Orchestra theater – SingCo Music http://singcomusic.com/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 12:58:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://singcomusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-38-120x120.png Orchestra theater – SingCo Music http://singcomusic.com/ 32 32 Best Theater and Performing Arts in Houston: October 2022 https://singcomusic.com/best-theater-and-performing-arts-in-houston-october-2022/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/best-theater-and-performing-arts-in-houston-october-2022/ Tony-Winning Musical ‘Hadestown’ Comes to H-Town in October | Photo: T.Charles Erickson; courtesy of Hobby Center Catch virtual and live performances throughout the month with our roundup of theater and performing arts productions taking place in October 2022. This month, the 2022-23 seasons kick off for Houston Grand Opera, Performing Arts Houston, DaCamera, and 4th […]]]>

Tony-Winning Musical ‘Hadestown’ Comes to H-Town in October | Photo: T.Charles Erickson; courtesy of Hobby Center

Catch virtual and live performances throughout the month with our roundup of theater and performing arts productions taking place in October 2022.

This month, the 2022-23 seasons kick off for Houston Grand Opera, Performing Arts Houston, DaCamera, and 4th Wall Theater, while you still have some time to catch several exciting and acclaimed works from other arts companies in Houston.

Check out more of our highlights for performing arts events across the city this month:

Top 19 Performing Arts Events in Houston: October 2022

Closing this month

  • Lend me a soprano at the Alley Theater | Ongoing | Until Sunday October 9 – In this world premiere by Ken Ludwig, the director of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company is ready to welcome a preeminent soprano to town for a single performance of Carmen. The soprano arrives late, her husband is jealous, and it’s up to the assistant director to figure out how the show can go on. Ludwig based the series on his own hit lend me a tenor. $26 and up. Hours vary.
  • Disaster theater presents Happy Days at MATCH | Ongoing | Until Saturday 15 October – Samuel Beckett’s tragicomedy explores the story of a woman buried, literally, waist-deep in the earth. As the play progresses, she is more and more consumed by the earth, but shoulders, firm in her belief that each new day will be happy. Tickets are chargeable. Hours vary.
  • Southern love and malaise at the Ensemble Theater | Ongoing | Until Sunday October 16 – When a matriarch dies, her heirs must deal with the crisis and family drama they leave behind. In a production that incorporates contemporary music, the show offers a story of passion, jealousy and love. $41 and up. Hours vary.
  • mind problem at the Main Street Theater | Ongoing | Until Sunday October 16 – Rice Village Theater opens the 2022-23 season with this regional premiere, the story of a gifted black actress on the verge of having everything she dreams of, but what principles will she have to sacrifice to get it ? $44 and up. Hours vary.
  • AD Players presents Miss Maude at the George Theater | Ongoing | Until Sunday 23 October – There’s a lot of buzz surrounding this pre-Broadway play based on the real-life friendship between a Life magazine photographer and midwife from South Carolina. $25 and up. Hours vary.

Opening this month

DeQuina Moore (right) portrays Houston’s Lauren Anderson (left) in ‘Plumshuga’ in October | Courtesy of Steps

  • Broadway Across America Presents Hadesville at Hobby Center | From Tuesday 4 October to Sunday 9 October – He dazzled Broadway audiences and won eight Tony Awards. Now the musical Variety called “spellbinding” hits the Houston scene, weaving together the Greek myths of lovers Orpheus and Eurydice, and King Hades and his wife Persephone. Get ready for a wild ride of passion, hope and triumph of the human spirit. $50 and up. Hours vary.
  • Internships present Plumshuga: The Rise of Lauren Anderson at the Gordy | From Friday 7 October to Sunday 13 November – With a story that is both perfectly Houston and absolutely universal, Plumshuga explores the life and legacy of Lauren Anderson, the first black woman to be named lead artist for a major American dance company. The world premiere blends spoken word, dance, music and theater for a look at Anderson’s life and an exploration of what it means to follow his dreams. $30 and up. Hours vary.
  • Mercury Chamber Orchestra presents philosophy of love at the Wortham Center | Saturday October 8 | Virtual option – This opening concert pays homage to the deepest emotion of all: love. In a program created by internationally acclaimed conductor John Axelrod, a native of Houston, this evocative performance features the music of Mahler, Leonard Bernstein, Haydn and many more. $10 or more; $20 for a virtual ticket (available until Sunday, October 16). 7:30 p.m.
Itzhak Perlman takes on Beethoven with the Houston Symphony in October | Courtesy of Itzhak Perlman

  • 4th Wall Theater Co. presents The thin place at Spring Street Studios | From Thursday 13 October to Saturday 5 November “Linda can commune with the dead and she can make you hear them, if you believe in it. Opening of the 2022-23 season of 4th Wall, this touching piece that explores the boundaries between life and death, and how they shape reality. $32 and up. Hours vary.
  • DaCamera presents Gil Shaham in concert at the Wortham Center | friday october 14 – The globally acclaimed violinist makes his DaCamera debut at this opening night gala concert. See why the New York Times called Shaham “a player of deeply intense sincerity”. $42.50 and up. 7 p.m.
  • Seascape at the Alley Theater | From Friday 14 October to Sunday 13 November – Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize winner explores marriage and what it means to be human in this story of a couple who walks on the beach, only to meet another couple who rises from the ocean. $51 and up. Hours vary.
  • Performing Arts Houston presents Mariachi Herencia of Mexico in concert at Jones Hall | Sunday October 16 – The Chicago-based, Latin Grammy-nominated band takes the stage, with a program that pays homage to the golden age of Mexican music. Lupita Infante, granddaughter of Mexican music icon Pedro Infante, joins them on stage. $29 and up. 6:30 p.m.
The Houston Grand Opera opens its season with “La traviata” in October | Photo courtesy of Houston Grand Opera

