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

1. ‘Memory’ from ‘Cats’


2. ‘Rose’s Turn’ from ‘Gypsy’


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


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


5. ‘I’m Here’ from ‘The Color Purple’


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


7. ‘Back to Before’ from ‘Ragtime’


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


9. ‘Cabaret’ from ‘Cabaret’


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


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


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

[post_title] => 11 Of Our Favorite 11 O’Clock Numbers For Women [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 11-of-our-favorite-11-oclock-numbers-for-women [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-06-20 11:57:13 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-06-20 15:57:13 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=55717 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 2 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 32589 [post_author] => 1294 [post_date] => 2018-06-15 19:37:58 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-06-15 23:37:58 [post_content] => I changed the name because it fits better and now people won't get mad at me for not including one specific musical. But anyway, the 70s, is the decade most know for starting the contemporary musical, so which is the best? [post_title] => Rank the Best Musical Winners of the 70s! [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => rank-the-best-musical-winners-of-the-70s [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-06-15 19:38:43 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-06-15 23:38:43 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=32589 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 32531 [post_author] => 395 [post_date] => 2018-06-12 09:57:38 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-06-12 13:57:38 [post_content] => Everywhere you look, it seems like people are rising up and standing for what they believe in. And with movements such as #MeToo and March for Our Lives being headed by leaders both strong and brave, we thought we’d take a look at some prominent Broadway characters who saw something wrong with the world and took a stand against it.

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

1. Elphaba from ‘Wicked’

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

2. Jack Kelly from ‘Newsies’

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

3. Nala from ‘The Lion King’

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

4. Enjolras and the Students from ‘Les Misérables’

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

5. Ren McCormack from ‘Footloose’

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

6. Tracy Turnblad and Motormouth Maybelle from ‘Hairspray’

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

7. Perchick from ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

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

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

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

9. Bobby Strong from ‘Urinetown’

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

10. Esmeralda from ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’

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

11. Melchior from ‘Spring Awakening’

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

12. Matilda and the Revolting Children from ‘Matilda’

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

13. Jackie and Tony Elliot from ‘Billy Elliot’

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

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

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

1. ‘Plain and Fancy’

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

2. ‘Pipe Dream’

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

3. ‘Of Thee I Sing’

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

4. ‘Where's Charley?’

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

5. ‘Conversation Piece’

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

6. ‘The Body Beautiful’

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

7. ‘Knickerbocker Holiday’

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

8. ‘Call Me Madam’

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

9. ‘Little Mary Sunshine’

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

10. ‘I'd Rather Be Right’

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

11. ‘Roberta’

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

12. ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’

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

13. ‘Billion Dollar Baby’

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

14. ‘Rosalie’

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

15. ‘Fanny’

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

16. ‘Carnival in Flanders’

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

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

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There is a risk anytime we foray into the dating world, but it’s even greater if you, as the expression goes, “poop where you eat.” So, if you are considering seeking romance in a stage setting, you may want to weigh the positives and negatives. Here are some of the pros and cons of dating a fellow member of the theatre: Pro: You can play the songs from your new show repeatedly, and while they may want to rip their ears off, they are more likely to understand. via GIPHY Con: An overabundance of feelings. All. The. Time. via GIPHY Pro: Someone will understand the pressure of Tech Week and the insanity it causes, so they won’t just think you’ve turned into a mental case. via GIPHY Con: There can be an underlying sense of competition that creeps in when one of you scores a leading role and the other doesn’t. via GIPHY Pro: You can rehearse your scenes and discover your characters’ motivations together. via GIPHY Con: You both spend a lot of time on something that may not make you any money at the end of the day. The struggle will be very real. via GIPHY Pro: They are less likely to get jealous watching you in a romantic scene with someone else. via GIPHY Con: Jealousy. Yes, this can also be a con. It is hopefully just acting, but sometimes you can’t help it when you see your partner being romantic with someone else. Unfortunately, feelings aren’t always logical. via GIPHY Pro: You can talk about the show ad nauseam and they won’t just stare at you blankly. via GIPHY Con: You may find yourself cast in different shows and on opposite schedules, so it can be difficult to find time for each other. via GIPHY Pro: You get to watch each other be brilliant onstage. It’s as much a proud moment as it is a turn-on. via GIPHY Con: Weekend and sometimes holiday unavailability. via GIPHY Pro: You can support each other through the marathons that are auditions. It’s always nice to have a partner who can double as a cheerleader and a coach. via GIPHY Con: Fights can quickly spiral given all of the dramatic potential in the room, especially if one or both of you are capable of crying on cue. via GIPHY Pro: Very little fazes you both. Changing in front of strangers? Piece of cake. Swearing? Heard it all. Dirty humor? You could write a book. via GIPHY Con: There’s no separation of church and state, especially if you are in the same show. You are together A LOT. And it can be hard to separate your personal life from the show. Issues from the theatre can get dragged home. via GIPHY Whether the relationship ends up being the love of your life or goes up in flames faster than dry grass in the dead heat of summer, you will hopefully have discovered a new part of yourself along the way. So take your shot, explore and find someone who sets your heart on fire as much as being onstage does. Have you ever dated someone in the theatre? What are the pros and cons? Let us know in the comments below! [post_title] => Pros And Cons Of Dating Someone Else In The Theatre [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => pros-and-cons-of-dating-someone-else-in-the-theatre [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-06-20 13:34:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-06-20 17:34:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=32501 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 32444 [post_author] => 391 [post_date] => 2018-06-07 10:08:35 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-06-07 14:08:35 [post_content] => From its earliest version in 1999 to its Broadway debut in 2008, “In the Heights” has made audiences around the world exclaim, “Wepa!” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s precursor to “Hamilton “ revolves around a largely Latin American community in Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood. 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 ) [7] => 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 ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 31525 [post_author] => 736 [post_date] => 2018-05-21 09:33:07 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-05-21 13:33:07 [post_content] => We have already highlighted our favorite 11 o’clock numbers for women, so now it’s time to showcase some of our favorite tunes for men! Whether they’re about about lost love, unrequited dreams or just reacquaint us with the story at hand, these numbers make us cheer and certainly leave us humming the tune for years to come. Here are 11 of our favorites:

1. ‘Being Alive’ from ‘Company’


2. ‘Gethsemane’ from ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’


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


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


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


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


7. ‘Betrayed’ from ‘The Producers’


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


9. ‘Your Eyes’ from ‘Rent’


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


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


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

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1. ‘Every Little Step’

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

2. ‘ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway’

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

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

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

4. ‘Broadway Idiot’

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

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

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

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

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

7. ‘Life After Tomorrow’

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

8. ‘The Standbys’

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

9. ‘Hamilton’s America’

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

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

[post_title] => 9 Of Our Favorite Broadway Documentaries [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 9-of-our-favorite-broadway-documentaries [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-05-18 09:21:08 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-05-18 13:21:08 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=31513 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [10] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 31437 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-05-16 10:00:44 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-05-16 14:00:44 [post_content] => Recently, the heavens opened and Barbra Streisand’s most recent tour, “Barbra: The Music ... The Mem'ries ... The Magic!,” hit Netflix. To celebrate this momentous occasion, here is a musical number performed by Queen Streisand for each day of the week. Watch and bow down.

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 ) [11] => 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.


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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

1. Chew the Scenery

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

2. Break a Leg

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

3. Booked It

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

4. The Show Must Go On

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

5. Wait in the Wings

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

6. Strut Your Stuff

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

7. Think on Your Feet

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

8. A Tough Act to Follow

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

9. Get the Show on the Road

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

[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 ) [16] => 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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