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Underworld Duets @ The Triad 12/14 7 pm [09 Dec 2009|01:30pm]

Tony Award Nominee Willy Falk To Host
UNDERWORLD: Duets, Dec 14 @ 7 pm The Triad

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Broadway Big Bang [15 Aug 2009|07:10pm]

Mods, I hope this is okay - feel free to delete if not

broadway_bb is a new Big Bang challenge for all Broadway-related fandoms. Authors write at least 10,000 words of fanfic and have art created for them; artists create fanart for the story of their choosing.

Author sign-ups run until September 4, artist sign-ups until December 1. If you're interested, head over to broadway_bb for more info, or to sign up! And feel free to pimp this out wherever relevant!
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how to succeed in auditions without really trying [16 Jan 2009|12:55pm]

[ mood | creative ]

Hey there musicalians,

My college is putting on How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Now, I am not at all familiar with the show, but my good friend told me to try for Smitty or Rosemary. I'm a tall, curvy mezzo with moderate belt, decent high notes and pretty good comedic timing. Any suggestions for a song or monologue? I'd like to steer clear of Adelaide's Lament (which I've used for a previous audition with them) but something similar would be good.


pee ess...if anyone is interested in helping out with this community as a mod, let me know!

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[02 Jan 2009|09:51pm]

Found this on ebay, didn't know if anyone might be interested :)

Legally Blonde Demo CD onsale

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Sorry to mooch like this... [02 Jan 2009|01:32pm]


I’m working on my Girl Scout Gold Award. This award is the highest achievement you can achieve in Girl Scouts and is a service award, benefitting the community at large. I am planning to produce a production of CATS with no cost to the public, as well as organizing several adoption clinics. The play is scheduled to run July 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th 2009, during Reno, NV’s annual summer arts festival; Artown. This will be done in partnership with Reno Little Theater.

As most of you know, theater is expensive, and CATS is definitely no exception to this rule. I need to raise over $6500 to make this dream a reality, so I’m putting a plea out to all of you. I am asking you all for your help. I am looking (tax-deductible) donations. They don’t have to be big, any donations will help bring the Jellicle Ball to life one tail at a time.

If you'd like to give a donation, please email me at catsreno@yahoo.com. I will give you the information so you may make a donation. (I'm not putting that info out for everyone to see, as it is rather personal.) Your name will be listed in our playbill as a sponsor, and any donations over $10 can request a copy of this playbill. (I am in the process of setting up a paypal account as well.)

If you would like to track this project’s progress, you can visit Black Cat productions . Updates will be posted (somewhat) regularly. If there are any questions, feel free to e-mail me at catsreno@yahoo.com. I’d love to answer any questions.

Thank you for your time,
lady_bealzabub of Black Cat Productions
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re: need list for research [07 Sep 2008|01:40am]
[ mood | optimistic ]

Hello new friends in theatre......

I am conducting research for an article I'll be presenting at the Musical Theatre Conference this October in Kent, UK. My area is in "intimate musical theatre" - specifically, shows with cast sizes of 5 members or less, beginning with the Fantasticks and this major shift in size and production costs in the 60s after the "golden age" of the mega-musical during the 40s, 50s, early 60s. Anyone have access to a list of small-cast musicals since 1952 or so? This would be a great help.

My paper is focused primarily on Fantasticks, I Do! I Do!, Putting It Together, John and Jen, and The Last Five Years - as far as analysis and comparison study goes. Any insight or research already in existence would be appreciated if anyone has such. I'm an assistant professor of music/voice/choral at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

thanks for the help!

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meeting broadway stars [15 Jul 2008|05:55pm]

[ mood | bouncy ]

I don't know how many of you are legally allowed into bars yet, but if/when you're legally allowed in a bar and you happen to find yourself in New York City, there is one place every theater lover absolutely cannot miss.

Marie's Crisis is a tiny little bar in the Village where (mostly) older gay men sing showtunes around an old upright piano all night. Good luck finding it, but I swear upon the genius of Stephen Sondheim it's worth it.

I was there for my second time on Sunday night, and had an experience I have to share with people who would actually appreciate what it meant, even if the chain of events didn't happen exactly the way I remember them. I wasn't drinking (for a number of reasons), but I was still out of it.

