Audition: Everything an Actor Needs to Know to Get the Part

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Michael Shurtleff has been casting director for Broadway shows like Chicago and Becket and for films like The Graduate and Jesus Christ Superstar. His legendary course on auditioning has launched hundreds of successful careers. Now in this book he tells the all-important HOW for all aspiring actors, from the beginning student of acting to the proven talent trying out for that chance-in-a-million role!

What Stanislavsky was to acting, Michael Shurtleff is to ...

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Overview

Michael Shurtleff has been casting director for Broadway shows like Chicago and Becket and for films like The Graduate and Jesus Christ Superstar. His legendary course on auditioning has launched hundreds of successful careers. Now in this book he tells the all-important HOW for all aspiring actors, from the beginning student of acting to the proven talent trying out for that chance-in-a-million role!

What Stanislavsky was to acting, Michael Shurtleff is to auditioning. The complete book on how to audition for the theatre.

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"What a book! Yet it's so simple that you learn without feeling it happen. Thank you, Michael; we needed it."—Joshua Logan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553272956
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1979
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 73,512
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Besides working as a casting director with Joshua Logan, Bob Fosse, Tom O’Horgan, Mike Nichols, Jerome Robbins, Gower Champion, Stuart Ostrow, David Merrick, and others, Michael Shurtleff still finds time to write plays and novels, direct films, teach his famous auditioning course, and regularly see at least a dozen plays and films every week. He does as he advises his readers: “Everyday learn. Learn enough so you can do good theater.”

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  • Posted August 10, 2012

    Still up-to-date a generation later...and a great foundation for

    Still up-to-date a generation later...and a great foundation for the young performer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

    Excellent resource for any actor (or singer)

    Audition has become a standard textbook in many acting classes. I can understand why.

    I picked up the book on the shelf at my local Barnes and Noble, not knowing exactly what it was. After reading a couple of chapters, I had to finish the book. I am a director, musical director, actor and singer. I also teach voice. The process that Michael Shurtleff takes the reader through to prepare a monologue for an audition also works for creating a strong character and strong musical interpretation once you have a part. Singers can also benefit from his techniques to create a riveting vocal performance. His anecdotes and advice from experience gives the reader an honest perspective from someone on an audition panel. After casting over 20 shows, I have experienced first hand what he explains (the good and the not-so-good).

    I have given it as a gift to young actors in a summer camp, and have recommended it to cast members and auditioners for years.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2011

    Great book & easy read

    Good quick read to prepare the unprepared for an audition. Just a little outdated and hard to follow the old school examples, unless you know 1970s theater.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    Excellent

    One of the best Acting texts ive rver read

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

    Good experience

    The book arrived promprtly and in the condition noted.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2009

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    Excellent!

    I really wish I'd read this before I jumped back into theatre after a 30-year absence! Only after a clueless audition (which resulted in being cast--go figure!) did I find the book. And then I signed up for a short course in audition preparation, and whatya know? This book was suggested as the best possible resource for successful auditioning.

    It's tone is conversational, and sprinkled throughout are anecdotes about early auditions of major stars of movies and the theatre. But the actual meat of the book is presented in a straightforward manner.

    Great resource for actors of any kind!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2009

    Very Helpful

    The book may have been written back in the 90's but the material is still up to date. It was very helpful with helping me figure out what I have been doing wrong. This book also helped to boost my confidence when it comes to auditioning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2008

    On my way to fame...Thanks to Michael Surtleff!

    This is my acting bible! you must get this book and read it over and over again!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2004

    WOW!

    This is the best auditioning book ever! Michael Shurtleff is a theatre genious as far as I'm concerned! I would recomend this book to everyone! Not only is it helpful in theatre related situations but also for job interviews and public speaking. So go buy it... like now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2000

    AUDITION- The definitive work on Auditioning, Acting and the Business taught by a consumate professional!

    The best book on auditioning ever published. If one is serious about a career in Entertainment, you would be a fish out of water without the information Michael Shurtleff has included here. Experienced, clear, smart and a good entertaining read, AUDITION has everything!

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