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1. ‘Not For the Life of Me’ from ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’  

https://youtu.be/_t_USy4f3WI “Clap-a-your hands, just-a-because don’t you know that where I am ain’t where I was,” Millie sings as she rips up her ticket back to her hometown after landing in New York City in pursuit of a rich husband. This song is all about new starts and not looking into the rearview mirror after making a major decision.

2. ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ from ‘The Wizard of Oz’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSZxmZmBfnU Dorothy sings this classic song before she’s blown away from Kansas to Oz.

3. ‘How Far I’ll Go’ from ‘Moana’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPAbx5kgCJo Sometimes you’re lucky enough to know what you want from the world, but there’s something standing in your way of having it. Moana sings this song about her yearning for the sea, even after her chief father and the rest of the village prevent her from going after her dream. This is perfect if the voice inside of you sings a different song from what’s expected.

4. ‘Corner of the Sky’ from ‘Pippin’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZAXpH6Jt5c If your New Year’s resolution was to get a better grasp on who you are and where, exactly, you belong, this song from “Pippin” is perfect.

5. ‘Roxie’ from ‘Chicago’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-_HTUapDQo Okay, so maybe you shouldn’t be aiming to give up your humdrum life in exchange for homicidal infamy this year, but if you’re looking for fame in 2018, this ditty from “Chicago” is a sultry tune to sing along to.

6. ‘Let Me Be Your Star’ from ‘Smash’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQwmnn8oarg Channel your inner Marilyn and leave Norma Jean behind as you become a new you.

7. ‘When Will My Life Begin?’ from ‘Tangled’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoOgkup04f4 You don’t have to be locked in a tower with nothing but your long locks to appreciate wanting to kick-start your life in the new year.

8. ‘Santa Fe (Prologue)’ from ‘Newsies’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK6RYkxXsjk In this version of the song, we are first introduced to Jack Kelly’s desire to hit the road and escape to Santa Fe to find a life worth living.

9. ‘Proud of Your Boy’ from ‘Aladdin’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX4YR3ItBsw Cut from the movie version of “Aladdin” but included in the musical, this song is great for those who have resolved to make their parents proud in the new year.

10. ‘The Impossible Dream’ from ‘Man of La Mancha’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3g-T46ja95s “This is my quest, to follow that star, no matter how hopeless, no matter how far,” sings Don Quixote, beautifully capturing what it’s like to chase a dream that seems out of reach.

11. ‘Out There’ from ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb5OGU8I04U Sometimes, all you want is one day that is different from the rest, like Quasimodo and his desire to leave his cathedral home.

12. ‘If I Were a Rich Man’ from ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBHZFYpQ6nc Dance wackily along with Tevye if you want this new year to be filled with bigger paychecks.

13. ‘Sal Tlay Ka Siti’ from ‘The Book of Mormon’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSIvDrHQUWY Sung by Nabulungi, this song represents her longing to escape from her village in Africa to go to Salt Lake City, even if she doesn’t fully understand what that entails.

14. ‘Reflection’ from ‘Mulan’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVoUywos0-E This song is a great reminder that you can’t sacrifice your individuality in order to please other people.

15. 'Good Morning, Baltimore’ from ‘Hairspray’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLaM1d383eg Dance your way around any obstacles that get in your way as you follow your passions.

16. ‘Purpose’ from ‘Avenue Q’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5glOLjR7VK4 Jam along with Princeton if you’re spending this year wondering what your purpose is.

17. ‘The Wizard and I’ from ‘Wicked’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WL7FlC1m92c Listen to this song to remind yourself that your future is unlimited!

18. ‘My Shot’ from ‘Hamilton’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEHKBckBcr4 This year, don’t throw away your shot at glory — instead, smash every expectation that comes your way.

19. ‘Skid Row’ from ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0kSBiu1IGk In this song, both Seymour and Audrey sing about how stuck they feel in Skid Row and how badly they want to get out.

20. ‘Belle (Reprise)’ from ‘Beauty and the Beast’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruPHsgcrEL0 This song is perfect if you’re determined to have more adventures in 2018 in the great wide somewhere.

21. ‘Journey to the Past’ from ‘Anastasia’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4htofsf_Bo Though the placement of this song changes between the original movie and the musical, it still perfectly encapsulates Anastasia’s desire to find her family and finally know where she comes from.

22. ‘Something’s Coming’ from ‘West Side Story’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xu7sRdRrm_w Tony’s not quite sure what’s around the corner before he meets Maria, but he has a feeling that it will be something good — or even great.

23. ‘I Have Confidence’ from ‘The Sound of Music’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PX9SIQdCjs If you’re off to new things this year, take your cue from Maria Von Trapp and have confidence in yourself!

24. ‘Go the Distance’ from ‘Hercules’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZUd0qNIGJA When his godlike strength gets him in trouble once again in his hometown, Hercules vows to travel as far as he needs to go to find where he belongs in the world.

25. ‘Part of Your World’ from ‘The Little Mermaid’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNEsobRv83w In this song, Ariel longs to explore that shore up above after falling in love with Prince Eric, even though her father disapproves.

Which “I want” songs inspired you this year? What are your New Year’s resolutions? Let us know in the comments below...

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Chris Rice (‘Book of Mormon’)

Chris Rice book of mormon dance, theatre nerds The Importance of Your Outfit: Whatever you wear, I would make sure you feel confident in it. You are booking the job, not your clothes. That said, you want to make sure you are showcased in the best way possible. I never recommend dressing in costume, but dressing in the world of the character isn’t a bad idea. Don’t show up in a floor-length gown if you are auditioning for “Next to Normal,” but choose something flattering that makes you feel confident.

Danny Gardner (‘Crazy for You’)

Go-To Dance Audition Outfit: My go-to dance audition attire is lululemon slacks, a black T-shirt and, depending upon the audition, a button-down. The Importance of Your Outfit: I like wearing slacks to an audition because in my mind, that’s what you’ll probably be wearing in a show. But, whatever makes you feel confident and looking good, go for it!

Jack Mastrianni (‘A Christmas Story’)

Dance auditions, theatre nerds, broadway dance Go-To Dance Audition Outfit: I’ll usually wear a colored V-neck shirt from lulu (they are presentable but have a lot of give), jazz pants and a dance belt. Then, depending on the call, jazz shoes, character shoes, sneakers, etc. The Importance of Your Outfit: Colors matter! The brighter, the better — you have to grab their attention from the start.

Kelly Swint (‘Love Never Dies’)

Kelly Swint (‘Love Never Dies’) Go-To Dance Audition Outfit: I take into account many variables when choosing my outfit (how the outfit makes me feel, which type of character I’m going in for, how old the character is, the style/era of the show, etc.). That being said, I almost always wear a black skirt and my tan LaDuca heels! I usually get creative with the style of shirt I’m wearing as long as the top still allows for casting to see the line of my body. The Importance of Your Outfit: What I wear to an audition 100 percent has an effect on my performance. I’ll give an example to help show my point. I got into a dance call for the musical “Gypsy.” Although I could fit in as a Hollywood blonde, I was gunning for Dainty June because it’s a role I think I’d be great for. So, I show up to the call with my hair in literal pigtails, a bright-pink sports bra, a little tennis skirt and these ridiculous character heels I have (from a past show) that are bright pink with bows on them. In my head, I was like, “Nailing it.” Long story short, the call ended up being solely for the three strippers in the show. Yup. Not only was Dainty June already cast, but they weren’t even looking for Hollywood blondes. So there I am looking like an actual second-grader trying to feel all sexy and mature while doing a striptease. Nightmare! Advice: Feeling good during the audition is the most important part of auditioning. Do whatever you can to help you get in the mindset of the show without compromising who you are.

Andrea Dotto (‘Bandstand,’ ‘Mary Poppins’)

Andrea Dotto (‘Bandstand,’ ‘Mary Poppins’) Go-To Dance Audition Outfit: My go-to combination is a wrap skirt (I can play with it while I dance, and they are flattering for any shape) and a crop top. I work hard for these Broadway arms! I gotta give them some airtime! The Importance of Your Outfit: You have to wear something that you feel totally comfortable in. If you are busy adjusting your outfit, you could be missing valuable information from casting or creative. Seek out an outfit with a hint of your own personal style. Don’t hit them over the head with your extra-special authenticity, but leave them curious about who you are and what you do. The “It” factor should come across in your look and your performance.

