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Which role would you rather?

[post_title] => Would You Rather: Broadway Dream Role Edition - Volume 2 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => would-you-rather-broadway-dream-role-edition-volume-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-01-15 09:44:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-01-15 14:44:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?post_type=snax_poll&p=369993 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => snax_poll [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 369953 [post_author] => 11 [post_date] => 2019-01-09 09:54:25 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-01-09 14:54:25 [post_content] => The sequel to Disney’s beloved ‘Mary Poppins’ has finally arrived and we are chim chim cheery about it. Our favorite magical nanny may have returned with a new brood of kids and lots of new tricks, but there are plenty of similarities to the classic 1964 film. We love these 10 ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ parallels in the most delightful way:

1. Mary’s cheeky wit.

Related image Whether she’s bantering with her own reflection or acting like her supernatural tricks are totally normal, Mary Poppins is full of sass. In the original film, Mary pays the Banks family a visit after answering an unpublished “nanny advertisement” written by young Jane and Michael. When Mr. Banks is puzzled by how this ad written by his children has actually been seen, Mary makes him feel like he’s the fool. In the sequel, her cleverness is just as savage as she downplays her mystical ways leaving others to feel like a talking umbrella should be an everyday occurrence. It’s all part of Mary Poppins being practically perfect in every way... and we love it!

2. The animated worlds.

Related image In ‘Mary Poppins Returns’, it doesn’t take long for audiences to come across a cartoon clan of singing, dancing, talking animals. A bathtub transforms into a giant, bubble-filled ocean and a ceramic bowl, used for decor in the nursery, becomes a world in which the new generation of Banks children take a carriage ride to the Royal Doulton Music Hall. While the original movie’s animated sidewalk-chalk world is quite literally a jolly holiday, the new iteration includes a menacing cartoon villain who teaches the children a valuable life lesson. Differences aside, the sequel pays tribute to Mary Poppins’ magic and features a band of familiar tap-dancing penguins.

3. The saving of Mr. Banks.

Not only is the beloved original film as sweet as a spoonful of sugar but it carries a powerful message as well. By the time Mary ventures on from the Banks family, it’s pretty apparent that her real purpose was to show Jane and Michael’s no-nonsense father that life is more than working for a paycheck. In the sequel we find Michael, now a father of three, drowning in bills after the passing of his wife. Once again, Mary Poppins arrives to tend to the children but ends up teaching Michael a thing or two.

4. Mary’s low-key life lessons.

Image result for mary poppins returns gif When it comes to fixing family issues, Mary doesn’t have to do much. Her strange and sudden arrival in both movies is a catalyst for the children and their father to improve a strained relationship. Most of the time these lessons are strategically coordinated in a practically perfect way by Mary Poppins herself. 

5. The befriending of a local misfit.

Related image First, we had Bert, the chimney sweep, and now we have Jack, a lamplighter. We may not know how Bert first encountered a magical nanny, but he’s clearly savvy about Mary Poppins' unconventional methods and joins her and the children on their many adventures. Jack from ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ (Lin-Manuel Miranda) makes it clear that Mary was once his nanny and accompanies her and the children into imaginative worlds as well.

6. Michael Banks becoming an artist.

Remember when the adorable Michael Banks didn't want to invest his money and instead wanted to give his tuppence to the bird lady? In ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ Michael is all grown up and working at his father’s bank but primarily considers himself an artist. Our money is on the fact that Michael likely considers passion more important than dollar signs as his father learned this lesson in the first film.

7. Jane Banks is an advocate.

Image result for jane banks mary poppins gif Similar to Michael mirroring his father, Jane holds similarities to the original Mrs. Banks. Her mother was a suffragette advocating for women’s rights in ‘Mary Poppins’, and we now find Jane spearheading labor union rallies.

8. Secondary characters mirror those from the original film.

Image result for michael banks mary poppins returns gif We may see similarities between Jack and Bert or the Banks children and their parents, but character foils don’t stop there. Instead of kooky Uncle Albert who loves to laugh so much that he consistently floats on the ceiling, we are introduced to Mary Poppins' cousin, Topsy, whose world very literally turns upside down. Rather than the bird lady, Angela Lansbury portrays the balloon lady. Plus, Dick Van Dyke plays Mr. Dawes, the bank's director, again!

9. Mary defies the laws of English.

Mary Poppins might be prim and proper, but she doesn’t have any regard for rules of the English language. In the original film, she creates new words (AKA “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”) and teaches the children the practice of nonsensical rhyming in the sequel.

10. There’s a massive dance number.

Image result for mary poppins returns dance gif If there’s one thing chimney sweeps and lamplighters are good for it’s a Broadway-style dance number. Everyone knows the classic tune, “Step In Time,” and it’s safe to say that new generations will be humming the ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ version, “Trip A Little Light Fantastic.” Both are big dance scenes that include a lot of Mary Poppins magic.

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1. JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT

musicals on hulu, hulu musicals Fans of the NBC special starring John Legend and Sara Bareilles can rejoice! Hulu’s addition of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert’ is a blessing for any musical theatre nerd hoping to jam to some Andrew Lloyd Webber tunes. This reimagined concert version might be a little different than the original production but it’s got the same iconic hits from “Superstar” to “I Don’t Know How To Love Him”.

2. FAME

Based on the 1980 film and its subsequent stage version, the remake of ‘Fame’ follows a group of ambitious students who attend a performing arts high school in New York City. Angst, drama, song and dance take the lead in this coming of age musical.

3. SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET

Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd; his skin was pale and his eye was odd! This dark musical chronicles the life of a barber who seeks revenge after tragedy falls on his wife and daughter. Put those jazz hands away for this one, ladies and gents. ‘Sweeney Todd’ is blood, guts, and lots and lots of Sondheim.

4. FANTASIA 2000

While not a traditional musical by any means, ‘Fantasia 2000’ brings to life some of the greatest music of all time. This Disney sequel follows suit with the first iteration of ‘Fantasia’, combining classical works by famous composers and animated sequences. For a theatre nerd, it’s the perfect pick on a relaxing rainy day.

5. LOVESTRUCK: THE MUSICAL

If you’ve spent the last month binge-watching every cheesy Netflix movie in the book (both installments of ‘The Christmas Prince’, perhaps?), then this musical might just be your cup of tea. ABC Family/Freeform curated this jukebox treasure which sets songs such as “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” to one former Broadway dancer’s love story.

6. TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Whether you’re mourning that Halloween has come and gone or counting down the days until Christmas, Tim Burton’s popular film will do just the trick. Though the spooky story has yet to grace the stage, it comes with a catchy soundtrack and memorable protagonist by the name of Jack Skellington. We’re here for that.

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7. YOUNGER

Okay, this series is not a musical but it’s bound to keep fans of musical theatre just as happy - it’s chock full of major Broadway stars. Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster leads the show playing Liza Miller,  a 40-year-old mother and divorcée who lands a job at a major publishing house after fibbing about her age (hint: she passes as a much younger 26-year-old). The cast also includes ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ actress Miriam Shor with guest appearances from other show-tune singers such as Laura Benanti and Christian Borle. All five seasons are currently available on Hulu.

Check Out All The Musicals On Netflix

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1. THE CHER SHOW

via GIPHY Fresh off its Broadway debut, ‘The Cher Show’ brings to life the journey of an iconic artist as seen through Cher during three different stages of her career. While our fingers are crossed for an original cast recording soon (because Stephanie J. Block sings like magic), the music of Cher can still count as an inspiring anthem in our book. Not only will her songs encourage us to believe in life after love, but ‘The Cher Show’ reminds us that being different is the key to success.

2. WAITRESS

via GIPHY With music penned by Sara Bareilles and a story based off the 2007 film, ‘Waitress’ has been captivating the theatre with sugar, butter, flour, and an empowering message. Enter Jenna, a sweet and hard-working protagonist who can’t seem to catch a break (spoiler alert: she’s a waitress stuck in a terrible marriage). As the story unfolds through some of the most uplifting show tunes out there, we watch Jenna transform into a strong-willed, determined woman who is set on giving herself the life that she deserves.

3. LES MISÉRABLES

If you know anything about musical theatre, you’ve probably heard songs from ‘Les Misérables’ in some form. As one of Broadway’s greatest shows of all time, ‘Les Mis’ depicts Victor Hugo’s tale of Jean Valjean, a man who committed a crime and subsequently dedicates his life to living with grace and kindness. It’s a tale of forgiveness and second chances that will inspire you to better yourself this coming year.

4. FUNNY GIRL

via GIPHY Crowned a classic by many musical fans (and Barbra Streisand fans alike), ‘Funny Girl’ is most known for its beloved tune, “Don’t Rain On My Parade.” And in 2019, we are NOT letting anyone rain on our parade. You feel?

5. DEAR EVAN HANSEN

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The music from this show took the world by storm in 2018, and we’re still not over it. ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ reminds us that everyone is struggling with something, but no one is truly alone. Crank up the volume and belt out your best rendition of “Waving Through A Window” before ringing in the new year.

6. INTO THE WOODS

via GIPHY Speaking of no one being alone… ‘Into The Woods’ boasts an aptly named song (“No One Is Alone”) and teaches a variety of lessons through fairy-tales woven together via a glorious Sondheim soundtrack. Sure, the plot is comedic and quirky, but even adults can do with a reminder of these important messages.

