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Costume designers far and wide have worked to create some of the stage’s most iconic looks and redesigned them for anticipated revivals. Here are some of our picks for Broadway’s best dresses:

1. Gigi from ‘Gigi’

Vanessa Hudgens was the picture of elegance in Broadway’s recent revival of “Gigi.” It’s hard to choose between the gorgeous classically cut black and white gowns that Gigi dons as she grows up.

2. Lise from ‘An American in Paris’

The simple and sweet polka-dot dress shows its own sass with a swinging skirt and an eye-catching shade of blue. Gorgeous!

3. Natasha from ‘Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812’

Natasha’s empire-waisted white gown is delicate with its lace sleeves, yet glamorous with its embellishments.

4. Anastasia from ‘Anastasia’

It’s hard to choose between all of the dreamy dresses costume designer Linda Cho made for Broadway’s “Anastasia.” Between the stunning navy dress inspired by the animated film to the original bold, red gown created for the show, it’s a royal fantasy come to life.

5. Christine from ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

Christine’s white dress is fit for a diva with its many gorgeous layers and romantic ruffles. It’s definitely a gown worthy of a high note.

6. Lola from ‘Kinky Boots’

Short and sequined, this dress created by “Kinky Boots” costume designer Gregg Barnes is runway-ready and the definition of fierce. Look out, Beyoncé!

7. Glinda from ‘Wicked’

Glinda’s gorgeous cake-topper blue ball gown is likely her most infamous look in the musical, but it’s her svelte school arrival outfit that has us swooning. The tailored, clean lines work well with the delicate ruffles at the bottom of the skirt. Plus, what’s not to love about that adorable hat?

8. Diana Ross ‘Motown the Musical’

Diana Ross is a musical and style icon in “Motown the Musical” thanks to costume designer Emilio Sosa. It’s hard not to be blinded by all of the bling on this fiery gown and ruffled overcoat, giving the appearance of a majestic phoenix gliding across the stage.

9. Anna from ‘The King and I’

Lavender never looked so beautiful in a gown fit for a queen. That ball gown deserves a spin around the room and perhaps its own parade.

10. Roxie from ‘Chicago’

From its choreography to its costumes, there is no musical sexier than “Chicago.” Roxie’s iconic short dress manages to be both sexy and sleek with its long lace sleeves.

11. Dolly from ‘Hello, Dolly!’

It’s no question that this dress is a stunner, but it’s the fantastic headpiece that makes the ensemble. If making an entrance is the goal, this headpiece ticks all the boxes.

12. Ursula from ‘The Little Mermaid’

The creativity and intricacies of this dress make it a piece of art. Octopus legs cascading from either side accompany the figure-hugging dress designed with the appearance of scales. Being bad never looked so good. There are many outstanding frocks created for Broadway stages every year that the Tony Awards really should give them their own category.

Who do you think should be the winner for best dress? Let us know in the comments below...

[post_title] => 12 Of Broadway’s Most Drool-Worthy Dresses [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 12-of-broadways-most-drool-worthy-dresses [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-07-20 00:07:48 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-07-20 04:07:48 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=366155 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 366117 [post_author] => 1840 [post_date] => 2018-07-18 02:39:52 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-07-18 06:39:52 [post_content] => We’ve all been through the living nightmare that is tech week. It’s rough for actors and technicians alike, since no one is getting enough sleep or eating the way they should. And with all the pressure everyone is under, it’s very easy to get burnt out. Use these four tips to get through this crazy week:

1. Schedule Time to Study

Tech week during school can be especially difficult, since you have classes to attend, tests to study for and perhaps a side job you have to show up to. All of these things can be hard to keep up with, and tech week only adds more nuttiness to the mix. The first thing you need to do is explain to your teachers what is going on. Many will work with you to make things easier, especially if they are part of the theatre department. Some may let you turn in assignments earlier or give you a little extra time. Even if they don’t make accommodations, at least let them know what is happening so they’ll understand if you seem a little out of it. Another problem is getting your assignments done. You’ll always have something due during tech week. If you're a member of run crew and have some downtime during the show, bring your work with you and use that time to your advantage. If you’re a stage manager, this can be far more difficult, since you’ll only have time to study when you’re on your breaks. Time management is key here, so if you can get started on your assignments a few weeks before tech week hits, you’ll be in far better shape later on.

2. Get Some Sleep

Between late rehearsals and early days in the shop, sleep is a hot commodity during tech week. With all the stress, you may feel like you have to push yourself to keep going even when your body is begging you to get some shut eye. However, if you don’t take care of yourself now, you could be worse off by wearing yourself out before the show premieres. Even squeezing in a quick, 30-minute nap where you can get it can help you feel better.

