Winner Takes It All’ from ‘Mamma Mia’


What are some of your favorite 11 o’clock numbers for women? Let us know in the comments below...

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Here are 12 Broadway revolutionaries to inspire you to join in their crusade:

1. Elphaba from ‘Wicked’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZpa2lgWWCU After discovering that the Wizard has been part of a conspiracy to stop animals throughout Oz from speaking, Elphaba uses her powers to rebel against his regime.

2. Jack Kelly from ‘Newsies’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCwazG_NdbI Handsome and heroically charismatic, Jack Kelly leads his band of newsies against their publisher after a price hike on papers threatens the boys’ livelihood.

3. Nala from ‘The Lion King’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPJqaxkBRro Left behind after Mufasa dies and Simba flees the kingdom, Nala faces off against Scar to get him to address the growing famine. When he refuses, she leaves the Pridelands in pursuit of help.

4. Enjolras and the Students from ‘Les Misérables’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMYNfQlf1H8 Fierce believers of democracy and equality, Enjolras and his fellow students take part in a revolutionary plot to overthrow the French government.

5. Ren McCormack from ‘Footloose’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eor54dMZz0A Wren’s fierce spirit and love of music make waves when he lands in Bomont, a town that has banned dancing. Along with his friends, he pushes back against the dancing rule to allow everyone to express themselves.

6. Tracy Turnblad and Motormouth Maybelle from ‘Hairspray’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLwSg2b6NQk Tracy and Motormouth stand up for what is right after “The Corny Collins Show’s” TV station refuses to let black people on the show beyond the monthly Negro Day.

7. Perchick from ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZRouv_muVk A radical Marxist, Perchick gains the attention of the village of Anatevka after scolding a group of men for not acting against pogroms and expulsions in Russia.

8. Alexander Hamilton and the Founding Fathers from ‘Hamilton’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEHKBckBcr4 Tired of being controlled and unfairly taxed by the British Crown, this group plays a major part in the historic American Revolution.

9. Bobby Strong from ‘Urinetown’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwRJiwGZkuI The daring Bobby stands up against the unfair fee hikes set for using urinals, launching a pee-for-free rebellion.

10. Esmeralda from ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooBRxmb8wKE Committed to fighting battles that can’t be won, Esmeralda seeks fair treatment of the less-fortunate in France and stands up for the gypsies.

11. Melchior from ‘Spring Awakening’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9v9Ut1IcEqg Known as the radical of his class, Melchoir doesn’t settle for the narrow-mindedness of the rest of society and vows to make a change.

12. Matilda and the Revolting Children from ‘Matilda’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN_62IO4zIk These kids rebel against their tyrannical headmistress, Ms. Trunchbull, in a series of pranks (some more telekinesis-based than others).

13. Jackie and Tony Elliot from ‘Billy Elliot’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkF24VS6sPQ This father-and-son pair participate in the coal miners’ strike, regularly facing off against riot police.

Who are your favorite Broadway revolutionaries? Let us know in the comments below...

[post_title] => 13 Broadway Revolutionaries To Inspire You To Stand Up And Speak Out [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 13-broadway-revolutionaries-to-inspire-you-to-stand-up-and-speak-out [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-06-12 09:57:38 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-06-12 13:57:38 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=32531 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 32508 [post_author] => 391 [post_date] => 2018-06-11 10:07:05 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-06-11 14:07:05 [post_content] => The Golden Age of Broadway (1920–1959) was an era filled with iconic musicals such as “The Sound of Music,” “Show Boat” and “South Pacific. These shows are timeless and will continue to resound with future generations, but the Golden Age has plenty of (mostly undeservingly) forgotten gems that are rarely performed or recorded. Here are 16 to check out:

1. ‘Plain and Fancy’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5hxJGifIcs Featuring classic numbers such as "Young and Foolish" and "This Is All Very New to Me," this musical was one of the earliest depictions of Amish life in American media. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1955 and was revived Off-Broadway in 2006.

2. ‘Pipe Dream’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzdNkjfOyFQ Based on John Steinbeck's novel "Sweet Thursday," this 1955 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is about the relationship between Doc, a marine biologist, and Suzy, a prostitute. Critics panned the show, although "Encores!" performed the musical in 2012.

3. ‘Of Thee I Sing’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FInW3HCY9VU This 1931 Gershwin musical is about John Wintergreen, a presidential candidate whose affair with the sensible Mary Turner lands him in hot water. The musical has been revived on Broadway twice and received an "Encores!" performance run in 2006.