Barbara Jo Bednarczuk (‘War Paint’)

Dance audition, theatre nerds Go-To Audition Outfit: I love a classic leotard and tights look with LaDucas when the style of the show leans in that direction. For something more modern and pedestrian, I go with a cropped legging, tank and sneakers. The Importance of Your Outfit: When I feel comfortable in what I’m wearing, I’m much more comfortable in the audition room!

What do you typically wear to dance calls? Let us know in the comments below...

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Supply list:

Small Clock-available at target for $4 or your local thrift store
White acrylic paint
Alphabet stickers-1 inch (any color you'd like! We used gold)

Instructions:

Welcome back to another Theatre Nerds DIY. In this tutorial we will be making a Seasons of Love clock from one of our favorite musicals-Rent! To create this Rent clock, you will have to start by getting a clock. You can purchase one at either target or your local thrift store. If the face of the clock has numbers on it, you will need to remove the backing and separate the pieces. Once you have done that, take your white acrylic paint and begin to cover the face of the clock. It may take a couple coats so go ahead and use a hairdryer to speed up the process until it is completely white and dry. After you have completed this step, take your 1 inch alphabet stickers and begin to write out your message. Starting at the top, begin with mapping out "525,600". Following that, start at where the 9 would be located and begin to place the letters down to write out "seasons of love". Once that is complete, finish your Rent clock by centering the word "minutes" between the hands of the clock. After all of your lettering's have been place, go ahead and place the glass and backing back on your clock and you are all finished! Just pop in some batteries and you got yourself your very own Rent clock! Thank you for joining us for another fun Theatre Nerds DIY. Please leave any comments below letting us know what you would like to see next. Until next time, happy crafting! 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Last year brought about an even greater firestorm of issues than 2016, and it was hard to argue that society as a whole had not become divided. The question became, how did we let things get so far? But as we push forward into a brand-new year, the question must evolve into, how can we bridge the divide and heal through understanding? The arts have long been a platform for opening the conversation around charged topics. In the ‘90s, Jonathan Larson humanized the AIDS epidemic that had long occupied news stories and created an atmosphere of fear in his musical, “Rent.” Those labeled by the stigma surrounding the disease now had a voice and a chance to be seen as people, rather than statistics. More recently, society has been experiencing the “Hamilton Effect.” Whether you live for “Hamilton” or are sick of hearing about it, its role as a catalyst in changing the narrative is undeniable. Lin-Manuel Miranda has made a name for himself in bridging the societal divides and connecting audiences. Giving voices to those typically left out of the history books reminds us that each story comes with many faces and perspectives. Before “Hamilton” claimed its record wins, the previous year’s Tony Awards saw “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” win Best Play. The show is delivered through the view of young Christopher, giving a glimpse of what life is like for those on the autism spectrum. The audience members experience events from Christopher’s perspective and are forced into moments that are both uncomfortable and eye-opening, such as the sensory overload Christopher experiences in overstimulated daily environments. In a similar vein, this year’s smash hit, “Dear Evan Hansen,” shone a light on social anxiety disorder and the question of how we connect in this digital age. Part of what has won audiences is Evan’s endearing and relatable nature as he struggles to find his place in the world. These examples are only a small fraction of shows that have pushed past the boundaries of comfortable to deliver a powerful message and create a space for open dialogue. Engaging in new work, encouraging emerging audiences and diverse voices and supporting arts programming in our education systems are just a couple of ways to begin this process. Now more than ever, as others pull back from critical conversations, it’s up to the arts to fill that void. To create more opportunities for each of us to find a moment of connection in someone else’s story. To understand the past and the common thread of issues that still run through our present. To question and challenge what is — or was — viewed as the norm. And to continue to tell and experience stories — everyone’s stories. 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London is one of the theatre capitals of the world! This made it very surprising to me that I couldn't find a single source on the internet to find fun theatre-related things to do when I visit. Therefore, I present to you: Theatre Things to do in London Apart from Seeing a Show!  

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[viralQuiz id=65] [post_title] => Can You Defy This 'Wicked' Lyric Quiz? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => can-defy-wicked-lyric-quiz [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-01-10 14:40:44 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-01-10 19:40:44 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=27906 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 27898 [post_author] => 736 [post_date] => 2018-01-09 10:03:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-01-09 15:03:00 [post_content] => When choosing a theatre-related major, you might think that your options are limited to the standards. However, there are many types of performing arts degrees out there if you love the theatre but want to take it in a unique direction. Here are five performing arts degrees you might not know about and where you can pursue them:

1. Music Direction

[caption id="attachment_27900" align="alignnone" width="800"] performing arts schools, performing arts degrees, circus degree[/caption] Only two schools in the United States have this unique MFA program. Learn the skill of music direction so you can conduct an orchestra on Broadway, in regional theatres or tours across the country. Make sure to visit Penn State and the University of California, Irvine for more information on their programs.

2. Circus Skills

Circus skills degree, circus degree, degrees circus Currently, the National Institute of Circus Arts in Australia is the only school in the world that grants this degree (a BA or MFA). This unique degree gives you the skills to fly high, hula-hoop and much more. Run away with the circus, or use your skills to get hired in a Broadway show or at a regional theatre. With shows like “Pippin” earning acclaim, more and more productions are combining the aerial and circus arts into their productions these days.

3. Theatre Arts Management

Whether you want to start a theatre company, run one or be a company manager for a Broadway or national tour, this is the degree for you if you’re interested in arts administration. Check out University of the Redlands for an undergraduate degree, or Columbia University, Brooklyn College, Yale University and NYU for master’s programs.

4. Music Business

This degree teaches you everything about the music business. With this degree, you could manage artists and bands, produce albums and even start your own record label. Check out Billboard’s list of the top 15 music business schools here .

5. Sound Design

At most schools, you can get a degree in scenic, costume or lighting design, but sound has been a trade long learned on the job. Now, with the advancement of equipment and ever-changing technology, you can go to school to learn this business. About a dozen schools offer this with either a certificate, bachelor’s degree or master’s degree. Check out a few:

What are you currently studying, and where? Let us know in the comments below...

[post_title] => Five Performing Arts Degrees You Didn't Know Existed [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => five-performing-arts-degrees-didnt-know-existed [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-01-09 10:03:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-01-09 15:03:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=27898 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 3 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 27881 [post_author] => 7 [post_date] => 2018-01-08 10:54:12 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-01-08 15:54:12 [post_content] => It’s so fetch, you guys! Tina Fey’s long-awaited musical adaptation of “Mean Girls” opens up this spring on Broadway, and from what we can tell, audiences are in for a treat! It’s not surprising — the original film has become an iconic movie, with phrases such as “She doesn’t even go here!” and “Whatever, I’m getting cheese fries” being known by practically everyone. But let’s be honest: You can’t have “Mean Girls” without the meanest, baddest, most fabulous queen bee out there. One of Broadway’s best talents, Taylor Louderman, is currently sashaying into the role of Regina George. At only 26, Louderman has already made a great name for herself as a performer. Meanwhile, we’re just over here stress-eating kalteen bars to see whether she’ll get a Tony nomination for the role next year. Yes, the Tonys are pretty far away, and the anticipation has me getting ahead of myself. In the mean (girls) time, until the musical transfers to Broadway in the spring, here are some of our favorite Louderman videos that shows how amazing she is:

1. Louderman as Sandy in ‘Grease’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tgq_JNHGUQ Regina has a sweet side, right? Either way, Louderman’s performance as Sandy in “Grease” at The Muny is quite perfect. Sure, she’s great at playing Sandy’s innocent side, but when she dons that leather and lights that cigarette, there’s no denying her performing excellence!

2. ‘Brave/Roar’ Mashup at Feinstein’s/54 Below

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=818lp7ZqsRw You’ll love listening to Louderman roar — sorry, belt — this mashup of Sara Bareilles’ “Brave” and Katy Perry’s “Roar.” We’re pretty sure Regina will have some high-belting moments in “Mean Girls,” and this video assures us the score is definitely in good hands.

3. ‘When Will My Life Begin?’ at the the Broadway Princess Party

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoOgkup04f4 When will your life begin, Taylor? Hmm, probably when you slay on Broadway. Louderman is no stranger to the Broadway Princess Party, and her rendition of “When Will My Life Begin?” from “Tangled” is one of our favorites.

4. Dueting with Derek Klena for the Broadway Princess Party

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P09olOA5EII Yes, this is another “Tangled” cover here. But seriously, how could we not include this duet of “I See the Light” between Louderman and Broadway favorite Derek Klena? Hey, maybe Klena would be a good replacement for Aaron Samuels after he finishes his current run in “Anastasia.” Just sayin’.