3. Eat Healthy

tech week meme, theatre nerds People tend to live off coffee and snacks during tech week, since it can be hard to eat right when you’re running around trying to get all your tasks done. If you only have the chance to munch on small snacks, try getting healthy ones such as fruit, granola bars, protein bars, mixed nuts and fruit juice instead of soda. Yes, you want caffeine to keep you awake, but protein is vital to getting the energy you need to keep going. Drink lots of water, too. You don’t want to wind up dehydrated in the hospital because you didn’t take the time to drink enough. One good way to remind yourself to eat and drink is to set a reminder on your phone from time to time. This will ensure you take care of yourself.

4. Rest When It’s Over

Once you get through tech week in one piece, give yourself some time to wind down. You’ve gone through a successful show run and need to take a breath before launching into your next project. Get some extra sleep, talk to friends who haven’t heard from you in a while and celebrate — you survived tech!

Have any tips for surviving tech week? Share them in the comments below!

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1. ‘Put That Thing Back Where It Came From, Or So Help Me!’ from ‘Monsters, Inc.’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqaHBfBSSuc In the credits of “Monsters, Inc.,” Mike, Sully and the whole company reenact the movie’s story as a musical. It’s quite the scream!

2. ‘Rochelle, Rochelle’ from ‘Seinfeld’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kgpVUE9RpQ In the series’ sixth season, Bette Midler guest-stars to perform in the musical “Rochelle, Rochelle.” After George accidentally injures her in a softball game, her understudy, Gennice, performs in her place. The episode is partially inspired by the Nancy Kerrigan incident.

3. ‘Influenza: The Musical’ from ‘Even Stevens’

https://youtu.be/35cf-38VDtg This episode documents Ren's bizarre school day as she suffers from the flu while trying to keep her perfect attendance record.

4. ‘Eliza Rocks!’ from ‘Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTm9xT9muEo This pop-rock version of "Pygmalion" features Lindsay Lohan's character as a modern-day Eliza Doolittle.

5. ‘Freud! The Musical’ from ‘Friends’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SItUPanOxkk The level of cringe in Joey Tribbiani's musical about the famous neurologist leaves room for its own psychoanalysis.

6. ‘Twinkle Towne’ from ‘High School Musical’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLa__49Ltv4 The musical-within-a-musical contains gems such as "Bop to the Top" and "Breaking Free."

7. ‘LA Bretto’ from ‘Dexter’s Laboratory’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8ldiNdWuek This one-of-a-kind episode in the series is about the famed boy genius' birth and how he created his laboratory.

8. ‘The Nightman Cometh’ from ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR4zefzP7d0 The season four finale features Charlie Kelly writing a musical and casting the main characters in it as an attempt to propose to the Waitress.

9. ‘Oh, Streetcar!’ from ‘The Simpsons’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVmBtNaDXQg In the fourth season, Marge plays Blanche DuBois in a local musical version of "A Streetcar Named Desire," complete with some controversial lyrics about New Orleans.

10. ‘Romeo Must Wed’ from ‘The Proud Family’

https://youtu.be/g14XIi6RdWE Penny and her crush, Kwok, star as Juliet and Romeo in their school play and add a hip-hop twist to the final scene.

11. ’Thomas Edison/Topsy’ from ‘Bob’s Burgers’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypqSHg1YvZA The third season features a musical number that Gene writes about Thomas Edison and the electrocution of Topsy the Elephant.

12. ‘Snow White and the Seven Dorks’ from ‘Saved by the Bell’

fictional musicals, theatre nerds Similarly to aforementioned "Proud Family" episode, the main characters of “Saved By the Bell” make a hip-hop version of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."

13. ‘Helen Keller! The Musical’ from ‘South Park’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6er70-kDu5Q https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6SB2sTbTQI Cartman decides to turn Helen Keller's life story into a musical, with professional actor Jeffrey Maynard surprising everyone by playing the late author-activist herself.

14. ’The Deo Variety Hour’ from ‘Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otwIFTLMusg The Hollywood agent Kip Snip turns Bloo into the new face of Deo, a deodorant brand. However, Bloo sneaks his qualms with Snip into the lyrics of the songs he performs.

15. ‘Mr. G: The Musical’ from ‘Summer Heights High’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u3ql4abG4I Mr. G., a flamboyant and egocentric drama teacher, turns his life story (and a student's drug overdose) into a musical spectacular.

Did we leave out your favorite fictional musical? Let us know in the comments below...

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1. Everything That's Off-Broadway — Literally!

https://youtu.be/dQLeDhTtc9M There are so many performing options in the heart of the Big Apple, so why not take a bite performing in the following types of projects? All this and more exists as performing options when you start to pound the pavement in New York City, and they can be great stepping stones toward landing that coveted Broadway gig. And, if you’re lucky, the work is sometimes great and transfers to Broadway, such as the previous production of “Rock of Ages”.

