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Song Selection for Singing Actors Part II

Stephen Purdy

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. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...The feeling’s the thing With all the hoopla that goes with song selection, it seems that at times the most fundamental and elementary questions are not given much thought. Sometimes, when we’re choosing song material, particularly...

Music Improvisation, Identity and Embodied Cognition

Performing the Remembered Present : The Cognition of Memory in Dance, Theatre and Music

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...Introduction Traditionally, the brain has been considered the centre of thought, cognition and behavioural motivation. However, researchers are increasingly demonstrating that cognition is ‘embodied’, going beyond...

Finale

Stephen Purdy

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. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...If I had a dollar, euro, or pound for every coulda, shoulda, and woulda Sometimes there is (understandably so) a good bit of fretfulness associated with song performances, prompting after-the-fact do-overs on the stages and in the audition...

Introduction to Song Preparation

Stephen Purdy

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. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...It’s the actor’s reoccurring nightmare: appearing in front of an audience and experiencing the startling realization within the dream that he has had little or (worse) no proper rehearsal whatsoever. He hardly recognizes the set or costumes...

Coaching Songs Through

Stephen Purdy

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. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...What follows are selected excerpts (transcribed and editorialized for length and clarity) from coaching sessions held between myself and professional actors and actresses preparing song material for the purposes of professional auditions...

A Music and Musical Theatre Term Lexicon

Stephen Purdy

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. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...This section alphabetically lists words and phrases that are used in preparatory work in music and the musical theatre. I strongly advise using this lexicon as an essential reference source for fluidity of communication and understanding...

Memory in Music Listening and Performance

Performing the Remembered Present : The Cognition of Memory in Dance, Theatre and Music

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...Introduction In this chapter I reflect on how memory is involved in key aspects of music. An introductory section on the subject of listening to music leads into a more comprehensive review and discussion of the processes whereby...

Song Selection for Singing Actors Part I

Stephen Purdy

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. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...“A song should never reveal the singer’s inability to sing it.”It’s possible that no other step toward delivering a song to performance-level readiness can be as puzzling and clouded with conjecture and subjectivity as the initial step...

Your Turn at Bat, Sir

Stephen Purdy

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. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Introduction Those who ignore that gem of advice on the previous page are likely to join the ranks of the others who didn’t get the callback, ruminating over cheap margaritas and wondering whether they should have listened to their mother....

Musical Theatre Song and Collaboration

Stephen Purdy

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. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...I love a pianist Why do singing actors too often recall hapless on-the-spot pianist/singer collaborations? (“That pianist ruined my audition!”) Why do audition pianists write and publish books with advice for auditioning singers containing...