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

Audition tips from behind the table

This week is half term week in most drama schools, this also means for most drama schools – it is the perfect time for auditions.

I know a few of my students are auditioning around various places hoping to gain a place in drama schools, so I think it’s the appropriate time to share an article on audition tips.

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“It’s All About The Process…”

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY

Those of you who are my students will hear me say this, one of the main things I constantly say is “everything is about PROCESS!” As soon as we start looking/working for results, then you haven’t learnt and chances are, you will get it wrong, and that’s when you become unreliable as a performer.

Joyce Didonato, one of my favourite opera singers, has once again made a very important point. Although this is an opera masterclass, the main principle remains the same in all art form.

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Whatsonstage Award

So, Whatsonstage Award happened tonight – an award ceremony voted only by audience members.

Have a read of this and see whether you agree with all the results or not.

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/whatonstage-awards-winners-harry-potter-cursed_42926.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=19feb2017

Otherwise, take a look at this video and catch up on all performances and winners.

Enjoy!

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Anastasia

If you haven’t heard, a stage production of Anastasia will finally be shown on Broadway stage this March! Am sure you are as excited as I am!

To give you a taster, check out this video below of Christy Altomare singing Journey To The Past.

You can find out more info from their website here. Also, you can get the music here if you fancy putting this in your rep.

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Quiz! Guess The Movie

Are you a fan of Movie musicals? Think you can name the show from just a screenshot?

Why don’t you try this quiz and see how you do?

Have Fun!

http://theatrenerds.com/quiz-can-guess-movie-musical-just-screenshot/