7. THE COLOR PURPLE

via GIPHY If anyone has obstacles to overcome it’s Celie in ‘The Color Purple’. Based on the famous Alice Walker novel of the same title, ‘The Color Purple’ follows a young woman as she tries to find her way out of an abusive marriage in small-town Georgia. While listening to this show certainly calls for a box of tissues, how can sensational songs like “I Am Here” not inspire?

8. HAMILTON

via GIPHY In case you’ve been living under a rock, this musical masterpiece hasn’t slowed down. In fact, it’s nonstop. We’re hoping that Alexander Hamilton encourages you not to throw away your shot in 2019.

9. NEWSIES

Newsies GIF - Newsies GIFs Seize the day and make your dreams happen! Chances are, you have a few things you’d like to accomplish come January. Whether it’s personal, professional or something as small as taking up a new hobby, listening to a soundtrack like ‘Newsies’ can put your mind and heart in the right place.

10. FROZEN

File:Frozen 2.gif Blast this Broadway soundtrack and let 2018 go.

11. ON YOUR FEET!

From regular working-class woman to musical sensation, Gloria Estefan’s bio-musical is full of trials, tribulations, and conga. In case you need any more reason for the rhythm to get you, the show is full of motivational songs. Don’t take our word for it; take Gloria’s:  “Get on your feet, get up and make it happen!”

12. BILLY ELLIOT

via GIPHY Despite ridicule and others not believing he could succeed, Billy pursues his passion for ballet. The riveting soundtrack that accompanies this Elton John-composed musical is a must for that motivation playlist.

13. WICKED

via GIPHY Between “Defying Gravity” and “For Good,” we’re certain this soundtrack has a song for every theatre nerd in all of Oz. Whether a clean slate means putting a feud in the past or mustering up the courage to try something new and scary, this musical has us embracing the new year (and sobbing into our broomsticks).

14. HAIRSPRAY

via GIPHY We all could use a little dose of Tracy Turnblad’s zest for life. Amp up your morning playlist in the new year with positive songs like “Run And Tell That,”  “Without Love” and, of course, “You Can’t Stop The Beat.”

15. RENT

No Day But Today GIF - Rent Musical NoDayButToday GIFs Though known by many for being dark and sad, ‘Rent’ has stood the test of time as an empowering and impactful musical. Songs like “No Day But Today” remind us not to take any day for granted and to live in the moment. It’s the perfect start to your new season of love.

16. ANNIE

Annie GIF - Annie TheMusical LittleOrphanAnnie GIFs Because we must never forget that “the sun'll come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow there'll be sun.” HONORABLE MENTION

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

image While this musical has yet to storm the stage, it’s only a matter of time. ‘The Great Showman’ has already found its fandom in the theatre nerd community, and we’re letting its music be our mantra in the new year. Get ready, 2019... THIS IS ME! [post_title] => 16 Broadway Musical Cast Albums That Will Inspire You In The New Year [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 16-broadway-musical-cast-albums-that-will-inspire-you-in-the-new-year [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-01-03 10:54:40 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-01-03 15:54:40 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=369878 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 2 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 369694 [post_author] => 11 [post_date] => 2018-12-28 10:28:05 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-12-28 15:28:05 [post_content] => [viralQuiz id=92] [post_title] => Quiz: Are You Elsa Or Anna From 'Frozen'? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => quiz-are-you-elsa-or-anna-from-frozen [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-12-28 10:30:32 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-12-28 15:30:32 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=369694 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 369569 [post_author] => 11 [post_date] => 2018-12-12 08:59:22 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-12-12 13:59:22 [post_content] => [viralQuiz id=91] [post_title] => Quiz: Describe Your Ideal Holiday Season And We'll Tell You Which Festive Show Tune Is Your Theme Song [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => quiz-describe-your-ideal-holiday-season-and-well-tell-you-which-festive-show-tune-is-your-theme-song [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-12-12 09:03:49 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-12-12 14:03:49 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=369569 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 369562 [post_author] => 11 [post_date] => 2018-11-26 15:18:30 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-11-26 20:18:30 [post_content] => ‘Tis the season for food, family, festivities...and gifts! Whether you’re shopping for someone special who knows every single show tune by heart or trying to find the perfect present for a theatre-loving thespian, the Theatre Nerds Swag Shop has got you covered. This December, our team is rounding up the best theatrical gifts this holiday season…

GIFTS FOR THE BROADWAY NERD...

HAMILTON COLORING PENCILS/PAGES BUNDLE

Gift your right-hand man Theatre Nerd’s unique ‘Hamiltones’ coloring bundle. A set of musical-inspired pencils include hues such as “Blue Us All Away,” “Maroon Where It Happens” and “I Hope That You Burn” orange making this the perfect gift for the ‘Hamilton’ fan who loves a good pun. Featuring four coloring pages to complete the bundle, you won’t throw away your shot at finding the perfect present this year. ($22.95) SHOP NOW

HAMILTONES ‘EYES ON YOU’ PALETTE

Our exclusive ‘Eyes On You’ makeup palette is an exciting addition to the ‘Hamiltones’ series. Broadway-lovers can be the bell of the ball (WORK!) with eyeshadow shades including “My Shot” gold, “A Winter’s Ball” beige, “Work” peach, “Rise Up” maroon/brown and “Story Of Tonight” black. ($19.98) SHOP NOW

‘HAMILTON IS MY JAMILTON’ COLLECTION

A collection created for those who jam to ‘Hamilton’ way too often. Enough said. SHOP NOW

‘DEAR EVAN HANSEN’ CAST ENAMEL PIN

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ fans will adore this enamel pin featuring the iconic Connor cast. Snag one of these (along with other Broadway-themed pins from the Thespian Swag collection) for a flawless stocking stuffer! ($8.95) SHOP NOW

‘YOU WILL BE FOUND’ COLLECTION

Remind someone special of the inspiring message in ‘Dear Evan Hansen’. This design is available in apparel, jewelry, totes, and mugs. Browse the entire “You Will Be Found” collection. SHOP NOW

‘BE MORE CHILL’ SQUIP ENAMEL PIN

Broadway’s hottest new show is capturing the hearts of theatre nerds. Be chill and stuff their stocking with a themed enamel pin this holiday season. ($8.95) SHOP NOW

‘BE MORE CHILLIDAYS’ HOLIDAY SWEATSHIRT

Do gifts get more festive than this? Combat the cold with this “Be More Chill” holiday sweatshirt. Whether it’s an ugly sweater party or simply a way to beat the chill, we’re certain fans of this musical will go crazy for this sweet design. ($33.98) SHOP NOW

WICKED: THE GRIMMERIE

While most theatre geeks have unlimited love for ‘Wicked’, this year’s televised anniversary celebrating 15 years of the sensational musical may have rekindled a deep-rooted obsession. Gift fans old and new this behind-the-scenes companion. ($21.99) SHOP NOW

‘WICKED’ FRIENDSHIP CHARM BRACELET SET

If you’ve been changed for the better due to a friendship, this ‘Wicked’ charm bracelet is a fitting gift for the Glinda to your Elphaba. Complete with two adjustable bangle bracelets, this charm set is as charming and magical as they come! ($24.95) SHOP NOW

AUDREY II CREW SOCKS

Slay your holiday sock exchange with these “Little Shop of Horrors” crew socks. Audrey II isn’t exactly a festive plant like mistletoe, but she’s still the best singing shrub around. ($14.95) SHOP NOW

‘THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA’ MASK NECKLACE

“Phantom” phans don’t need a masquerade to show off this accessory. You’ll impress any Andrew Lloyd Webber guru with a pendant celebrating the music of the night a la “The Phantom Of The Opera”. ($16.95) SHOP NOW

TODD & LOVETT’S COLLECTION

Mrs. Lovett’s meat pies are probably the worst pies in London, but the Todd & Lovett’s collection is created with Broadway nerds in mind! This series pays homage to ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ with designs ranging from t-shirts to hoodies to our newest addition - Mrs. Lovett’s Cutting Board! SHOP NOW GIFTS FOR THESPIANS...