4. ‘Where's Charley?’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfCKYYbjZQE This 1948 Frank Loesser musical is about disguised chaperones and relationships among Oxford University students. The musical has been revived on Broadway twice and received an "Encores!" performance run in 2011.

5. ‘Conversation Piece’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw0al1Vgrgs This Noël Coward musical is about Paul, Duc de Chaucigny-Varennes, who has escaped the French Revolution and wishes to marry his companion, Melanie, off to a member of Brightonian aristocracy. The musical premiered in London in 1934 before transferring to New York later that year.

6. ‘The Body Beautiful’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGhuUlI_LWo This 1958 musical is about a Dartmouth College graduate who wants to be a successful boxer. It was the first collaboration between Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick ("Fiddler on the Roof") and closed after 60 performances.

7. ‘Knickerbocker Holiday’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3mAT-4FdP4 This 1938 musical by Kurt Weill is an anti-New Deal allegory narrated by a fictional version of Washington Irving. The musical received a brief Lincoln Center run in 2011.

8. ‘Call Me Madam’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LAijDQ2cIE This 1950 musical is a satire on politics and philanthropy and earned Ethel Merman her first Tony Award. "Encores!" staged the musical in 1995, and Paper Mill Playhouse staged it in 1996.

9. ‘Little Mary Sunshine’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgEIIYA-NEI This 1959 musical is a campy spoof of operetta. Its portrayal of Native Americans, however, is deeply problematic, and a planned Broadway transfer for 2003 never materialized.

10. ‘I'd Rather Be Right’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGYIXqJ_LH8 This 1937 Rodgers and Hart musical is a satire of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidency. The musical, which contains the jazz standard "Have You Met Miss Jones?" was revived Off-Broadway in February 2011.

11. ‘Roberta’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYvYo8dGcHI This 1933 musical is about Roberta, a dressmaker whose manager, Stephanie, falls in love with a college football star, John Kent. The show's most famous number, "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," is usually performed as a ballad nowadays, but it was initially written as a mid-tempo tango piece.

12. ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GQLxD9C0r0 Adapted from the classic novel of the same name, this 1951 musical is about a poor Irish family in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City. A 2005 "Encores!" production starred Emily Skinner and Jason Danieley.

13. ‘Billion Dollar Baby’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBg_YGy7hnc This 1945 musical is about Maribelle Jones, a gold digger trying to make a name for herself during the Prohibition era. The 1998 Off-Broadway concert version starred Kristin Chenoweth.

14. ‘Rosalie’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSwtZJhJuvM This 1928 musical is about a princess who falls in love with a West Point cadet. A 1983 concert version starred Marianne Tatum ("Barnum") and Richard Muenz ("Zombie Prom").

15. ‘Fanny’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNAHywGXG_s Based on Marcel Pagnol's "Marseille" trilogy, this 1954 musical is about secrets and passion in the south of France. A 2010 "Encores!" production starred Fred Applegate ("Sister Act") and George Hearn ("La Cage aux Folles").

16. ‘Carnival in Flanders’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkOS9q7ykGs Based on the 1935 French film "La Kermesse héroïque," this 1953 musical closed after six performances. Although the show has never been revived on Broadway or by "Encores!" its breakout song, "Here's That Rainy Day," is a popular standard.

Did we leave out your favorite obscure Golden Age show? Let us know in the comments below...

