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The Musical Theater Kids Blog is the place where I'll keep you up-to-date with all the exciting changes and additions to this site...It

  • lets you know whenever any new Web pages appear on musical-theater-kids.com, telling you more about training and enjoying musical theater
  • keeps you posted on news about Musical Theater including up coming Broadway openings and auditions
  • points out some of our previous tips and hints on becoming a "triple threat" that you might have missed
  • lets you know when a new issue of the Musical Theater Kids e-zine is available(in case you don't like to give out your e-mail address)




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Looking For Broadway Sheet Music?
My son always needs music for various shows. We tried our local music shop but always had to wait for them to order stuff. Now we order the music ourselves, and it is easier and comes faster. If you are interested in ordering for yourself, too...check out this Broadway Sheet Music

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Oct 06, 2016

Stage Makeup Techniques

Stage MakeUp Technique can be learned by anyone with just a little bit of practice. Learn the steps you need to know in order to apply your makeup properly.

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Aug 15, 2016

Broadway Love Songs - 101 Of The Best Selections

Discover 101 of the Best Broadway Love Songs available. Check them out and choose your favorite romantic song.

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Aug 15, 2016

Guilty Pleasures

So awesome getting to know the characters more and having a great time listening to awesome music

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Mar 30, 2016

THE DOCTOR

I LIKE THE EPISODE 2009 BECAUSE IT BROUGHT US ALL BACK TO THE GLEE THAT WE FELL IN LOVE WITH, AND PLUGGED IN ALL OF THE MISSING PARTS THAT I'VE BEEN WAITING

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Mar 30, 2016

Throwdown

I really liked this episode for so many reasons! It was so heartwarming when the glee club sang for Quinn and Finn after everyone finds out that she is

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Apr 24, 2015

Original Song : Season 2

I really liked this episode because of the songs. I liked hearing all of the song ideas. it was awesome!!!! Ya i like cheese and bunny wabbits! Rock on!!!!!

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Apr 24, 2015

Rachel Barbra Berry

My favorite Glee character is Rachel Berry. One of my favorite moments from season 1 is her introduction, when she auditions for glee club and says that

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Jul 16, 2013

16-Bar Theater Audition

All you need to know about the 16-Bar Theater Audition. Discover what is meant by the 16 bar cut - vocal audition. Hints for kids new to this type of audition.

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Aug 14, 2012

St. Louis Missouri...Alert : Kids Night On Broadway, August 21, 2012

Kids in the St. Louis area will be treated to a free night of theatre to see The Lion King. The Fox Theatre is participating in this program during it's current showing of The Lion King. The event will take place on Tuesday, August 21st. Kids get a free ticket with each adult Full Price ticket. This is part of The Theatre Leagues Kids Night on Broadway Program. For further information call for ticket information at: 314.534.1111

Jun 12, 2011

Tony Awards Tonight!!!

Watch the Tony Awards tonight beginning at 87c PM on CBS-TV.

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Apr 10, 2011

International Opportunity

I received a very gracious invitation for creative kids to join in the "International Festival of Culture - Baltic Talents" 20011 which will take place this June in Latvia. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity please go to their Website by clicking below.

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Mar 09, 2011

The Art of Stage Combat

Discover how stage combat training is used in theater. Why is it so important and how does it help you as an actor?

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Feb 21, 2011

College Week Live - A Free College Fair

College Week Live is a Virtual College Fair. Learn when you can attend this live interactive event.

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Feb 09, 2011

Your Glee Favorite Episode

What is your favorite Glee Episode so far? Share your thoughts and hear what other Gleeks have to say.

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Feb 06, 2011

Glee On Fox TV

Information about Glee, the hit Fox TV series about a high school glee club

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Feb 04, 2011

College Guidance 101 - for Parents & Counselors of Performing Arts Kids

College Guidance is more complicated when it comes to performing arts college admissions. Find out more about the process on this website.

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Jan 27, 2011

Kids Acting Audition Do's & Don'ts

At a Kids Acting Audition, talent is only one of the skills needed to get the part. Learn the Do's and Don'ts

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Jan 14, 2011

Kids Broadway Songs for Auditioning

List of Kids Broadway Songs arranged by Musical Theater Show Titles.

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Jan 10, 2011

Incredible Kids Night On Broadway

Learn About Kids Night On Broadway - Where kids can see a Broadway Show for Free!

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Jan 09, 2011

Broadway Across America

Broadway Across America brings professional theater to cities across the United States and Canada. Find out what's coming to a city near you.

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Nov 22, 2010

What Does An Acting Agent Do For Your Career

Do you need to know what an Acting Agent, or Talent Agent actually does for their actor client? Find out here. Learn what they can do for you.