  • The Houston Symphony Orchestra Presents Itzhak Perlman plays Beethoven at Jones Hall | From Thursday 20 October to Sunday 23 October | Virtual option – The virtuoso violinist plays one of the masterpieces of music, Beethoven’s violin concerto. A true superstar, Perlman is probably best known for his game on the Schindler’s list theme. But for more than 50 years he has brought exquisite technique and glorious interpretations to the classical canon. This concert should prove to be a must for fans and those curious about classical music. $29 and up. Hours vary; note that there is no concert on Friday.
  • Dirt Dogs Theater presents Coyote on a fence at MATCH | From Friday 21 October to Saturday 5 November – What’s good? What is evil? And how do we show justice and mercy? This Bruce Graham play explores all that and more in a searing story based on a Texas death row inmate. Set in a prison, two inmates await their final fates and their stories challenge beliefs and ask what it means to be human. $30 and up. Hours vary.
  • Houston Grand Opera presents La Traviata at the Wortham Center | From Friday 21 October to Sunday 6 November – One of the most moving operas in the canon is the story of the courtesan Violetta who falls in love with the noble Alfredo. Jealousy, classism and tragedy unfold against Verdi’s incredible music. $25 and up. Hours vary.
  • Dance of Asian America presents Asia in the world at Miller Outdoor Theater | Saturday October 22 | FREE | Virtual option – This family-friendly showcase explores a myriad of Asian dance styles, with exquisite costumes and haunting music that weave together the traditions of countries across the Asian continent. 7:30 p.m.
  • TUTS presents The secrets of my success at the leisure center | From Tuesday 25 October to Sunday 6 November – Based on the popular Michael J. Fox film of the same name, this all-new TUTS-focused musical is the story of what success looks like and what you’ll go through to keep it. $40 and up. Hours vary.
  • Houston Grand Opera presents The Wreckers at the Wortham Center | From Friday 28 October to Friday 11 November – Continuing its commitment to showcasing new work and giving new looks to favourites, HGO brings the first-ever fully staged production of this 1906 opera by Dame Ethel Smyth. It is the story of a coastal community where shipwrecks are frequent and looting is commonplace. But what happens when someone starts warning ships of what’s to come? $25 and up. Hours vary.
  • ROCO presents A musical trick or treat at the Heritage Society | Saturday October 29 – This family night begins with a welcome reception and then allows guests to tour historic homes in downtown Sam Houston Park where ROCO musicians will provide musical selections. Part historical tour, part chamber concert, it’s all fun. $45; $20 for 17 and under. 4:30 p.m.

Previous postWatch Peppa come to life at Peppa Pig’s Adventure at the Bayou Music Center
Next postSavor the Flavors of the World at This Fall’s International Food Festivals in Sugar Land

Holly Beretto writes about food and wine, arts and interesting people for a variety of local and regional publications. In addition to 365 things to do in Houstonhis work has appeared in the Arizona State University Alumni Magazine, Texas Arts + Culture, Bayou City Magazine, Downtown, Monthly Galveston and Houston Wife. She is also a regular contributor to Eater.com’s Houston site. She received her BA in Mass Communication with a minor in Professional Writing from Franklin Pierce College (now Franklin Pierce University) and her Masters in Communication with a major in Journalism from St. Louis University. She has worked in television news production, public relations and marketing in Rhode Island, Maine, New York and Texas. A native of Rhode Island, she has lived in Texas since 1997. She is the author of Christ as the Cornerstone: Fifty Years of Worship at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Churchpublished by Bright Sky Press.

]]>
Opera Aida at the Fountain Theater of the Cairo Opera on September 27 https://singcomusic.com/opera-aida-at-the-fountain-theater-of-the-cairo-opera-on-september-27/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 09:52:43 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/opera-aida-at-the-fountain-theater-of-the-cairo-opera-on-september-27/ The Cairo Opera Troupeunder the direction of artistic director Eman Mostafa, opens its new season with the world spectacle Opera Aida by Italian composer Verdi. The show will take place with the participation of the Cairo Opera Ballet troupe under the direction of Armenia Kamel and accompanied by the Cairo Opera Orchestra, conducted by the […]]]>

The Cairo Opera Troupeunder the direction of artistic director Eman Mostafa, opens its new season with the world spectacle Opera Aida by Italian composer Verdi.

The show will take place with the participation of the Cairo Opera Ballet troupe under the direction of Armenia Kamel and accompanied by the Cairo Opera Orchestra, conducted by the Italian maestro David Crescenzi, and the Chorus of the Cairo Opera, formed and conducted by Anastasiya Shytsko, conducted by Hisham al-Tali, for four nights, from eight o’clock in the evening on Tuesday September 27th until the 30th of the same month at the Fountain Theatre.

Written by the great Giuseppe Verdi, Aida Opera is an opera in four acts that follows the story of two star-crossed lovers: Radames, a future commander in the Egyptian army, and Aida, the Ethiopian slave of Princess Amneris, the daughter of the King.

