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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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Monday: ‘Don’t Rain on My Parade’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aO3Gb5mkwTc Because we all need this confidence and sunshine on a gloomy Monday, amiright?

Tuesday: ‘New York State of Mind’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVJiuXmZfpk Okay, so you got through Monday and you’re ready to slay Tuesday. Hunker down and get that work done while in a New York state of mind.

Wednesday: ‘People’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-8gn6vGu_w Happy humpday! You’re either loving life or ready for this week to end. If it’s the latter, you’re probably thinking *sigh* people.

Thursday: ‘The Way We Were’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnTwTazfLWE By this point, you’re probably ready for a hot bubble bath while reading a romance novel and listening to this classic tune (we see you, Mrs. Wheeler from “Stranger Things”). Plus, this is the perfect #throwbackthursday song.

Friday: ‘Happy Days Are Here Again’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFVxX3RtyhQ TGIF. Happy days really are here again!

Saturday: ‘Anything You Can Do’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98-QT7VRdQE The weekend is finally here, and you’re on top of the world! Anything anyone can do, you can do better. (Also, would a Melissa McCarthy duet really be appropriate any other day of the week? We think not.)

Sunday: ‘Put On Your Sunday Clothes’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzMost-1AlA Obviously.

Which Barbra Streisand song is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below...

[post_title] => Here Are 7 Barbra Streisand Songs To Get You Through The Week [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => here-are-7-barbra-streisand-songs-to-get-you-through-the-week [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-05-16 10:00:44 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-05-16 14:00:44 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=31437 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 31536 [post_author] => 440 [post_date] => 2018-05-14 10:02:19 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-05-14 14:02:19 [post_content] => Listen to any actor interviewed about their road to success, and you’ll see no two actors have the same story. When it comes to show business, there is more than one way to do most things. But like any skill, success is only partly based on talent. Learning, practice and hard work are just as important to achieving any goal. And these days, learning comes in a variety of forms, not just a classroom.

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

[post_title] => What It Feels Like To Get Obsessed With A New Musical [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => what-it-feels-like-to-get-obsessed-with-a-new-musical [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-05-04 09:45:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-05-04 13:45:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=31388 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 31412 [post_author] => 440 [post_date] => 2018-05-03 10:30:58 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-05-03 14:30:58 [post_content] => It’s time for our third and final installment of this series on coordinating a school production. If you missed Part 1 or Part 2, be sure to circle back and check those out. If you have reached the stage where you are so sick of listening to the same lines and are hearing the songs in your sleep, you are likely nearing showtime. Here are 13 important things to remember when moving into production:

1. Gather Volunteers and Delegate

via GIPHY It takes a village to raise a production, and the more people in your village, the better. From your backstage crew to creating the cast board, there is a job for everyone. As you get closer to the performance date, a lot of small tasks will pop up, and it’s impossible to do everything yourself. Delegate the jobs to various individuals and check in with your team regularly to ensure tasks are getting done on time.

2. Meet With Your Team

via GIPHY Gather your creative and production team and review what needs to be on their to-do lists. Have clear timelines for when tasks should be completed, and insist they stick to it as closely as possible. Run through your script and make a list of all props and costumes needed for each scene, down to the smallest item. Several weeks before the show, do an inventory of which props and costumes still need to be made or acquired.

3. Final Schedules

Outline all final rehearsal dates and times, and distribute the schedule to all cast and crew members in advance. Final schedules should include:
  • When all cast members are off book
  • Costume fittings
  • Hair and makeup trials
  • Building/striking the set
  • Dress rehearsals
  • Tech rehearsals
  • Show dates

4. Organizing Backstage

Your stage managers, costume assistants and stagehands should be in charge of organizing your backstage area. Meet with them and map out where all props and costumes will be kept, as well as the location of dressing rooms. Props need to be arranged by scene, and the area where they are kept should be organized and labeled. Have a list posted of the props for each scene and a sketched layout of the stage with each set piece and prop in its place. This helps if new members join the crew and are unfamiliar with the show. Hang up and store costumes on clothing racks backstage to avoid wrinkled fabric and keep costumes looking pristine between shows.

5. Organizing Onstage

Have the stage floor marked for placement of set pieces and spots where actors need to remember to stand. Walk through all these markings with the backstage crew so there’s no confusion during run-throughs.

6. Cues, Cues, Cues

It’s essential to have copies of the script with cues written in for your lighting crew, sound crew, curtain operators and stage manager. Have each copy clearly labeled, along with a master copy for yourself in case any of the scripts are lost.