‘I HAVE REHEARSAL’ COLLECTION

We all know that person who just CAN’T because they’re busy at the theatre. Make that thespian’s holiday merry and bright with something from the “I Have Rehearsal” Collection. SHOP NOW

‘STAGE MANAGER’ COLLECTION

Yes, there is an entire series dedicated to the superhumans that are Stage Managers. Don’t overlook these heroic individuals - they make the theatre go round! You’re sure to thrill your favorite SM with any item from our Stage Manager Collection. SHOP NOW

DIRECTOR QUOTE PILLOW

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($33.98) SHOP NOW Want to find more theatre-themed goodies? Browse the full Theatre Nerds Swag Shop SHOP ENTIRE STORE [post_title] => Theatre Nerds 2018 Holiday Gift Guide [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => theatre-nerds-2018-holiday-gift-guide [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-11-26 15:20:25 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-11-26 20:20:25 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=369562 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 369224 [post_author] => 1294 [post_date] => 2018-11-25 14:50:09 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-11-25 19:50:09 [post_content] => The term classic is a little vague but we can all think of examples of "classic" plays. My choices include Death of a Salesman, The Iceman Cometh, The Glass Menagerie and A Raisin in the Sun. These are all classics now, but which modern plays might join their ranks as "classic". Here are some of my choices! 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I'm a fourteen year old at my church's music camp sitting in my first ever Drama Class. I've loved performing since I was really little whether it was in a choir or Christmas pageants. For the first time, I learned that theatre is not only just about words on a page but it can be so much more.  Fast forward to later that summer, when I have made it into an audition only theatre track. My only experience before this was very insignificant. The other students were much older than I am. They all had something unique about them whereas I had six years of martial arts. When asked to "save the day" in a superhero sketch, I accidentally bashed two actors heads together. But then, the worlds of martial arts and Theatre are brought together when I learned about stage combat. In that class, I learned about what it means to be an actor that people want to work with. We have lessons about "Leaving our ego at the door" and that "If you think you know everything about theatre, you are very wrong." Fast forward to that fall. I'm now fifteen years old on the Hair and Make up crew for my school's musical, Barnum. During the day, I have an hour of Theatre class where I learn the history of the art and play improv games. After school, I get to put what I learned in class into action.  That next fall, I'm sixteen years old and an ensemble member in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. I'm always two steps behind where I need to be, and I'm always tripping over my feet since it's my first time wearing high heels. Learning the waltz is becoming tedious as I constantly feel like I'm letting down the rest of the cast. Instead of being pushed to the back in all the dance numbers, a kinder solution is found, and everything is slowed down and simplified.  Suddenly, it's the end of my senior year. My time as a Drama Club leader is coming to an end. That year of school I had a principal role in my school's musical, went to the Michigan Thespian Festival and earned an Excellent on a musical theatre solo, learned about directing during the winter play, began adapting scripts and using them in real performances. As a seventeen-year-old, I announced in front of a crowd of my peers "I Mac McDonald, know that I will do theatre for the rest of my life." Around the same time the following year, I am eighteen years old, and I am apart of the premiere in an original musical. I would have never thought that I would have an opportunity like that until I was at least 30. A few weeks later, I said for the first time out loud that I want to go to college to become a director. The world of theatre became more than three dimensional as I began to see it from more than just an audience perspective. You taught me that it takes a small army to bring words on a page into something we can see. It takes so much hard work to see just a glimmer of success, but that glimmer of success is so worth it. Theatre is an art not only for entertainment, but it can bring people together in such a unique way. You taught me to take pride in my craft no matter what I'm doing or where I am. To my theatre teachers, you have taught me more than what I can explain in an article. No matter how long you have taught me about Theatre, you have been so influential in why I am the Thespian I am today. It takes a phenomenal teacher for a student to realize their full potential. For that, I say thank you from the bottom of my heart. 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[post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => quiz-how-much-do-you-really-know-about-mamma-mia [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-11-11 10:51:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-11-11 15:51:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=12163 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [13] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 369329 [post_author] => 11 [post_date] => 2018-11-08 08:32:38 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-11-08 13:32:38 [post_content] => When it comes to living our best lives as thespians, it’s easy to take inspiration from the stage. Any theatre nerd who can’t resist a good show tune knows that Andrew Lloyd Webber is the king of Broadway. From ‘Phantom’ to ‘Cats’ to ‘School of Rock’, Webber has penned songs for numerous musicals that continue to stay relevant and perform across the globe. Start your day off on a positive (music) note with these 25 lyrics from Andrew Lloyd Webber shows:

1. “Don’t try to think ahead. Save tomorrow for tomorrow. Think about today instead.” - ‘What’s The Buzz?’ (Jesus Christ Superstar)

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2. “Stand back--you ought to know what'cha gonna get in me: Just a little touch of star quality!” - ‘Buenos Aires’ (Evita)

3. “Close your eyes and let music set you free.” - ‘The Music Of The Night’ (The Phantom Of The Opera)

4. “And with me in control of the band as a whole, we will rock and we'll roll with our heart and our soul; If you're in raise your hand! I'm in the band!” - ‘You’re In The Band’ (School Of Rock)

5. “If you think it, want it, dream it, then it's real.” - ‘You Are What You Feel/Any Dream Will Do’ (Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat)

6. “I can smile at the old days, I was beautiful then. I remember the time I knew what happiness was. Let the memory live again.” - ‘Memory’ (Cats)

7. “You'll get by, you always have before.” - ‘Another Suitcase In Another Hall’ (Evita)

8. “No more talk of darkness, forget these wide-eyed fears; I'm here, nothing can harm you, my words will warm and calm you.” - ‘All I Ask Of You’ (The Phantom Of The Opera)

9. “We taught the world new ways to dream.” - ‘New Ways To Dream’ (Sunset Boulevard)

10. "There's a light at the end of the tunnel." - ‘Light At The End Of The Tunnel’ (Starlight Express)

11. “With Odin and Zeus on the bass and the drums, and Thor playing tambourine, and Amos and Janis and Kurt will appear, and Jesus’ll toss me a beer; and we’ll jam ‘round the clock at the top of Mount Rock!” - ‘When I Climb To The Top Of Mount Rock’ (School Of Rock)

12. “Try to forgive, teach me to live, give me the strength to try.” - ‘Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again’ (The Phantom Of The Opera)

13. “So look with your heart and not with your eyes, the heart understands, the heart never lies.” - ‘Look With Your Heart’ (Love Never Dies)

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14. “With one look I'll ignite a blaze; I'll return to my glory days; They'll say, ‘Norma's back at last!” - 'With One Look' (Sunset Boulevard)

15. “Don't cry for me, Argentina; the truth is I never left you all through my wild days, my mad existence, I kept my promise, don't keep your distance.” - ‘Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina’ (Evita)

16. “Try not to get worried, try not to turn on to problems that upset you, oh. Don't you know everything's alright, yes, everything's fine.” - ‘Everything’s Alright’ (Jesus Christ Superstar)

17. “Let the dream begin.” - ‘The Music of the Night’ (The Phantom Of The Opera)

18. “For we know we shall find our own peace of mind…” - Close Every Door (Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat)

19. “Back when I was younger, wild and bold and free, I can still remember how the music used to be. Chords like rolling thunder, loud beyond control; every note and lyric branded right across my soul.” - ‘Where Did The Rock Go?’ (School Of Rock)

20. ”Only you have the power within you. Just believe in yourself.” - ‘I Am The Starlight’ (Starlight Express)

21. “Feel the early morning madness, feel the magic in the making; why, everything's as if we never said goodbye.” - ‘As If We Never Said Goodbye’ (Sunset Boulevard)

22. “Don't hold back, you are certain to impress!” - ‘Buenos Aires’ (Evita)

23. “Any dream will do.” - ‘Any Dream Will Do’ (Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat)

24. “Let me be your shelter, let me be your light; you're safe, no one will find you, your fears are far behind you.” - ‘All I Ask Of You’ (The Phantom Of The Opera)

25. “Stick it to the man!” - ‘Stick It To The Man’ (School Of Rock)

Have a favorite Andrew Lloyd Webber lyric that you live by? Share it with us in the comments below!

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Here are 9 of Broadway’s best guest starring roles:

1. Nathan Lane on “Sex and the City”

Season five of the mammoth hit show “Sex and the City” featured Broadway actor Nathan Lane guest starring as Bobby Fine. Fine is a friend of Carrie Bradshaw who is assumed to be gay and surprises everyone by coming out as straight when he marries Bitsy von Muffling, a wealthy socialite. Nathan Lane plays the part just right and is hilarious every step of the way.

2. Kristin Chenoweth on “Glee”

Kristin Chenoweth glee Broadway legend Chenoweth made several guest appearances on “Glee” as the quick-witted April Rhodes. Chenoweth’s rendition of “Maybe This Time” from “Cabaret” is a showstopper, bringing one character to tears. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAEcmdso-PY  

3. Cristin Milioti on “The Mindy Project”

Yes, we all know she played the long speculated role of the mother on “How I Met Your Mother.” But even more hilarious was “Once” actor Cristin Milioti’s five-episode guest spot as Whitney, a high-powered hedge fund manager with a drug problem on “The Mindy Project.” After sobering up, Whitney and Mindy strike up a friendship where the two single pals support each other through their difficult challenges.

4. Jeremy Jordan and Darren Criss on “The Flash/Supergirl Crossover”

Broadway stars television spots Two is better than one in the case of both a superhero crossover episode and beloved Broadway stars Darren Criss and Jeremy Jordan. The pair kicks off a throwback musical number on the episode, with a fully choreographed sequence. What’s not to love? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jdq42pasVyo

5. Josh Groban on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”

While most know Josh Groban for his incredible singing voice, the “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” actor is also pretty funny. In his cameo on the musical comedy show, Groban appears to Rebecca while she’s walking home, to dish out some important life advice about not sleeping with your ex-boyfriend’s father. While that is as hilarious as it sounds, the best part has to be when he announces himself by belting out his name. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2U7k7aPKue0

6. Ben Platt on “Will and Grace”

Ben Platt will and grace “Dear Evan Hansen” star Ben Platt becomes the new younger man in Will’s life when they meet at a bar. Platt’s character Blake is an over the top, millennial that catches Will’s attention but with whom he later struggles to connect. There are some definite similarities between Platt’s character in this episode and his role as Benji in his breakout film “Pitch Perfect.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoHDadIfPa4

7. Lin Manuel-Miranda on “How I Met Your Mother”

Before his “Hamilton” fame, Miranda unleashed his rhyming powers on Marshall in an episode of the popular television comedy “How I Met Your Mother.” Miranda plays Gus, who raps about Canada and generally annoys Marshall. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BdxYOrCc74

8. John Gallagher Jr on “The West Wing”

Broadway stars TV A baby-faced Gallagher had a brief stint on the popular Aaron Sorkin drama, “The West Wing.” Coming to the aide of Josh, Donna, and Toby when they are left behind in a small town after a presidential appearance, Gallagher’s Tyler picks them up, and hilarity ensues as they try to get back on track. This is not the “American Idiot” star’s only appearance on a Sorkin show. He went on to play endearing producer Jim Harper on “The Newsroom.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVsQYkx0Ics

9. Andrew Rannells on “Will and Grace”

It seems that Will loves to get his flirt on with the Broadway stars! “Falsettos” Andrew Rannells’ character operates a gay-conversion camp but finds himself falling for Will after a steamy kiss. Rannells is as good as ever, showcasing his perfect comedic timing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBsJAS2ui20

Who is your favorite Broadway guest star? Let us know in the comments below…

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This week, Theatre Nerds is rounding up 40 terms that we think every thespian (as well as their perplexed friends and loved ones) should know. Start studying!