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Aug 04, 2010

Music for Love Songs

Shop here for Broadway Sheet Music. Find your favorite love songs and their sheet music in this shop.

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May 19, 2009

Next To Normal

Just back from an exciting week of NYC vacation. Mingled with many old theater friends and met a great group of new theater enthusiasts while relaxing and doing some research for new web pages for this site. I mentioned I would report back on my second viewing of "Next To Normal".

This show is not your standard Broadway show but, in my opinion, one that sheds light on the future of Broadway. With a rock based score, and a lavish use of profanity, it is not for the very young or the faint of heart. It portrays the controversial and sometimes depressing subject of a disfuntional family's attempt to deal with a mother who has been diagnosed as bi-polar.

The production is, however, wise, wonderful and extremely well done. Six outstanding actors and actresses take us on a riveting journey. The ending is unsuspected and makes the show that much better.

"Next to Normal" has been nominated for 11 Tony Awards. My friend, the young and talented, Jennifer Damiano, at the young age of 17 was nominated for one of these. For her excellent work as "Natalie" the daughter of the family, she is up for a Tony in the "Best Featured Actress in a Musical" category.

I am overjoyed for her, as I know the amount of hard work she has done to get to this point. I'll be watching anxiously for her the night of the Tony's.

"Next to Normal" is recommended for those 13 and older with Parental Discretion, of course... Do check it out if you have the opportunity.

May 09, 2009

Exciting Weekend ...in NYC

If getting to see some of your personal friends, and family perform is your idea of a great weekend...then read on.

I just had the pleasure of attending a CD release party at Sullivan Hall in Greenwich Village, NYC for, Alex Yacovelli...an up and coming musical theater and rock performer...the guy is versatile. The music is all original...you can check out a few teasers at www.myspace.com/alexyacovelli. This is the same kid who performed at Madison Square Garden with Weaser last October. For more legit examples of his work go to www.alexyacovelli.com.

Tomorrow I'll be attending the Broadway musical "Next To Normal", which I had the pleasure of seeing for the first time last year, when it played Off Broadway at 2nd Stage. Another one of my favorite performers, that I've known since she was about 10, Jennifer Damiano, is appearing as the daughter is this show.

I'm excited to see the show again as I understand it has gone through several changes since my first viewing. It will be interesting to see how the show has developed. Following the 2nd Stage run, it went on to a run at Arena Stage in Washington DC and now has moved to the Booth Theatre. Michael Greif is Director. Greif also directed "Rent" and "Grey Gardens" among other musicals. What a great Mother's Day this will be for me! I'll report back...

Apr 22, 2009

Childrens Theater New York

Childrens Theater New York State Listing

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Mar 31, 2009

John Stamos To Star In Broadway's Upcoming Bye Bye Birdie Broadway Revival

As a TV fan of ER, I'm not happy that this is their final season but as a Broadway fan, I'm happy to hear that John Stamos will be going on to perform in "Bye Bye Birdie". He mentioned this in a recent interview, so let's just say that his role has not been officially announced. It is rumored that he will take on the role, originated by Dick Van Dyke, of Albert Peterson. I think he will be just perfect. Being a Broadway veteran, Stamos should have no problem giving a great performance.

Bye Bye Birdie will be revived by the Roundabout Theatre later this year.

For Broadway goers, this is an exciting development. Watch this blog for information about the show and when the cast becomes official.

Mar 24, 2009

Big Day For Shrek The Musical!

Today's the day that Shrek The Musical releases its' Original Broadway Cast Recording.

The musical comedy based on the characters of the book "Shrek" by Willian Steig, features musical numbers that are sure to please kids of all ages.

The audio CD features Brian D'Arcy James, Sutton Foster, Christopher Sieber, John Tartaglia and the Company of Shrek singing the words and music of, Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire.

I love this music and I have already purchased a copy. Hopefully, it will arrive soon and help me feed my musical theater addiction...as well as allow me to pick up some good audition music to help the kids I work with...
For more information and a list of songs click on the SHREK title to the right...enjoy!

Mar 19, 2009

Broadway Star & Film Actress Natasha Richardson Passes Away

A bright star of stage and screen British actress, Natasha Richardson, passed away on March 18, 2009. The victim of a freak skiing accident in Canada, she was 45 years old.

Natasha Richardson won the Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League and Drama Desk Awards in 1998 for her role of, Sally Bowles, in Cabaret on Broadway. Young people may remember her as the mother in the film, "The Parent Trap" with Dennis Quaid and Lindsay Lohan.

Understandably, her husband Liam Neeson, mother Vanessa Regrave, and her two young sons are devastated by her loss.