7. Back Up Your Backups

You need to be ready for anything during a production, so backups are vital. Examples include batteries, flashlights, bobby pins, mic tape and safety pins. Survey your crew and production team, then compile a complete list of what you need to purchase.

8. Confirm All Orders

via GIPHY Any orders you made for costumes and tech will need to be confirmed a few weeks before the show. When calling, check about pick-up dates and times, rental costs and drop-off costs, and ask for an itemized list of your order. Verify these details with members of your team before they pick up any rented items. When items arrive, check they are in good working condition and call for replacements if there are issues.

9. Microphone Allocation

via GIPHY If you have enough wireless microphones for your entire cast, you’re incredibly lucky. Many school productions don’t have enough wireless mics to go around, so you’ll need to schedule who will use each mic in each scene. Ensure there is enough time for actors to hand off microphones, and post the microphone list in various places backstage, including dressing rooms.

10. Advertising

Every successful show needs an audience, and if you want butts in seats, you need to advertise. Assign a team to create hype for your show. Generate interest with flyers, announcements, a write-up in the school newspaper, show T-shirts worn by the cast and crew and performances of various scenes or musical numbers in high-traffic areas, such as the cafeteria. Get the word out in advance of ticket sales and throughout the run of the show.

11. Ticket Sales

via GIPHY With teacher supervision, assign a team to sell tickets for various performances. Keep the price reasonable to make it more enticing and affordable for students. Ensure the tickets for each show are numbered to avoid overselling. Consider having a weekday daytime performance before your show’s official run and invite other local schools. It’s a great way to test out the show and ease into performances.

12. Printing the Program

via GIPHY A month from your first performance, have a mock-up of the program done. If you’re unsure of what to include, search for a few examples online. Have the cast and crew review the mock-up to avoid misspelled or forgotten names. Check in with your administration to find out whether they’d prefer outsource the job or print and copy the program in-house. If changes are required after the program is printed, put the change on slips of paper and stuff them inside the programs.

13. Hair and Makeup Trial

via GIPHY Not familiar with stage hair and makeup? YouTube has a ton of useful tutorials. Or, better yet, ask for help. Make an announcement requesting student volunteers a month in advance, or consider asking for assistance from staff. It’s a good idea to try out hair and makeup before dress rehearsals. It will give you an indication of how early cast members need to arrive before a performance and allow you to make changes to different characters’ looks. No matter how prepared you think you are to put on a show, there were always be unexpected bumps that crop up along the way. Try to be flexible and roll with it when things changed. Chances are, everything will work out in the end, and the audience won’t have any idea of the rocky road you all traveled together to get to opening night. Ultimately, the most important thing you can do is enjoy the experience. There will always be things to learn and improve upon, but the fun memories are really what stick with you. Break a leg!

What tips would you give someone organizing the final stages of their school production? Let us know in the comments below...

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1. Annie in ‘Annie’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e28DLl49vFQ Whether singing “Tomorrow,” dancing with the other orphans or giving some cute love to Sandy the dog, this spunky, red-haired orphan is the centerpiece of “Annie.” Andrea McArdle, Sarah Jessica Parker and more got their start starring in this beloved role.

2. Oliver in ‘Oliver!’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYRi1F5lDnw Another titular role, orphan Oliver spends the show looking for a home and encountering the shenanigans of the Artful Dodger, the clever Fagin and the down-and-out Nancy. Our hearts and minds will forever remember him asking if he can have some more and singing “Where Is Love?”

3. Mary Lennox in ‘The Secret Garden’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlWOCwHU2fI Based on the beloved children’s book by Frances Hodgson Burnett, “The Secret Garden” centers around Mary Lennox leaving her home in India to live with her uncle, Lord Archibald Craven. After finding an overgrown garden behind the house, she and others in the house bring the garden and those around her back to life. Mary’s beautiful songs and heartfelt scenes really pull at the heartstrings. Daisy Eagan, who played Mary in the original Broadway company, was the youngest person to win the Tony Award for her portrayal at 11 years old. The show is set to be revived in the 2018–2019 Broadway season, and we can’t wait! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fln3pQ4og68

4. The Von Trapp Children in ‘The Sound of Music’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n49O9dLBbyw We love every kid role in the “Sound of Music” because the show fits so many young performers like a glove. It’s no wonder it’s been revived so many times around the world. The Von Trapp roles represent a wide variety of voice types, abilities and dynamic personalities.