To complicate matters, as operas usually do, Princess Amneris is also in love with Radames.

The story intensifies when Aida turns out to be the daughter of the Ethiopian king, who then fights Radames in battle. Their love is tested as Aida is forced to choose between her love for Radames and her sense of duty.

Khedive Ismail had commissioned the Italian musician Verdi to write the opera Aida, which was performed at the opening ceremony of the Suez Canal in 1869. The opera premiered in Cairo in 1871 before a handful of members distinguished from society. He then performed at La Scala, Milan, Italy.

]]>
Saudi Arabia celebrates National Day with arts, theater, air shows and music https://singcomusic.com/saudi-arabia-celebrates-national-day-with-arts-theater-air-shows-and-music/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 21:46:09 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/saudi-arabia-celebrates-national-day-with-arts-theater-air-shows-and-music/ The celebration of Saudi Arabia’s 92nd National Day comes at a crucial time in the country’s history due to its remarkable journey of transformation and development. Citizens and residents will be in celebration over the coming week, with events paying tribute to the Kingdom’s heritage, art and culture. Riyadh Riyadh is set to celebrate the […]]]>

The celebration of Saudi Arabia’s 92nd National Day comes at a crucial time in the country’s history due to its remarkable journey of transformation and development.

Citizens and residents will be in celebration over the coming week, with events paying tribute to the Kingdom’s heritage, art and culture.

Riyadh

Riyadh is set to celebrate the Saudi National Day with a range of events and activities including music, theater and a specially designed show by Cirque du Soleil.

Night view of the national capital, Riyadh. (SPA)

In preparation, the capital’s main roads were adorned with hundreds of green national flags.

The sky will light up with fireworks in front of Al-Thaghr Square on September 23 from 9 p.m.

The Royal Saudi Air Force will hold an aerobatic show with jets and civilian aircraft that can be viewed from Um Ajlan Park on September 22 and 23 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Royal Guard will hold a parade on the Riyadh front to the sound of the national anthem played by a military band, before a procession of classic cars on September 23 from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Admission is free for the fireworks, air show and parade of the royal guard.


The Saudi Hawks rehearse for the 92nd Saudi National Day celebrations in Riyadh. (SPA)

Additionally, Jump Saudi will organize a two-day show jumping competition. Tickets cost SR57.50 ($15.30) and can be obtained online through Riyadh Platinum or Enjoy Saudi through the General Entertainment Authority website. The event will take place on September 22 and 23 from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

This year, the national circus presents a show specially designed by Cirque du Soleil entitled “The Wealth of a Nation” at the Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University Theater from September 21 to 24 from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Arab musicians Ahlam and Abady Al-Johar will perform on September 23 on the Abo Baker Salim stage from 9 p.m. to midnight.

The Interior Ministry is holding its own festivities under the slogan “Pride of the Nation” at the Riyadh front from September 21-24. The event will also feature a live orchestra and 12 interactive pavilions.

A festival will be held at Grassy Park in the Diplomatic Quarter from September 21-24, which will include heritage performances, craft displays, a dancing fountain, action games for children and food stalls.

The auditorium of the AMC-2 theater is set to perform a 90-minute live comedy show on September 22 from 8-9:30 p.m., featuring three international acts alongside a Saudi artist.

Jeddah

The General Entertainment Authority held several events for citizens and residents of Jeddah to mark the country’s 92nd National Day celebrations, including fireworks, military air and sea shows, music concerts and interactive festivals.

The city’s coastline will be illuminated with a massive seven-minute fireworks display on September 23 in the Jeddah Season car park, which should be seen from anywhere in the city. This show will coincide with 17 other similar exhibitions across the country.

For three days, from September 18 to 20, residents of Jeddah can watch an air show near the Hilton Hotel on the Corniche, starting at 4:30 p.m. It will also be the site of a marine show on September 23.

Jeddahians can also enjoy a military parade at 5 p.m. on National Day organized by the Ministry of Interior on the Jeddah Art Promenade. The site will also see fireworks starting at 9 p.m. on September 22, 23 and 24.

Additionally, the Jeddah Art Promenade area will feature a sound and light exhibition on September 23. There will also be a Saudi folk show from 6 p.m. to midnight on September 22, 23 and 24. In addition, there will be “Layali Watan Events and Activities held during the same period.

Additionally, the Jeddah Art Promenade will feature a mosaic wall with various artworks on September 22, 23 and 24, showcasing the Kingdom’s history.

The promenade will also have a National Day corner, with a photography kiosk and an exclusive show for children on September 22, 23 and 24.

The venue will host several music concerts, with Saud Sanan on Thursday September 23, singer Dukhuon on the same day and Ahmed Ashour on September 24.

Egyptian singer Angham and her compatriot Ahmed Saad will perform at the Benchmark Theater on King’s Road at 9.30pm on Saturday 24th September. According to the Ticketing Box Office website, all VVIP tickets have been sold out.

Festivals will also take place from 5 p.m. to midnight at the city’s Prince Majed Park, Sept. 21-24.

eastern province

The Eastern Province is hosting a series of fun events for all ages to celebrate the Kingdom’s 92nd National Day, including live shows, fireworks, and sea and air shows.

King Abdullah Park in Dammam will host a four-day celebration from September 21-24 from 5 p.m. to midnight, with a variety of festivities including folk dances and fountain shows.

During the celebrations, performers will roam the park dressed in traditional clothing. There will be several action games and gifts for families. The event is free and open to children of all ages.