This is also an unbelievable loss to the acting community. A bright star that was dimmed too soon.

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Mar 11, 2009

Watch New Teen Monologues

Check out monologues done by teens...one comedic and one dramatic. You'll have fun and get some great ideas for your own performances. You'll also find thoughts about how to choose a monologue that's just right for you....which is the key for showing off your talent.

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Mar 07, 2009

Laura Osnes To Join Cast Of "South Pacific:

Laura Osnes, who came to fame in the NBC Talent Competition "You're The One That I Want" when she was chosen to play Sandy in the Broadway revival of "Grease", will be joining the cast of "South Pacific". She will replace Kelli O'Hara beginning March 10th. O'Hara is leaving the Vivien Beaumont Theater production at Lincoln Center, NYC for maternity leave. She will return to the show after her maternity leave on October 6th.

Now is the time for all of you Laura Osnes fans to catch her in "South Pacific"!

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Mar 03, 2009

Makeup Technique For Dancers

Take a lesson on applying Makeup for Dancers. Whether you're the performer or are volunteering to work on the makeup crew, this quick video about "Makeup Technique for Nutcracker Dancers" will make your job easier.

You'll learn techniques that can be applied to theatrical performance, as well. Give yourself or your favorite performers the pop they need to look great and be confident under those bright lights that can wash anyone out. You'll have fun, too.

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Mar 01, 2009

West Side Story Broadway Revival - Now In Previews

The Broadway revival of West Side Story opened for previews this past week at the Palace Theatre. The show will officially open on March 19, 2009. Here's a quick look at some of those who are involved.
* Director: Arthur Laurents
* Choreographer: Joey McKneely (recreating Jerome Robbins' work)
* Cast: Matt Cavenaugh, Josefina Scaglione, Karen Olivo, Cody Green and George Akram

This play is a revival of the Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Laurents musical collaboration. It is a modern take on Shakespeare's, Romeo & Juliet. For additional information, please click on the link below.



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Feb 27, 2009

What's In A Musical Theater College Recommendation?

If you happen to be applying to a Performing Arts College to Major in Musical Theater, you probably have questions about who to ask for a recommendation and what to should be included in the recommendation.

I know my son had this question when he was applying and it took us both awhile to get the right answers. Just the other day, I received an email from someone in high school asking for help with this very thing. The question prompted me to write about the subject. You can check out what I wrote by clicking the link below. I hope this helps those in need of this info...

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Feb 26, 2009

The Wizard Of Oz - To Open In New York City

The Wizard of Oz the play, will open at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden, in New York City on March 26, 2009 and play through April 5, 2009.

According to the press release this show will be "A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film starring Judy Garland, THE WIZARD OF OZ will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to a dazzling art deco Oz, complete with munchkins and flying monkeys. Don't miss the chance to travel Over the Rainbow and experience this national treasure on stage." A great family show,...I'm taking my niece and nephew..come join in the fun and support live theater. For tickets and more information, you can check out the link below.

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Feb 22, 2009

"Boy From Oz" Star Hugh Jackman To Host Academy Award Ceremonies

Tony Award winner, Hugh Jackman, the multi-talented star of "The Boy from Oz" (which was the first Australian musical to reach Broadway), hosts the 81st Annual Academy Awards this evening.

I personally am extremely happy that this star of stage and screen will be the host this year. Jackman is known as a "song and dance" man...a true "triple threat", so it is almost a sure bet that those of us who are musical theater lovers will get an opportunity to see him do his thing.

Many of the Hollywood performers who will be honored this evening, have become crossovers to the stage. Be sure to tune in and see if your favorite star wins an Oscar.

Feb 20, 2009

The Sound Of Music - A Great Family Musical

Character and song lisings for the family musical The Sound of Music

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Feb 12, 2009

The Rave Review - Latest Issue of Our Newsletter Now Available

If you haven't signed up for automatic delivery of our newsletter, The Rave Review, you can see the latest issue and other back issues by clicking on the link below.

Each issue features listings of Discount Codes for Theater Tickets. Please help by sending in any and all theater offers that you know about. No matter where you live in the world, I would love to hear about discounts. Be cool and share them. Let's all keep the Arts Alive!

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Feb 08, 2009

Musical Theater Thrift Store Finds Offer Budget Lessons

My love for Musical Theater goes way back but I must admit, I have been a Thrift Store junkie for years. My mother owned a thrift store when I was 10 years old. She only had it for a couple of years but that was long enough to get me hooked. In these economic times, I have found that my thrift store hunting has provided me with a wealth of educational material to use and to spread among my friends who are involved in Musical Theater. I receive questions frequently about training in dance, voice, etc. Lately, I have been getting more and more people asking about how to go about the training and education while lacking the money to do it. Here lies one of my favorite suggestions...start shopping in thrift stores, thrift shops, charity shops, op shops, resale shops, consignment stores, and at flea markets, garage sales, tag sales, swap meets, jumble sales, car boot sales or whatever they call second-hand shops where you live.

