Acting in Musical Theatre: A Comprehensive Course

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Routledge, 2008 - Music - 448 pages
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Acting in Musical Theatre is the only complete course in approaching a role in a musical. It is the first to combine acting, singing and dancing into a comprehensive guide, combining what have previously been treated as three separate disciplines.

This book contains fundamental skills for novice actors, practical insights for professionals, and even tips to help veteran musical performers refine their craft.

Drawing on decades of experience in both acting and teaching, the authors provide crucial advice on all elements of the profession, including:

  • fundamentals of acting applied to musical theatre
  • script, score and character analysis
  • personalizing your performance
  • turning rehearsal into performance
  • acting styles in the musical theatre
  • practical steps to a career.

Acting in Musical Theatre's chapters divide into easy-to-reference units, each containing related group and solo exercises, making it the definitive textbook for students and practitioners alike.

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About the author (2008)

Joe Deer is currently head of musical theatre at Wright State University and Founding Past President of the Musical Theatre Educators Alliance. He has been involved in musical theatre as an actor, director, choreographer or stage manager across more than one hundred productions.

Rocco Dal Vera is a professor at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, specialising in vocal training. He is co-author of the book Voice: Onstage and Off, and founding editor of the Voice and Speech Review. He has featured as a voice artist more than 500 times in both film and television.

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