Day 2 AMTA on Broadway!

Posted: February 24, 2015 in New York

Wow! What a day. I finished it sat next to two of the producers of Broadway Tony award winning show ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’, in a coffee shop. we had a great chat! (Thank you Nura for the introduction) I saw the show last year and it was amazing. It now stars UK’s Scarlett Strallen who I worked with in ‘The Music Man’ at Chichester Theatre back in the UK.

I went to the cabaret venue 54 Below to watch a one-night performance of Irving Berlin’s music last night and who did I see as part of the all-Broadway cast? Scarlett herself. Small world.

Now onto day 2 of training today with the energetic and lovely Ricky Hinds, from NEWSIES. He did a repertoire class with our students, again accompanied by Stephen Purdy, vocal GOD! Very similar tips to yesterday but here are some add-ons.

– overdone songs are GET OUT and STAY OUT, THE LIFE I NEVER LED, anything from FOOTLOOSE, PROUD of YOUR BOY. I won’t say what shows they are all from, if you sing them you will know.

– Don’t stress about 16 bar cuts for audition songs. In NY if you go over they will likely stop you anyway. In the UK we are a bit nicer. Ha!

– Be direct with what you are singing. Don’t come in with a bunch of options. If you get it wrong they can always ask for something else. Ricky did auditions for 42nd street yesterday and there were 350 girls waiting, they don’t have time to mess about.

– I asked Ricky what his pet peeve was with auditioners. He said not being prepared! If you have had the sides to learn for a week and you don’t know them it just looks like you can’t be bothered and it will be over.

I then popped up to the Acting Studio which is up on 54th Street where our acting students are spending four days with film director Matthew Bonifacio (and yes his awesome accent sounds just like you would think it would based on his name). One word – awesome! this young director has won awards and his latest featured short movie was shown at the Sundance Film Festival. My students were watching it when I arrived. They were blown away. He then Put them on camera to do a scene from ‘Whiplash’. I could have watched him work all day but I had to get back down to Pearl Studios to see my good friend John Scatchetti, who is probably New York’s best tapper! He is playing George in the up coming production of The Drowsy Chaperone this summer in Florida. We did the show at AMTA last year. Incidentally our Vice our principal Mark Goldthorp and I did the same show with Elaine Paige in the West End.

Off to see the a Broadway smash KINKY BOOTS tonight. It transfers to London this year so I need to know what all the hype is about.

Looking forward to day 3 !

Ken

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