The crowd dwindled down a little while after they changed pianists, and I was terrified I'd come all that way for them to call it an early night. Adam, the young guy, is more entertaining than the guy with the glasses (Tim?) but I think the guy with the glasses was a better pianist. After a while, it's just the pianist and I and he's playing stuff I really love. We sang A Man of No Importance. I sang Back to Before from Ragtime and everyone loved it.

I don't remember when he came in. I didn't recognize him. But after a time a bunch of people started filtering in and I'm introduced to this guy who says his name is Alan. And the first thing I think of to say is, "Oh, that's my brother's name." We talk for a while and I get another water and I'm singing and having a grand time and then this cute little gay boy asks me if I know who his friend is. And I did not. He looked vaguely familiar, but I was still very much in my happy place. Turns out his friend is...


He sang Wilkomen aproximately five feet away from me, this huge broadway star, singing around a piano with the likes of ME. I thought I was going to die. I'm pretty sure I did. I went outside to smoke (I never smoke) and called my roommate in Chicago, the one person who would actually appreciate that sort of thing. This calmed me down a bit. But STILL. ALAN. CUMMING. GAH.

At one point towards the end, everyone was singing Suddenly Seymore and asked me what it was from, cos I was singing along (to the chorus) and asked me what it was from. ME!

Two of the girls in the cast of his show at Lincoln Center complimented my singing. And the guy who had told me who he was brought him over and said how cute I was and how I could sing. I wish it meant more to me than it did. At one point we were standing in front of each other (um, Alan Cumming and I, that is) and singing at the top of our lungs. Oh. And when we left the bar, he hugged me. He smelled good. And he kissed me, too. :D)

I wish I'd had my camera, but some people I was with had taken pictures, so I hope I get them. He was SO SWEET. I wasn't very familiar with his work outside Cabaret, but I think I love him now. :D)

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application: cause i'm a good ol' fashioned gal. [01 Jun 2008|12:48am]

[ mood | sleepy ]

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Helena Bonham Carter Interview [14 Jan 2008|10:38pm]

I was just reading an interview with Helena Bonham Carter in the last week of December's issue of Time Out NY (I know, I'm pretty late reading it) and Helena was saying how she and Johnny kept enunciating while singing in the studio, and Burton would say, "Don't do that Broadway thing!"

So, Burton both directed them NOT to enunciate (for shame! I'd love to hear what you've got to sing about in a Sondheim musical) and Burton seems a little disparaging towards Broadway. I want to say that I've read another interview with him where he was saying that he's not a musical theater fan. Now, why on God's green earth would you choose to do Sweeney, my friend?
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[08 Jan 2008|09:41pm]


I'm a theatre major and in my current class at my university we're being asked to select two acting process books to read. Only requirement is that they are not Stanisvlaski based. I'm thinking about "To the Actor" by Michael Chekhov but am stuck for the second (this is my junior year, so we've already read quite a bit).

I was hoping if you all could be kind enough to give me suggestions, I'd really appreciate it.

Thank you!

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The Problems with the Sweeney Movie [07 Jan 2008|05:54pm]

[ mood | sick ]

I know I've seen the movie 3 weeks later than everyone else, but I thought I'd start out the year on a positive note....

1. Tim Burton/whoever the musical director is turned it into a pop score and Sweeney is anything BUT a pop score. Between Johnny Depp's whiny, lazy singing and Helena Bonham Carter's shrill vocals (see #2), they turned a score that requires a good amount of enunciation and breath control into a score where "Poor Thing," "My Friends," and  "Wait" could be on the Top 40.

2. Helena Bonham Carter's vocals: shrill, waifish, and not worth calling "singing." It makes me sad that that is far as she got with the music director. Once again, she needed to breathe! "Worst Pies in London" was truly heinous.

3. Sweeney is intended to be a dark comedy, yet the movie was devoid  of all humor. Case in point: "A Little Priest." A  cow and a horse could have made this number more lively.  The number is the type of foreplay that these characters engage in, and to make it into a literal pointing match ("Oh, look! There's a priest.") wastes the comic lyrics of both that number and of the show in general.

4. Johnny and Helena did not keep the rhymes and phrasing in tact. In "Priest" there is a lyric that reads, "I'll come again when you have judge on the menu." "When you" rhymes with "menu," right? Well, dear old Johnny placed emphasis on "again" to make it sound like "a-GAIN" and missed the aforementioned rhyme. Isn't rhyming and phrasing what Sondheim is all about? Yes.

