Category Archives: Musicals

Awards Season 2019: Olivier Award Nominations and the Big Hits!

It’s that time of year again! The 2019 awards season has well and truly begun in London’s theatreland and there are several big-hitters leading the way. The WhatsOnStage (WOS) Awards were held on Sunday March 3, celebrating the best musicals and plays on and off London’s West End. Importantly, these awards often tend to signal the favorites to take home an Olivier Award on April 7. So, with the WOS winners and the Olivier Award nominees announced, let’s take a look at what’s hot in the UK!

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Playwright Chronicles: Research and Character Development

Welcome to the latest installment in our Playwright Chronicles blog! So far, we have discussed the influential writers and shows that inspired our writers to follow their own creative paths, and explored a typical day in the life of a contemporary playwright. In this edition, we dig deeper into the creative process of writing a … Continue reading Playwright Chronicles: Research and Character Development

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An Overture to Musical Theatre Overtures

StageAgent invites you to take a trip into the world of Musical Theatre Overtures. Twenty favorites are in the list, recommended for one reason or another by several of our contributors. They range from Mozart operas of the late 1700s to Broadway shows of the Golden Age to shows from the late 1990s and mid-2000s. We’ve even included a playlist so you can check them out!

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It’s Pantomime Season! Oh no, it isn’t!

Join StageAgent on a whistle stop tour through the history and evolution of the modern day pantomime. Who are the character archetypes that appear in pantos? What are some of the typical staging elements in a panto? How does pantomime relate to commedia dell’arte? And how might elements of panto show up in mainstream theatre? Read Alexandra Appleton’s latest blog and explore all that is the pantomime.

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Keeping an Organized Audition Book

Musical Theatre audition books come in all shapes, sizes, and creeds. Some audition books that live somewhere between a paper cut and a broken dream. Some deposit loose pages and muffin crumbs all over the piano. However, every so often one encounters a rare unicorn: a clean, organized binder filled with easily readable and fabulous songs. Remember, for a musical theatre actor, the audition book can be your biggest asset or your Achilles’ heel.

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