Families are encouraged to dress in traditional attire for events throughout the week.

Dammam will host the annual fireworks display which will be visible from the corniche on September 23 from 9 p.m. Admission is free and open to all ages.

Eighteen cities across the Kingdom will showcase fireworks simultaneously with Dammam, including Riyadh, Jeddah, Abha, Tabuk and Al-Ahsa.

Nearby Alkhobar will also host a sea show run by the Royal Naval Forces. The show will take place on September 23 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Corniche.

After the marine spectacle, the Corniche seafront will organize an air show on September 25 and 26 from 4 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Additionally, the King Abdullah Cultural Center in Jubail will host live concerts featuring some of the most popular regional artists, including Moudi Alshamrani, Sultan Khalifa, Shamma Hamdan and Khadijah Moath, from September 21-24.

Children will not be allowed to attend the concerts. Tickets are available on the Enjoy Saudi website.

South and North regions

The southern and northern regions of the Kingdom are preparing to celebrate the 92nd National Day on September 23 with various shows and concerts including “A Homeland Salute” by the Royal Saudi Air Force.

On September 23 starting at 9 p.m., a huge five-minute fireworks display will take place in several cities.

In Jouf, in the north of the Kingdom, the inhabitants of Sakaka will be able to gather at the King Abdallah Cultural Center to attend the show.

In the Northern Borders, Arar viewers can see it at the town’s Water Tower Park.

In the southwest, it can be enjoyed in Al-Nahdah district in Najran, while in Abha in Asir, they can be enjoyed at Sama Abha Park.

Activities include air and sea shows.

The Royal Saudi Air Force will perform for 10 days with Typhoon, F-15, Tornado and F-15C fighter jets in 14 cities. The show is titled “A Homeland Salute”, to celebrate the country’s achievements under his leadership.

In Abha, the airshow will be held at Abha Airport Park on September 22-23 at 5:30 p.m.

Various festivals with folk dances, games and crafts will be held in several public parks from September 21 to 24 from 5 p.m. to midnight.

Northerners can celebrate at Al-Nakheel Park in Sakaka and Al-Refa District in Arar.

Those commemorating the day in the south can participate in Sama Abha Park in Abha and Aba Al-Rashash Park in Najran.

Renowned artists will perform for the occasion. In Abha, a concert by Mohamed Abdo, conducted by Maestro Walid Fayed, will take place at the Talal Maddah Theater on September 24.

]]>
A great production of a breathtaking musical https://singcomusic.com/a-great-production-of-a-breathtaking-musical/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 15:47:42 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/a-great-production-of-a-breathtaking-musical/ CHICAGO – Exciting, bewitching, exceptional, extraordinary, remarkable, breathtaking! There aren’t enough adjectives to describe this incredible revival of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Based on Sholem Aleichem’s stories of Jewish life in the Imperial Russian settlement area around 1905, “Fiddler on the Roof” was initially not well received by investors who were put off by the […]]]>

CHICAGO – Exciting, bewitching, exceptional, extraordinary, remarkable, breathtaking! There aren’t enough adjectives to describe this incredible revival of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Based on Sholem Aleichem’s stories of Jewish life in the Imperial Russian settlement area around 1905, “Fiddler on the Roof” was initially not well received by investors who were put off by the show because that they thought it would appeal only to Jewish audiences.

Fortunately, Joseph Stein who wrote the book, Sheldon Harnick who wrote the lyrics, and Jerry Bock who wrote the music disagreed, believing “Fiddler” would appeal to everyone. They were right. The story of Tevye, the milkman trying to hold on to his traditions, his religion and his family has struck a chord around the world.

What naysayers didn’t realize was that the show wasn’t just a story about Jews. The clash between tradition and contemporary values, the clash between family and the outside world, the clash between death and survival are universal and are found in all religions, cultures and societies.

The original 1964 “Fiddler” had an exuberant musical score, but it was performed with such flamboyance that its story was overwhelmed by its brash Broadway style. The presentation of the lyric opera, however, which was first conducted by Barrie Kosky in 2017 at the Komische Oper in Berlin, Germany, focuses much more on the emotional core of the tale and the humanity of its characters.

The cast sings in the Lyric Opera’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” (Todd Rosenberg)

Violinist on a scooter

The musical begins, not with a fiddler balancing on a rooftop, but with a young boy (Drake Wunderlich), wearing headphones and riding a scooter, rolling across the opera stage. He arrives in front of a cupboard whose doors open to reveal a violin case. He pulls out the violin and beings to play music when figures from inside the closet spill out onto the stage, taking us back to the Jewish world of yesteryear.

Among the differences between this new production and the old one are the scenography and the costumes. This time, instead of a colorful and picturesque village setting, scenographer Rufus Didwiszus placed the Jewish community in soft colors of gray and brown, and furnished it with imposing used cabinets from which figures emerge in the first act, and a frozen landscape of forest and snow for the second act.

Epoch Times Photo
Lauren Marcus as Tzeitel and Drew Redington as Motel are celebrated at their wedding in Lyric Opera’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” (Todd Rosenberg)

In addition, the figures are dressed in drab rags which, designed by Klaus Bruns, give a palpable idea of ​​the poverty condition of their lives.

While the new incarnation of “Fiddler” focuses on the harsh reality of Jewish life in Russia, the musical’s charm, wisdom and enchantment still shine through. Here we have the most glorious music score embellished with terrific performances.