1. BLOCKING - Rather than standing in front of someone so that they can’t get by, ‘blocking’ in the theatre world refers to the exact placement on a stage where an actor needs to be during a scene. 2. CALL TIME - The time in which an actor must be present at the theatre for an audition, rehearsal or show. No phones are involved with this kind of call. 3. COLD READING - Put your tissues away. This simply means to read a script with little to no preparation. No rehearsing for you - you’re going in cold! via GIPHY 4. CURTAIN CALL - That magical moment after a production when the cast comes out for a bow and applause. 5. DOWNSTAGE - The front of a stage where performers are closest to the audience. 6. DRAMATURGY - A study of the context in which a production takes place. Generally, a bunch of actors (or a person assigned to the role of dramaturg) research a play’s specific era, location, societal beliefs, traditions, etc. to gain a better understanding of the world where the story is set. 7. DRESSER - A stagehand who aids in keeping costumes neat and tidy, as well as helping performers during costume changes. Not to be confused with a piece of furniture. 8. ENCORE - That epic musical number that occurs after audiences have applauded the finale of a show and cast members have given a closing bow. via GIPHY 9. FOURTH WALL - Sounds like something from the Twilight Zone but is really the conceptual barrier between actor and audience member. Performers that “break the fourth wall” address the audience. 10. FRINGE - Thespian lingo for theatre that is out of the box, avant garde and experimental. 11. FRONT-OF-HOUSE - Areas of a theatre or performing arts venue where the public can be. Antonym: backstage. 12. GHOST LIGHT - A light that stays illuminated on a stage when the auditorium is otherwise unoccupied. Naturally this term was coined by a thespian and therefore super dramatic (and creepy). 13. GOBO - A fancy term for light-based projections that are used during a theatrical production. 14. LOGE - A section of boxed balcony seats located in a theatre. 15. METHOD ACTING - When actors try to achieve complete emotional understanding of their character (i.e., adjusting their lifestyle to align with a role as part of the rehearsal process). 16. OFF BOOK - When actors can finally toss the script aside because they have their lines memorized. 17. OPEN AIR THEATRE - An outdoor theatre. 18. ORCHESTRA - While even non-theatre folks know that the orchestra can refer to live instruments accompanying a show, the term also defines a venue’s main floor seating. 19. PROSCENIUM - The arch or boarder that frames a stage. 20. QUICK CHANGE - A really, really, really, really, really, really fast costume change. 21. RUN THROUGH - When a cast rehearses their entire show from beginning to end. 22. SCRIM - A piece of cloth that’s used as a backdrop on-stage (often lit from behind to create the scene). 23. SITZPROBE - A magical rehearsal where singers and musicians unite to run through musical numbers together. 24. SOLILOQUY - When a character expresses internal thoughts or emotions verbally for the benefit of the audience. Basically, when a character talks to themselves. 25. STAGE DIRECTION - When a play’s text includes instructional movement or gestures. 26. STAGE DOOR - The secret place where theatre nerds fan-girl and get Playbills signed after a show. via GIPHY 27. STAGE MANAGER - (Noun) A magical device usually fueled by caffeine that brings order to chaos. (We even put it on a shirt.) 28. STAGE MOM - Those super-moms that aid their thespian offspring in line running, costume sewing, prop making, shoe shopping, choreography watching, snack supplying, makeup applying, fundraising and more. (We put that on a shirt also.) 29. STRIKE - When the run of a show is done and everyone involved congregates to destroy the set. Tears are probably shed. 30. SUPERNUMERARIES - While this word reminds us of superheroes, it is the Individuals who are onstage during a show to fill in crowd scenes but aren’t actually actors, singers or dancers. (They may have superpowers as well.) 31. SWING - A thespian ninja who has the ability to jump into multiple roles as an understudy at any given moment. 32. TECHIE - A loving term of endearment for those who make the magic happen offstage (aka theatre technicians who work with lights, props, sets, etc.) 33. THEATRE-IN-THE-ROUND - A theatre with seats surrounding every side of the stage. They are also known as arena stages. 34. THE BARD - What ultra-theatre nerds call William Shakespeare. 35. THRUST STAGE - A stage that “thrusts” into the auditorium; there are seats surrounding three sides. 26. TYPECAST - When you’re just ALWAYS cast in a nerdy role. Or ALWAYS the villain. Or ALWAYS that cool sidekick who owns a hairless cat. 37. UNDERSTUDY - It’s like substitute teaching but one step closer to winning a Tony. 38. UPSTAGE - The back of the stage farthest from the audience. 39. UPSTAGED - This word also refers to that theatre kid who constantly tries to outshine everyone. *Cue Beyoncé’s “Diva”* via GIPHY 40. WINGS - The area to the sides of the stage where all things important happen: quick changes occur, props await their moment in the sun, and performers enter onstage.

Have a thespian term you want to include? Share it with us in the comments below!

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With music and lyrics by Australian comedian and singer-songwriter Eddie Perfect (“Shane Warne, “King Kong”), “Beetlejuice” is an outrageously hilarious spectacle that balances the macabre with the comedic. The cast and crew have brought forth a production that would make Burton and his original cohorts proud. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWeblJlO7a0 Here we have a cast that could not have been better assembled, since they fit their respective roles like a glove... or in this case, like a corpse in a hearse! In the title role is Alex Brightman, who is best known for his Tony-nominated performance as Dewey Finn in "School of Rock." His embodiment of Beetlejuice would make even Michael Keaton shudder. Brightman's portrayal of the shameless, sailor-mouthed miscreant is complete with spot-on accents and a devilishly convincing comical timing. Brightman’s consistently raspy voice throughout the show is proof that the man has vocal cords of steel, and his performance is a must-watch for Tony voters. Alongside him playing Lydia is Sophia Anne Caruso ("The Sound of Music Live!", "Lazarus"). Whereas Winona Ryder's Lydia is low-key and subtle, Caruso's Lydia has more attitude. Lydia grieves over her mother’s death and barely tolerates her selfish, oblivious father, and Caruso nails the angst needed for the self-proclaimed "strange and unusual" goth teenager. Vocally, Caruso has a solid belting register that is far beyond her 17 years. Her first big solo number "Dead Mom" is a midtempo rock number in the vein of Paramore, and I can easily see Caruso fronting her own future band if she chooses to do so. Other standouts in the cast include Broadway veteran Kerry Butler ("Catch Me If You Can," "Mean Girls") and Rob McClure ("Chaplin") as the adorkable recently deceased couple Barbara and Adam Maitland. Leslie Kritzer ("Legally Blonde"), who plays Delia, Lydia's soon-to-be stepmother and life coach, is an absolute riot, as is her co-star Adam Dannheisser ("Oslo"), who plays Lydia's father, Charles. Also noteworthy is Kelvin Moon Loh (“The King and I” 2015 Revival) as Delia’s ethereal guru Otho. Although a minor character, it would be remiss not to applaud Dana Steingold's brief but screamingly funny performance as an innocent, easily scared Girl Scout in the second act. [caption id="attachment_369138" align="aligncenter" width="798"]Beetlejuice musical review Pictured: Alex Brightman playing Beetlejuice.[/caption] One of the show's most significant assets is its spectacular set, costume, and lighting design. The production is complete with animatronic sandworms and shrimp-arms, not to mention at least five different backgrounds throughout the course of the show. The set's gothic aesthetic is spot-on with Tim Burton's style from the movie, and its immaculate versatility is something that I hope Tony voters remember come spring. Moreover, the costumes are nearly exact replicas of the movie ones (e.g., Beetlejuice’s striped suit and Lydia’s red wedding dress). In classic Broadway fashion, the costume changes in numbers such as “Creepy Old Guy” are swift and stunning. Elsewhere, the lighting design strikes gothic gold. Before the curtain rises, it is covered with a beaming spiral, as if to hypnotize the audience into a world far beyond our darkest fears. Perhaps my favorite use of the lighting is how minimal it is in the netherworld scenes, heightening the Tim Burton-like desolation of the next world. The crew has crafted a flexible set that turns the seemingly impossible into a reality. Meanwhile, the writing is sensational. Like last year’s production of “Mean Girls,” the book here is not just a total copy-and-paste of the movie to the stage. The book writers Scott Brown and Anthony King (both “Gutenberg! The Musical”) have expanded character backstories. For example, the musical opens with Beetlejuice wreaking havoc in a graveyard shortly before cutting to the funeral for Lydia’s mother. Some plot details have changed, however, such as how Barbara and Adam die in the story’s beginning. A car driving off a bridge, like in the movie, here turns into the couple falling through the floor in their house. With the dialogue, Brown and King have upped the ante on the humor. The script is replete with explosive jokes and lyrics that tip-toe between knee-slapping and just plain wrong ("There are misogynistic guys here/Someday you're gonna die here/It's basically Dubai here"). Musically, Eddie Perfect lives up to his surname with his lively rock/swing hybrid score that enhances the brash dark humor throughout the story. The score hits the ground running with the uptempo opening number "The Whole Being Dead Thing.” Other highlights throughout the show include "That Beautiful Sound," "Creepy Old Guy," and "Everything Is Meh." The latter number features another delightful addition to the story: the fictional boy band Boy Inferno, which greets people upon entering the netherworld. Furthermore, fans of the movie will be relieved to know that the two Harry Belafonte songs used in the movie's iconic dinner scene and finale scene are recycled for the stage version. [caption id="attachment_369139" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Beetlejuice musical review, beetlejucie musical Eddie Perfect, the composer, and lyricist for “Beetlejuice.”[/caption] The show is already a hit among audiences, with many patrons arriving on opening night in full gothic makeup, dyed hair, and costumes. Ticket-wise, some performances are already down to single tickets in certain sections. Overall, I hope the show is not altered too much when it transfers to New York in the spring. There are already several strong aspects, and I hope that all the aforementioned musical numbers stay intact. As the DC production is currently the only incarnation of the musical, it is hard for me to imagine a better cast than the current one. I do hope though that Otho’s character is expanded. I know his Act II appearance is brief, but I feel that there is much comedic potential to explore with him. Regardless of how the final version manifests, "Beetlejuice" is already a hit of demonic proportions! WARNING: Contains strong language, suggestive content, and strobe light effects. Not recommended for children under 15. "Beetlejuice" plays at DC's National Theatre through November 18th. 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Here's my guide for the different kinds of musicals that you can tell what it's about just by the title. [post_title] => A Basic Guide To Musical Theatre Titles [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => a-basic-guide-to-musical-theatre-titles [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-10-27 10:45:27 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-10-27 14:45:27 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=369115 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [20] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 369032 [post_author] => 11 [post_date] => 2018-10-25 09:50:04 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-10-25 13:50:04 [post_content] => Combat the stress of sifting through scripts with Theatre Nerds’ comprehensive collection of comedic monologues for actors. Whether you’re ready to own the audition room with a Shakespearean sonnet or embody a cranky, treasure-hunting pirate captain, we’ve got you covered.

