Marymount Manhattan

Musical Theatre

The Musical Theatre program is a four-year sequence of year-long academic and performance classes incorporating labs in Daily Dance and weekly Private Voice lessons.  Typically paired with the BA in Theatre Arts major, with a concentration in Theatre Performance, the Musical Theatre program prepares students for professional careers as “Triple Threat” Actor-Singer-Dancers. 

Musical Theatre Daily Dance (Photo by Stefanie Flamm)Musical Theatre Daily Dance (Photo by Stefanie Flamm)

The four year-long Musical Theatre technique courses include:

  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Photo by Susan Cook)The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Photo by Susan Cook)Year One: Musical Theatre History/Sightsinging.
  • Year Two: Musical Theatre Techniques (individual song studies).
  • Year Three: Scene into Song (adding dialogue).
  • Year Four: Song Portfolio and Professional Preparation (preparing the audition songbook, then putting it to use in mentored auditions and workshops featuring feedback from industry professionals).

Students are placed by audition in one of six levels of dance training in ballet, theatre dance and tap. Dance is held off-site Monday through Friday, with classes taught by Broadway legends such as Dana Moore, Jeff Shade, and Edmond Kresley. A special topics class in Production Numbers is the capstone to this training. 

Private Voice is taught in professional studios once a week for all four years at Marymount Manhattan. Students audition and are placed
Theatre Arts alumna Emmy Raver-Lampman (Broadway: A Night with Janis Joplin, Jekyll and Hyde, Hair)Theatre Arts alumna Emmy Raver-Lampman (Broadway: A Night with Janis Joplin, Jekyll and Hyde, Hair)with a teacher who matches their vocal needs. Our voice faculty includes Broadway’s Steven Purdy, Tim Howard, Joyce Hall, and David Sisco.
  
Performance opportunities include a yearly mainstage musical at the college and January Projects off-site funded by the Frederick Loewe Foundation with partners such as The National Dance Institute (Christopher D’Amboise), The York Theatre Company (James Morgan), and Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers (David Sisco).  

Our students have had the privilege of working with music directors such as Steven Oremus, Darren R. Cohen, and David Loud; stage directors/choreographers such as Patricia Birch, Larry Fuller, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, and Josh Bergasse; composers such as Charles Strouse, Paul Jacobs, and Larry Grossman.  

The Wild Party (Photo by Susan Cook)The Wild Party (Photo by Susan Cook)Taking advantage of our New York City location, master classes and lectures have been and continue to be offered by Broadway’s finest such as Betty Buckley, Jeff Calhoun, Martin Charnin, Marc Kudisch, Arthur Laurents, Donna McKechnie, Lonny Price, Hal Prince, Chita Rivera, Steven Sondheim, Elaine Stritch, and Tommy Tune. 

Requirements for Musical Theatre

This program is open to Theatre Arts and Acting majors by audition. Contact the Theatre Office for further information.

THTR 274a-b Fundamentals of Musical Theatre
THTR 228-229 Musical Theatre Techniques I & II
THTR 330-331 Scene into Song
THTR 424 The Musical Theatre Song Portfolio
THTR 428 Professional Preparation: Musical Theatre     

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