2. Travel the Country on a National Tour

https://youtu.be/tRcSKdS8FHU All across the country, performers are having the time of their lives as part of national tours. Big musical hits, recent or currently running Broadway musicals and numerous other theatre shows with different audience bases tour the United States all the time. If you love to travel, want to get paid to perform and don’t mind long days and nights on a tour bus, this is a great gig for you.

3. See the World Sailing the Open Seas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubvngzAck84&feature=youtu.be The cast of “Hairspray” on the Oasis of the Seas certainly gave a stellar performance when they had the amazing opportunity to perform at the Tony Awards several years back. Though this may have been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, this video does give an inside look into how cruise ships now offer some of the most elaborate musical revues, cabarets and even shortened versions of recent and currently running Broadway hits. If you are willing to sail the open seas for six months or more (and, not to mention, see the world for free), this is a great place to perform, gain experience and build a hefty financial nest egg.

4. Theme Parks Aren’t Just for Your Inner Kid Anymore!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrxAF9NG8vE It’s safe to say this is an amazing rendition of “Let It Go” from “Frozen Live” at Disney's California Adventure Theme Park. With entertainment ranging from cabarets and musical revues to full-blown production shows, both U.S. and international theme parks are a great place to show off your talent and get paid for it. Keep in mind, this does mean you’ll have to do numerous shows a day, and the turnaround is usually pretty short, but it’s certainly worth it to build your resume. As an added bonus, think of all the fun you can have on your performing breaks!

5. Regional Theatre

https://youtu.be/2_twYpohHK8 Paper Mill Playhouse is one of the best regional theatres in the country. In fact, it was honored with the Regional Theatre Tony Award in 2016! Its previous productions of “Newsies” and “Bandstand” originated here. The “Regions,” as theatre folk like to call it, have some of the best theatre around and often offer productions that rival Broadway. Keep in mind that most seasons consist of a mix of union and non-union talents (whom they job in from auditions held in New York City, Chicago and/or Los Angeles) as well as local performers to round out the cast in their shows. Seasons vary in length and performances, as do pay scales.

6. Summer Stock, Dinner Theatre and Melodramas, Oh My!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_uyq3hjTUU The Muny is one of the oldest and largest outdoor summer stock theatres in the country. Its previous production of “The Wizard of Oz” certainly goes over the rainbow. There are hundreds of summer stocks, dinner theatres and melodramas across the United States, and while much of it tends to be seasonal, it’s a great performing outlet. Keep in mind that each venue is very unique and the skill sets that will get you hired vary greatly. You may work outside, in a fast-paced, barebones environment, in numerous productions at once or gain experience in more avant garde performing styles of the past you would otherwise only read about in a textbook. You can even learn the special skill of waiting tables, should your dinner theatre venue require this type of multitasking. Regardless, it’s all a plus if you’re gaining resume credits and the possibility to perform with some of the big-name Broadway talents who often grace these stages in starring roles.

7. Kid-Friendly Theatre

https://youtu.be/cqapPaKrK5c Theatreworks USA is one of the top companies that produces shows for the younger set, but it is not alone. Theatre for Young Audiences is a huge market and can provide ample opportunities for actors. There are numerous theatres and touring companies that produce this work. If you love to work and/or perform for children and potentially tour the country, this is the gig for you!

8. Corporate America Loves Artists

https://youtu.be/MHXJREGfr24 Corporate theatre, industrials and brand ambassadors are very lucrative work for performers, and depending on what you’re doing, potentially fulfilling as well. It could involve anything from hosting team-building events and conferences to selling products at trade shows or even doing a musical theatre interactive revue, such as The Water Coolers seen in the video above. If your skill set includes the ability to improvise, memorizing large amounts of dialogue and the ability to work a crowd or even alone, this is a great place to keep up your performing skills while raking in the dough. Even if you aren’t on Broadway, there are plenty of opportunities to flex your performing arts muscles. Let us know where you’ve performed in the comments below... [post_title] => 8 Great Performance Opportunities Beyond Broadway [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 8-great-performance-opportunities-beyond-broadway [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-07-03 11:00:59 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-07-03 15:00:59 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=328983 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 300196 [post_author] => 11 [post_date] => 2018-07-02 09:52:34 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-07-02 13:52:34 [post_content] => [viralQuiz id=73] [post_title] => Quiz: Which Jellicle Cat Are You? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => quiz-which-jellicle-cat-are-you [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-07-02 09:52:34 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-07-02 13:52:34 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=300196 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 231168 [post_author] => 1840 [post_date] => 2018-06-28 10:04:31 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-06-28 14:04:31 [post_content] => So here you are, a theatre technician about to enter the wonderful world of summer stock theatre. Let’s be honest, this is probably your first theatre job outside of high school or college. You’re generally far away from home, you don’t really know anyone, you’re working super long hours and you’re starting to learn that professional theatre is very different from high school or college theatre. Having worked in summer stock myself, I’m here to pass on some wisdom to make it easier for those who are just starting out in this field. Here’s my advice:

1. Research Where You Are Going

This is very important. Not only do you need to know about the theatre you’ll be working for, but you also need to know about the city or town you’ll be living in. You won’t have a lot of time to explore once you get there, so it’s nice to research where you can hang out and get groceries ahead of time. Also, check on what kind of weather you’ll be dealing with. How hot does the area get? Is it a different altitude than you’re used to? Does it see any extreme weather? If it’s a new area, you could be facing a lot of crazy changes. You should also look into the theatre you’ll be working at to see the styles and sizes of the shows it typically produces. You never want to be blindsided by these things. For example, I was used to doing smaller shows in a black-box theatre, but my first summer stock theatre produced very large musicals on a stage at least twice the size as the biggest one I’d ever worked on. Had I not researched its past shows and theatre space, I would have been in for a huge shock.

2. Make Friends

One of the best things you can do is make friends with the people you work with. Summer stock can get lonely, and it’s always nice to have at least one person you can hang out with outside of work so you can blow off steam. Also, it’s always a good idea to network in the small world of theatre. You never know who is going to end up where, and it’s always good to make connections in your field. For example, the people I worked with in Georgia had connections with the people I worked with in both Oklahoma and Michigan. These places are thousands of miles apart, but these people had still worked together in the past. The more connections you make, the more jobs you’re likely to get in the future.

3. Be Comfortable

When you’re working long hours, it’s always important to wear comfortable clothes. There’s nothing worse than dealing with tight clothes, itchy tags or being pinched mid-show. Before starting your summer stock position, find a comfortable work wardrobe. Shoes are especially important. It’s best to get something with steel toes so that you don’t hurt yourself if you drop something or a piece of scenery rolls over your feet. Also, try to get something with thick or hard soles, especially if you’re working in a scene shop. Stepping on nails, staples or screws is something that happens way too often, and getting a tetanus shot is never fun.

4. Stay Clean

We’re all friends here, so I’ll be straightforward with you: It’s “summer” stock. That means hot weather, a lot of sweat and a lot of smells. There are some good ways to handle this, though. Keep an extra stick of deodorant on hand and use it whenever you’re on break. It’s not weird, trust me — I do this every summer. Also, keep an extra shirt with you. If you find you’re getting too sweaty, just change. Another thing you should always do is keep up with your laundry and avoid wearing anything that hasn’t been washed. You don’t want to be that guy who avoids doing laundry the entire summer — it’s not good for anyone. Follow the rules, and your colleagues will thank you.

5. Stay Hydrated

I have never worked in a shop for the summer that had air-conditioning. Even in the extreme heat in Oklahoma City, we only had a few fans placed around the shop. So, keep a water bottle with you at all times and make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. This even goes for people who are working indoors in air-conditioning. Odds are, whether you’re inside or outside, you’ll be on the go for most of the day and can easily get dehydrated. I know that as technicians we tend to get busy and forget to take care of ourselves, but remember that the show needs you to be alive and well.

6. Stay Aware of Your Surroundings

Onstage work is fast-paced and can be dangerous if you’re not careful. During summer stock shows, everything can move faster than you’re used to. You may be working long hours and not getting as much sleep as you’d like. No matter what is going on, you always need to take time to keep an eye on your surroundings. Keep an eye out for anything dangerous, such as cords or rope in the grid, tools left on top of ladders or moving pipes.

7. Make a Summer Survival Kit

Every year, I like to put together a few things that will make my summer easier and help me relax in my downtime. My survival kit generally includes some things for work, including a water bottle, a multi-tool, lots of hair ties and extra deodorant, along with things for my downtime, such as a map of the area, sunscreen, insect repellent and my favorite books. What you put in your kit may depend on the area you’re in as well — for instance, it rains a lot in the summer in Michigan, so I’d always keep an umbrella or poncho with me. On the other hand, Oklahoma was very dry, so I always kept lotion and chap-stick with me. It’s always nice to be prepared.

8. Enjoy Yourself

So, cards on the table, summer stock can be tough, but you can also have an amazing time. Go in with a good attitude and expect a challenge. Gain theatre experience and allow yourself to grow as a professional. This is a chance to really experience theatre in a whole new way. You get to meet lots of new people from all over the country who are just as passionate about theatre as you are. And let’s face it, you get some of the best stories from summer stock. Don’t go in assuming you know everything, but be open to learning new things. So, be careful, be confident and take care of yourself, and you’ll nail it.

What advice would you give someone doing summer stock? Let us know in the comments below...