Impress your casting director with these 17 comedic monologues for men:

1. “I would like to say something your honor…” - Leo Bloom from ‘The Producers’

Comedic monologues for men, funny monologues for guys, theatre nerds monologues   Chronicling a goofy duo of ‘has been’ Broadway producers, this aptly titled musical is packed with satire and witty dialogue making it a shoo-in for a comedic monologue choice. Take on the role of Leo Bloom, a nerve-wracked accountant who partners up with the bold and scheming Max Bialystock. Monologue Length: 1:08 - 1:20 “I would like to say something your honor, not on my behalf, but in reference to my partner, Mr. Bialystock....your honor, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, Max Bialystock is the most selfish man I ever met in my life...Not only is he liar, and a cheat and a scoundrel, and a crook, who has taken money from little old ladies, he has also talked people into doing things, especially me, that they would never in a thousand years had dreamed of doing. But, your honor, as I understand it the law was created to protect people from being wronged. Your honor, whom has Max Bialystock wronged? I mean, whom has he really hurt? Not me. Not me. I was.... this man.... no one ever called me Leo before. I mean, I know it's not a big legal point, but even in kindergarten they used to call me Bloom. I never sang a song before. I mean with someone else, I never sang a song with someone else before. This man.... this man... this is a wonderful man. He made me what I am today...he did. And what of the dear ladies? What would their lives have been without Max Bialystock? Max Bialystock, who made them feel young, and attractive, and wanted again. That's all I have to say.”

2. “Perhaps you think…” - Black Stache from ‘Peter And The Starcatchers’

funny monologues for men Do you have a knack for the dark side? Set sail with this fantastical monologue from the Tony Award-winning play, “Peter And The Starcatchers.” Show the audition room that it’s not easy being a villainous pirate - as seen by this lament from the ominous (and slightly silly) Captain Black Stache. Monologue Length: 45 seconds - 1 minute “Perchance you think a treasure trunk sans treasure has put my piratical BVDs in a twist? How wrong you are. Yes, I’d hoped to be hip-deep in diamonds, but they’re a poor substitute for what I really crave: a bona fide hero to help me feel whole. For without a hero, what am I? Half a villain; a pirate in part; ruthless, but toothless. And then I saw you, and I thought, “Maybe? Can it be? Is he the one I’ve waited for? Would he, for example, give up something precious for the sake of the daughter he loves?” But alas, he gives up sand. Now, let’s see: hero with treasure, very good. Hero with no treasure…. doable. No hero and a trunk full o’ sand? Not s’much. NOW, WHERE’S MY TREASURE?!?” (Credit: Elice, Rick. Peter and the Starcatcher Disney Editions, 2014.)

3. “Eliza, you are to stay here…” - Henry Higgins from “My Fair Lady”

This monologue from Professor Henry Higgins sums up ‘My Fair Lady’ in a nutshell. As a stiff and stern educator, Higgins is out to make a lady of the wild and carefree Eliza Dolittle. He states his rules for their lessons in this memorable scene. Monologue Length: 1:07 - 1:20 “Hmmm. Eliza, you are to stay here for the next six months learning how to speak beautifully, like a lady in a florist shop. If you're good and do whatever you are told, you shall sleep in a proper bedroom, have lots to eat, and money to buy chocolates and take rides in taxis. But if you are naughty and idle you shall sleep in the back kitchen amongst the black beetles, and be walloped by Mrs. Pearce with a broomstick. At the end of six months you shall be taken to Buckingham Palace in a carriage, beautifully dressed. If the King finds out that you are not a lady, the police will take you to the Tower of London, where your head will be cut off as a warning to other presumptuous flower girls (Eliza looks up at him terrified) But if you are not found out, you shall have a present of seven-and-six to start life with as a lady in a shop. If you refuse this offer you will be a most ungrateful wicked girl, and the angels will weep for you. (Seeing by Eliza's reaction that she has understood every word he turns to Pickering, his former tone instantly changed to one of good humor) Now are you satisfied, Pickering?”

4. “Juicy as a pomegranate.” - Beverly Carlton from “The Man Who Came To Dinner”

If it’s a bit of dramatic flair you’re looking for, this might be your cup of tea. Enter Beverly Carlton: a playwright and performer with a talent for impressions. In this minute-long monologue, he reenacts an overly theatrical conversation. Monologue Length: 55 seconds - 1:10 “Juicy as a pomegranate. It is the latest report from London on the winter maneuvers of Miss Lorraine Sheldon against the left flank -- in fact, all flanks -- of Lord Cedric Bottomley. Listen: “Lorraine has just left us in a cloud of Chanel Number Five. Since September, in her relentless pursuit of His Lordship, she has paused only to change girdles and check her oil. She has chased him, panting, from castle to castle, till he finally took refuge, for several weekends, in the gentleman’s lavatory of the House of Lords. Practically no one is betting on the Derby this year; we are all making book on Lorraine. She is sailing tomorrow on the Normandie, but would return on the Yankee Clipper if Bottomley so much as belches in her direction.” Have you ever met Lord Bottomley, Maggie dear? “Not v-v-very good shooting today, blast it. Only s-s-six partridges, f-f-four grouse, and the D-D-Duke of Sutherland.”

5. “I think lunchtime is about the worst time of day for me.” - Charlie Brown from ‘You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown’

male monologues Poor Charlie Brown! Nothing can ever seem to go right. In this scene, a melancholy Charlie discusses why lunchtime is his least favorite part of the day. Nail your audition with an excerpt from this Peanuts-inspired script. Monologue Length: 2:12 - 2:30 “I think lunchtime is about the worst time of day for me. Always having to sit here alone. Of course, sometimes, mornings aren't so pleasant either. Waking up and wondering if anyone would really miss me if I never got out of bed. Then there's the night, too. Lying there and thinking about all the stupid things I've done during the day. And all those hours in between when I do all those stupid things. Well, lunchtime is among the worst times of the day for me. Well, I guess I'd better see what I've got. Peanut butter. Some psychiatrists say that people who eat peanut butter sandwiches are lonely...I guess they're right. And when you're really lonely, the peanut butter sticks to the roof of your mouth. There's that cute little red-headed girl eating her lunch over there. I wonder what she would do if I went over and asked her if I could sit and have lunch with her?...She'd probably laugh right in my face...it's hard on a face when it gets laughed in. There's an empty place next to her on the bench. There's no reason why I couldn't just go over and sit there. I could do that right now. All I have to do is stand up...I'm standing up!...I'm sitting down. I'm a coward. I'm so much of a coward, she wouldn't even think of looking at me. She hardly ever does look at me. In fact, I can't remember her ever looking at me. Why shouldn't she look at me? Is there any reason in the world why she shouldn't look at me? Is she so great, and I'm so small, that she can't spare one little moment?...SHE'S LOOKING AT ME!! SHE'S LOOKING AT ME!! (he puts his lunchbag over his head.) ...Lunchtime is among the worst times of the day for me. If that little red-headed girl is looking at me with this stupid bag over my head she must think I'm the biggest fool alive. But, if she isn't looking at me, then maybe I could take it off quickly and she'd never notice it. On the other hand...I can't tell if she's looking, until I take it off! Then again, if I never take it off I'll never have to know if she was looking or not. On the other hand...it's very hard to breathe in here. (he removes his sack) Whew! She's not looking at me! I wonder why she never looks at me? Oh well, another lunch hour over with...only 2,863 to go.”