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There is a risk anytime we foray into the dating world, but it’s even greater if you, as the expression goes, “poop where you eat.” So, if you are considering seeking romance in a stage setting, you may want to weigh the positives and negatives. Here are some of the pros and cons of dating a fellow member of the theatre: Pro: You can play the songs from your new show repeatedly, and while they may want to rip their ears off, they are more likely to understand. via GIPHY Con: An overabundance of feelings. All. The. Time. via GIPHY Pro: Someone will understand the pressure of Tech Week and the insanity it causes, so they won’t just think you’ve turned into a mental case. via GIPHY Con: There can be an underlying sense of competition that creeps in when one of you scores a leading role and the other doesn’t. via GIPHY Pro: You can rehearse your scenes and discover your characters’ motivations together. via GIPHY Con: You both spend a lot of time on something that may not make you any money at the end of the day. The struggle will be very real. via GIPHY Pro: They are less likely to get jealous watching you in a romantic scene with someone else. via GIPHY Con: Jealousy. Yes, this can also be a con. It is hopefully just acting, but sometimes you can’t help it when you see your partner being romantic with someone else. Unfortunately, feelings aren’t always logical. via GIPHY Pro: You can talk about the show ad nauseam and they won’t just stare at you blankly. via GIPHY Con: You may find yourself cast in different shows and on opposite schedules, so it can be difficult to find time for each other. via GIPHY Pro: You get to watch each other be brilliant onstage. It’s as much a proud moment as it is a turn-on. via GIPHY Con: Weekend and sometimes holiday unavailability. via GIPHY Pro: You can support each other through the marathons that are auditions. It’s always nice to have a partner who can double as a cheerleader and a coach. via GIPHY Con: Fights can quickly spiral given all of the dramatic potential in the room, especially if one or both of you are capable of crying on cue. via GIPHY Pro: Very little fazes you both. Changing in front of strangers? Piece of cake. Swearing? Heard it all. Dirty humor? You could write a book. via GIPHY Con: There’s no separation of church and state, especially if you are in the same show. You are together A LOT. And it can be hard to separate your personal life from the show. Issues from the theatre can get dragged home. via GIPHY Whether the relationship ends up being the love of your life or goes up in flames faster than dry grass in the dead heat of summer, you will hopefully have discovered a new part of yourself along the way. So take your shot, explore and find someone who sets your heart on fire as much as being onstage does. Have you ever dated someone in the theatre? What are the pros and cons? Let us know in the comments below! 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[post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => which-2018-tonys-musical-nominee-are-you [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-06-03 05:21:20 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-06-03 09:21:20 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?post_type=snax_quiz&p=32249 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => snax_quiz [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 31525 [post_author] => 736 [post_date] => 2018-05-21 09:33:07 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-05-21 13:33:07 [post_content] => We have already highlighted our favorite 11 o’clock numbers for women, so now it’s time to showcase some of our favorite tunes for men! Whether they’re about about lost love, unrequited dreams or just reacquaint us with the story at hand, these numbers make us cheer and certainly leave us humming the tune for years to come. Here are 11 of our favorites:

1. ‘Being Alive’ from ‘Company’


2. ‘Gethsemane’ from ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’


3. ‘Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat’ from ‘Guys and Dolls’


4. ‘Empty Chairs at Empty Tables’ from ‘Les Misérables’


5. ‘The American Dream’ from ‘Miss Saigon’


6. ‘Hold Me in Your Heart’ from ‘Kinky Boots’


7. ‘Betrayed’ from ‘The Producers’


8. ‘This Nearly Was Mine’ from ‘South Pacific’


9. ‘Your Eyes’ from ‘Rent’


10. ‘Brotherhood of Man’ from ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’


11. ‘Make Them Hear You’ from ‘Ragtime’


Did we miss any of your favorites? Share in the comments below...

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1. ‘Every Little Step’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jn9qQATNRs&list=FLU__KgQzdfWReD0W_ipIwbg&index=829 This riveting documentary, which highlights the road to the Broadway revival of “A Chorus Line,” offers a great inside look at the audition process. Get it on DVD on Amazon, or watch it on YouTube and Google Play.

2. ‘ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmpSwJsnzP8 This documentary bills itself as “going behind the curtain to capture the most controversial, passionate, risky and high-profile Broadway season in decades.” It highlights the ups and downs of four amazing musicals: “Wicked,” “Avenue Q,” “Taboo” and “Caroline or Change.” Get the DVD on Amazon or via Netflix, or watch it on YouTube.

3. ‘Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCwqEdQykJU Directed by Lonny Price, this documentary showcases Sondheim’s flop musical “Merrily We Roll Along,” which opened in 1981 and closed after only 16 performances. Not only does it document a unique audition process in which a bunch of very young Broadway newcomers are cast, but it also shows how the performers dealt with newfound fame and failure. This show influenced the trajectory of the rest of their lives, with some leaving the business entirely and others going on to become well-known stars. You can currently stream it on Netflix.

4. ‘Broadway Idiot’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BSPh6QhLYc Watch this documentary to see Green Day’s album-turned-Broadway-show come to life. Rent it on YouTube, Google Play, iTunes and Amazon.

5. ‘Annie: It's the Hard-Knock Life, From Script to Stage’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35z_vMFOfAk Originally airing on PBS, this documentary delves into the most recent revival of this beloved show and its journey to Broadway. It showcases the casting process for all the orphans and is a great inside look for parents or children who want to get into the business. Watch it on YouTube.

6. ‘Broadway's New Annie: Search for a Star’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMABPXE2z3o Similar to the documentary above, this film documents the casting of the 1997 revival of “Annie.” It was originally aired as a 20/20 special but consequently became controversial because the girl cast didn’t actually end up staying with the show to open on Broadway. Regardless, this documentary is yet another very real insider look at the casting process, with no frills. Watch it on YouTube.

