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!
Over the past few months, we have been asking our contributors here at StageAgent what some of their favorite theatre books were, whether it was for a summer read, something that greatly influences them, or just an amazing reference book to have on hand. So to kick off 2018, here’s a suggested reading list, a quick run down of 12 books recommended by the StageAgent team. We think there’s a little something here for everyone. Enjoy!
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.
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.
Auditioning is a complicated and delicate art, and you should prepare for it with the same focus and preparation as a role or performance. Once you’ve found the perfect audition song, you need to cut your music, BUT you must find the right cut of the song to take into your audition.