[post_title] => The Theatre Technicians Guide To Summer Stock Survival [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => the-theatre-technicians-guide-to-summer-stock-survival [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-06-28 10:05:36 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-06-28 14:05:36 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=231168 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [10] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 150638 [post_author] => 1280 [post_date] => 2018-06-25 09:24:57 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-06-25 13:24:57 [post_content] => One of the first impressions performers give when walking into an audition is their headshot. A good headshot can make a performer stand out, while a bad one might make them have to stand back. Taking headshots can be a headache, but with practice and the right tips, it becomes easy, efficient and an exceptionally good way to make a fan of the person behind the table when it comes time to make casting decisions. via GIPHY Here are some tips that will help you get the headshots of your dreams:

1. Get Plenty of Rest

via GIPHY They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing! How much sleep you get directly affects skin quality, how makeup sits on your face and whether you have bags under your eyes. Getting rest the night before your headshot session can make a huge difference, as will staying hydrated.

2. Proceed With Caution

via GIPHY It’s always tempting to reach for the trendiest outfit you own in order to make a statement in your shots. Don’t! The best outfit is actually the simplest because the focus should always be on your face, not your fashion. Plain colors are your best bet, especially ones that complement your skin tone and/or eyes. Also, avoid low-cut shirts or bare arms to make the shot easier to crop.

3. Keep It Simple

If you wear makeup, it’s important not to overdo it. The makeup look in your headshots should be as close to your day look as possible. Lean more toward a lighter audition look than a “night out on the town” look so the shots are versatile. If you don’t wear makeup to auditions, don’t feel the need to wear it in a headshot. There should be little to no touch-ups, though, so any blemishes you tend to hide should be covered with makeup instead of Photoshop, even if you don’t wear it outside of shows.

4. Know Your Photographer

via GIPHY Knowing your photographer can make a world of difference. Having someone who knows your best angles and has a similar aesthetic to you will ensure you can use your headshots for years to come.

5. Practice the Pout

via GIPHY It may seem odd, but doing a few practice shots before you head to the shoot is often incredibly helpful. The angles used to take a selfie aren’t the same angles as a shot taken by a photographer. Having a roommate, parent or friend take a few pictures for you beforehand will make sure you know your best angles and faces and increase your confidence behind the camera.

6. The Print Makes a Difference

via GIPHY Make sure to print the headshots out on 8x11 photo paper. There are plenty of places you can print at in bulk, but some may require the photographer’s permission if there is a watermark present. The most professional headshot during an audition is updated and stapled to the back of your resume, with your face out and ready to shine. These tips will boost your headshot game and make you stand out in all the right ways during an audition. Relax, be confident and prepare your pout for your best headshots ever! [post_title] => Ready For Your Closeup? Tips And Tricks For A Perfect Headshot [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => ready-for-your-closeup-tips-and-tricks-for-a-perfect-headshot [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-06-25 09:24:57 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-06-25 13:24:57 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=150638 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [11] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 32627 [post_author] => 1294 [post_date] => 2018-06-22 09:31:54 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-06-22 13:31:54 [post_content] => Things change over time and this isn't more prevalent in musical theatre. 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 ) [12] => 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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1. Format

Theatre tech resume Theatre resumes should only be one page long, with nothing on the back. Begin crafting your resume by putting your header at the top. It should look like this: Below this should be your experience in this specific area: Once you’ve added all your experience in that area, add in your other experiences, such as carpentry, welding or costuming. Whatever your experience is, add it in using the same format. Next, add in your education level: Then, add in awards and honors in the same format and your other skills in their own column: At the very bottom of your resume should be the names and contact information for your three references.

2. Cover Letter

Most theatres ask you to send a cover letter with your resume when you apply for a job. A cover letter is just an overview of your skills and a little bit about why the theatre should hire you specifically. The first thing to remember is that you need to modify the letter for each position, because different theatres are asking for different things. This may sound like a crazy, impossible task, but there’s a secret to it. Write the base for the letter, then fill in the specifics for each job as you go along. It will save you a ton of time.

3. Portfolio

The first thing you need to remember when it comes to building your portfolio is that you need to take pictures of what you’re working on. Take pictures of props as you build them, take process shots of the set you’re working on or take pictures of the lighting effects on the set. You get the idea. However, if you’re a stage manager, you will need to have different excerpts of your call scripts, blocking scripts and research. An easy way to make a portfolio is to just make a PowerPoint with all your pictures. Just make sure to put titles on each page so that the person reading it will know what’s being shown. You need to add in the show name and what the piece is in each picture. It’s also a good idea generally to separate out the shows. Have one piece per page and group pieces from specific shows together. This shows you’re organized and that you have a well-thought-out portfolio.