A brave and witty Tevye is portrayed to perfection by Steven Skybell, whose powerful voice and passionate depth bring his character to life on stage. We understand the importance of tradition for him when he explains that it is necessary so that “everyone knows who he is and what God expects of him”. And we appreciate his crushing poverty when he asks God “Would it destroy a great eternal plan if I were a rich man?”

Epoch Times Photo
Debbie Gravitte as Golde and Steven Skybell as Tevye sing in Lyric Opera’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” (Todd Rosenberg)

Riveting production

There are so many other fantastic moments and performances in this captivating production. Otto Pichler’s choreography, in which dancers dressed in black storm the stage in Russian style with bottles on their heads while drinking “To Life”. There’s the moment when Tevye tells his wife Golde (Debbie Gravitte) about his dream and asks her “Do You Love Me?” And then there is the scene in which Motel (Drew Redington), the poor tailor, sings of the miracle of God by offering him his wife, Tzeitel (Lauren Marcus). But the moment that will really squeeze your throat is when we hear the haunting melodic accents of “Sunrise, Sunset”.

With Kimberly Grigsby masterfully conducting the formidable Lyric Orchestra and company of 24 actors, 40 in the chorus and 12 dancers, this production is on a scale that an ordinary theater cannot match.

But the triumph of this show isn’t just its epic grandeur. On the contrary, it engages deep empathy because it is the poignant story of the inhabitants of a lost world.

Epoch Times Photo
(Left to right) Two of Tevye’s daughters in the wagon with Steven Skybell as Tevye and Debbie Gravitte as Golde sing “Anatevka” in the Lyric Opera’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” (Todd Rosenberg)

As the show draws to a close and we hear the melodic sadness of “Anatevka”, it is hard to hold back the tears: we watch the miserable multitude driven from their homes and sent to an unknown future in a frightening search for a new life. .

A once-in-a-lifetime production, it’s a show you may never see again. If you only see one show this year, make it this heartfelt “Fiddler on the Roof.”

‘Fiddler on the Roof’
Chicago Lyric Opera
20 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago
Tickets: 312-827-5600 or LyricOpera.org
Duration: 3 hours, 15 minutes
Closing: Oct 7, 2022

]]>
Broadway Ready: Musical Theater Singing Types https://singcomusic.com/broadway-ready-musical-theater-singing-types/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 13:56:34 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/broadway-ready-musical-theater-singing-types/ The Lion King is the highest-grossing Broadway production in the story, and a host of artists are vying for a chance to appear in this show. But only those who have practiced their musical theater by singing religiously and have the voice to prove it will succeed. With the growing popularity of musical theatre, there […]]]>

The Lion King is the highest-grossing Broadway production in the story, and a host of artists are vying for a chance to appear in this show. But only those who have practiced their musical theater by singing religiously and have the voice to prove it will succeed.

With the growing popularity of musical theatre, there has been much speculation about the type of voice needed to be successful.

By learning to sing in all the different styles of Broadway music, you can become an indispensable performer on stage. Read on to learn about the types of singing performed on Broadway, so you can practice them for yourself.

Legitimate Musical Theater Singing

Legit musical theater singing is the style of singing that most people are used to hearing when they think of Broadway or Hollywood musicals.

The legit style takes advantage of classic vocal training techniques. They require very strong breathing support, as well as good diction. You need to understand how your voice works to sing this way, because you’ll have to hold notes for a long time while projecting them over an orchestra or band.

Traditional musical theater singing

Traditional musical theater singing is the style of singing primarily used on Broadway. You’ll see it in reruns of older shows, but there are also modern shows that feature a traditional sound, like Once, The group visitWhere The Phantom of the Opera which is coming to an end after 35 years as Broadway’s longest-running production in February 2023.

This vocal genre requires a good understanding of the lyrics as you need to deliver them crisply with rapid changes in pitch. Some examples of musicals that primarily feature this vocal genre include Cabaret, City of Angelsand even The producers.

Contemporary musical theater singing

Contemporary musical theater singing requires a different type of voice than traditional musical theater. It’s very speech-driven, so the singer will need clear speech and be able to connect with an audience. For this reason, it often requires higher belts than traditional musical theater singing.

Vibrato is also widely used in contemporary music, more so than other singing genres. Runes are also more common in contemporary music.

Given the complexity and vocal demands of this style, singing lessons are a must for anyone who wants to be a successful contemporary singer.

Pop musical theater vocals

Pop musical theater singing is the combination of pop and rock music with musical theater. You can see this style on shows like Wicked, which have songs written to include a wide vocal range.

Pop singers are often more focused on presenting the song than telling a story, as one would see in traditional musicals. In this genre, men and women often sing in similar ranges because they don’t need to sound “masculine” or “feminine” as other musicals require.

Improve your performance whatever your style

The first step to improving your vocal health and technique is to find a coach who can train you in musical theater singing. As a performer, it’s hard to know what’s going on with your voice when you’re in front of an audience. A coach can give more objective feedback than what you might hear from friends or family members.

Finding good teachers isn’t always easy, so we’ve collected some stars you can learn from in our blog posts. Read them while you search for your next trainer. You can imitate the work of these artists to learn the technique and use it as a basis for your own vocal training.

