Acting in Musical Theatre: A Comprehensive Course / Edition 1

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Acting in Musical Theatre: A Comprehensive Course offers a complete guide to mastering this highly specialized area of acting. Packed with practical tips, useful exercises and advice from professionals, this book offers step-by-step instruction for an integrated performance, looking at:

the fundamentals of acting

how to analyze the script and score for clues to developing your character

how to make a song come to life

staging a performance

acting in different styles and genres of musical theatre.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'This is the book we have all been waiting for! This book makes the textured work involved in the technique of acting in a musical more of a game and exploration than a chore. Whether for the beginner or the experienced professional, the student or the teacher, the fan or the critic, this text is a must-have and a must-read.' Victoria Clark, Tony Award-winning actress, The Light In the Piazza

'Though I attended a highly respected drama department for six years (two degrees), there was never a single course offered having anything to do with musical theatre. Therefore, I am all the more impressed by Acting in Musical Theatre, which gives a comprehensive and thought-provoking guideline to the study of performing on the musical stage. I found it fascinating and functional, and I am sure you will, as well.'Tom Jones, Tony Award-Winning Author/Lyricist of The Fantasticks, 110 In the Shade and I Do, I Do!

'At last a book that assists us in guiding our students to inhabit characters in musicals organically! A major milestone in musical theatre pedagogy.'Robert Barton, Author of Acting: Onstage and Off

'Deer and Dal Vera break down the complex terrain of musical theatre into digestible bits. Whether you are a fledgling musical theatre artist or a seasoned professional, this book offers an array of insights, suggestions, guideposts and exercises which you will find invaluable.'Michael Ellison, Bowling Green State University, USA

'Acting in Musical Theatre covers it all – acting, musical terminology, style and auditions. It is a must-have resource for all teachers and students of performing in musical theatre.' – Mary Jo Lodge, Lafayette College, USA

'A lively, engaging read that fills a heretofore empty niche. The authors do not patronize, but help the student focus on those aspects of the profession under his or her control.' – Judith A. Sebesta, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA

'Beautifully articulate and no-nonsense. A gift of a text for musical theatre.' – Lara Teeter, Tony Award Nominee: On Your Toes. Head of Musical Theatre, Webster University, USA

'A very detailed, clearly structured programme of work, with a good range of contextual information to support the practical enterprise... Deer and Dal Vera are meticulous in breaking down their sections and chapters into numbered sub-sections, and ensuring that their table of contents lists all of these.' - Studies in Musical Theatre

'A great resource for musical theater acting... Recommended.' - CHOICE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415773195
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/25/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 365,685
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Rocco Dal Vera is a Professor of Drama at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music where he specializes in voice and speech for actors. He is also on the faculties of the Xavier Leadership Center at their Williams College of Business and Proctor and Gamble's clay street project. He is the author and editor of six books, many of which have influenced curricular design at a number of schools and been translated extensively.

Joe Deer is Head of Musical Theatre at Wright State University, as well as being an experienced director, choreographer, actor, dancer, stage manager and artistic director. He is the award-winning director or choreographer of productions from Off-Broadway to America’s finest regional, summer stock and university stages. Joe has been a musical theatre educator for almost thirty years, teaching in New York City at Steps Studio, Dance Theatre of Harlem, The American Dancemachine and many regional studios. He is a frequent contributor to theatre publications including Teaching Theatre Journal and The Voice and Speech Review.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Fundamentals of Acting in Musical Theatre 1. Acting Basics - The Foundation 2. Acting Basics - Step-by-Step 3. Making it Matter Part 2: Score and Libretto Analysis and Structure 4. Musical Analysis - Listening for Clues 5. Working with Words - The Language of the Lyric and Libretto 6. Elements of Storytelling 7. Character Analysis Part 3: The Journey of the Song 8. The Journey Begins 9. Working with Relationships 10. Intensifiers Part 4: Making it a Performance 11. Discovering your Phrasing 12. Staging your Song 13. Rehearsal into Performance Part 5: Style in Musical Theatre 14. What is Style? 15. Style Tags 16. Style Overviews Part 6: The Profession 17. Do you have the Stuff? 18. Auditioning 19. A Winning Attitude Subject Index Show, Character and Song Index

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