London Road

DISCOVERY TUESDAY

London Road the musical is written based on a real-life event of a serial killer in London Road near Ipswich. The musical is written in the verbatim style – a style of writing where the musical is constructed using the text exactly as recorded in documentaries and interviews. The ‘music’ and lyrics is dictated and mimicked mainly by the rhythm, pace and pitch of the spoken words.

London was a project launched by the National Theatre initially, however, after receiving many positive reviews, the show was taken on a national tour and later in 2015, reworked for a film adaptation which was recently broadcasted on BBC iplayer.

London Road – written by Alecky Blythe (book and lyrics) and Adam Cork (music and Continue reading

Unknown Sondheim Songs

Sunday In The Park With George, Follies, Company, Into The Woods, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along… etc You name it… I just about know all of Sondheim’s work. And just when I thought I’ve learnt most of Sondheim’s work, this book surfaced!

This is my latest purchase for my private library and what a fabulous read/play!

I’ve attached the song list below, see how many songs you know/recognise. 🙂

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What Is Your Dance CV?

Tyler Hanes is a Broadway performer. Over the years he has worked on numerous productions. Take a look at this video as Tyler talks through his experience and memories of the show, as well as giving you a little snapshot of his dancing skills 🙂

Enjoy

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How to Practice Effectively

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY

TED Talks are one of my favourite channels to listen on. They have multiple topics, and whether it’s a lecture or video, they are always informative, educational and inspiring.

I came across this video about practice recently and I wanted to share with all of you. As performers, we are constantly confronted with the act of practice; in fact, you probably spend more time practising than be in lessons. Knowing how to practice is vital as they way you practice will shape your craft. Your teacher can help you refine your craft, but they cannot do it for you. It is YOU who decides upon the quality and quantity of practice, which will have a direct impact on the performance.

As mentioned in the video, it takes years of practice to master a skill, therefore, knowing and learning the most efficient way to practice will maximise your development – Continue reading

The ‘Do Not Sing’ List

Many of you often ask me about what song you SHOULDN’T sing in auditions… well, here’s a selection of them…

Song in order of appearance:

Still Hurting (The Last 5 Years) – I Dreamed A Dream (Les Mis) – Somewhere Thats Green (Little Shop of Horrors) – The Wizard and I (Wicked) – Ashtonishing (Little Women) – Don’t Rain On My Parade (Funny Girl) – Defying Gravity (Wicked) – Gimme Gimme (Thoroughly Modern Millie)

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Sunday In The Park With George

DISCOVERY TUESDAY

Sunday In the Park With George is making its revival on Broadway this season after 11 years. This time starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Geroge and Annaleigh Ashford as Dot.

Sunday In The Park With George Synopsis:

Inspired by George Seurat’s magnificent painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s soaring musical is itself an artistic masterpiece. The musical begins with the story of George and his model and lover Dot. As George struggles to find his artistic voice, he becomes more and more distant from the one woman who truly sees him for who he really is. Meanwhile, the characters that inhabit George’s painting have lives unto themselves, which George captures with his paintbrush. A century later, George and Dot’s descendants, themselves struggling artists, grapple with the same issues of artistic ingenuity, and a public who just doesn’t understand.Through melodic and heartbreaking music, poetic lyrics, and quick, jaunty wit, Sunday in the Park with George reveals universal truths about the nature of art, love, and passion, with the breadth and depth of art’s most enduring masterpieces. (Stageagent)

You can listen to the soundtrack on iTunes or Spotify or on Youtube below…

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Acting Advice from Broadway Stars

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY

Wow! What a set of advice. I must have listened to this video a dozen times!

Musical theatre as we all know is a mixture of singing, dancing and ACTING! A lot of time we forget we are telling a story and embracing a different character because we are so focused on the singing and dancing when really, the reason you are singing and dancing is because the moment/character demands it. Go out and experience, see, study and observe the world. The more knowledge you have of the world and as a person, the more flavour and layers you will be able to bring to whatever role you are working on.

I often remind my students, acting is not the last thing you do or add to the character, but it should be the first. Before you even attempt to work on the song, you should have a good knowledge of what, where and why you are singing, because this will not just inform the choices you make, but the way you deliver the song/role as well. Of course, when you are in a show, the director, musical director and choreographer will help you refine those Continue reading