Musical Theatre Song A Comprehensive Course in Selection, Preparation, and Presentation for the Modern Performer

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-02-25
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama

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Musical Theatre Song is a handbook for musical theatre performers, providing them with the wide-ranging skill set they need for success in today's competitive musical theatre environment. Breaking down the process into knowing how to select your song material based upon your individuality and how to prepare and perform it in a manner that best highlights your attributes, Stephen Purdy provides a succinct and personalized trajectory toward presentation, taking the reader through a series of challenges that is designed to evoke original, personal and vibrant song performances.

Written by renowned Broadway and West End vocal and audition coach Stephen Purdy, Musical Theatre Song is a must-have guide for all performers who are looking to succeed in the musical theatre industry.

Author Biography

Stephen Purdy has coached hundreds of singing actors and his clients have been cast in many major musicals of the last decade including Wicked, Mamma Mia!, Legally Blonde, Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys, Memphis, Hairspray, and more. He is presently on the voice faculty of Marymount Manhattan College, New York City, and has taught and given masterclasses at universities and theatre festivals throughout the United States and internationally. He has worked extensively both on and off-Broadway, toured the US with multiple shows, and spent nearly five years playing and conducting musical theatre throughout Europe.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Sutton Foster (Tony-award-winning actress, singer & dancer);
Section I: Song Selection;
Chapter 1: Song Selection and Historical Context: What You Should Know and Why You Should Care;
Chapter 2: Song Selection for Singing Actors: What; To Sing, Where To Look for It, and “Owning” the Room;
Chapter 3: Song Selection for Singing Actors: Pragmatic Considerations in Song Selection;
Section II: Song Preparation;
Chapter 4: Introduction to Song Preparation;
Chapter 5: Off The Page: Techniques for Playability;
Chapter 6: A Musical and Musical Theatre Term; Lexicon;
Chapter 7: Coaching Songs Through with Singing Actors;
Section III: Song Presentation.

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