5. Making Toby into a sadistic killer was a poor choice. It's certainly a choice to make, but it just makes every one evil in the end. I think the original choice to make Toby go insane from seeing all this madness is a much better choice. Now, there is no sympathy for Toby because he's just as bad as everyone else.

On the other hand, I thought "By the Sea" was directorially brilliant. Visually stunning with a few comic bits by Helena and nice sulleness by Johnny. It was the only real part of the movie that was really reinvented from the stage. The rest of the movie was just a bunch of obvious choices transferred onto film. Chicago and Hairspray were successful because they added new layers to the musical material and unfortunately, Sweeney only did this once in the refreshing "By the Sea" number.

Happy New Year!

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[11 Dec 2007|11:52am]

[ mood | happy ]

I don't know how many of you live in central Florida, but just in case...

There is a musical theater community and it is effing AWESOME. Last night, I attended something called Cabaret Party, which involves musical theater obsessees singing to each other with a BRILLIANT pianist on hand (seriously, he can play ANYTHING), the 'shmedley" which starts and ends with a song from a particular musical (Last night it was South Pacific) and is just people handing the pianist book after book, and the ENTIRE CROWD sings a verse or two of one song and then goes on to the next. The schmedley last night was almost 45 minutes. It was incredible. I've never experienced so much theater-love in one room. It was in a coffee shop, so there was all kinds of coffee, a decent selection of wine (so I'm told, I don't drink it), and a rather lousy selection of beer (if you're a beer snob like me). It's unspeakably fun.

For more information...


Read the blog for an idea of what people sang. Everyone was so talented and friendly (and knowledgable!), it's amazing. Really. I wish I had had batteries for my camera...There was so much last night that needed to be documented. Seriously though, if you live in the area and you love musical theater, you absolutely have to come to this thing. Its worth the hour and a half on I-4 or a drive across the state.

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Sweeney Todd [03 Dec 2007|04:09pm]

[ mood | excited ]

I just wanted to say I heard snippets of the soundtrack and saw the trailer for the first time.

If possible, I'm even more excited for this movie. I now have absolute faith that this is going to be one of the best movie-musicals ever made.

In Sondheim I Trust.

That is all.

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[01 Dec 2007|03:29am]

Community profile says it's optional, but I want to anyway.
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Feel free to berate me on my lack of taste and knowledge of classic musicals. ;]
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The Little Mermaid [27 Nov 2007|11:30pm]

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it would make my life if you voted for me, please. [20 Nov 2007|12:45pm]

[ mood | hopeful ]

If I win, i get to see The Little Mermaid on Broadway for free!
Its such a wonderful opportunity, and I would love it so very much.
Broadway is my dream,
please vote for me, you don't have to sign up for anything, its two clicks and then you're done.


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[14 Oct 2007|01:36pm]

Hey, sorry if this seems inappropriate, but I have a question. I need a song for six middle schoolers to sing, one boy and five girls. Two of the girls are altos and the others are sopranos, but they can sing alto. My biggest problem is finding a song with the right number of people and one that can be sung by middle schoolers. Unfortunately I don't know these kids or their abilities. I'm sure there's something out there, but I don't really have the time to look through my library, so any help and suggestions are appreciated.
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Theater Forum [20 Aug 2007|10:57pm]

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For those of you in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area [02 Aug 2007|12:41pm]

[ mood | excited ]

If you love great music, extreamly talented kids, super sets and lighting, and most importantly Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, come see the Rancocas Valley Interfaith Player's production of:


August 2,3 and 4 at 8:00pm
August 5 at 3:00pm

Tickets: $10.00 In advance
$12.00 At the door

Sacred Heart Auditorium
250 High Street
Mount Holly, NJ 08060

If you'd like to buy tickets, or have any questions call Risa at 609-347-8241

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I NEED TO SELL MY WICKED TICKETS!!!! [12 Jun 2007|06:24pm]

Hey everybody! I have two extra Wicked Tickets that I need to sell!!!

The showing is scheduled to be on 6/17/07 at 6:30PM at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles!!!

They're 7th row orchestra seats so they're very nice seats.

They're $100 dollars each so $200 total.

I absolutely must get rid of these tickets!!!

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