7. ‘Life After Tomorrow’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvePwgmEZwY This is another “Annie” documentary, but instead of highlighting the show’s beginnings, it revisits the now-adult orphans and others from the original production to find out how the show influenced their lives and careers. It shows how such an early experience with success onstage can influence your choice of whether to say in the business as an adult and even reveals some great and not-so-great aspects of their journey with the musical. Rent it on Amazon or Google Play, or watch it on YouTube.

8. ‘The Standbys’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NIo-E5MjHw This documentary focuses on three standbys (Alena Watters, Ben Crawford and Merwin Foard) and their lives as they wait to perform their standby roles in their Broadway shows. Viewers get a real look at the job of a standby and the life of a performer. Watch it on iTunes.

9. ‘Hamilton’s America’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KsTjxKi5JE Originally airing on PBS, this documentary gives an inside look at the creation and behind-the-scenes rehearsal process of “Hamilton.” Make sure to check it out on PBS.org, or watch your local listings for the next showing on TV.

What are your favorite Broadway documentaries? Let us know in the comments below...

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Here are 10 creative ways to discover more about acting:

1. Use Masterclass

It can be difficult to think about fitting in attending a class when you already have a hectic schedule, or maybe there aren’t any acting classes available where you live. Masterclass has you covered. It offers online classes in a variety of subjects taught by celebrities at the top of their field. Classes are reasonably priced and self-paced, with lifetime access. It’s an excellent way to learn more from the comfort of your own home.

2. Read Actor Biographies or Autobiographies

This is another way to garner wisdom from those who have come before you. Learn from others’ experiences and the method behind their top-notching acting skills. Biographies and memoirs could also contain a way of breaking into the business that you haven’t thought about or tried. Consider reading widely, choosing books about retired actors, comedy actors, theatre actors or even movie actors. Each one will bring a different perspective and offer you a well-rounded approach.

3. Be More Observant of People in Action

It’s easy these days to put in our headphones or play on our phones and ignore everyone around us. But studying life and human interaction is one of the simplest ways to learn how to recreate it. Next time you are on the subway or eating your lunch, observe the people around you. Just try not to stare and look like a creep.

4. Listen to Podcasts

There is pretty much a podcast for everything, and theatre is no exception. Get insider tips from “Inside Acting,” or learn all about Broadway on “Broadway Radio” or from interviews with those in the industry on “Theater People.” Listen at the gym, during chores or on your way to work, school or rehearsal, and you’ll turn everyday tasks into a learning opportunity.

5. Teach Others

One way to ensure you understand something is to teach others about it. You might even pick up a few tips by watching how someone else handles a scene. Why not volunteer to teach acting to kids and pass on what you’ve learned Not only will you be helping spread arts education, but you might also learn something from your students.

6. Study People Who Are Like Your Character

We often hear that when movie actors take on a particular role, they will prepare for it by shadowing someone who is like their character. Retiring actor Daniel Day-Lewis is famous for his study and immersion techniques, such as taking lessons from a butcher for his role as William Cutting in “Gangs of New York.” Don’t be embarrassed to ask others for help. Most people are thrilled to talk about their experiences and share their skills.

7. Attend Events That Have a Theatrical Element

Acting onstage and in movies isn’t the only way to explore craft. Those who live outside of the major cities can sometimes despair because there is no theatre where they live, but theatre comes in many forms. Explore your area and see where else you can find acting, such as ghost walks, haunted houses, themed eateries, historical reenactments or theme parks. Seeing others take on a character can give you ideas for your work.

8. Indulge in Other Creative Endeavors

Art is about emotion and expression. The more you exercise your creative muscles, the more you will learn about yourself and your craft. You might even pick up skills that will help you later in a specific role. In the end, creativity breeds more creativity, so stretch yourself and let your imagination play.

9. Socialize

Part of acting involves tapping into your prior experiences and using what you know to help you understand your character better. The more you get to know other people and learn about their experiences, the better you will be at tapping into a vast expanse of human emotions.

10. Interview People in Your Field

Back before the internet gave us the ability to find out anything we wanted to know at the touch of a button, it was essential to speak to those who had become successful in your chosen industry to glean their wisdom. Even in this fast-paced world, that advice still stands. That doesn’t mean your only option is to try to cold-call people and ask for advice. That can be daunting if you don't know anyone in the industry or feel a bit shy. There are other options, such as signing up for a work study course or internship, attending a conference or talk or volunteering at a theatre. Keep expanding and growing as an actor, and success will someday be yours. Remember, you’re never too old to keep learning.

