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.

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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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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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“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.

The aria performed here is Donde Lieta from Puccini’s La Boheme. Puccini’s arias are Continue reading

Top 10 Broadway Medley

Over the past decade, there is a growing trend/phenomenon in acapella groups/singing with Pentatonix being one of the most successful groups to date.

Nevertheless, this acapella group – Voiceplay made a number of medley videos, but below is a rendition of their top 10 Broadway medley. Partly because it’s just cool to watch, but I also hope this put a smile on your face too 🙂

Enjoy!

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Jake Gyllenhaal in Sunday In The Park With George

Well, this is definitely a new highlight on Broadway this year.

Sunday In The Park With George is one of Sondheim’s most famous works, and this time, it will star Jake Gyllenhaal as the lead – George.

Check out his rendition of Finishing The Hat and see what you think 🙂

Enjoy!

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Honeymoon In Vegas

DISCOVERY TUESDAY

Honeymoon In Vegas is Jason Robert Brown’s latest musical. It first appeared as a film in 1992 following the same name.

The plot:

“Mild-mannered Brooklynite, Jack, promised his dying mother that he would never get married, but that was before he met his sweet and beautiful girlfriend, Betsy. Haunted by a fear of Mom’s retribution, Jack avoids proposing but, when he finally summons the nerve to whisk oh-so-patient Betsy off to Las Vegas to get hitched, a dashing gambler named Tommy threatens to sweep his fiancée away to a life of luxury in Hawaii. Realising what he’s about to lose, Jack is determined to do anything to give his love story a happy ending. It all adds up to an action-packed honeymoon that no one will ever forget!” (MTI)

The music follows the older/golden-age classic big band style. I’ve included the soundtrack below, however, if you prefer to purchase the album, you can buy the album from iTunes here or listen to it on Spotify here.

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