]]>
Darien Theater students will take to the main stage at Stamford on September 24 https://singcomusic.com/darien-theater-students-will-take-to-the-main-stage-at-stamford-on-september-24/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 18:13:56 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/darien-theater-students-will-take-to-the-main-stage-at-stamford-on-september-24/ DARIEN, CT — A handful of students from Darien High School’s Theater 308 program will have the chance to perform on the big stage this week along with several accomplished actors and musicians. On September 24, DHS students Kate Miller, Molly Shields, Jasmine Skowronski, John Raskopf and Grace Sandoval will take part in a gala […]]]>

DARIEN, CT — A handful of students from Darien High School’s Theater 308 program will have the chance to perform on the big stage this week along with several accomplished actors and musicians.

On September 24, DHS students Kate Miller, Molly Shields, Jasmine Skowronski, John Raskopf and Grace Sandoval will take part in a gala celebration of the new Orchestra Lumos brand at the Palace Theater in Stamford.

The event will feature musical theater champion Maria Friedman, who will perform a selection of works by Sondheim, as well as Marvin Hamlisch and Michel Legrand.

It will be Friedman’s only performance in North America this season. In the fall, she will lead an off-Broadway revival of “Merrily We Roll Along”, with Daniel Radcliffe.

Friedman will be joined by Broadway veteran Todd Ellison and singers Ross Lekites (Tina, of “The Tina Turner Musical”) and Lewis Cleale (“The Book of Mormon”), as well as students from the theater arts program at the King’s School in Stamford; and the Staples Players from Staples High School in Westport.

DHS music director Colleen Thompson said she recently received a surprise phone call from Marvin Hamlisch’s widow, Terre Blair, who lives in Rowayton.

“She called me and left me a voicemail. She said, ‘I have a show coming up, and we’d love to have your Darien students perform.’ It was a really cool phone call to get,” Thompson said.

Thompson thinks the opportunity for the five DHS students on Saturday will have an impact.

“It will take students from an academic stage to a professional stage and allow them to see how performance and practice in their school environment can lead to professional opportunities,” said Thompson. “I hope it inspires them to keep performing and shows them that if they work hard, maybe they can continue to study acting professionally and perform.”

Darien students will perform a piece by Hamlisch from the musical “Smile,” titled “In Our Hands,” during the production finale.

Raskopf was chosen by Thompson to perform a monologue he wrote called “Power Of Music”, midway through the finale.

The DHS Theater 308 program is an after-school club and extension of the regular school day. Students who are in choir or theater during the day perform plays and musicals throughout the year.

Theater 308 enables students to develop their own unique artistic identity through direct collaboration, a strong sense of community, and exposure to contemporary and classic dramatic texts.

The five students who will perform on Saturday have volunteered and gone through an application process.

They then started rehearsing and learning the repertoire for the big show on Saturday.

For tickets and more information on the September 24 gala celebration, Click here.

]]>
The Black Monarchs Tyson & Jones rename Harlem Street & Broadway Theater – Caribbean Life https://singcomusic.com/the-black-monarchs-tyson-jones-rename-harlem-street-broadway-theater-caribbean-life/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 17:51:21 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/the-black-monarchs-tyson-jones-rename-harlem-street-broadway-theater-caribbean-life/ An acclaimed king of the stage and revered queen of the screen recently received high honors when actors James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson were lavished as tokens of appreciation by communities who honored them by renaming a theater and a street from Broadway to Harlem. “We have always acknowledged our kings and queens,” radio […]]]>

An acclaimed king of the stage and revered queen of the screen recently received high honors when actors James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson were lavished as tokens of appreciation by communities who honored them by renaming a theater and a street from Broadway to Harlem.

“We have always acknowledged our kings and queens,” radio personality Gary Byrd said recently, “throughout history, when others have ignored our deities and our royal status, we have always known that we wore the crown.”

Decades ago, Byrd recorded “The Crown,” a song that Stevie Wonder released and released on his Wondirection Record label.

The single captured global attention, topping the charts in England with lyrics that regale a long list of Africans who he says “wear the crown”.

Recently, the names of two comedians added credence to his claim.

At a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Centennial Cort Theater – located at West 48e St. — the James Earl Jones Theater launched an era of diversity in the theater industry.

Located between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, the Broadway venue is only the second named after a black man.

The other is named after playwright August Wilson.

On September 17, a Caribbean-themed block party celebrated Cicely Tyson Way, a newly designated town marker located at the thoroughfare of 101st between 3rd Ave. and Lexington Ave. where the legendary actress grew up at 178 East 101st St.

Born in the Bronx, her Caribbean parents from Nevis soon after moved to East Harlem.

The island twin won her coveted theater award for her leading role in 2013, for the Broadway hit ‘The Trip To Bountiful’.

To her credit, she also won accolades and three Emmys portraying strong female characters in “Sounder”, “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman”, “Roots” and “The Color Purple”.

Tyson received the Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015; the following year, President Barack Obama named her the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

As if those top honors weren’t enough, Tyson’s peers in the film industry presented her with an honorary trophy at the Oscars in 2018 – which sealed her status as a Triple Crown winner.

“She is our queen…all hail the queen!” shouted longtime fan Avril Daley.

Community activist and radio host Felipe Luciano echoed that sentiment during his Saturday show “Latin Roots (Routes)” airing on WBAI-FM.

New York City Council member Diana Ayala attended the unveiling and spoke at a tribute ceremony that included special appearances from the Dance Theater of Harlem, El Barrio Poet Laureate Jesús Papoleto Meléndez, of the poet Juan Papa Santiago, the Dominican folk dance troupe, the Caribbean-American Sports, the Youth Movement Steel Orchestra and other recognized members of the community.