6.“Don’t let her bedevil you, gentlemen.” - Finian McLonergan from ‘Finian’s Rainbow’

If you’re opting for a traditional monologue, this snippet from ‘Finian’s Rainbow’ will do the trick. Walk into your audition as Finian himself using this outrageous speech which takes place after the titular character’s daughter is accused of witchcraft. Monologue Length: 45 seconds - 1 minute “Don’t let her bedevil you, gentlemen. A witch she is and a witch she’s always been. Who would know better than me, her unhappy father, who found her on me doorstep, left by a fairy in the moonlight. At the age of two, she could talk with the skylarks, and decode the chirping of the crickets. At the age of four, she could blow a rainbow out of a bubble pipe, and then wear her pants out sliding down it. Then, during her adolescence, she took a tragic turn. She began to change whiskey into milk. It was a crisis, a crisis. From then on, one change led to another, and now you are all witnesses to the unhappy climax - she’s changed a white man into a black. (silencing gesture) Quiet, Woody, I’m doing the right thing. Just a minute, gentlemen. Sharon can also change a black man into a white.”

7. “Well either you are closing your eyes to a situation you do not wish to acknowledge…” - Harold Hill from ‘The Music Man’

There may be seventy-six auditionees vying for a role, but only one will be cast! Impress casting directors by embodying the infamous Harold Hill, a traveling salesman who poses as a band director in a small Iowa town. Monologue Length: 1:25 - 1:40 “Well either you are closing your eyes to a situation you do not wish to acknowledge, or you are not aware of the caliber of disaster indicated by the presence of a pool table in your community. Well, you got trouble my friend. Right here, I say, trouble right here in River City. Why sure I'm a billiard player, certainly mighty proud to say, I'm always mighty proud to say it. I consider that the hours I spend with a cue in my hand are golden. Help ya cultivate horse sense, and cool head and a keen eye. Did you ever take and try to give an ironclad leave to yourself from a three rail billiard shot? But just as I say it takes judgement, brains and maturity to score in a balk line game, I say that any boob, can take and shove a ball in a pocket. And I call that sloth, the first big step on the road to the depths of degreda- I say first, medicinal wine from a teaspoon, then beer from a bottle. And the next thing you know your son is playing for money in a pinch back suit and listening to some big out of town jasper here to talk about horse race gamblin'. Not a wholesome trottin race, no, but a race where they sit down right on the horse! Like to see some stuck up jockey boy sitting on Dan-Patch? Make your blood boil? Well, I should say. Now friends, let me tell you what I mean. Ya got one, two, three, four, five, six pockets in a table. Pockets that mark the difference between a gentleman and a bum with a capital B and that rhymes with P and that stands for pool.”

8. “O, she misused me past the endurance of a block!” - Benedick from ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

comedic male monologue shakespeare Shakespearean dialogue has long been a popular monologue choice - and with good reason! These words, spoken by the role of Benedick, is a great choice if you’re looking to find a monologue that showcases old English and can be performed in approximately one minute. Monologue Length: 1:05 - 1:15 “O, she misused me past the endurance of a block! An oak but with one green leaf on it would have answered her; my very visor began to assume life and scold with her. She told me, not thinking I had been myself, that I was the Prince's jester, that I was duller than a great thaw; huddling jest upon jest with such impossible conveyance upon me that I stood like a man at a mark, with a whole army shooting at me. She speaks poniards, and every word stabs. If her breath were as terrible as her terminations, there were no living near her; she would infect the North Star. I would not marry her though she were endowed with all that Adam had left him before he transgressed. She would have made Hercules have turned spit, yea, and have cleft his club to make the fire too. Come, talk not of her. You shall find her the infernal Ate in good apparel. I would to God some scholar would conjure her, for certainly, while she is here, a man may live as quiet in hell as in a sanctuary; and people sin upon purpose, because they would go thither; so indeed all disquiet, horror, and perturbation follows her.”

9. “And I, forsooth, in love!” - Berowne from ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’

This particular Shakespearean declaration of love is a tad dramatic (and can be a fun monologue when auditioning for a comedic role!) Berowne, a former cynic when it comes to romance, unexpectedly falls for a beautiful girl; this new revelation sparks the words below... Monologue Length: 1:20 - 1:45 “And I, forsooth, in love! I, that have been love's whip, A very beadle to a humorous sigh, A critic, nay, a night-watch constable, A domineering pedant o'er the boy, Than whom no mortal so magnificent. This wimpled, whining, purblind, wayward boy, This signor-junior, giant-dwarf, Dan Cupid, Regent of love-rimes, lord of folded arms, The anointed sovereign of sighs and groans, Liege of all loiterers and malcontents, Dread prince of plackets, king of codpieces, Sole imperator and great general Of trotting paritors -- O my little heart! And I to be a corporal of his field, And wear his colors like a tumbler's hoop! What? I love, I sue, I seek a wife! A woman that is like a German clock, Still a-repairing, ever out of frame, And never going aright, being a watch, But being watched that it may still go right! Nay, to be perjured, which is worst of all; And, among three, to love the worst of all; A whitely wanton with a velvet brow, With two pitch balls stuck in her face for eyes. Ay, and, by heaven, one that will do the deed, Though Argus were her eunuch and her guard. And I to sigh for her, to watch for her, To pray for her! Go to, it is a plague That Cupid will impose for my neglect Of his almighty dreadful little might. Well, I will love, write, sigh, pray, sue, groan: Some men must love my lady, and some Joan.”

10. “Well, kiddies, that’s what happened to Tommy today.” - Jeff Douglas from ‘Brigadoon’

Pack your bags and take a trip to Brigadoon with this monologue. Lerner and Lowe’s beloved show follows two friends who stumble upon a mystic town that appears once every 100 years (ooh! aah!) Monologue Length: 1:30 - 1:45 “Well, kiddies, that's what happened to Tommy today. But, what about his friend Jeff? Well, he had fun too. Tonight he went running off through the woods after some highland hot-head who was gonna make all the people disappear by crossing the wrong street. Well after a while, Jeff thought he saw a bird perched low in a tree, and he shot at it. Something fell to the ground. He rushed over to it, and whaddya think it was? It was hot-head Harry. Yessir, the boy Dermish himself, lying there looking all dead....Now to kill somebody somewhere else in the world would've been an awful thing, but you see, Harry was a citizen of the little town that wasn't there, and he probably never lived in the first place. Chances are there weren't even any woods. In fact the whole day probably never even happened, because you see, this is a fairy tale...(angry) Dream stuff, boy, all made up outta broomsticks and wishing wells! It's either that or a boot camp for lunatics, I don't know what goes on around here. All I know is that whatever it is, it's got nothing to do with me and nothing to do with you! And anything that happens to either of us just doesn't count! How can it when you don't understand it? And you wanna give up your family, your friends, your whole life for this? It's not even worth arguing about. Now go say goodbye to the little people and thank them for the picnic!...You're confused aren't ya boy? You know, if you believed as much as you think you do, you wouldn't be.”

11. “Okay. Now here it comes.” - Man In Chair from ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

Over the years, the nameless Man In Chair has been played by many well-known actors. Now it’s your time to shine with this iconic monologue from “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Monologue Length: 1:18 - 1:30 “Okay. Now here it comes. The moment I was talking about [...] a moment that has fascinated me more than any other and that has brought me back to this record again and again. Here it comes. (Pause). You can’t quite make out what she says because someone drops a cane. Is she saying “live while you can,” or “leave while you can”? And that’s exactly what you think when you’re standing at the altar, isn’t it, “Live” or “Leave” and you have to live. [... ... ...] So, one day [...] you say “I love you” and you basically phrase it as a question, but they accept it as fact and then suddenly there she is standing in front of you in a three thousand dollar dress with tears in her eyes, and her nephew made the huppah, so what do you do? [...] You choose to live. And for a couple of months you stare at the alien form in the bed beside you and you think to yourself “Who are you? Who are you?” And one day you say it out loud…then it’s a trial separation and couples counseling and all your conversations are about her eating disorder and your Zoloft addiction, [...] and the whole “relationship” ends on a particularly ugly note with your only copy of Gypsy spinning through the air and smashing against the living room wall. But still, in the larger sense, in a broader sense, it’s better to have lived than left, right?”

12.“I'm sorry to have to say it to your face, Lucy, but it's true.” - Schroeder from ‘You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown’

If this were a ‘Friends’ episode, this monologue would be called ‘the one where Schroeder calls out Lucy for being crabby. This humorous confrontation is a light-hearted pick especially if you’re auditioning for the role of a young character. Monologue Length: 40 seconds - 1 minute “I'm sorry to have to say it to your face, Lucy, but it's true. You're a very crabby person. I know your crabbiness has probably become so natural to you now that you're not even aware when you're being crabby, but it's true just the same. You're a very crabby person and you're crabby to just about everyone you meet. Now I hope you don't mind my saying this, Lucy, and I hope you're take it in the spirit that it's meant. I think we should be very open to any opportunity to learn more about ourselves. I think Socrates was very right when he said that one of the first rules for anyone in life is 'Know Thyself'. Well, I guess I've said about enough. I hope I haven't offended you or anything.”