5. ‘The One That Got Away’ at Broadway Loves Katy Perry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlXGXRI0dPU Hey, Broadway! Do us a favor and never let Louderman get away, okay? Not even for a big movie deal, because the Great White Way is where she belongs. This cover of “The One That Got Away” is the perfect mix of emotional and outstanding vocality.

6. ‘The History of Wrong Guys’ from ‘Kinky Boots’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wu7MeAEy7Hw We’re sure Regina George has dated some bad guys in her past, just like Louderman’s character Lauren in “Kinky Boots.” Don’t worry, we all have a past. Just hope yours doesn’t end up in the Broadway Burn Book.

7. Channeling Lady Gaga With Her ‘Mean Girls’ Costar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZsE4l1-Sbo This one may be from 2013, yet somehow the universe knew Louderman and “Mean Girls” costar Ashley Park were meant to share the same stage. Watch them slay this cover of “Poker Face” before you see them on the Great White Way together this spring.

8. Showing Her Emotional Side With ‘Gone’ by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qu9pyVBPZ-8 In this performance of “Gone” by Heisler and Goldrich, Louderman shows that emotional heartfelt side we know Regina George has deep, deep, deep, deep down.

9. Comedy Excellence in This Comedic Sketch of ‘Life of an Actress: The Musical’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zVpsiAWWis It’s impossible to not break out laughing during this video of “I Wish Was SAG: Life of an Actress the Musical.” It’s funny, it’s brilliant and Louderman sounds simply marvelous. Also, that brown-haired wig? We’re obsessed.

10. Bring on More ‘Bring It On’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdehFSDhLOQ Louderman’s big break was in Broadway’s “Bring It On,” so we had to include this clip of the show’s Tony Awards performance. We’re not sure how much tumbling Regina will be doing, but either way, good to know she could!

11. Soaring in ‘Peter Pan Live!’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEtwkIn9xTQ Louderman wowed audiences in NBC’s “Peter Pan Live!” as Wendy, so this video was a must-add. Of course, she sounds beautiful showing her soprano side, but that outfit? We can’t get enough. Talk about glamorous!

12. Oops, She Did It Again!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1sSjkQM_W0 While the quality of this video might not be the best, Louderman sure is! Her cover of Britney Spears’ “Oops, I Did It Again” is sassy, sexy and downright fabulous. It’s also a pretty perfect way to wrap up this list and amp up our anticipation for “Mean Girls!”

What’s your favorite Taylor Louderman moment? Let us know in the comments below...

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1. Adam from ‘The Mad Ones’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61EL69OZSlY Formerly known as “The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown,” this musical is about Samantha, a high school valedictorian who tries to navigate life after high school. Adam, her boyfriend, wants to elope with her and start a new life together.

2. Luke from ‘Next Thing You Know’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5dK3jsNODw In this Salzman-Cunningham musical, Luke is a playboy who has no plans to settle down — until he unexpectedly finds love.

3. Percy Jackson from ‘The Lightning Thief’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hV1lpw8cUsg In this show, based on the Rick Riordan novel of the same name, Percy Jackson is a teenager who discovers that he is a demigod.

4. Jervis Pendleton from ‘Daddy Long Legs’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x93m4MyDNMo Jervis is a socially awkward philanthropist who provides for the college education of Jerusha, an orphan.

5. Will from ‘Glory Days’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPk6dcZZ8rM A year after their high school graduation, Will and three of his friends reunite to catch up, though things don’t go quite as smoothly as planned.

6. Austin Bennett from ‘I Love You Because’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RC6rEIloLgs In this show, based on Jane Austen’s novel “Pride and Prejudice,” Austin has an on-and-off relationship with Marcy.

7. Tiernan from ‘The Pirate Queen’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj1Vzj9tYXc The love interest and friend of the pirate Grace O’Malley, Tiernan is a sailor who loves her in spite of her marriage to Donal, who is from a rival clan.

8. Flick from ‘Violet’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIqcTBfqv7o Flick is a black sergeant who meets Violet on a bus trip to Arkansas.

9. Sammy Kimura from ‘Allegiance’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSCODw-uzFw Sammy joins the U.S. Army in World War II after doing time in a Japanese internment camp.

10. Frank from ‘Far From Heaven’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvPkjQ4ae4A Frank Whitaker is an upper-class New England citizen who has been having a gay affair behind his wife’s back.

11. Jack the White Knight from ‘Wonderland’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6fwH1MTHM8 In an updated version of “Alice in Wonderland,” the White Knight promises to save Alice and is a representation of Alice’s ex-husband.

12. Jesse Tuck from ‘Tuck Everlasting’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDrQvtP2w9k Jesse is Winnie’s love interest and comes from a family who is immortalized by a special drinking water.

13. Randall from ‘Bring It On: the Musical’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Znk-DC9D53I Randall is a school DJ who starts a relationship with Campbell and tells her to view her life in the long run.

14. Jasper from ‘Jasper In Deadland’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QPsUnhQjAY The main character of Ryan Scott Oliver’s 2014 Off-Broadway musical, Jasper is a 16-year-old who travels into the seven circles of Deadland to save his friend, Agnes.

15. Bud from ‘Urban Cowboy’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gO0l_8y7mfs Bud is a cowboy who moves from West Texas to Houston to work in the city’s oil industry.

16. Jack Singer from ‘Honeymoon in Vegas’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfLmtU80B-k Jack and his girlfriend, Betsy, elope to Vegas where Tommy, a gambler, tries to steal Betsy from Jack.

Did we leave out your favorite overlooked recent tenor role? Let us know in the comments below...

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1. Do Your Homework

When auditioning for a play, a good practice is to do research about the show in advance by reading the show, looking at the author’s work and connecting with the characters. A college audition is no different! Researching each school ensures the program is the right fit for you so you don’t waste your time or the school’s.

2. Come Prepared

https://img.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeed-static/static/2015-12/9/6/enhanced/webdr08/anigif_enhanced-12745-1449661316-18.gif?downsize=715:*&output-format=auto&output-quality=auto Preparation beforehand will save you from embarrassment later. Know what they want you to have ready, and make a checklist of the things you need for each audition, such as your headshot, sheet music and phone. Be prepared for the worst-case scenario and make backup copies of your materials. It might seem excessive, but you’ll be happy to have the extra copies if the need arises.

3. Selection Is Key

Well-selected literature is just as impressive as your performance. If you have a piece you know you’re great at, use it! However, be wary of choosing monologues online or picking from a popular play or musical. Although it isn’t bad to have the same selection as other hopefuls, choosing something interesting and different will make you stand out. Going to your local or school library and checking out plays and librettos you haven’t heard of is the best way to find something memorable.

4. Dress to Impress

Never neglect your outfit. The first impression you give is when you walk into a room before you even start. Your appearance shows your professionalism and respect for the program. It also lets the school get a feel for who you are. Dress appropriately and in a way that is unique to you.

5. Be Confidently You!

The last and most important tip is to be confident and be yourself. The audition team wants to see what makes you different and why that uniqueness is a valuable asset to their program. Perform with confidence and like you’ve already made it in. And be sure to say “Thank you” when you’re done. These are a few of many suggestions that will ensure you’re prepared for college auditions. Be confident, stay persistent and happy hunting! Let us know your best college audition tips in the comments below... [post_title] => How To Ace Your College Audition [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => how-ace-college-audition [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-01-04 23:09:57 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-01-05 04:09:57 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=27861 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [10] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 26845 [post_author] => 1020 [post_date] => 2018-01-02 21:15:11 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-01-03 02:15:11 [post_content] => Will you die or dine in style? [post_title] => Quiz: Plan A Date With A Musical Murderess And We'll Tell You If She Kills You [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => plan-date-musical-murderess-well-tell-kills-you [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-01-02 21:17:04 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-01-03 02:17:04 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?post_type=snax_quiz&p=26845 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => snax_quiz [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [11] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 27841 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-01-01 22:37:51 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-01-02 03:37:51 [post_content] => It’s that time again. ‘New Year’ means ‘New Netflix’ with the announcement of the streaming services’ January arrivals and departures. According the full list of updates published on Huffington Post, the first month of 2018 won’t be bringing any wild changes to Netflix’s Broadway Musical game -- which means you’ll have more time to seize the day with “Newsies.” This January, we’re bidding adieu to “Grease” and “Chicago,” and preparing to sing along to these available musicals:

‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’

Get ready to hum the sweet tunes of “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket” and “Pure Imagination” beginning January 1! Netflix is kicking off the new year with the arrival of the 1971 classic movie starring Gene Wilder. Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory plays Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre through January 14.