4. Get an Outside Opinion

It’s always good to get someone else to look at your resume, cover letter and portfolio before you submit them to anyone. Good choices include professors or someone who has written up resumes like this before. If nothing else, have a friend look it over. After writing so much, you may miss some small mistakes that could easily be spotted by someone who hasn’t been staring at it for a long time.

Writing resumes and applying for jobs doesn’t have to be complicated. If you have any tips for resumes, cover letters or portfolios, 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...

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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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For many theatre nerds, our Broadway idols are the performers. We cheer at the fantastic debuts of Ben Platt and praise the win of veterans like Audra McDonald. But still some performers we look up to have not earned the credit they deserved by Broadway's biggest award even if they were critically praised. Maybe the voters were just unimpressed or were the closest of close seconds. These are my 8 choices and I would LOVE to hear your favourites.

[post_title] => 8 Brilliant Performers That Deserve A Tony [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 8-brilliant-performers-that-deserve-a-tony [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-06-10 13:28:42 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-06-10 17:28:42 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=31469 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [18] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 32501 [post_author] => 440 [post_date] => 2018-06-09 09:46:30 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-06-09 13:46:30 [post_content] => Theatre folks love a good love story, both onstage and offstage. While there are some beautiful and lasting love stories, such as Audra McDonald and Will Swenson, there is an equal number that end in heartbreak, such as Sutton Foster and Christian Borle. I’m still not over that one. 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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While some original cast members remain active in New York’s theatre scene, others have more massive projects while welcoming more accolades. Here’s what the original Broadway cast of “In the Heights” has been up to, 10 years later:

1. Lin-Manuel Miranda:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jehrbUGdlE Undeniably the most successful original cast member, Miranda’s biggest triumph since was writing the hit musical “Hamilton,” which won 11 Tony Awards. He also received an Oscar nomination for writing music for “Moana” and is starring in the upcoming film “Mary Poppins Returns.”

2. Karen Olivo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFJfBUz8gp4 After winning a Tony Award in 2009 for playing Anita in “West Side Story,” Karen Olivo performed in numerous Off-Broadway shows and co-starred with Miranda in the Encores! production of “Tick, Tick...Boom!” She will star in the pre-Broadway production of “Moulin Rouge” this summer in Boston, according to TheaterMania.

3. Mandy Gonzalez

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TB2Tp1IcoQQ After finishing her run as Nina, Mandy Gonzalez played Elphaba in “Wicked” and released her debut solo album last year. She has also collaborated with Postmodern Jukebox and is currently playing Angelica Schuyler in the New York production of “Hamilton.”

4. Olga Merediz

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKJaJCPccGc Since earning a Tony nomination for playing Abuela Claudia, Olga Merediz ha made several guest/recurring appearances on shows such as “Orange Is the New Black,” “Law and Order,” “Shades of Blue” and the short-lived sitcom “Saint George.”

5. Christopher Jackson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uV4UpCq2azs After finishing his run as Benny, Christopher Jackson earned three Emmy nominations and won one for his work on “Sesame Street.” He also received a Tony nomination for his role in “Hamilton” and won a Grammy with the rest of the “Hamilton” cast. He currently plays Chunk Palmer on the CBS drama “Bull.”

6. Andréa Burns

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiUXkUgqH98 After originating the role of Daniela on Broadway, Andréa Burns starred in the New York premiere of Douglas Carter Beane’s play, “The Nance.” She also originated the role of Gloria Fajardo in the musical “On Your Feet!” and has guest-starred on “Jessica Jones.”

7. Janet Dacal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iyxr0YPJKpI Janet Dacal played Carla in the Off-Broadway production and continued the role when it transferred to Broadway. After, she originated the role of Alice for the Tampa, Houston and Broadway productions of “Wonderland.” She also performed in the Broadway revue “Prince of Broadway” last year.

8. Priscilla Lopez

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yjVfLnMO9s A Broadway veteran since 1967, Priscilla Lopez performed the role of Camila from 2008 to 2011. In 2014, she performed for a month in the Broadway revival of “Pippin.” Earlier this year, she starred with Ingrid Michaelson, Annie Potts and Bebe Neuwirth in the film “Humor Me.”

9. Robin de Jesús

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnsU92KvKBI After playing Sonny in the Off-Broadway and Broadway productions, Robin de Jesús  received a Tony nomination for his performance. He earned another Tony nomination for playing Jacob in the 2010 Broadway revival of "La Cage aux Folles." He played Boq in “Wicked” from 2014 to 2016 and is now starring in the Broadway premiere of “The Boys in the Band.”

10. Carlos Gómez

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHHrhnmpmMk After playing Kevin in the Broadway production, Carlos Gómez had a regular role on “The Glades” and a recurring role on “Madam Secretary.” In 2016, he starred with Daphne Rubin-Vega ("Rent") and Samira Wiley ("Orange Is the New Black") in the play "Daphne's Dive," written by "In the Heights" co-writer Quiara Alegría Hudest.