DJ Krayze and Liquitone Entertainment crowned the regalia by playing dance hits that East Harlem locals reveled in late into the night.

Ironically, on September 12, Tyson’s theater collaborator received similar attention for his unparalleled contribution when a VIP crowd showed up to celebrate the 91-year-old actor and the dedication of the James Earl Jones Theater.

Acclaimed for his roles in 21 Broadway plays, a generation recognized his voice as the television network’s signature locator who periodically announced “it’s CNN.”

Although identified by his distinctive tone as Mufasa in “The Lion King” and Darth Vader in “Star Wars”, Jones has also performed in theater productions at the venue he now commands.

He performed there for the first time in the early fifties in “Sunrise at Campobello”.

Since then, he has won three Tony Awards and is among the elite winners of actor status called EGOT – Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

In 1991, Jones became the only actor to receive two Tony Awards in the same year.

Jones is also a recipient of the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honor. He was crowned king of the ring for his performance of “The Great White Hope” in 1969 and covered in platitudes while playing alongside Diahann Carroll in “Claudine.”

But most memorable was his stellar performance in August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Fences” in 1987.

Among the celebrities who attended the lavish ceremony were actors Samuel L. Jackson and his wife, actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson, choreographer Debbie Allen, actress Phylicia Rashad, filmmaker Lee Daniels, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Norm Lewis ( the first black actor to play the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera”) and Mayor Eric Adams.

“Today’s renaming of this freshly renovated venue to the James Earl Jones Theater recognizes all that he contributed, an imprint that this immensely gifted actor, performer and frontman left on our vibrant Broadway community,” Adams said.

Ironically, the People’s Monarchs last shared the stage when they co-starred in the revival of “The Gin Game” seven years ago.

The two Tony Award-winning actors first appeared together 50 years ago in ‘A Hand is On The Gate’.

They also appeared Off-Broadway in “The Blacks” and in the film The River Niger and the TV movie “Heat Wave”.

The theatrical queen of Harlem died last year at the age of 96.

“Long live the king, long may he reign.”

CATCH YOU INSIDE!

]]>
As Broadway Loses “Phantom,” Theater Goers Are Asking: Why Are So Many Hit Musicals Closing? https://singcomusic.com/as-broadway-loses-phantom-theater-goers-are-asking-why-are-so-many-hit-musicals-closing/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 15:30:50 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/as-broadway-loses-phantom-theater-goers-are-asking-why-are-so-many-hit-musicals-closing/ Hit Broadway musicals are dropping like flies, including ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ (which closed Sundays), ‘Come From Away’ (closing Oct. 2) and, as announced last week, ‘The Music Man’ (closed Jan. 1) and “The Phantom of the Opera” (closed Feb. 23). Let’s take a moment to consider what this tells us about the current state of […]]]>

Hit Broadway musicals are dropping like flies, including ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ (which closed Sundays), ‘Come From Away’ (closing Oct. 2) and, as announced last week, ‘The Music Man’ (closed Jan. 1) and “The Phantom of the Opera” (closed Feb. 23).

Let’s take a moment to consider what this tells us about the current state of Broadway, which “reopened” exactly one year ago after the 18-month pandemic shutdown.

“Dear Evan Hansen” and “Come From Away” both opened on Broadway in the 2016-17 season after earlier stints at several nonprofit theaters. Both were still selling steadily before closing and had become leading examples of original, innovative and timely new musicals.

One might wonder whether the sweeping film adaptation of “Dear Evan Hansen” or the pro-shot version of “Come From Away” on Apple TV has affected the demand to attend live shows. However, the most likely explanation for the closures is that the large tourist audience that kept certain musicals going for years still hasn’t returned to New York.

The lack of tourists is certainly the reason “Phantom” is closing. When I attended “Phantom” before the pandemic, no one around me in the theater lobby spoke English. “Phantom” also has sky-high weekly running costs thanks to its large cast, crew, and pit orchestra.

Nonetheless, “Phantom”‘s closure is shocking due to its status as the longest-running show in Broadway history. For many who visit New York, “Phantom” is Broadway – and the closure of “Phantom” is indicative that post-pandemic Broadway is a different place. (Of course, “Phantom” may be getting a revival relatively soon, though it’ll likely be in a revamped, less expensive, and less spectacular form.)

Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster in “The Music Man”Photo by Julieta Cervantes/Supplied

On the other hand, while “The Music Man” is still generating record weekly receipts, its producers decided to shut down the series once Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster left the show rather than casting new stars and hope (probably in vain) that the large production remains profitable. It should also be noted that the revival received low reviews (making it doubtful that it could survive Jackman and Foster’s departure) and with a few rare exceptions (notably “Chicago”), even successful musical revivals rarely last. more than a year. .

If tourist audiences don’t return in the coming months, longer-running musicals will either have to shut down or launch aggressive marketing campaigns.

It should be noted that extremely long runs are a relatively recent phenomenon in Broadway history – and perhaps their time is over. While “Phantom” has provided jobs for countless theater professionals over the past 35 years, can you imagine how many more shows could have played at the Majestic Theater if it hadn’t happened?