I have gotten some unbelievable bargains on items, which to a musical theater person are real finds. This past weekend, for example, I found a brand new, still wrapped video movie ofThe Sound of Music, a CD of the original Broadway cast of Gypsy, a book on ballet for guys, a video of tap dance technique, and a DVD copy of The Nutcracker" with Mikhail Baryshnikov.

As for clothing, I found a pair of barely used tap shoes (for the child of a friend), a tutu, and several pairs of new tights. I also found some odds and ends to fill in for a show which I am helping to costume.

All in all, it was a very rewarding weekend from a musical theater point of view. The hunting was fun and I only spent less than $25.00 US. My advice is to get out there and do some hunting of your own, save money and have fun doing it.

Feb 05, 2009

Can You Feel The Love Tonight - A Great Valentine's Day Gift

I want to do something special for a friend of mine, Susan, who has not been feeling well. Not having a lot of money to spend right now, I thought a nice way to cheer her up, as a Valentine's Day treat, would be to play her favorite love song(I dabble a bit on the piano). I checked out the Broadway Sheet Music on Sheet Music Plus and found the song...Can You Feel The Love Tonight, which she has always been nuts about. I purchased a book of Broadway Love Songs that also contains "Seasons of Love", which is one of my personal favorites. I feel great that I can give my friend an inexpensive yet meaningful gift. I can't wait to see the smile on her face when she hears her special song.

Do you have a special partner or friend who has a favorite love song? Why not do the same thing for them? You may already even have the sheet music for that song in your possession. How awesome is that! For more Broadway love song ideas you can click on the link below...

If this isn't your thing, then check out www.musical-theater-kids.com/theater-gifts.html for more theater gift ideas.Have a happy!

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Feb 04, 2009

Auditions For College Admission

I was just surfing the internet as I do at least four nights a week, and came upon a YouTube submission that aroused my curiosity. It led me to google a college that has a theater department. I took a quick peak at the auditions page for the department, and it reminded me of something I want to write about... College Auditions. I decided that my Website needs to go into more depth about the challenges of auditioning for a theater school. I've always hesitated before, because there is a large amount of research that needs to go into this subject...many worthwhile schools to cover.

Let me just start by telling you that most auditions occur at this time of year. It is a perfect time, for those of you who are still in high school or not, to go to the web page of a specific program, of interest to you and, get a grip on the audition requirements.

I'll be compiling information on this, too, and plan to put it together as soon as I can but this is a HUGE subject so finding specifics will be left up to each person applying to a school.

In the meantime, if you would like to get some information about college visits (which would be great to have, especially if you have to go the college of interest to audition) you can click on the link below. Be sure to check out the section on travel. You may find a good deal in the mix...ciao for now...

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Jan 29, 2009

"Thriller" To Come To Broadway When Legal Issues Are Resolved

If the Nederlander Organization has their way, "Thriller" a new musical based on the Michael Jackson video of the 1980's will soon be coming to "The Great White Way." Jack Landis, an acclaimed Hollywood director, who had a 50 percent share of the well respected "Thriller" video is suing Michael Jackson for breach of contract. It will be interesting to see how long it takes for this all to be sorted out. In the meantime, "Thriller" fans like me will just have to wait patiently.

Jan 26, 2009

4@15 Presented by The York Theatre Company, NYC

I had the pleasure of attending a wonderful presentation of four short musical pieces last evening. This is how the theatre described the project on their website; "The York Theatre Company has partnered with the Program in Vocal Performance/Musical Theatre at NYU’s Steinhardt School, inviting four professional writing teams to write four new 15-minute musicals with a cast of eight college students."

What the Website doesn't tell you, which the audience learned at the theater, is that the pieces were all written to compliment the talent of each of the actors. With this in mine, it is not surprising that they all turned out so well.

This was a great performance in a wonderful theater known for its constant support of new musicals. Each of the four shows was very different from the others. My personal favorite was "An Orchestra Imagined: In Four Invisible Movements", as it was extremely original in both concept and theme. The eight actors did a great job with this concept piece and I found myself very entertained. I would love to see this show expanded.

The thirty-two NYU students, who participated in this project, all did an outstanding job and it is clear to see that many of them are bound for Broadway.

For a description of all four shows, and a list of those who participated, you can go to the link below. Let's support this innovative theater company which was the recent recipient of a special Drama Desk Award for its support in "developing and producing New Musicals."

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