11. Eliseo Roman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqTmthEoUh4 Since his turn playing the Piragua guy, Eliseo Roman has starred in the original Broadway casts of “Leap of Faith” and “On Your Feet!” He recently reprised his role as the Piragua guy in the Kennedy Center production of “In the Heights.”

12. Seth Stewart

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foM_hYaYwAE After originating the role of Graffiti Pete, Stewart was a dancer in the film “Friends With Benefits” and the TV show “Smash.” Aside from being a backup dancer for Madonna and Jennifer Lopez, he was also Daveed Diggs’ understudy for  Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson in "Hamilton." [post_title] => ‘In the Heights’ Original Broadway Cast: Where Are They Now? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => in-the-heights-original-broadway-cast-where-are-they-now [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-06-19 18:27:56 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-06-19 22:27:56 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=32444 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [20] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 32249 [post_author] => 1307 [post_date] => 2018-06-03 05:20:24 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-06-03 09:20:24 [post_content] => June 10 is the day that all thespians have been waiting for: The 72nd Annual Tony Awards! But before the big night, Which "Best Musical Award" Nominee are you? Take this Quiz to find out! [post_title] => Quiz: Which 2018 Tony's Best Musical Nominee Are You? [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 ) [21] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 31357 [post_author] => 736 [post_date] => 2018-06-01 12:04:32 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-06-01 16:04:32 [post_content] => Are you dying to show your talents to the world but lack the money to host a performance? Here are five performance work hacks that require little to no money:

1. Collaborate

When you collaborate with others, you have a lot of minds, strengths and talents working to create something great. Collaboration also makes things way more affordable, since any cost can be split among those participating. So, get together with your friends and start making some performing magic!

2. Use Technology

Most people now have a cell phone, laptop/computer or iPad (and if you don’t, you can borrow one from your local library or a family member). Record yourself using the video or audio feature of your device, then use a free app to edit clips together into a video, audio track or other creative project that shows off your unique talents. The greatest part here is that you won’t spend a dime!

3. Social Media

Whether you’re singing, reciting a monologue, appearing in a short movie or performing in a recital, upload your video or audio recording to YouTube, SoundCloud and any other free, applicable social media sites. You’ll get great exposure without shelling out any money.

4. Karaoke or Open Mics

With just a bit of research online, you can find local places that offer open mic nights or karaoke that caters to almost every taste and age bracket. Go show off your pipes and record your performance to later share with the world. Can’t find one you like? Start your own! Visit local community centers and restaurants to see whether you can start a new weekly tradition.

5. Charitable Organizations

All over the world, charities, community and senior centers, hospitals and more are in need of talented performers to volunteer their time to entertain members, patients or fundraiser attendees. This is a great opportunity to try out new material in a nurturing environment, feel fulfilled for your art and give back to the community.

Have any other ideas for performing on a budget? Let us know in the comments below...

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All of the innovators started with a good idea or at least a glimmer of one.  Often, their idea was for a need they had themselves, but couldn’t find in the existing marketplace. Just like you. You had a good idea to follow your dreams to become an actor. And I know you have a lot of people who don’t get this ‘acting thing’ you’re doing. Or maybe you haven’t made the jump yet because you think it sounds cocky to claim you want to be an actor.   People might think ‘What makes you so special?” right? Or maybe... that voice is actually yours.  And it’s called fear. Even Kate Spade admits she often broke down, sobbing "Who am I to think I can start my own company?" You may be thinking the same thing. Who are you?  I’ll tell you who you are. You’re someone who has a dream and who isn’t going to let anyone stop you from going for it. And if you fail or decide to take a different path at some point, no one (especially you) can say you didn’t try.


Before being “Kate Spade”, Kate Brosnahan was a accessories editor at Mademoiselle magazine and obviously knew the fashion industry well.  So when she decided to make her own handbags, she knew exactly what she didn’t want to do. She didn’t want to be like anyone else which meant turning the classic brown and black leather handbag industry on its head. You want to stand out, too, but it’s hard to know exactly how to differentiate yourself. Guess what? You don't actually have to DO anything.  You just have to be YOU. You need to know exactly what makes you tick and why you make the decisions you do. I believe it’s all about knowing your strengths so that you’re confident in what sets you apart and how those qualities make you unique and unstoppable. Leaning into those strengths will be integral to your success.


This industry is tough, I know.  But you’re going for it anyway.  And you’ll continue to keep at it even when you’re not booking as much as you'd like. Sara Blakeley of Spanx couldn’t find a manufacturer willing to help her.  Someone finally took a chance on her because he was impressed by Sara's tenacity and excitement for her product. Nolan Bushnell of Atari knew he could only realistically create 50k Atari consoles for his first Sears order.  But in a burst of confidence, Bushnell told the Sears representative he could produce 75 consoles, and the rep gave him an order for 150k. And Bushnell rose to the occasion and delivered. Kate Spade couldn’t find any fabric in small enough quantities to make her first handbag, but finally found a seller of burlap in the yellow pages. It was a move of desperation, but that fabric was exactly what got everyone’s attention.


