Musical theater performers have a handbook. It's called Musical Theater Song and provides them with the skill set they need in order to make it in the competitive environment of today's musical theater.
The process is broken down to help people prepare for try-outs. Steven Purdy, the author, helps people learn how to use their own individuality to select song material and how to best highlight their attributes when they prepare for their performance. The reader learns how to evoke song performances that are vibrant, personal, and original by going through a series of challenges on their road to success. http://theamta.com/bloomsbury-to-publish-and-release/
Steven Purdy, a renowned West End and Broadway audition and vocal coach as well as associate head of Theamta, wrote Musical Theater Song for performers looking for a guide to finding musical theater success.
Hundreds of singing actors have been coached by Steven Purdy, and his past clients have been cast in plays such as Hairspray, Memphis, Jersey Boys, Billy Elliot, Legally Blond, Mamma Mia!, Wicked, and many other of the last decade's major musicals. At New York City's Marymount Manhattan College, he is on the voice faculty and has travelled both nationally and internationally to theater festivals and universities to teach master classes. He conducted and played in European musical theater for five years, has toured the US in many shows, and has worked extensively on Broadway.
Placido Domingo says that personal, original, and truthful performances must be delivered by dramatic stage singers in the current theater. Invaluable and insightful wisdom is contained in Stephen Purdy's book that helps artists to foster their artistry while nurturing their individuality by providing the performers with the tools they require.
Tony nominated orchestrator and Grammy nominated producer, Ethan Popp is overjoyed that a text is finally out there that helps performers learn how to choose a song and prepare it in real and relevant ways. He is very sensitive during the casting process to the ability of the singer to act the song and execute a song performance that is story based because of his experience orchestrating and arranging many of the pop and rock shows seen internationally, on the West End, and on Broadway. To succeed, performers need all of this plus a song that works well for them on an individual basis. This stellar book from Purdy, he says, gives performers in musical theater the necessary ingredients to do all of this and more.
The book can be pre-ordered here.
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