Intensity makes the 2022 Tonys a night to remember

Here’s my #1 takeaway from the 2022 Tony Awards broadcast: it was Intense! Phew! Exciting musical theater depicts characters in extreme situations, experiencing extreme emotions, and the Tonys turned up the dial to 11 time and again during their most recent awards show. Exhibit A: the performance of Joaquina Kalukongo, who won the Tony for …

From “great singer” to “great singing actor”

Congratulations to the recently-named semi-finalists of the NATS National Musical Theatre Competition! Earlier this fall, I served as an adjudicator for the first round of that competition, which entailed watching multiple video submissions from nearly 50 of the first-round contestants. Over the course of a dozen dozen videos, I heard an abundance of great singing, …

New SAVI article in MTEA Journal!

I’ve just returned from the Musical Theater Educators Alliance conference in San Diego, where over a hundred of the best and brightest educators from the field of musical theater spent three exciting days discussing the latest innovations and trends. It was an amazing experience, and if you don’t know about this terrific organization, click here …

New in Dramatics: sharpening your skills as a singing actor!

Have you seen this article that just dropped in the online edition of Dramatics? “Practice Better, Perform Better” is all about the SAVI way to sharpen your skills as a singing actor. If you (or your students) are striving for peak performance on the musical stage, you’ll find some great ideas here to help you level …

“Free and easy” – cabaret and jazz singers

The latest New Yorker has a great piece by Michael Schulman about Marilyn Maye, an American chanteuse now celebrating her 91st birthday. Singing in a cabaret or nightclub is a particularly intimate form of musical theater performance, and it requires the singer to have especially strong skills of communication. Schulman describes a master class in …