13. “It pains me very much to have to speak frankly to you, Lady Bracknell…” - Jack from ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

This classic work by Oscar Wilde is best known for its cleverness and wit. While much of the text comes across as prim and proper, the play is a farce commenting on social hierarchies and traditions of the upper class. Monologue Length: 1:05 - 1:15 “It pains me very much to have to speak frankly to you, Lady Bracknell, about your nephew, but the fact is that I do not approve at all of his moral character. I suspect him of being untruthful. I fear there can be no possible doubt about the matter. This afternoon during my temporary absence in London on an important question of romance, he obtained admission to my house by means of the false pretence of being my brother. Under an assumed name he drank, I’ve just been informed by my butler, an entire pint bottle of my Perrier-Jouet, Brut, ’89; wine I was specially reserving for myself. Continuing his disgraceful deception, he succeeded in the course of the afternoon in alienating the affections of my only ward. He subsequently stayed to tea, and devoured every single muffin. And what makes his conduct all the more heartless is, that he was perfectly well aware from the first that I have no brother, that I never had a brother, and that I don’t intend to have a brother, not even of any kind. I distinctly told him so myself yesterday afternoon.”

14. “Medium” Monologue by Joseph Arnone

In this contemporary piece, Derek might have a bit of a “Napoleon complex." Put your unique spin on his character with this unique monologue (available on monologueblogger.com) if you’re looking for something new and modern. Monologue Length: 1:30 - 1:45 DEREK: “I’m a medium. Why do you keep asking me if I’m a small? Do I look like a hobbit to you? I have wide shoulders. (standing up from his seat) Look. Look at me. See how my shoulders are wide and then as you go down it starts to V, that’s because I have wide shoulders, alright? (beat) I know the last shirt you got me was a small and still looked big on me. That’s because it was made that way. That’s the design of how that company makes that style shirt. There are other companies I can get in a large, like that coat you made fun of me in, that was the style, a little baggy…well, actually, yeah, you’re right about the coat. It was too big. Why did I buy a coat so big?? (beat) Honey, do I suffer from a slight case of Napoleon disease? Not like a big case but like a small case…you think? Well, my height is 5’11 so I’m no Napoleon. What? I am 5’11! I’m not 5’9. Listen, when we measured last time it was in an old house with crooked flooring, alright? Your mother’s floor is still the original from 1910. It’s all lopsided. Everyone’s height fluctuates in that house depending on where they’re standing. Your Uncle Tobey, who’s 2’2 was staring down at me in the kitchen and then in the living room he was at my knees. Come on, that’s not fair. I’m no smaller than 5’10, that I’m one hundred percent sure about. On my life, I swear on my life about that and that’s still a good height for a guy so I’m not complaining. I’ll give you the inch. But please, most shirts fit me as a medium, so order me a medium.”

15. “God, Gloria, how I always loved this!” - Leo from ‘At Long Last Leo’

This play touches on human nature, family dynamics and the promise of a better life. Leo is addicted to thinking, hoping and changing which can be seen in this excerpt from ‘At Long Last Leo.’ Monologue Length: 1:05 - 1:15 “God, Gloria, how I always loved this! (sits on the ground) Being out back at night, looking up at the sky. It always made me think about what an extraordinary tourist attraction the world is. About all the famous people who've lived here, and all the incredible events that have happened right here on this planet. Sometimes, you know what I think about? I think about all the incredible events that have happened that history never knew about. I mean it is unbelievable some of the things that must have happened that, for one reason or another, we don't know about. Sometimes, I think about all the amazing coincidences that have happened that you hear about. And then I think about all the amazing coincidences that almost happened, but didn't...because one guy went down the canned food aisle just as the other one went down the baking goods aisle. I can feel this planet, Gloria. I swear I can actually feel this planet hurtling through space. Fast. Much faster than we realize. (then) Know what else I think about that's weird? What if it turns out I really am the next Moses? Can you imagine? What if I really am?”

16. “You know why men are constantly fighting instead of working together to survive?” - Barry from ‘Dreams In Captivity’

It’s a man’s world in this short monologue from Gabriel Davis’ ‘Dreams In Captivity.’ Find your distinct inspiration for Barry, a Lazy Boy salesman who has a thing or two to say. Monologue Length: 40 seconds - 1 minute “You know why men are constantly fighting instead of working together to survive? Simple. Man is mainly motivated to sit on his ass. Our greatest inventors are busy right now finding more ways for us to sit on our ass better. And when they make it, men will kill to sit on it. Wars will happen because every man wants the best Lazy Boy Recliner in the galaxy. AND I SELL IT. I sell a deluxe Lazy Boy outfitted with massagers, heating pads, a cooling unit for drinks – it’s the closest experience of comfort a man can get on earth short of climbing back through his mother’s hoo-ha into the womb. If it's a choice between that and helping you colonize space? No contest.”

17. “If music be the food of love, play on.” - Orsino from ‘Twelfth Night’

All the world’s a stage and, therefore, we must end our collection with another monologue by Shakespeare. Orsino, a powerful nobleman, is the definition of lovesick. Command the audition room with this hilarious declaration of love. Monologue Length: 40 seconds - 1 minute “If music be the food of love, play on; Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die. That strain again! it had a dying fall: O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound, That breathes upon a bank of violets, Stealing and giving odour! Enough; no more: 'Tis not so sweet now as it was before. O spirit of love! how quick and fresh art thou, That, notwithstanding thy capacity Receiveth as the sea, nought enters there, Of what validity and pitch soe'er, But falls into abatement and low price, Even in a minute: so full of shapes is fancy That it alone is high fantastical.”

Have a great comedic monologue to share with other actors? Comment below…

[post_title] => 17 Comedic Monologues For Men [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 17-comedic-monologues-for-men [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-10-25 09:50:37 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-10-25 13:50:37 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=369032 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [21] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 369009 [post_author] => 440 [post_date] => 2018-10-23 09:59:24 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-10-23 13:59:24 [post_content] => It’s hard to believe it’s been fifteen years since “Wicked” flew onto Broadway. The musical took audiences by storm when it first premiered in 2003, bringing a new side to the age-old story of Oz and the Wicked Witch of the West. To commemorate the Broadway smash hit, NBC announced a well-timed Halloween special “A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 years on Broadway” that will air on Monday, October 29th.

Here’s what Wicked fans can expect for the musical special:

Beloved Songs

wicked musical, wicked halloween special The one-hour television special is set to be a celebration of song, with acts performing the beloved tunes from the hit Broadway show. A full list of included songs has yet to be released, but that hasn’t stopped fans from speculating and hoping that their favorites will be on deck that evening. Fan footage shot of Ariana Grande at the recent taping confirms her as the performer of the powerhouse number “The Wizard and I.”

Reprising the Roles

You can’t say “Wicked” without thinking of the ladies who made Elphaba and Galinda household names in the Broadway world. Acclaimed Broadway legends Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth will reunite for the night and treat audiences to a reprise of the friendship we’ve all been missing.

Past and Present

Chenoweth and Menzel won’t be the only leading ladies onstage for the evening. Glindas and Elphabas from previous shows will join in the celebration, taking the stage with the OGs. Fans can even score a sneak peek of the current production, as Broadway’s Glinda, Amanda Jane Cooper, and Elphaba, Jessica Vosk, will be amongst the group. Other members of the current Broadway company will make appearances through the evening as well.

From Fans to Featured Performers

Wicked has garnered fans of all ages over the years, including those with famous names and faces. Never shy about expressing her love for the show, Ariana Grande is confirmed to perform and fan footage of her performance created buzz when it recently made the rounds online. And Grande isn’t the only big name to pay homage to the show. Popular acapella group Pentatonix is set to perform, as well as “Wicked” alumni Adam Lambert, and multi-talented actress/singer Ledisi. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnNlevqBScU

Behind the Scenes

There would be nothing to celebrate without composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, so naturally, he will grace the stage during the show. Filmed at the famous Marquis Theater in New York, the night is sure to be hit with Emmy and Tony-winning Producer Mark Platt at the helm, as well as additional members of the original Broadway team, Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss. So grab all of your favorite witches, light a few jack-o-lanterns, and celebrate a return to the land of ruby slippers, the yellow brick road, and magical possibility. There’s no place like home. Channel: NBC Time: 10/9c