5. Dorothy in ‘The Wizard of Oz’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Nfm4oF-Co0 Dorothy, the leading lady in the iconic “The Wizard of Oz,” is a coveted role for young female performers everywhere. Imagine not only getting to sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” not leaving the stage for the entire show and performing the role alongside a live dog playing Toto. While there has never been an official Broadway production, it has been on tour and in theatres around the world.

6. Young Nala and Young Simba in ‘The Lion King’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3ezXi_TSdM The first act of “The Lion King” revolves around young Nala and Simba as they encounter evil hyenas and Scar and  play in the jungle. Any young performer would love the opportunity to interact with puppets, sing the fun, “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” and perform alongside larger-than-life characters.

7. Winthrop in ‘The Music Man’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjP2O9Qe4Ek Winthrop may be a secondary lead in “The Music Man,” but when this young boy sings the memorable song, “Gary Indiana,” audience members inevitably fall in love with him. This role needs only minor training, making it a great start for young boys who want to try their hand onstage.

8. Charlie Bucket in ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_tAXHw5whk Charlie may not sing too many tunes in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” but the action certainly centers around him. Any young performer would love experiencing the antics of traveling through Willy Wonka’s factory, flying in the bubble machine and interacting with the zany characters in this show.

9. Chip in ‘Beauty and the Beast’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4TVqQA6p3w This chipped teacup in “Beauty and the Beast” warms everyone’s heart throughout the show. This role requires minimal singing and no dancing required, as it’s just the actor's head that is visible. Fun fact, Nick Jonas played this role on Broadway!

Have you played any of these memorable roles? 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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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...

[post_title] => Theatre Nerds Book Club Spring Picks [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => theatre-nerds-book-club-spring-picks [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-04-20 08:43:46 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-04-20 12:43:46 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=31364 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [18] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 31337 [post_author] => 391 [post_date] => 2018-04-18 09:26:17 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-04-18 13:26:17 [post_content] => The 21st century has had its fair share of successful musical movie adaptations, including “Chicago, “Mamma Mia!” and “Les Misérables.” Future adaptations for “Wicked” and “American Idiot” have also been confirmed for the near future. With the advent of original movie musicals such as “La La Land” and “The Greatest Showman,” we are living in an exciting time for musical movies. Here are 15 contemporary musicals we feel would make excellent movies, with contemporary meaning Broadway premieres from 1997 onward:

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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Spitting Removes Blood

via GIPHY This may sound gross, but if you catch someone getting cut and then bleeding on a costume, have them spit on it and then rub gently. It will come right out. Please note that this is a remedy for small stains or drops of blood. For larger bloodstains (or if this completely grosses you out), just use a little hydrogen peroxide or soak the garment immediately in hot water before washing it right away with detergent.

A Razor Is a Handy Pill Remover

via GIPHY If a garment is starting to pill, get a cheap razor and rub it gently over the fabric to take the bumps right off.

Vodka Cures Odors

Vodka is the natural smelly fixer-upper. Put some in a spray bottle, and spray on anything that needs to be refreshed (armpits are a great place to start). Let the clothing dry before you let someone wear it again — you don’t want anyone to smell like a liquor cabinet.

You Can Use Baby Wipes to Remove Stains On the Go

When it only takes two wipes.
Remove stains by gently rubbing non-perfumed baby wipes on the garment.

Hairspray Takes Away a ‘Kiss’

via GIPHY Well, not literally. But if an actor gets any lipstick on a white starched collar, just spray hairspray on it until it’s moist, let it seep into the fabric and then rub gently with a wet cloth. Rubbing alcohol works, too. Also, hairspray is great for stopping runs in stockings and tights, as well as avoiding static cling.

Dryer Sheets Do Away With Deodorant Stains

Have a nasty white deodorant mark on your shirt? Take a dryer sheet to it. Rub gently, and it will come right off. A baby wipe will also work.

Sharpie Your Shoes

via GIPHY Got marked-up shoes you can’t use shoe polish on? Clear up any scuff marks and stains by just using a Sharpie marker (or fabric/shoe paints). Sharpies come in an array of colors and can help make shoes look as good as new. Use these tips to keep your costumes in tip-top shape, no matter what emergency befalls them.

What secrets can you share about taking care of costumes? Let us know in the comments below...