]]>
Broadway theater renamed in honor of James Earl Jones https://singcomusic.com/broadway-theater-renamed-in-honor-of-james-earl-jones/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 20:54:03 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/broadway-theater-renamed-in-honor-of-james-earl-jones/ PHOTO ABOVE: The name James Earl Jones appears on the newly restored Cort Theater on Broadway in New York on Friday, September 9, 2022. The theater will be renamed in honor of James Earl Jones on Monday, becoming the second theater in the Great White Way named after a black artist. The move comes after […]]]>

PHOTO ABOVE: The name James Earl Jones appears on the newly restored Cort Theater on Broadway in New York on Friday, September 9, 2022. The theater will be renamed in honor of James Earl Jones on Monday, becoming the second theater in the Great White Way named after a black artist. The move comes after a broad Broadway coalition of theater owners, producers, union leaders, creators and casting directors crafted a series of reforms and commitments for the theater industry to ensure equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility. (AP Photo/Mark Kennedy)

By Mark Kennedy

ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — The recently restored Cort Theater on Broadway has been renamed in honor of James Earl Jones, becoming the second theater on the Great White Way named after a black performer.

During Monday’s ceremony, Norm Lewis sang “Go the Distance,” Brian Stokes Mitchell sang “Make Them Hear You,” and lyrics from Mayor Eric Adams, Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson Jackson. Jones, 91, was not present.

This honor is in addition to the many the iconic actor Jones has amassed, including two Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, two Tony Awards, a Grammy, the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors. He also received an honorary Oscar and a special Tony for lifetime achievement.

” That says everything. You can’t think of an artist who has served America more,” director Kenny Leon told The Associated Press ahead of the ceremony. “It feels like a small act, but it’s a huge action. It is something that we can research and see that is tangible.

The name change comes after a broad Broadway coalition of theater owners, producers, union leaders, creators and casting directors crafted a series of 2021 reforms and commitments for the theater industry. to ensure equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility.

In this June 12, 2016 file photo, James Earl Jones arrives at the Tony Awards in New York. The Cort Theater on Broadway in New York will be renamed after Jones on Monday, becoming the second theater on the Great White Way named after a black performer. The move comes after a broad Broadway coalition of theater owners, producers, union leaders, creators and casting directors crafted a series of reforms and commitments for the theater industry to ensure equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

One of the requirements of the so-called New Deal for Broadway was that the Shubert, Nederlander and Jujamcyn theater chains have at least one of their theaters named after a black performer. Artists like LaChanze, Audra McDonald, Wendell Pierce, Billy Porter and Leon have backed the proposals.

“I couldn’t think of anyone more worthy of this honor,” Leon said. “When I think of it, I think of young kids. I think of black kids, white kids, and Asian kids, all kinds of kids, standing in front of that theater and looking up and saying, ‘This is it: the James Earl Jones Theatre”. It represents the good in all of us.

Leon was joined at the ceremony by Suzan-Lori Parks, NaTasha Yvette Williams, Danielle Brooks, Corey Hawkins, Phylicia Rashad and Woody King, Jr.

Jujamcyn already has the August Wilson Theater and the Nederlander Organization will soon rename the Brooks Atkinson Theater after Lena Horne, marking the first time a black woman will have a Broadway theater named in her honor.

The three-level Cort Theater – at 138 W. 48th St. – opened in 1912 and was built by and named for John Cort, executive director of the Northwestern Theatrical Association. Thomas Lamb was the architect.

It underwent a $47 million restoration and expansion that includes the construction of a 35-foot-wide, 100-foot-deep adjacent space to the theater that allows bars and lounges for all levels, new men’s and women’s bathrooms, and elevators, all in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The James Earl Jones Theater has a wider stage and trapdoor room below – making musicals now an option – and a new upstairs rehearsal space that matches the footprint of the stage. There is also an improved wardrobe room and offices for theater staff and spacious dressing rooms.

Inside the theatre, the architect brought back the color palette of Marie-Antoinette in the seats, the ornamental coatings, the drapes, the lighting and the carpet. The original cove lighting has been replaced with long life lamps and the original Tiffany glass lit proscenium has been restored.

New, wider seats actually mean the interior has lost four seats out of just over 1,000 seats, but it promises to deliver a more comfortable experience. A new rigging system was added, along with a redesigned orchestra pit and ventilation systems.

]]>
The Bloomington Theater nonprofit delays production due to financial difficulties; CEO resigns https://singcomusic.com/the-bloomington-theater-nonprofit-delays-production-due-to-financial-difficulties-ceo-resigns/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 12:17:46 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/the-bloomington-theater-nonprofit-delays-production-due-to-financial-difficulties-ceo-resigns/ Financial problems and a leadership shakeup at Artistry, a major Bloomington-based nonprofit, have led executives to delay an upcoming music production. Kevin Ramach, the organization’s executive director since 2019, stepped down last week. Ramach’s departure and other challenges were revealed Wednesday in a letter signed by Artistry staff and board. “Artistry management recently discovered that […]]]>

Financial problems and a leadership shakeup at Artistry, a major Bloomington-based nonprofit, have led executives to delay an upcoming music production.

Kevin Ramach, the organization’s executive director since 2019, stepped down last week.

Ramach’s departure and other challenges were revealed Wednesday in a letter signed by Artistry staff and board.

“Artistry management recently discovered that our liabilities outweigh our projected revenues for the coming months,” the letter states. “It has had a profound impact on our ability to serve artists, students, audiences and the community, as is our stated mission.”

]]>