Failing doesn’t mean not booking. Failing means not trying. If you don’t try, you’ve automatically “failed”, so what’s the worst that can happen? Sara Blakely took two years to get someone to believe in her. She also said, “It’s important to be willing to make mistakes. The worst thing that can happen is you become memorable.” Indeed.


Lara Merriken says,  “It was actually great that people questioned me and wondered why I was doing what I was doing... it made me dig in more and recognize that I really did want to do it, that I didn't need to get approval from anybody... I had found something that was important to me, and I just could not be stopped.” JK Rowling took Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to 12 publishers before one took a chance on her. And even after Kate Spade’s sales were doubling and tripling, Kate and her husband, Andy, considered shutting it all down. They still weren’t sure the business was going to work and they had tons of debt.  But as Andy said about the business at that time,”...I had to believe in it.” If you don't believe in yourself, who will? Keep going, despite the odds. And don’t let anyone steal your dream. [post_title] => What Kate Spade Can Teach You About Acting [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => what-kate-spade-can-teach-you-about-acting [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-06-06 03:59:27 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-06-06 07:59:27 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=32178 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [23] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 31421 [post_author] => 440 [post_date] => 2018-05-22 10:21:51 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-05-22 14:21:51 [post_content] => Mention the word “theatre,” and the first cities that come to mind are London and New York. However, there is another city with a vibrant theatre scene tucked away to the north. Thriving metropolis Toronto, home to the CN Tower and Drake, boasts and arts and culture scene that is sure to add some dramatic flair to any vacation.

Here are some suggested stops for theatre enthusiasts visiting Toronto:

The Second City

Comedy fans can enjoy a hilarious (and reasonably priced) evening of sketches at famed locale The Second City. This stage has seen greats such as John Candy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara and Dan Aykroyd. Who knows, you might just catch a soon-to-be star on the verge of their big break.

Historic Theatres

Toronto’s entertainment district is home to several historic theatres, including the Ed Mirvish Theatre, the Princess of Wales Theatre and the Royal Alexandra Theatre. These theatres host shows direct from Broadway, and some even offer guided tours upon request.

Canada’s Walk of Fame

See some of Canada’s most prominent stars on Toronto’s version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, including Ryan Reynolds, Margaret Atwood, Michael J. Fox, Rachel McAdams and Donald Sutherland.

Massey Hall

The historic Massey Hall is a heritage site that has played host to a few legends in its time, including George Gershwin, Igor Stravinsky and Oscar Peterson. Book a tour of the venue or check out box office listings for upcoming live shows.

Toronto International Film Festival

Heading to Toronto in September? Check out the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Take in a film, enjoy a host of events taking place or join in on star-gazing as celebrities descend upon the city.

Escape Room at Casa Loma

A grand castle in the heart of the city, Casa Loma is a sight to behold in its own right. But in addition to gorgeous grounds, it also offers tourists the option for mystery and intrigue with its series of theatrical escape rooms, complete with actors, props and a puzzle to solve.

Canadian Arts Companies

Fans of the various branches of the arts have a buffet of choices, including the famed National Ballet of Canada, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company. Audiences can enjoy an evening of creative expression from world-class performers in the heart of the city.

Fringe Festival

A summertime favorite, the Toronto Fringe Festival showcases up-and-coming talent at venues across the city. Claiming to be the largest theatre festival in Ontario, the event keeps things affordable with low-priced tickets and free performances.

Young People’s Theatre

The family-friendly Young People’s Theatre has been a part of Toronto’s theatre scene for over 50 years. The theatre offers a selection of shows every season for a range of age groups, from young children to high school students. It also runs drama school programs for young actors year-round.

Shakespeare in High Park

From June to September, tourists and locals flock to beautiful High Park for an enchanting evening of theatre under the stars in Shakespeare in High Park. Audiences can enjoy one of Shakespeare’s famous works presented by contemporary theatre company Canadian Stage, which is marking its 30th season this year.

Bonus: Shaw Festival and Stratford Festival

So, these aren’t exactly in Toronto, but they’re definitely worth the trip outside of the city. Take a drive to historic and oh-so-adorable Niagara-on-the-Lake and catch a show at the Shaw Festival. Or, hop on a direct bus to the Stratford Festival to enjoy a musical or play. Adventure awaits in this trip within a trip! See the sights and soak up the culture, all while checking off another city on your theatre-themed bucket list.

Know of a theatre-themed activity in Toronto that we missed? Let us know in the comments below...

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