Have a creative tip that we missed? Let us know in the comments below...

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1. Take a Break

via GIPHY After nine, straight Red Bull-induced hours powering through the same scene, it might be time to step away. Take a walk, pet your dog or eat something. Whether you step away for an hour or a month, it all depends on you. Just make sure you’re still stretching those writing muscles from time to time and keeping your work in the back of your mind.

2. Get Inspired

via GIPHY Art inspires art, and life imitates it. Going to an art museum, movie, dance concert or even a coffee shop could be the spark you need to get through that scene or block. If you keep your mind open, inspiration can take your play to a creative peak you never would have guessed would reach. Just be sure not to steal!

3. Write Anything!

via GIPHY Whether it’s a poem, a song, a novel or a cookbook, writing flexes the muscles you need to get you over the hurdle.

4. Skip Around

via GIPHY One secret playwrights don’t often learn until later on is that you don’t have to write scenes in order. Writing a scene you can picture can make a block easier to get through. Come back to the scene that’s blocking you later on as the show takes shape.

5. Edit Something

via GIPHY If you have scenes written, go back and edit them. Have some friends read a couple of scenes out loud. As you revise bits and pieces of the show, the answer of how to move forward may become clear.

6. Come Back Full Force

via GIPHY The final bit of advice is the hardest: Write! If all else feels like it’s failing, it’s time to try again. Even if it takes a million edits to sift through, get an idea of something on paper. You can always trash it later. Forcing yourself through the block often looks harder than it actually is. The best method for getting over writer’s block is doing what works for you. Playing around with methods to find out what works will make you a stronger playwright and help you later on if that block comes knocking once again.

How do you get rid of writer’s block? Let us know in the comments below...

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Here are 17 things actors who have performed while sick will understand:

1. Loving any scenes where you are allowed to act sad or sick as part of the scene, as it mirrors how miserable you are feeling inside.


2. Wearing a scarf around your neck all day, to the point that people start questioning whether you’re trying to make a bohemian fashion statement.

3. Taking a vow of silence when you aren’t onstage and trying to find other ways to communicate.

4. Finding somewhere — anywhere — in the theatre to curl up and sleep between performances on a two-show day.


5. Obsessively drinking as much hot water lemon or herbal tea remedies as Mariah Carey on New Year’s Eve.

6. Having to pee constantly because you have been downing tea and water like it’s your job.

7. Holding in your cough so you don’t treat the audience to an amplified hack via your mic.


8. Reading up on every natural at-home remedy to try to cure yourself overnight. You totally could have been a doctor.


9. Still having to get up and go to work or school between shows when you feel like an extra on “The Walking Dead.”


10. Having the music director drop your songs into a lower key because you sound like you smoke a pack a day.


11. Starting on a steady diet of chicken soup and crackers.


12. Putting on twice as much makeup as normal to avoid looking like a Wednesday Addams.


13. Walking calmly backstage and throwing up into a garbage can as quietly as possible between scenes.


14. Reworking the show at the last minute to avoid having to sing with no voice.


15. Keeping a tissue tucked in your bra to discreetly wipe the snot that’s dripping out of your nose.


16. Trying to convince yourself that this challenge is just making you a better actor. You are a professional, and you are Daniel Day-Lewising the crap out of this performance.


17. Pasting a winning smile on your face as soon as you step onto the stage and give the performance of your life.

via GIPHY In spite of how you might feel on the inside, it’s unlikely the audience will ever be able to tell. Unless you projectile vomit a la “Pitch Perfect” all over them. Then they might.

Have you ever been sick during show week? Tell us your story in the comments below...

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Think you know theatre lingo? Here are eight of our favorites:

1. Chew the Scenery

“Chewing the scenery” can be a good or bad thing, depending on its context. It usually means a performer who is over-acting and being larger than life. However, in some circumstances, it can also mean that the actor is taking center stage and stealing the scene in the best way.

2. Break a Leg

This theatre saying is used today to wish theatre performers good luck without actually saying that unlucky phrase. “Break a leg” is based on the “leg line,” an area in the wings that was marked so actors would know when the audience could see them. Any performer who crossed the leg line and appeared in front of the audience would get paid. Thus, people wished actors would break a leg in hopes they would pass the line and get their paycheck.

3. Booked It

This is by far our favorite saying, because it means we booked the job!

4. The Show Must Go On

This is a very iconic showbiz saying that basically means despite falling scenery, sick cast members or forgotten lines, the show must happen as long as there are patrons with tickets waiting to see it.

