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Chapter 7: Auditioning for New Musicals

Performing in Contemporary Musicals
Chapter 7: Auditioning for New Musicals

Online Companion

 

Choosing Material

  • Click here to download our list of under-sung contemporary musical theatre songs by genre and voice type. (p. 165)

  • Click here to download our audition book guidelines (p. 165)

  • Activity V (p. 165)

    • Click here to download material for Activity: Translating Character Breakdowns

 

Keeping Your Audition Material Fresh

 

Self-Taping 

  • Click here to download our Guide for Self-Taping (p. 174)

 

Self-Taping Examples

Claire Hayner: “All Figured Out” from Gay Card (Ryan Korell & Jonathan Keebler)(p. 174)

www.clairehayner.com

Instagram: @clarionmare

 

Carson Kaleo: “Hallelujah I Love Her So” (Ray Charles) musicnotes.com audition cut)(p. 175)

https://carsonkaleo.com

Instagram: @carsonkaleodavis

 

 

Recommended Reading

 

Recommended Reading: Type vs. Essence

  1. Chow, Andrew R. 2018. “Study Finds Increasing Diversity on Broadway.” New York Times, January 15, 2018.https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/15/theater/study-finds-increasing-diversity-on-broadway.html 

  2. Jaffe, Jennifer. 2015. “The Terrible World of Casting Notices.” New York Magazine, September 13, 2015.https://www.vulture.com/2015/09/casting-notices-are-so-terrible.html 

  3. Actors’ Equity Association. 2017. “Looking at Hiring Biases by the Numbers.”  Equity News, Vol. 102, Issue 2 (Spring 2017).https://actorsequity.org/news/EquityNews/Spring2017/en_02_2017.pdf#page=5 

  4. Whitfield, Sarah, ed. 2019. Reframing the Musical: Race, Identity, and Culture. London: Red Globe Press. 

 

Resources

  1. The Asian American Performers Action Coalition. 2020. “The Visibility Report: Racial Representation on NYC Stages.” September 30, 2020.http://www.aapacnyc.org/uploads/1/1/9/4/11949532/aapac_report_2017-2018_single.pdf

  2. Rock The Audition Coalition:https://www.rock-the-audition.com/coalition 



Recommended Reading: Auditioning

  1. Berry, Denny. 2019. Auditioning for Musical Theatre. Abingdon: Routledge.

  2. Deliee, Madeleine. 2018. “Juggling the Musical Audition.” Dramatics Magazine, Vol. 8, No. 5 (June/July 2018).

  3. Flom, Jonathan. 2016. Get the Callback: The Art of Auditioning for Musical Theatre, 2nd ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

  4. Gerle, Andrew. 2011. The Enraged Accompanist’s Guide to the Perfect Audition. Milwaukee: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. 

  5. Hetrick, Adam. 2014. “Booking It? Casting Director Bernard Telsey on Audition Essentials.” Playbill.com, January 14, 2014.https://www.playbill.com/article/booking-it-casting-director-bernard-telsey-on-audition-essentials-com-213753 

  6. Josepher, Laura. 2020. “They Want Me to do What? How to Take an Adjustment.” StageAgent.com, March 4, 2020.https://blog.stageagent.com/how-to-take-an-adjustment/ 

  7. Sanders, Sheri. 2021. Rock the Audition: How to Prepare for and Get Cast in Rock Musicals, 2nd rev. ed. Brooklyn: Rock the Audition.

  8. Silver, Fred 1988. Auditioning for Musical Theatre. New York: Penguin Books. 



Recommended Reading: Self-Taping

  1. Hundt, Cori. 2019. “Your Guide to a Perfect Self-Tape.” backstage.com, October 20, 2019.https://www.backstage.com/magazine/article/guide-perfect-self-tape-1758/ 

  2. Josepher, Laura. 2020. “Upgrading Your Self Tape Game.” ContemporaryMusicalTheatre.com,  April 16, 2020.https://contemporarymusicaltheatre.wordpress.com/2020/04/16/upgrading-your-self-tape-game/ 

  3. Playbill. n.d. “How to Create Your Best Self-Tape Audition.” Playbill. Accessed on March 25, 2021.  https://www.playbill.com/article/how-to-create-your-best-self-tape-audition 

  4. OnStage Blog. 2021. "We Need to Talk About the Current State of Auditioning." OnStage Blog, July 16, 2021. https://www.onstageblog.com/industry/2021/7/16/2uapwvl04albvwzif0957w4hqb581z?fbclid=IwAR1uP3nQONQxNUQiZT4TCed-Oi6YNFDG7hnxEV9sSaLF79Jl8PNhs4WGT7Y 

Resources

 

  1. AmeliaCampbell.com - On-camera coach (individual and group classes)