‘Newsies’

musicals on netflix Not every musical movie is actually set on a stage, but this high-energy show is taped inside a theatre. It’s chock-full of amazing choreography and features original members of the Broadway cast. This Netflix watch is about as close your couch can get to sitting in a New York City theatre.

‘Shrek the Musical’

In similar fashion, we’re happy to report you can still stream this fairy tale of ogre-ish proportions. It brings the hilarious 2001 movie to life starring big Broadway names such as Brian d’Arcy James and Sutton Foster.

‘Beauty and the Beast’

Musical theatre costumes, halloween musical theatre She really is a funny girl, that Belle! The live action film featuring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens became a new Netflix addition this fall. While this version may differ from the theatrical productions of “Beauty and the Beast,” it still includes iconic tunes such as “Be Our Guest” and “Something There.” It’s the perfect movie musical when you need a little Disney magic.

‘Anastasia’ 

While this Russian royal currently graces the Great White Way, she also reigns on Netflix in this beloved 1997 animated feature. Rom-com queen Meg Ryan lends her voice to Princess Anastasia, with actor John Cusack voicing cartoon heartthrob Dmitri. Pregame for your trip to the Broadhurst Theatre with this musical masterpiece.

‘The Last Five Years’

Theatre Nerds, Netflix Musicals Experience a modern tale of love and loss featuring Broadway’s own Jeremy Jordan and Hollywood starlet Anna Kendrick. “The Last Five Years” touches on relatable relationship issues and showcases heartfelt songs (penned by Jason Robert Brown”) that you’ll be humming all day long.

‘High School Musical’

Get your head in the game for a new semester by relieving this melodious Disney Channel original. We know you know all of the choreography...Go Wildcats!

‘White Christmas’

Musicals Netflix, Theatre Nerds, Best Netflix Musicals The holidays may be over, but Bing Crosby’s voice transcends all perception of time. Plus, if there’s still snow on the ground you can feel no shame!

‘Prince of Egypt’

The 1998 Dreamworks film made its World Premiere stage debut in California earlier this year. The movie features songs by Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked,” “Pippin,” “Godspell”) and a score by Hans Zimmer (“Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Interstellar,” “The Dark Knight,” “Inception”). Before it garners a few Tony nominations, this Academy Award-winning movie should make it to your Netflix List. Need we say more?

‘Moana’

“Hamilton” might not be on Netflix (we can dream, right?), but you can stream Disney’s ‘Moana’ featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical penmanship. Warning: You just might find yourself belting “How Far I’ll Go” for the rest of the week.

‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’

Theatre Nerds, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Okay, we know this isn’t exactly a movie, but it is on Netflix! If binge-watching a TV show is more your speed, check out this brilliant series created by and starring Rachel Bloom. It’s chock-full of hilarious musical numbers and peppered with some pretty meaningful life lessons. You may also like: 4 Hilarious Musical Theatre-Inspired Moments On ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’

Have a favorite musical on Netflix? Share in the comments below…

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Here are nine reasons to be inspired by Alan Menken:

1. He Didn’t Let Early Struggles Stop Him

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/content/dam/theatre/2016/06/10/Menken_&_Ashman-xlarge_trans_NvBQzQNjv4BqZunJ7jklJSUP1EKV_r0qiYIvKz9SWqtU-hbKzx4ciBo.jpg Menken is the epitome of hard work. After he graduated from college, he spent the early years of his career slugging away in New York, working a variety of jobs as an accompanist, writer, composer and arranger, with limited success. Menken told The Sydney Morning Herald, “It was just survival. ‘What the hell am I going to do?’ I’d grab at opportunities.” In spite of his early struggles, he never gave up. It was until several years later that he finally earned a big win with his stage musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” which was later adapted into a feature film.

2. He Doesn’t Let Fame and Opinion Affect Him

https://images.bwwstatic.com/upload9/383085/tn-500_13883641_h18224850.jpeg A firm believer that public opinion does not determine success, Menken has proven time and time again that the most important thing an artist can do is create. Menken told The Hollywood Reporter, “All you can do is put your work out there and move on; you just never know what will come. When ‘Newsies’ first came out, it just crash-landed with a thud; it won a Razzie for worst song of the year, and I felt such embarrassment. Fast-forward, and it’s a hit on Broadway and I win a Tony for the score! I feel sorry for people who hang onto their triumphs or get obsessed with their failures. It’s just such a waste of energy.”

3. He Revived the Disney Musical

http://cdn4.thr.com/sites/default/files/2010/11/alan_menken_pink_2010_a_l.jpg In the late ‘80s, Disney invited Menken and his collaborator, Howard Ashman, to write the music for “The Little Mermaid,” Disney’s attempt at reviving the animated musical. But the doubters were out in full force. Menken told NPR, “I can’t tell you how many people said to me, ‘Ugh, man, take a powder. Nobody takes animated musicals seriously.” Nevertheless, Menken and Ashman persevered with the project, jumpstarting the animated musical genre and a very successful decade for Disney.

4. He’s Conquered Film and Stage

http://www.helenmaybanks.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Beauty-and-the-Beast-01.jpg While the musical usually comes before the movie, Menken has done the opposite, seeing the films he composed be brought to life again on the musical theatre stage, with hits such as “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Newsies” and “Aladdin.” His consistent output has given him the opportunity to work in both areas, including providing additional new songs for various adaptations of his work.

5. His Full Trophy Display

https://www.oscars.org/sites/oscars/files/styles/ceremonies_media_std_default/public/1995_02_music_menken_schwartz.jpg?itok=_fdp8zpQ Menken has won Oscars, Grammys, Golden Globes and a Tony Award, among his other accolades. He’s had countless nominations and holds the record for most Academy Award wins for a living person. Impressive doesn’t even begin to cover it.

6. He Believes in Collaboration

https://theentertainmentnut.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/mu5.jpg?w=479 Over the years, Menken has collaborated with some of music’s best, including Ashman, Tim Rice and Stephen Schwartz. Even with all his achievements, he enjoys collaboration for the opportunity to garner constructive criticism. Menken told Billboard, “I prefer to write face-to-face in the room. I want the feedback, where’s the title, the exposition, the architecture of the song.” Menken is currently in talks to work with Lin-Manuel Miranda on a live-action adaptation of “The Little Mermaid.”

7. He Made Musicals Accessible to an Entire Generation

http://www.smh.com.au/content/dam/images/g/q/0/o/e/z/image.related.articleLeadwide.620x349.gq5o6v.png/1468580464237.jpg Disney’s big-screen success brought musicals to an entire generation of kids growing up in the ‘90s who might not have otherwise been exposed to musical theatre. “Beauty and the Beast” producer Don Hahn told the The Sydney Morning Herald, “Look at this amazing generation of millennials now who grew up seeing those movies, probably dozens, if not hundreds of times on VHS cassette. Those are the people who are flocking now to ‘Hamilton’ and watching televised musical specials. There’s resurgence of interest in musicals that I think is due in no small part to Howard and Alan and the craft and brilliance of those songs in those movies.” His reach stretches far and wide, including recent Disney composers Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who cite Menken as an inspiration for their work on “Frozen.”

8. He Overcame Tragedy

http://media.vanityfair.com/photos/58b6fe81bdd6845b753b55b2/master/w_690,c_limit/QYqTWsL.png Riding the waves of success with Disney, Menken was struck by tragedy in 1991 when his collaborator and friend Ashman died. “Beauty and the Beast” was set to open, and the film (Ashman’s last completed work) was dedicated to him. The pair were in the midst of their work on “Aladdin,” and a grieving Menken finished the film with lyricist Rice. However, Ashman’s work lives on through Menken, who told The Hollywood Reporter, “There’s such a rich trove of unheard Howard Ashman lyrics that we’re so blessed to draw from. So much of what helped me make the Broadway show ‘Aladdin’ so successful is that I was able to go into that trove and find material that Howard had written for the original that didn’t make it in. It’s just wonderful that throughout my entire life, that brief time I had worked with him, I keep getting to reach back.”

