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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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... coming from you. A very young singer or someone who has never experienced the shredded nerve-ending longing for the touch of another couldn’t credibly deliver Stephen Sondheim’s “Losing My Mind” (from Follies) let alone a song such as “The...

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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... lightweight old-fashioned songs to songs that probe and exploit the innermost, deeply personal, and revealing elements of character. Stephen Sondheim, one of musical theatre’s most treasured assets, remarked that audiences attending his...

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...

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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... attention. For example, there are instances when the music of Robert Marx or Stephen Flaherty is appropriate and acceptable to audition for an Andrew Lloyd Webber show, and sometimes not. Marx’s candy cane of a song “Purpose” (Avenue Q),...

Off the Table and Off the Page

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 song ends I need for him to agree to loan me fifty dollars” (as in the aforementioned “Some People” where the sum was actually eighty-eight bucks). In “Everybody Says Don’t,” a song from Stephen Sondheim’s Anyone Can Whistle, the singer has...

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...

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...

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...

How They See Us: Body Language Onstage and Media Online

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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...Now that I’m here, what do I do with my hands (and feet, and hips, and legs, and . . .)? Those who study such things tell us that over ninety percent of communication is nonverbal. If true, this reinforces the value of accuracy, honesty...

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...