5. Wait in the Wings

This phrase has a double meaning. For obvious reasons, it means a performer is literally waiting in the wings to go onstage for their performance. However, it also refers to understudies who wait in the wings to go on in place of sick or unavailable performers.

6. Strut Your Stuff

Using this phrase refers to confidently showing off your performing prowess to an audience.

7. Think on Your Feet

If you are performing and you forget a line, step or movement, you have to make something else up to get through it — literally thinking on your feet. And thus this phrase was born.

8. A Tough Act to Follow

A tough act to follow is any performance that is so wonderful and amazing that no other performer would want to perform afterward for fear they aren’t as good.

9. Get the Show on the Road

Not just used for theatre anymore, this phrase appears a lot in everyday life. However, it was born from touring companies in the vaudeville circuit packing up their show belongings and taking it “on the road” to the next venue.

Which theatre phrases do you love? Let us know in the comments below...

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1. When someone says, “Hey, have you heard of [insert musical name here]?” and miraculously, you haven’t.


2. When you go onto Spotify and hesitatingly click on the overture, unsure whether this will be worth your time.

3. When your interest is piqued enough that you go onto Wikipedia to read the plot all the way through and line up the songs with the action surrounding it.

4. When your first run-through of the album leaves you impressed, so you go back to the songs that initially made your heart feel good.

5. When you play those songs to death and then realize the rest of the album makes your heart feel good, too.


6. When you finally accept the fact you love everything about this album and play it on repeat as you block out all other things happening in your life.


7. When you don’t quite know all the lyrics yet, so you belt out the fragments you do know and fudge the rest.

8. When you finally do memorize all the lyrics and you put on a one-person show from beginning to end for yourself (and your family and neighbors).

9. When you go on YouTube and watch every video that’s ever been associated with the show in the history of time.


10. When knowing the lyrics isn’t enough, so you also jam out during the instrumental breaks.


11. When you internet-stalk the entire cast and their show history because you cannot get enough of them.


12. When you use up far too much energy wondering which character you’d play if you ever got a chance to be in this show.

13. When you can’t help but slip references to the musical in casual conversation.


14. When you refuse to stop talking about the show until your friends cave and check it out.


15. When your friends concede that your musical recommendation is solid — but have you heard of [insert musical name here]?


What’s it like when you get obsessed with a new musical? Let us know in the comments below...

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Looking for a little inspiration? Here are five life lessons care of Andrews:

1. It’s Not Where You Come From

It would be easy to assume that polished and polite Andrews spent her childhood raised by a lord or lady while being schooled on etiquette and acting at a posh British academy. The truth is far less glamorous. Andrews’ family had very little money, and she was raised in a poor area of London by her mother and stepfather, who was a violent alcoholic. In spite of these early years, Andrews concentrated on her vocal training and performing instead of her circumstances.

2. Continuing Her Career Without Her Voice

In the late ‘90s, Andrews was the victim of a failed vocal chord surgery that resulted in the loss of her singing voice. That would have been devastating for anyone, but especially a performer whose livelihood had been built on her famous voice. Instead of giving up, Andrews picked herself up, refocused and continued developing her career by throwing her energy into other projects.

3. You Are Never Too Old to Try Something New

Andrews began with a very successful career on the stage, but she didn’t stop there, moving on to become a star of the screen and a successful author. But even in her 80s, Andrews isn’t slowing down. Since celebrating her 80th birthday, she has directed a recent production of “My Fair Lady,” voiced a successful animated character and created and starred in a children’s Netflix series. May we all be so lucky as to have her boundless energy and creativity in our old age.

4. Not Getting the Part Might Be Your Big Break

In spite of a successful run as Eliza Doolittle in the stage production of “My Fair Lady” with Rex Harrison, Andrews was replaced by Audrey Hepburn in the film adaptation due to her lack of notoriety. But when one door closes, Disney opens another. With her schedule freed up, Andrews was offered the titular role in “Mary Poppins.” The film skyrocketed her to fame and earned her an Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy Award. None of this would have been possible had she not been rejected for the role of Eliza.

5. It’s Important to Be Humble and Kind

It’s hard to imagine anyone having a bad thing to say about Andrews. It could be argued that in addition to her incredible talent, it’s her kindness and humble nature that have contributed to her longevity in the industry. Despite the fact that she was turned down for the part of Eliza, Andrews remained friends with and spoke highly of her replacement. If that wasn’t enough proof, Andrews refused a Best Actress Tony nomination for her role in “Victor/Victoria” as a demonstration of loyalty and solidarity to the show’s creative staff. Andrews said she believed the other members of the production should have been nominated for their work. Whether she is singing about her favorite things, ruling Genovia or teaching children about theatre, Andrews is practically perfect. Mary Poppins would be proud.