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My favorite from the Dystopian YA genre is The Hunger Games. In 7th grade, I was in a bit of a literature slump as I finished the Harry Potter series. I picked up the first Hunger Games book because my friends were talking about the movie that was going to be released before spring break. They kept on telling me how good of a book it was and they were right. The setting felt so real because of my background in camping and martial arts. I could hear the sounds of the woods and I knew the feeling of wielding a sword. It's been a while since I've read the books but over this last week I was rewatching the movies again and thought to myself, Could this be adapted for the stage?  Right now on Broadway, there is a trend of adapting a movie or a popular series to the stage. Mean Girls, Pretty Woman, Waitress, Anastasia, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child are just a few. And in the recent years we've seen stage adaptations of 1984, Fahrenheit 451, A Clockwork Orange, and A Brave New World. So should The Hunger Games be brought to Broadway? PRO The author of The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins, wrote her books in a three-act format and has a background in playwrighting. So when adapting it to the stage, each chapter is or two is like a scene and there is also that whole theatrical arc. Also, this story is based on the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur and it wouldn't be the first time audiences have been exposed to Greek Mythology since Theatre comes from the ancient Greeks. Plot-wise, The Hunger Games flows like a play. The books are written from Katniss's perspective, the audience sees everything that she sees. We are with Katniss in the arena and we are in her head as she monologues. It made sense in the movies that we see things from the Gamemakers and the world outside of the arena because it fit the medium of film. In a stage adaptation, we don't have to see everything that is being planned before it happens in the games which would let the audience be surprised by certain things instead of being told what is going to happen.  The Hunger Games breaks gender stereotypes. Katniss is blunt and a bit emotionally inept. She hides what she is feeling. Peeta, on the other hand, is sweet, gentle and openly expresses himself. How many pairs can you name that have swapped stereotypes? Plus this isn't a teen love story. It's a story about survival and justice. I would love to see an actress play an honest portrayal of an introverted  and tough as nails rebel. Going over to design elements, The Capitol Citizens have very theatrical and elaborate outfits. The hair and make up of the Capitol would be very interesting to see onstage. Cinna’s costumes with the fake fire could become a reality with the right technology. We’ve already figured out how to transform one dress into another if you have seen Cinderella. Then we see the District citizens who dress very simply. Think of something like Of Mice and Men, or a standard 1930’s period piece. Costuming for The Hunger Games would be very interesting to see blending ideas from The Great Depression, New York Fashion Week, and Survival Gear. With the tech advancement of digital screens, creating those elaborate metropolis, war torn buildings, or outdoor scenes are a lot easier to do now than five years ago. Imagine seeing those sweeping fields beyond the fence of District 12 or even the Training Center before the games. Now imagine the scene with the interviews with Caesar Flickerman with you the audience as the Capitol audience members. Wouldn't that be interesting?  If The Hunger Games was adapted into specifically a musical, we can already gather some inspiration from the 3 soundtracks inspired by the film. Imagine some bluegrass, Appalachian Folk, indie rock, and alternative pop when we're in the districts and arena and then something very showtuney and jazzy while in the Capitol. Andrew Llyod Webber mixed genres of music in his musicals, why shouldn't that happen for The Hunger Games. Also, three songs were mentioned in the books. There's "Deep in the meadow" aka Rue's Lullaby, "The Valley Song" which Peeta mentions in the first book, and "The Hanging Tree" from the third book. Two of the three songs were given a melody for the movie. Plus in the books, Katniss has a beautiful singing voice. CON Content-wise, The Hunger Games is very dark and graphic. It is a story about a televised event where 24 kids from the ages of 12-18 are put in a dog-eats-dog survival competition until there is one survivor. The later books get more in-depth about what happens afterword if you survive the games. All of the movies have a PG-13 rating. To keep the first movie from being rated R, we don't see all of the blood spilled on screen. Once you see something, you can never unsee it. With a live audience, it would be tricky to know how much murder is okay for an audience. Is it something very realistic or done very artistically and symbolically like in Sweeney Todd? A project like that would have to have a director and creative team that knows how much is too much. The intensity would change whether this would be on a proscenium, thrust, or even a real arena stage. With casting, someone would have to decide how young is too young for these characters to look. In the first movie, a few of the leading actors were around 2-7 years older than the characters they were portraying. It would be nightmare inducing seeing someone that young being murdered onstage. The Hunger Games doesn't end after the first installment. It is Three, 3-act plays, each with their own arc. The big story being a girl from the middle of nowhere becoming the face of a revolution. But each book builds on itself with each act of the story. So either you only turn one of the books into a stage adaptation, speed through really good parts of the story, or have an 8 hour long show. Lord of The Rings musical anyone? Even though the books are written from Katniss’s perspective, there’s a bunch of other interesting characters. And since their are so many characters, would there be more of an ensemble feel of a show? Would that change the story from person vs. nature vs. society to more of a People vs. Society? If we crammed all three books in one play would we see the same actress play Clove and Johanna? Do the actors playing stylist, and prep teams also play tributes? Would there be a divide between older and younger actors? Do some characters get cut from the stage adaptation? Some of these characters help to drive the plot forward. How expensive would it get to Costume all those people? The Hunger Games is still very new. We would have to wait at least 10 years to see a stage adaptation. The last movie was released almost 3 years ago. Finale The Hunger Games would be very interesting to see onstage with its grand spectacle elements. Content and length wise it all comes down to sensitivity of the audience. Maybe the movies is as far as it will go. It would be very ironic to make a spectacle of the thing the author warned us about. [post_title] => Adapt The Hunger Games For The stage? 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Best Musicals of the 2000s Best Musical Revivals of the 2000s Best Musicals of the 90s Best Musicals of the 80s Best Musicals of the 70s [post_title] => Rank The Tony Winning Best Musicals Of The 60s! 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I had issues with zipping up my coat, trying my shoes, holding a pencil, learning how to swim, and learning how to ride a bike. When you say go left, I went right. When you say turn counterclockwise, I stand completely confused. This even affects the way that I move: Arm movements that are supposed to be long and graceful are short and choppy. That's because I have a developmental coordination disorder called dyspraxia. What is Dyspraxia? The Dyspraxia Foundation defines that "Dyspraxia, a form of developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech. DCD is a lifelong condition, formally recognized by international organizations including the World Health Organisation...Individuals may vary in how their difficulties present: these may change over time depending on environmental demands and life experiences". Like mental health, everything is on a spectrum. It's not that some people have it and some people don't. For example, my dyspraxia makes it very hard to learn dance routines in a short amount of time whereas another actor can pick it up quickly. I feel so out of control and uncomfortable in my own body most times if I can’t do what is asked of me. But because I'm dyspraxic, that doesn't make me a bad actress or a bad dancer. That just means it takes a little more time for me to pick up that skill.  During my first musical, I struggled with learning the dances. I felt so ashamed of myself because I felt like I let the rest of the cast down because I was bumping into other people, turning the wrong way, falling off of a set piece, staring at my feet instead of the invisible audience members. Frequently, I had to leave the stage during rehearsal because I was having an anxiety attack. I thought that I wasn't good enough to be a dancer because of my disability. I thought that I was too dumb to be an actress because I couldn't pick up on a dance routine as fast as my other cast mates. Luckily, I was very fortunate to have a director who was willing to help me in any way possible. So, he paired me up with one of the kindest and supportive dance partners. If the dance rehearsal got too stressful and I was going to have an anxiety attack, I was excused. Opening night of that show I felt sick to my stomach because of how anxious I was about dancing. I still thought that the audience would see me as an awkward teenager instead of the person I was portraying onstage. To my surprise, I was not the person I saw in the mirror. I was a graceful and sophisticated person. I learned how to dance. Each show I am apart of there is always a new challenge to face. I might move a bit differently or learn a show a bit differently than my fellow cast members, but that doesn't mean I'm a bad actor.  My high school theatre teacher once said: "If you rearrange the letters in 'Theatre' it spells problem-solving." Dance is one of the biggest problems I have when learning a show. I may never be the best dancer onstage, but that doesn't keep me from trying my best. During breaks, that has been a time to work with my dance partner or the dance captain to review the dances. I may have to watch a step by step video on the dance routine or have to write the steps in my script.  My dyspraxia does make things involving gross motor skills very challenging. I have had moments when I've felt defeated and wanted to give up. If I didn't have a learning disability, I wouldn't be the hardworking and dedicated thespian I am today. To my fellow actors out there who deal with disabilities, no matter how big or small the challenge that you face is, you are here onstage for a reason. What may be seen as a weakness can become your strength. You will go through many adversities, but in the end, you will come out okay. Trust me. To quote Tony Winner Ben Platt “Don’t waste any time trying to be anyone but yourself. The things that make you strange make you powerful”. 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If your voice has already started to develop or you're in high school go check out my other lists. [post_title] => 10 Musical Audition Songs For Kids And Tweens [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 10-musical-audition-songs-for-kids-and-tweens [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-10-09 00:08:26 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-10-09 04:08:26 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=368663 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [29] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 368609 [post_author] => 2024 [post_date] => 2018-10-07 12:10:09 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-10-07 16:10:09 [post_content] => Sopranos. The Classic ingenue or damsel in distress. Quite frequently sopranos are put into the box of being the princess. Even though most modern musical theatre songs are written for Mezzo-belters, there are still some good audition songs out there for sopranos. [post_title] => 10 Soprano Audition Songs That Are NOT Princess Songs [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 10-soprano-audition-songs-that-are-not-princess-songs [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-10-24 11:45:50 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-10-24 15:45:50 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=368609 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [30] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 368485 [post_author] => 2024 [post_date] => 2018-10-05 20:25:01 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-10-06 00:25:01 [post_content] => Rule of thumb, if you are auditioning for a Sondheim musical sing a Sondheim song. If you are not auditioning for something that was written by Sondheim, do not sing a Sondheim song. With this being said, a very popular song for young tenors to sing in an audition is "Giants in the Sky". Just because it's popular doesn't make it a bad song. Here are 10 songs for Tenors. 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