9. His Key to Continued Success: Hard Work

http://d3rm69wky8vagu.cloudfront.net/photos/large/7.214896.jpg Even though he is in his 60s, an age most would consider retirement, Menken is as busy as ever. With a handful of rumored projects and a slew of upcoming live-action movie work for Disney, Menken shows no signs of slowing down. His never-ending desire to produce creative work has him excited to work with new talent and those he spent his early career inspiring, including his soon-to-be collaborator Miranda. Menken told Billboard, “I remember when he was a kid, literally signing posters for him. He went to school with my niece, and my sister said, ‘There’s this kid … he’s such a big fan.’ I remember going backstage during ‘In the Heights.’ I look forward to working with him.” So, the next time your list of excuses justifying ongoing procrastination are mounting, think about Menken and his envy-inducing life. Success is measured in a variety of ways, and there might be a million reasons why quitting would be easier. But the quickest way to fail is to stop creating — and Menken has certainly never done that.
(Cover Photo by Helene Pambrun/Paris Match via Getty Images)
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1. When you head to your family dinner and tell yourself that this year is going to be different.

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2. When your crush won’t take the hint already and kiss you under the mistletoe.

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3. When it’s your last day of work before your time off for the holidays starts.

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4. When you meet up with your high school friends for a reunion and you see your ex across the bar.

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5. When you’re being helped home from the office holiday party after indulging in too much holiday cheer.

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6. When your relatives ask when you are settling down/getting married/having children/getting your life together.

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7. When you and your siblings foolishly decide to recreate your childhood moments.

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8. When your family members once again try to convince you of the value of watching sports, while you insist that theatre is its own team sport.

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9. When you forget about the cookie exchange you agreed to take part in and need six dozen cookies for tomorrow.

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10. When you eat as many desserts as you want after Christmas dinner.

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11. When you’re all dolled up and heading out for a night on the town to celebrate the season.

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12. When your relatives scoff at your Broadway ambitions during your family Christmas get-together.

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13. When you decide amid the euphoria of New Year’s Eve that this is definitely going to be your year!

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14. When you have to wear Spanx under your new holiday outfit.

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15. When you finally find the perfect gift for that special person in your life after spending hours at a crowded mall.

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16. When the heated debates start at the Christmas dinner table.

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17. When your friends brag about their fabulous holiday getaways and you try to act like you don’t care, that you’re perfectly happy to be staying home and enjoying those freezing temperatures and snow.

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Which moments could you relate to? Let us know in the comments below...

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1. The Hair Rollers in ‘Grease’

There is no “Grease” without “Beauty School Dropout” and those memorable hats made of rollers piled high on top of each Pink Lady’s head. They have become so iconic that the headpiece is repeated in practically every “Grease” production. https://youtu.be/0TOxhzAm7fY

2. The Lion Headpieces in ‘The Lion King’

“The Lion King” is memorable for so many reasons, but the headpieces certainly reign supreme. The brainchild of Julie Taymor, they magically come alive through mechanics, the performers and the audience’s own vivid imagination. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0OdIcCQG9I

3. The Headscarves in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

“Fiddler on the Roof” is a show deeply devoted to tradition, and the Jewish faith is honored with the headscarves worn by the women in the show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j661y6KwYA

4. The Tiara in ‘Cinderella’

The glittering tiara worn by Cinderella leaves an awe-inspiring impression as she turns into a princess to attend the Royal Ball. Here is our favorite magic transformation from the show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-lEAHwCaS4

5. The Gold Top Hats in ‘A Chorus Line’

At the end of “A Chorus Line,” the dancers perform “One” in a full head-to-toe gold costume that features sparkling top hats that have become an iconic part of this show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyZeGOsR9IA

6. The Caps in ‘Newsies’

musicals on netflix The newsboy cap is an iconic look to the early 20th century, and every Newsie in “Newsies” wears one. In this great clip of the “Newsies” Tony Award performance, check out their hats and the fabulous choreography by Christopher Gattelli. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_Sz7_7T50Q

7. The Red Feathers in ‘Hello, Dolly!’

First came Carol Channing, then Bette Midler. This red feather hat has become iconic in its association with the musical “Hello, Dolly!” as Dolly ascends the stairs in Harmonia Gardens. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVh9zjf0Tww

8. Elphaba’s Hat in ‘Wicked’

theatre nerds While the Wicked Witch May be in “The Wizard Of Oz”, the witches hat and costume live iconically on as worn by Elphaba, one of the two Leading Ladies, in “Wicked”.

Have we missed any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below...

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1. Audra McDonald

Theatre Nerds, Broadway Women It’s impressive enough that Audra McDonald graduated from Juilliard and earned herself three Tony Awards all before celebrating her 30th birthday — accomplishing in her 20s what most actors work a lifetime to achieve. Now, at 47, McDonald has earned three additional Tony Awards and the reputation of Broadway royalty, starring in shows such as “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Carousel” and “Porgy and Bess.” Over the years, McDonald has also taken on roles in popular television shows and films, such as “Private Practice” and the recent adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast.” Juggling work and a family, McDonald still finds time to support various charities. She was also announced as the 2018 recipient of the McDermott Award in the Arts from MIT.

2. Jeanine Tesori

Theatre nerds, Broadway women Winning five Tony Awards has earned Jeanine Tesori the title of the most decorated female theatrical composer. Most recently, she won the Tony for her work with Lisa Kron on “Fun Home” to become the first female writing team to win the Tony Award for Best Original Score. In addition to “Fun Home,” Tesori has seen several successful musicals grace Broadway stages and even dabbled in film scoring. In early November, it was announced that Tesori will join the New York City Center for the 2018 Encores! Off-Center season as one of the co-artistic directors.

3. Linda Cho

Even if you’ve never heard of Linda Cho, you’ve likely seen her costume designs. A graduate of the Paris American Academy, McGill University and the Yale School of Drama, Cho has worked designing costumes in theatres around the world. A past Tony Award winner for “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” Cho was most recently nominated for her stunning work on Broadway’s “Anastasia.”

4. Sutton Foster

Broadway darling Sutton Foster has been a regular on the Tony and Drama Desk Award nominee lists since 2002, when she received her first nominations and awards for her work in “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Foster has since starred in many successful Broadway shows and even branched out into television. She led the short-lived “Bunheads,” and currently plays Liza Miller on popular show “Younger.” Foster also added motherhood to her long list of accomplishments, becoming a first-time mother in March.

5. Lynn Ahrens

Decorated lyricist Lynn Ahrens started her career as a copywriter but has since gone on to create some of Broadway and film’s most beloved musicals. Ahrens has been collaborating with Stephen Flaherty since the 1980s, creating Broadway hits such as “Ragtime,” “Once On This Island,” “Seussical” and recently, “Anastasia,” based on the hit ‘90s film for which they also wrote the music. Her success has allowed her to take part in founding the Dramatists Guild Fellowship Program. Along with Flaherty, she received the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement.

6. Jane Greenwood

British costume designer Jane Greenwood has been working in costumes since the 1960s and has received 21 Tony Award nominations for her work. This year, she earned her first Tony win for Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes,” although she was previously awarded a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. While Greenwood has worked actively in designing for the stage, her work has also graced television screens over the years. Currently, Greenwood teaches at Yale School of Drama while continuing to work in the theatre.

7. Jill Furman

Producer Jill Furman was one person who became famous overnight with the success of Broadway’s “Hamilton.” Furman had previously produced hits such as “The Drowsy Chaperone,” and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first musical, “In the Heights.”

8. Sara Bareilles

Songstress Sara Bareilles burst onto the scene in 2007 with her hit “Love Song” and has been proving her undeniable talent for songwriting ever since. With several successful albums, tours and a judging stint on “The Sing-Off” under her belt, Bareilles took on the challenge of adapting the film “Waitress” into a Broadway musical. The show has enjoyed a successful run since it opened in 2015, with Bareilles stepping into the leading role on occasion.

9. Helen Mirren

Queen of the red carpet Helen Mirren has been a longtime fixture in the theatre and film industry. Mirren first made a name for herself with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 1960s and has since gone on to win her fair share of awards, including an Academy Award, an Olivier, a Tony Award and several BAFTAs and Emmy Awards. There’s nothing she won’t do, whether it’s dramas, action, documentaries or comedies. She’s even hosted “Saturday Night Live.” And she shows no signs of stopping, with several new projects on the horizon for the new year.

10. Julie Taymor

A jack-of-all-trades, Julie Taymor is known for her inventive directing and her creative work in costume design. Taymor won the Tony Award for her outstanding direction of the Broadway hit “The Lion King,” making her the first woman to win a Tony Award for directing a musical. She has also worked in film, notably on the Beatles musical “Across the Universe,” Academy Award-nominated “Frida” and “The Tempest” alongside fellow #GirlBoss Mirren.