How has Julie Andrews inspired and influenced you? Let us know in the comments below...

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Broadway and Beyond Blooper Montage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkrD1xfjmIA Check out this great montage of stage bloopers from TPMvideos, including one from the Broadway company of “Mary Poppins.”

Why the Phantom Needs His Mask

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RdKiofkyKM Here is a great insider video from cast members of “The Phantom of the Opera” that talks about an actor getting stabbed in the eye! Don’t worry, it was an accident, but watch to hear the full story.

No Laughing Matter!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_PrJZgBwck Courtesy of TheatreMania, the three hyenas of “The Lion King” on Broadway discuss how one of their acrobatic skills saved him from falling into the pit.

A Smooth Entrance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvl2cD24teE This hilarious video shows a school play certainly not going off without a hitch.

Nutcracker Fall

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tR0LlvbXQlQ How many of you have done a production of “The Nutcracker?” How many of you have fallen off the stage with such vigor?

Frozen Music Mishap

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3iz5wRwRXA When you have recorded music, there is a chance it may not play on cue. Check out how the performers in “Frozen” handle this unfortunate setback like pros.

‘Into the Woods’ Milky White Funny Fail

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-1_4VwHGdo Last, check out this “Into the Woods” Milky White mishap. Brian Acker as Jack handles it beautifully and, low and behold, he was lucky enough to capture it on video as well. We know this one will leave you laughing.

Did we miss one of your favorites? Do you have your own mishap to share? Let us know in the comments below...

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[viralQuiz id=72] [post_title] => Quiz: What % Glinda The Good Witch Are You? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => quiz-what-glinda-the-good-witch-are-you [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-05-03 14:08:48 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-05-03 18:08:48 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=31182 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [21] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 31364 [post_author] => 440 [post_date] => 2018-04-20 08:43:46 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-04-20 12:43:46 [post_content] => Spring has officially sprung, and with warmer days ahead, it’s time to update those reading lists before summer arrives. Whether you enjoy your books while relaxing under a beautiful tree in the park, perching yourself on the patio of your favorite coffee shop or soaking up the sun at the beach, we have a few suggestions for those looking to continue their love affair with the arts.

Here are eight theatre-themed books for your spring reading list:

1. ‘Dear Evan Hansen: Through the Window,’ by Steven Levenson

theatre themed books Get a behind-the-scenes look at the development of smash Broadway hit “Dear Evan Hansen.” The book boasts interviews, musings from the creative team, photography and an in-depth look at the creation of Evan’s world. Buy it here.

2. ‘Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker,’ by Gregory Maguire

“Wicked” fans will recognize Gregory Maguire as the author of the book that inspired the long-running hit musical. Maguire has since authored several other fantastical retellings of classic stories such as “Cinderella” and “Alice in Wonderland.” Back for another round with “Hiddensee,” he explores the magical and mysterious corners of Germany in a retelling of the famous tale of the Nutcracker and young Klara. Buy it here.

3. ‘Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater,’ by Michael Sokolove

NBC recently aired “Rise,” a “Glee”meets “Friday Night Lights” musical drama. Check out the story that inspired the show as Michael Sokolove introduces readers to small-town high school teacher Lou Volpe and his innovative drama program at Harry S. Truman High School. Buy it here.

4. ‘The Girls in the Picture: A Novel,’ by Melanie Benjamin

In a time when the world of acting was moving beyond the stage and onto the screen, young writer Frances Marion finds herself immersed in the up-and-coming world of old Hollywood. After she forms a friendship with popular actress Mary Pickford, the two struggle with stardom, love and the barriers facing women during this era. Buy it here.

5. ‘Alex and Eliza: A Love Story,’ by Melissa de la Cruz

Still experiencing “Hamilton” fever? Give yourself permission to indulge in this charming historical tale of the romance between Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. Fans of this book can look for the sequel, “Love and War: An Alex and Eliza Story,” which is set to be released April 17. Buy it here.

6. ‘Nothing Like a Dame: Conversations With the Great Women of Musical Theater,’ by Eddie Shapiro

Celebrate the women of Broadway and their journeys to a life in the spotlight with interviews from theatre legends Audra McDonald, Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, Sutton Foster and more. While some of the conversations are several years old (the book was released in 2015), the insight and stories are still fascinating. Buy it here.

