The very first day of vocal performance class at NYU, my teacher and mentor, Mana Allen, said something that I've always kept with me: "Be an expert in your field."
To be an expert basically means learn everything you can about your craft and industry, listen to everything, learn about new and established composers, be up to date with theatre news and auditions... you get the idea. Just strive to be an expert. So! I thought I would start a new series all about the "be an expert" practice, beginning with the new Bway 2016/2017 season!
There is a TON of new, exciting, and diverse work being produced in NYC, and I've spent a lot of time fangirling over all the new musicals (and of course by "new," I mean musicals that have been in development for years and years, as goes the process). Here is just a selection of the new musicals coming up in NYC. These are on track to open this season or next.
Tuck Everlasting: Rehearsal preview. Gorgeous music, dancing, man buns...
Shuffle Along: Nymag published a really, quite poetic profile of it's star Audra Mcdonald.
Waitress: Jessie Mueller previews a song in rehearsal. Mind blowing.
Amelie: Had a pre-Bway production at Berkley Rep: OMG LOOKS SO BEAUTIFUL. Aiming for 2017 bow.
Frozen: Casting breakdown came out on Playbill for the pre-Bway lab. Exciting!
On Your Feet (open): bio-music of Gloria Estefan. Trailer here.
Bright Star (open): Steve Martin's new musical. Here's the Old Globe prod sizzle. I love, love, love porch music.
Hamilton(open): Duh. We're all already obsessed with Hamilton, but I LOVE this recent ep of Pop Culture Happy Hour where they just spend 45 min gushing about it.
So much to seeeeeee. Thank the goodness for Rush and Standing room.
Keep doing what you love,