11. Kathleen Marshall

Kathleen Marshall has been working in the theatre since the ‘90s, choreographing, directing and earning acclaim for productions such as “Follies,” “Anything Goes” and “Wonderful Town.” She has won three Tony Awards and served as a judge on the NBC reality show “Grease: You’re the One That I Want.” She continues to direct and choreograph, including the recent Los Angeles staging of “Mamma Mia!” at the Hollywood Bowl.

12. Cicely Tyson

Theatre nerds, Broadway women At 92 years old, Cicely Tyson boasts an illustrious career on the stage and screen. Tyson began her career as a model but soon made the jump to acting and built her current long list of credits. She has won Tony, Emmy and Drama Desk awards, and nominated for an Oscar. As if that wasn’t enough, Tyson is the recipient of the NAACP Spingarn Medal, a doctorate from Columbia University, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and has a performing arts high school named after her. While most people would be retired and relaxing in their 90s, Tyson continues to act, appearing onstage in 2015’s “The Gin Game” and most recently in the popular television drama “How to Get Away With Murder.” With these and many other creative women leading the way, here’s hoping the future holds more stage productions with women at the helm.

Who is your favorite #LadyBoss of the theatre world? Let us know in the comments below...

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1. The Helicopter in ‘Miss Saigon’

The sight of a full-size helicopter taking over the stage in “Miss Saigon” certainly has left an indelible mark on the Broadway musical theatre canon.

2. The Flag in ‘Les Misérables’

As the characters begin their march to the barricade, the flag waves to create the iconic image we associate with every production of this show.

3. Audrey II in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

“Little Shop of Horrors” would be nothing without its Venus flytrap. This iconic prop (which becomes a puppet as it grows) is both unforgettable, menacing and loving all at once.

4. The Locket in ‘Annie’

Annie could never find her true parents without the help of her locket, which she keeps around her neck. All little girls who love Annie need this iconic piece of prop jewelry to mimic her look.

5. The Fiddle in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

Theatre nerds If there were no fiddle, there would certainly be no fiddler playing on the roof. The symbolic use of this prop is not only interwoven in the show itself, but also in every piece of memorabilia it.

6. The Umbrella in ‘Mary Poppins’

Mary Poppins’ umbrella takes her to amazing heights every night in this show. Without this iconic prop, much of the magic of this merry musical would be gone.

7. The Pies in ‘Waitress’

These yummy props are the crux of the show, with leading woman Jenna using pies to create art, vent her frustrations and chase her dreams. It’s enough to make us want to invent a delicious Theatre Nerds pie! We’ll take suggestions in the comments.

8. The Magic Lamp in ‘Aladdin’

If there were no magic lamp, there would be no Genie, and we certainly need that Genie to send Aladdin on an adventure of a lifetime. Now, if only that lamp could grant this writer three wishes!

Which iconic props did we miss? Let us know in the comments below...

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The Characters

One thing that has always stood out about “Mean Girls” is its outrageous, unforgettable characters. The ensemble cast for the current National Theatre production fits these characters like a glove, always outdoing themselves as the musical progresses. Erika Henningsen delivers a perky, refreshing take on Cady Heron, a role originated by Lohan. Her transformation from cheerful, naive new student to self-proclaimed “bossed-up” Queen Bee is magnificent to watch. Elsewhere, Barrett Wilbert Weed and Grey Henson play narrators Janis and Damien, whose outsider characters are expanded for the musical. Henson is an absolute scream as the flamboyant student whose wardrobe revolves around different divas such as Liza Minelli and Cher. Similarly, Weed retains the snarky comedic timing and rock vocals from her “Heathers” days to take Janis to the next level. Other standout performances include Kerry Butler as three characters, Cheech Manohar as mathlete rapper Kevin Gnapoor and Taylor Louderman as Regina George. Her eleven o’clock villain number, “Watch the World Burn,” has few equals from any show this decade. Perhaps the best and most hilarious performance is Kate Rockwell as Karen. Her immersion and comedic subtlety as the “dumb” Plastic is a show-stopping riot, as demonstrated in her song, “I Can Be.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ7bw6y6G_w

The Music

Other strengths of the show include its fantastic score by Jeff Richmond, who has composed for Fey’s shows “30 Rock” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” The show’s pop-rock score fits its exciting story and target teenage demographic. Favorite ensemble numbers include “Apex Predator,” “Revenge Party” and “Justice.” Furthermore, Casey Nicholaw’s hyperventilating choreography is mindblowing and is something Tony voters should consider.

Getting Social

Perhaps the show’s best technical aspect is its social media references. Since the plot is updated to 2017, the background screens are chock-full with screenshots of tweets, Instagram posts and Snapsterpieces. These features amplify the high school drama and one-liners and culminate toward the end in a subtle jab Regina makes toward Donald Trump. Overall, “Mean Girls” is bound to be a hit in New York this spring. In an era of cult teen musicals such as “Heathers,” “Be More Chill” and “The Lightning Thief,” this show is in a clique of its own. How much fun is it? The limit does not exist. “Mean Girls” will make the film’s most devoted fans see it again and again, to which it will always greet, “Welcome back, nerd!” Mean Girl: The Musical” plays at D.C.’s National Theatre in a nearly sold-out run through Dec. 3. Get your tickets while they last! [post_title] => So Fetch! ‘Mean Girls: The Musical’ D.C. Review [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => mean-girls-musical-d-c-review [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-11-29 10:02:28 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-11-29 15:02:28 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=26826 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 3 [filter] => raw ) [20] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 26821 [post_author] => 7 [post_date] => 2017-11-27 13:32:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-11-27 18:32:00 [post_content] => Being a performer—particularly a dancer—involves much stamina and endurance, requiring that we stay fit, healthy and in the best condition possible whether we have an eight show week ahead or tech for an upcoming production. Working out is hard, though. Working out in the winter? Even worse. It’s so easy to wrap yourself in a blanket, grab your cuddle buddy and watch Sutton Foster in Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life until you gracefully fall asleep. Don’t fall into that trap, though! Sure, enjoy your Netflix these next few months, but don’t skip out on the gym. Need some help to do so? The cast of A Clockwork Orange is here to help. If you’ve heard or seen anything about the current off-Broadway production, then you’re well aware of how ripped this cast is. Seriously, #BodyGoals. You too can be just as fit, however, if you follow their guide to staying fit for Broadway despite the winter tundra ahead.

What is your current workout regimen?

Jonno Davies: Well, what's nice about doing such an intense show is that I don't have to do much cardio! Currently I'm focusing on heavy compound lifts (squats, dead-lifts, bench press etc.) to maintain size, then adding more isolated exercises to add definition. If I didn't continue to lift big, I'd lose a lot of size as I'm burning a LOT of calories doing the show. I'm also trying to improve my callisthenics work, so I've been spending quite a lot of time on muscle ups and handstand variations. Misha Osherovich: I hit the gym usually about 5 times a week—mostly full body/core strengthening with a lot of cardio (I love me some cardio). Sean Patrick Higgins: I usually keep a six day a week rotating schedule. Currently I’ve had to tone that back because the fatigue and wear and tear of the show taking its toll.

Do you find it harder to stay fit during the winter months?

JD: It depends on how you define fit. Do I find it harder to stay lean? Of course. What with Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and just the general NY food scene, it's pretty hard to keep the carbs under control. The important thing is not to worry about it. Enjoy your roast dinner, pile on the trimmings—you can make up for it tomorrow, just make sure you do! Make the most of the increase in calories and put them to good use, like going for a Back Squat PB. SPH: Yes! I have such a sweet tooth and it seems to be exacerbated by all the wonderful holiday treats. I am especially a sucker for pumpkin bread.

Does your workout regimen change during the winter?

JD: Definitely, that's when I usually try to focus on strength work so typically the reps get smaller and the weights get bigger. There's something quite appealing about the simplicity of lifting as heavy as possible, sort of caveman-esque, but without the grunting. MO: If anything, I ramp it up over the winter months since I'm not as naturally active during the day like I would be over the summer.

What advice would you give to people looking to stay fit during the winter when it can be much harder to do so?

[caption id="attachment_26824" align="alignleft" width="269"] Jonno Davies as Alex DeLarge Photo C:redit Matt Martin[/caption] JD: There are a few adjustments you can make. Drinking green tea is great for fat burning as it increases metabolism. The main thing is to find an exercise you enjoy, that way keeping fit doesn't become a chore. Set some goals! I always find it easier to stay motivated when I'm working towards something; whether it's for aesthetics or performance is up to you. MO: Definitely push through the urge to stay inside and watch Netflix. We all want to do it! Especially when it's miserable outside. But do yourself the favor and get over to the gym (or fitness class or studio or wherever you find your favorite workout). SPH: Just getting to the gym or yoga studio can be difficult when is slushy and gross outside! Getting there is 90%. So do it! No excuses.