7. ‘Raising the Barre: Big Dreams, False Starts, and My Midlife Quest to Dance the Nutcracker,’ by Lauren Kessler

Lauren Kessler’s journey to rejoin the world of ballet after many years is a testament to all ages that it’s never too late to achieve a dream. Readers are taken behind the scenes of the stage and Kessler’s mind as she tackles the physical and mental work that goes into a performance. Buy it here.

8. ‘Scrappy Little Nobody,’ by Anna Kendrick

There is no denying Anna Kendrick’s vocal talent, so it’s unsurprising to learn that she got her start in theatre. Her best-seller details her early days as a young actress on Broadway and her transition to film. Kendrick is both hilarious and unabashedly honest as she recounts her road to becoming the household name she is today. Buy it here.

Have a theatre read that we missed? Let us know in the comments below...

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1. ‘Hamilton’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=639vfDnhOVw The sleeper hit musical of 2015 may have a feature-length movie coming — although maybe not for some time, as Lin-Manuel Miranda explained to The Hollywood Reporter. Considering the show’s success and resonance with American history, a film version seems inevitable by now!

2. ‘The Book of Mormon’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVJgmp2Tc2s Trey Parker and Matt Stone feel that it is “too soon” for a film version of the hilariously offensive musical, according to IGN, but the duo’s success and fanbase from the “South Park” franchise give this musical a cinematic advantage.

3. ‘Dear Evan Hansen’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nlw8hp_vzec The most recent Pasek and Paul musical about a young awkward teenager has won the hearts of Broadway fans young and old. The success of songs such as “Waving Through a Window” has given the show massive appeal that should inevitably cross over to Hollywood.

4. ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtlcEvPDkfM This Edwardian Britain period comedy might not seem like a first-choice for a movie adaptation, but it might find a home with a more niche studio. Sony Pictures Classics, we’re looking at you!

5. ‘Come From Away’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAa3ncDQxYI This musical, set in Newfoundland shortly after 9/11, is planned to be made into a movie by the Mark Gordon Company, according to Broadway.com.

6. ‘In the Heights’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvVgm4imyj0 Miranda’s other great Broadway show has had a movie adaptation in development for years. However, in light of the recent Harvey Weinstein scandal, Miranda is trying to reclaim the rights to the project, Entertainment Weekly reports.

7. ‘Spring Awakening’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEYV5bNMZVo Since gaining more momentum from Deaf West Theatre’s Broadway revival production, the Sheik/Slater musical was reported in 2016 to be in development with Playtone, Tom Hanks’ company, by BUILD Series.

8. ‘Aida’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psYNVrgid9s Plans to turn the Elton John musical into a film were first announced in 2007, with Beyoncé being considered for Aida and Christina Aguilera as Amneris, according to ComingSoon.net.

9. ‘Something Rotten!’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnvF6A2DCAE There are numerous film adaptations of Shakespearean works, including parodies such as “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.” A film version of the musical comedy “Something Rotten!” would be a welcome gem in the ever-growing Shakespearean vault.

10. ‘Next to Normal’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vd6V287TLQQ This rock musical about a woman struggling with bipolar disorder and hallucinations is one of the more serious/dramatic choices on this list, and might be suitable as an HBO movie.

11. ‘Memphis’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HC18kAT4eV4 The musical takes place in the 1950s Tennessee, when DJ Huey Calhoun becomes one of the first white DJs to popularize black music. After the show’s successful Broadway run and U.S. tour, the Mark Gordon Company announced plans to make the 2010 Tony Winner for Best Musical a feature film, the LA Times reports.

12. ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuGBg-iam2U Film director Fred Schepisi told The Boston Globe in 2014 that Geoffrey Rush, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Barbra Streisand were interested in doing a film version of this Lisa Lambert/Greg Morrison musical, Playbill reports.  We can only imagine the amount of “show-off” a cast like that could carry!

13. ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZthti8hqLU This William Finn musical is a popular choice for high schools and community theatres. Some productions have “Parent-Teacher Conference” performances with one-liners that are too mature for a younger crowd, but this show would fit perfectly if filmed as a comedy targeted at older teens.

14. ‘Movin' Out’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv3-mDl0lCQ With the Hollywood success of “Mamma Mia!” it’s hard to understand why Billy Joel, one of America’s best-loved singer-songwriters, does not have a feature film for his own jukebox musical. No word of a future movie exists, but it’s never too late!

15. ‘Jekyll and Hyde’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4e_TCfmMrw There have been plans to make Frank Wildhorn’s most successful Broadway show into a Hollywood film since 2013, when RP Media bought film-producing rights, according to Playbill.

Which contemporary musical would you want to see become a movie? Let us know in the comments below...

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