  [post_title] => Broadway Wardrobe Dresser Secrets Revealed [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => broadway-wardrobe-dresser-secrets-revealed [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-04-10 10:30:48 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-04-10 14:30:48 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=31081 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 4 [filter] => raw ) [22] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 31058 [post_author] => 391 [post_date] => 2018-04-09 09:49:19 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-04-09 13:49:19 [post_content] => While Broadway shows get most of the New York City spotlight, the Off-Broadway scene is just as exciting — if not more. Off-Broadway shows tell more niche, high-art stories, and some of them (“Hamilton” and “Dear Evan Hansen, to name a few) are lucky enough to transfer to Broadway venues. Others, such as “Heathers” and “The Last Five Years,” inspire cult followings while creating names for up-and-coming stars.

Here are 16 upcoming Off-Broadway shows we think will win the hearts of theater-goers:

1. ‘Mary Page Marlowe’ by Tracy Letts

Emmy-winning actor Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) will be found in the Off-Broadway premiere of a recent play by the author of “August: Osage County.” Maslany is one of five actors who will portray Marlowe at different points in the character’s life. Previews begin June 19.

2. ‘Yerma’ by Federico García Lorca

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVwX8HIU8XU Starring Billie Piper (“Doctor Who,” “Penny Dreadful”), this Simon Stone production of García Lorca’s play is transferring to New York. The play is about a childless mother desperate to have children. Previews began March 23.

3. ‘The Confessions of Lily Dare’ by Charles Busch

This comic melodrama is about a convent girl-turned-cabaret singer who then heads a string of brothels. It plays April 4 through April 29.

4. ‘The Metromaniacs’ by David Ives

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsdzeB13NA4 When a poetry craze strikes Paris in 1738, aspiring poet Damis falls for the mysterious Meriadec, who turns out to be a man. Previews begin April 10.

5. ‘Miss You Like Hell’ by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Erin McKeown

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ocii-UBe0rg Daphne Rubin-Vega (“Rent”) plays a mother and an undocumented immigrant who is on the verge of deportation. This show opened on March 20.

6. ‘Mlima’s Tale’ by Lynn Nottage

Directed by Jo Bonney, this play is about a Kenyan elephant that is trapped in the worldwide ivory market. Previews began March 27.

7. ‘One Thousand Nights and One Day’ by Jason Grote and Marisa Michelson

This reimagining of “The Arabian Nights” examines Middle Eastern identity through a contemporary lens. It opens April 4.

8. ‘Pass Over’ by Antoinette Nwandu

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW_FHrzzq_c A crossover between the Exodus story and “Waiting for Godot,” this play premiered last summer in Chicago. Previews begin June 2.

9. ‘Regretting Almost Everything’ by Lauren Taslitz and Danny Ursetti

Contemporary musical theatre/cabaret icon Jeff Blumenkrantz and gang return to Feinstein’s/54 Below for the NYC premiere of a musical that looks at middle-age life. It opens April 12.

10. ‘The Seafarer’ by Conor McPherson

Sharky, an alcoholic, returns home to live with his blind brother, Richard. When old friends reconvene with them for Christmas Eve, eternal consequences commence. This Off-Broadway revival stars Matthew Broderick (“The Producers”) as the mysterious Mr. Lockhart. Previews began March 30.

11. ‘Secret Life of Humans’ by David Byrne

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBnOaI93P3w The grandson of Dr. Jacob Bronowski discovers his grandfather’s secrets, echoing six millions years of history. Previews begin June 5.

12. ‘Sugar in Our Wounds’ by Donja R. Love

James, a slave, and his family take in a brooding stranger who starts a romance with James. Previews begin May 22.

13. ‘Summer and Smoke’ by Tennessee Williams

Starring Barbara Walsh (“Falsettos”) and Hannah Elless (“Bright Star”), this Off-Broadway revival of Williams’ play is about a Mississippi minister’s daughter and her relationship with the neighborhood doctor. Previews begin April 11.

14. ‘This Ain’t No Disco’ by Stephen Trask, Peter Yanowitz and Rick Elice

This new musical from composer Stephen Trask (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”) is about a group of drifters and dreamers trying to find their place in New York City nightlife in 1979. Previews begin June 29.

15. ‘Unexpected Joy’ by Bill Russell and Janet Hood

This new pop-rock musical is about three generations of female singers and their long-held tensions while meeting up in Cape Cod. Previews begin April 24.

16. ‘Daybreak’ by Joyce Van Dyke

Set across three eras, two female friends recount how they survived the Armenian genocide. Previews begin April 21.

What Off-Broadway shows are you excited for this season? Let us know 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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