What are some of your go-to in-home workouts in case you don’t have time to hit the gym one day?

JD: I'm a huge fan of bodyweight circuit training; not only is a great way to burn fat and add muscle, but you can get a pretty serious workout done in only 20 minutes. Plus I find it a much better way to improve general athleticism than constantly lifting weights at the gym. Try this as an example:
  1. Squat jumps
  2. Push ups
  3. Plank
  4. Burpees
Perform each exercise for 55 seconds, back to back, with 5 seconds in between. Once you've completed all 4 exercises, rest for 1 minute. That's 1 round. Aim for 3-5 rounds for a gym-free pump burn. Head over to my Instagram page (@thejonnodavies) to see some of my workouts! MO: I love me some high-intensity ab circuits at home on my yoga mat. Great quick way to get the workout in, and you can add some other body parts to the circuit as well! SPH: I like to do 45 minutes to an hour of yoga, usually a simple flow. Then cycle through a full body circuit: burpees, squats, push ups, lunges, abs, repeat. To see Jonno Davies, Misha Osherovich and Sean Patrick Higgins slaying the stage, head over to New World Stages to catch A Clockwork Orange before it closes on December 2. You can also follow them on Instagram at @thejonnodavies, @mishaosherovich and @sphiggs. [post_title] => The Cast Of 'A Clockwork Orange' On Netflix And Getting Totally Ripped [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => cast-clockwork-orange-netflix-getting-totally-ripped [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-11-27 13:32:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-11-27 18:32:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=26821 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [21] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 26791 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-11-24 14:35:02 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-11-24 19:35:02 [post_content] => The curtain has closed on Turkey Day, but you’re not quite ready to exit the stage. While the rest of the world is welcoming the month of December with open arms, you’re reliving Thanksgiving: the mashed potatoes, the stuffing, the pumpkin pie, gathering around the table with family and friends — and, of course, the best of Broadway appearing right in your living room. Take a journey to the past and check out these 12 Broadway performances from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade over the years:

1. ‘You Will Be Found’ from ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ (2017)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjmwAwMUID8

2. ‘Journey to the Past/Once Upon a December’ from ‘Anastasia’ (2017)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIsjo6c9Ha0

3. ‘Once On This Island’ Medley from ‘Once On This Island’ (2017)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tudE2OTVr94

4. ‘Bikini Bottom Day’ from ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ (2017)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5nzRlbmQUk

5. ‘Getting to Know You’ from ‘The King and I’ (2015)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t78vpwuch4Y

6. ‘Believe’ from ‘Finding Neverland’ (2015)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlM3JBRh79Q

7. ‘Matilda’ Medley from ‘Matilda’ (2013)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RY80cJVuA9w

8. ‘Raise You Up/Just Be’ from ‘Kinky Boots’ (2013)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ui1Gv69fWw

9. ‘King of New York’ from Disney’s ‘Newsies’ (2011)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrjcvD2zIBw

10. ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ from Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins’ (2010)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHpZjL_Y3xc

11. ‘In The Heights’ from ‘In The Heights’ (2008)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86zg3y1NMDQ

12. ‘One Short Day’ from ‘Wicked’ (2003)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_kecUsUX3o

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving Day performance? Let us know in the comments below...

[post_title] => Watch Our Favorite Broadway Performances From The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => watch-favorite-broadway-performances-macys-thanksgiving-parade [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-11-24 14:35:02 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-11-24 19:35:02 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=26791 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw ) [22] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 26784 [post_author] => 639 [post_date] => 2017-11-23 12:35:04 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-11-23 17:35:04 [post_content] => The holidays are fast approaching, and this season is a great time to reflect on all the things we were thankful for over the past year. Luckily for theatre fans, it’s been a year full of many memorable moments and events in the theatre world.

Here are just a few things thespians were thankful for in 2017:

1. ‘The Lion King’ Is Still on Broadway After 20 Years

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_jxXI0UkSQ It was 20 years ago this year that “The Lion King” graced the stage. Since then, it has become one of the top-grossing shows on Broadway. Based on the beloved Disney film and featuring a score by Elton John and masterful costumes, this show took Broadway by storm. “The Lion King” has cemented a permanent place for Disney on Broadway, and there is no sign of the sun setting on Pride Rock anytime soon.

2. Broadway Royalty Returning to the Stage

One major thing we were thankful for this year was seeing the return of Broadway royalty. From Bette Midler and Patti LuPone to Billy Porter returning to his Tony Award-winning role as Lola in “Kinky Boots,” this year saw the return of some major star power. It’s years like these we rejoice for the kings and queens of Broadway.

3. When This Happened

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Y8aUplM3I8 Speaking of Broadway royalty, Midler deserves her own spot on this list. Not only did this woman finally get the Tony she has always deserved, but she gave us an unforgettable speech to go with it. We are truly thankful for the unfiltered Divine Ms. M.

4. ‘Moulin Rouge’ Is Coming to Broadway

via GIPHY It’s seemed inevitable that this movie-musical would eventually make its way to Broadway, and it finally got the green light and its own production team this year. Even among all the non-musical films hitting the stage this year, we don’t even have to question Baz Luhrmann's smash hit’s theatrical debut!

5. The Music of Michael Friedman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PIPtoo6k1o One of the more surprising losses in the theatre world this year was the death of songwriter Michael Friedman. Known for his works “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” and “The Fortress of Solitude,” this songwriter showed a ton of promise with his Off-Broadway work. He had multiple shows in the works at the time of his death, so we hope we have not heard the last of his work.

6. We Had ‘Great Comet’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q12mfQ4PRLA One of the sadder things to happen on Broadway this year was the closing of “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.” After hearing the concept of this show, some people thought it could never work on Broadway. Not only did it work, but it gained a huge fan following, won multiple Tony Awards and gave us Dave Malloy. From the score to the immersive experience to the amazing cast, this show will truly be missed.

7. A Long-Running Play

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOWO4gq-whg It was a great year for playwrights on Broadway, as many plays garnered a ton of buzz. With shows such as “Oslo” drawing in crowds and Laurie Metcalf taking home a Tony for “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” it was a very diverse year for plays on Broadway. A play that came a bit out of left field was “The Play That Goes Wrong.” This show not only outlasted all the heavily Tony-nominated plays of the season, but it’s become the longest-running play on Broadway. This hysterical show pays homage to anyone who has ever worked on a show and is laugh-out-loud funny. Here’s hoping it stays the longest-running play on Broadway!

8. The Return of Movie Musicals

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEJd2RyGm8Q&t=2s Off the success of films such as “Beauty and the Beast” and “La La Land,” it’s no surprise there has been an increase in interest of movie musicals. Not only are we getting live-action Disney musical films and stage-to-screen musicals, but we’re once again getting original movie musicals. One of the most anticipated films of the year is “The Greatest Showman,” which features Broadway stars Hugh Jackman and Keala Settle. Pasek and Paul wrote the score, so there’s no way this movie can disappoint.

9. From Stage to Computer Screen

Remember last year when it was a huge deal “She Loves Me” live-streamed online? This year, we got to see so many more shows from the cheapest seat possible: our couch. For some time now, there has been a debate of whether streaming shows ruins the theatrical experience. However, what these captures have done is make high-quality Broadway shows accessible to people all over the world. With a bunch of shows filmed just this past year, including “Falsettos” and “Present Laughter,” let’s hope this surge in streaming shows continues.

10. Ben Platt

https://media1.popsugar-assets.com/files/thumbor/Ge0rOygqCOQwOKdK0rgfEFRt-Iw/fit-in/1024x1024/filters:format_auto-!!-:strip_icc-!!-/2017/06/11/223/n/1922398/3917979926fbc27f_ben/i/When-He-Got-Visibly-Embarrassed-Over-Kevin-Spacey-Joke.gif It’s hard to pinpoint just one reason to be thankful for this amazing actor. This was truly his year, since he made “Dear Evan Hansen” one of the top-selling shows on Broadway, won his first Tony Award, guest-starred on “Will and Grace” and has an original album in the works. It’s tough that he’s leaving Broadway this month, but we’ll definitely be watching to see what this talented guy does next.

What are some of the things you were thankful for in the theatre world in 2017? Let us know in the comments below...

