In How to Audition for the Musical Theatre, Donald Oliver shares his years of Broadway experience, showing how to build a song portfolio and offering instruction on what not to sing, where to find songs, how to work with a vocal coach, and what to do if you forget the lyrics. All the details of good and effective preparation are discussed in a straightforward way.
These new additions to the Smith and Kraus series of audition pieces and one set of rehearsal scenes borrow their material from the current year's theatrical productions. The pieces are from American, British, and Russian playwrights and represent both well-known plays, such as Robert Schenkkan's The Kentucky Cycle (Dutton, 1993), and plays that will be completely new to the general public. The selections include both dramatic and comedic scenes, and the characters portrayed provide a wide range in terms of age, race, and even mental stability. Thematically, the scenes reflect current concerns; AIDS, the breakup of the former Soviet Union, and drug addiction are all depicted. While some plays appear in two of the three collections or in all three, the scenes selected are unique and do not overlap. Recommended for libraries with theatrical companies or actors in their area and all large drama collections.-J. Sara Paulk, Satilla Regional Lib., Douglas, Ga.
Donald Oliver has compiled and edited the acclaimed collection of George S. Kaufman's writings entitled By George, and The Greatest Revue Sketches. Since 1978 he has worked with Chelsea Music, Inc. in preparing the music for the Broadway productions of Assassins, Cats, Five Guys Named Moe, Guys and Dolls, Into The Woods, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Kiss of the Spider Woman, La Cage Aux Folles, Merrily We Roll Along, Passion, Starlight Express, Sugar Babies, The Phantom of the Opera, The Secret Garden, and The Who's TOMMY, among countless other shows, films, club acts, and recordings. His show, The Case of the Dead Flamingo Dancer, written in collaboration with author/lyricist Dan Butler, was produced both in the United States and in England. As Artistic Director for the Octagon Theatre Company in New York, he co-produced well-received revivals of Knickerbocker Holiday, Zorba, and Drat! The Cat!