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For the Broadway-Nerd

Broadway Coloring Collection

This Broadway-Themed coloring collection makes the perfect stocking stuffer and will be sure to start many conversations with fellow Broadway-Nerds. The creative and clever crayons, pencils, & coloring pages are filled with puns and themes from their respective shows. Current themes are Hamilton, Les Mis, & a general Broadway set. Maybe some coloring is exactly what you need during the stressful holiday season. Check out the Entire Collection HERE

Dear Evan Hansen

This years smash hit has touched the lives of many Broadway fans, not to mention crying like a baby to the soundtrack over and over. We've put together some of our favorite DEH gear.

'Dear Evan Hansen: Through The Window'

Dear evan hansen book Written by Justin Paul & Steven Levenson, 'Through The Window' takes you behind the scenes of the hit musical. A fascinating deep dive into the story and evolution of the project. Bibliophiles and die-hard fans are sure to enjoy learning more about this special show. Get your hardcover copy HERE

You Will Be Found Collection

This collection is inspired by a key message and theme in the show. The design is available in tees, hoodies, mugs, totes, and jewelry. See the entire collection HERE

Hamilton

Let's face it, Hamilton is still hot right now! This blockbuster musical has swept the nation and shows no signs of dying down as it launches it's touring companies.

Hand-Stamped Jewelry

hamilton musical gifts, gifts for hamilton fans, hamilton merhandise Hand-hammered jewelry that has simple yet inspiring messages from the show. An understated way to show your Hamil-Pride. See the collection HERE

A.HAM Trucker Cap

Young, Scrappy & Hungry Collection

Be A Broadway Star Board Game

This board game is for total Broadway nerds. Start at acting school and work your way up to the great white way in this showbiz strategy game. Buy on Amazon HERE

Other Broadway Themed Swag - Browse by Show below

Wicked

Les Mis

Sweeney Todd

Rent

Phantom of the Opera

For The Thespian

Break Into Showtunes Shower Curtain

For many of us, showers are 90% showtunes, and 10% washing. This hilarious shower curtain ensures the message gets to family and roommates. Comes in clothing also. See collection HERE

Attack of the Theater People

A thespian adventure book about an aspiring actor, jazz hands & NYC in the 1980s. Pretty much the perfect read while chestnuts are roasting on an open fire. Get the book on Amazon HERE

Thespian Comedy/Tragedy Jewelry

Shower curtain too...big? These mask charms are a the perfect way to show your thespian pride in an elegant and quaint fashion. Buy individual or as a set. See them HERE

Theatre Is My Sport Collection

Theatre Is My Sport, enough said! See the collection HERE

Thespian Lifestyle Stickers

See all stickers HERE

For The Brand New Thespian

These adorable onesies are perfect for the Thespian in training. See the collection HERE

Want to find more Broadway and Thespian themed goodies?

Browse The Entire Theatre Nerds Swag Shop HERE


[post_title] => Theatre Nerds' 2017 Holiday Gift Guide [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => theatre-nerds-2017-holiday-gift-guide [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-11-22 15:37:30 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-11-22 20:37:30 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=26766 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 24 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 28099 [post_author] => 395 [post_date] => 2018-01-18 10:16:08 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-01-18 15:16:08 [post_content] => The start of every new year feels like a clean slate, a time to take control of your life and chase all those dreams that you dare to dream. You’re not alone — plenty of characters from musicals have taken the stage to belt out their greatest desires and inspire themselves to escape their current situations and take action in what’s typically known as the “I want” song. In honor of 2018, here are 25 “I want” songs to lift your spirits and send you off into the next 12 months:

1. ‘Not For the Life of Me’ from ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’  

https://youtu.be/_t_USy4f3WI “Clap-a-your hands, just-a-because don’t you know that where I am ain’t where I was,” Millie sings as she rips up her ticket back to her hometown after landing in New York City in pursuit of a rich husband. This song is all about new starts and not looking into the rearview mirror after making a major decision.

2. ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ from ‘The Wizard of Oz’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSZxmZmBfnU Dorothy sings this classic song before she’s blown away from Kansas to Oz.

3. ‘How Far I’ll Go’ from ‘Moana’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPAbx5kgCJo Sometimes you’re lucky enough to know what you want from the world, but there’s something standing in your way of having it. Moana sings this song about her yearning for the sea, even after her chief father and the rest of the village prevent her from going after her dream. This is perfect if the voice inside of you sings a different song from what’s expected.

4. ‘Corner of the Sky’ from ‘Pippin’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZAXpH6Jt5c If your New Year’s resolution was to get a better grasp on who you are and where, exactly, you belong, this song from “Pippin” is perfect.

5. ‘Roxie’ from ‘Chicago’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-_HTUapDQo Okay, so maybe you shouldn’t be aiming to give up your humdrum life in exchange for homicidal infamy this year, but if you’re looking for fame in 2018, this ditty from “Chicago” is a sultry tune to sing along to.

6. ‘Let Me Be Your Star’ from ‘Smash’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQwmnn8oarg Channel your inner Marilyn and leave Norma Jean behind as you become a new you.

7. ‘When Will My Life Begin?’ from ‘Tangled’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoOgkup04f4 You don’t have to be locked in a tower with nothing but your long locks to appreciate wanting to kick-start your life in the new year.

8. ‘Santa Fe (Prologue)’ from ‘Newsies’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK6RYkxXsjk In this version of the song, we are first introduced to Jack Kelly’s desire to hit the road and escape to Santa Fe to find a life worth living.

9. ‘Proud of Your Boy’ from ‘Aladdin’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX4YR3ItBsw Cut from the movie version of “Aladdin” but included in the musical, this song is great for those who have resolved to make their parents proud in the new year.

10. ‘The Impossible Dream’ from ‘Man of La Mancha’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3g-T46ja95s “This is my quest, to follow that star, no matter how hopeless, no matter how far,” sings Don Quixote, beautifully capturing what it’s like to chase a dream that seems out of reach.

11. ‘Out There’ from ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb5OGU8I04U Sometimes, all you want is one day that is different from the rest, like Quasimodo and his desire to leave his cathedral home.

12. ‘If I Were a Rich Man’ from ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBHZFYpQ6nc Dance wackily along with Tevye if you want this new year to be filled with bigger paychecks.

13. ‘Sal Tlay Ka Siti’ from ‘The Book of Mormon’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSIvDrHQUWY Sung by Nabulungi, this song represents her longing to escape from her village in Africa to go to Salt Lake City, even if she doesn’t fully understand what that entails.

14. ‘Reflection’ from ‘Mulan’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVoUywos0-E This song is a great reminder that you can’t sacrifice your individuality in order to please other people.

15. 'Good Morning, Baltimore’ from ‘Hairspray’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLaM1d383eg Dance your way around any obstacles that get in your way as you follow your passions.

16. ‘Purpose’ from ‘Avenue Q’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5glOLjR7VK4 Jam along with Princeton if you’re spending this year wondering what your purpose is.

17. ‘The Wizard and I’ from ‘Wicked’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WL7FlC1m92c Listen to this song to remind yourself that your future is unlimited!

18. ‘My Shot’ from ‘Hamilton’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEHKBckBcr4 This year, don’t throw away your shot at glory — instead, smash every expectation that comes your way.

19. ‘Skid Row’ from ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0kSBiu1IGk In this song, both Seymour and Audrey sing about how stuck they feel in Skid Row and how badly they want to get out.

20. ‘Belle (Reprise)’ from ‘Beauty and the Beast’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruPHsgcrEL0 This song is perfect if you’re determined to have more adventures in 2018 in the great wide somewhere.

21. ‘Journey to the Past’ from ‘Anastasia’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4htofsf_Bo Though the placement of this song changes between the original movie and the musical, it still perfectly encapsulates Anastasia’s desire to find her family and finally know where she comes from.

22. ‘Something’s Coming’ from ‘West Side Story’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xu7sRdRrm_w Tony’s not quite sure what’s around the corner before he meets Maria, but he has a feeling that it will be something good — or even great.

23. ‘I Have Confidence’ from ‘The Sound of Music’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PX9SIQdCjs If you’re off to new things this year, take your cue from Maria Von Trapp and have confidence in yourself!

24. ‘Go the Distance’ from ‘Hercules’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZUd0qNIGJA When his godlike strength gets him in trouble once again in his hometown, Hercules vows to travel as far as he needs to go to find where he belongs in the world.

25. ‘Part of Your World’ from ‘The Little Mermaid’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNEsobRv83w In this song, Ariel longs to explore that shore up above after falling in love with Prince Eric, even though her father disapproves.

Which “I want” songs inspired you this year? What are your New Year’s resolutions? Let us know in the comments below...

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