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From Score to Stage:

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The purpose of this site is to translate what we read on the page to what is eventually seen onstage - to provide a musical framework through which the story as a whole can be understood.  I truly believe that the score can and should be used to enrich performance and thus I hope that this site can be valuable to you, the performer.

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AN ACTOR'S GUIDE TO MUSICAL ANALYSIS

April 28, 2019

It's no secret that Stephen Schwartz's Wicked is one of the biggest commercial successes on Broadway in recent history. After all, it's been running on the Great White Way for the past fifteen years with no end in sight. And yet, s...

September 19, 2018

Content dictates form. If we have learned ANYTHING from Stephen Sondheim it is this. Content dictates form. It's a simple idea but crucial. What it means is that the composition of a piece needs to reflect the situation at hand. So...

August 8, 2018

A lot can be said on the subject of My Fair Lady. In fact, a lot has been said by ME. I recently posted a full score analysis of the show, and may have gotten a little carried away... but hey! If you enjoy 21 page treatises on...

August 8, 2018

A note before we begin:

Below you'll find my full score analysis of Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady. I hope you'll find this analysis useful in your studies! However, if you're interested in something a little lighter, I encourage...

April 15, 2018

There's such a thing as theatre magic. It's what has drawn each of us to the stage. Sometimes it feels like this intangible thing - a sort of wizardry born of imagination and ingenuity and the collective genius of playwrights, comp...

March 8, 2018

Pastiche. It's a word you've probably come across in your musical studies. But what makes something "pastiche" and how should it be approached by the performer? To put it simply, a pastiche musical is one in which the music is writ...

February 3, 2018

From Score to Stage is excited to announce our new collaboration with TheoryWorks! Here at From Score to Stage, we believe that the score is an invaluable resource to the actor, so to provide more background on the concepts discuss...

February 3, 2018

From Score to Stage is excited to announce our new partnership with TheoryWorks! Founded by NYC voice teacher and actor Amy Marie StewartTheoryWorks provides interactive online courses and tutoring in music theory for B...

October 30, 2017

Dies irae, dies illa... You may not realize it, but most of you are probably already familiar with this Gregorian chant from the Mass for the dead. How is that possible, you ask? Well, the "Dies Irae" is one of the most quoted (and...

October 10, 2017

Let's take a look at "Twin Soliloquies" from Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific and "Send in the Clowns" from Sondheim's A Little Night Music. Now, I know what you're thinking. These two songs have absolutely NOTHING in c...

August 11, 2017

Let's take a moment to honor the late, great Barbara Cook, a Broadway legend who passed away earlier this week. Cook was one of the great sopranos of the Golden Age of Broadway. She was perhaps best known for originating the role o...

July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July, folks! Let's celebrate by taking a look at 1776, one of my favorite musicals about the Founding Fathers! Amazingly, I do have to qualify that statement since 1776 is by no means the most famous musical about...

June 16, 2017

Father's Day is this weekend, so I figured it would be appropriate to talk about one of Broadway's most notorious fathers: Carousel's Billy Bigelow!  Billy is... well, he's problematic, both as a human being and as a father (let's...

June 13, 2017

Guys, the 71st annual Tony awards took place last night and we need to discuss. Basically, the event felt like a celebration of some of my favorite things: storytelling, theatre education, and powerhouse vocals. Let's jump right in...

June 9, 2017

No matter what musical you're working on, the love duet is always a pivotal moment of the show.  In the case of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years, the love duet is quite literally a pivotal moment as it is the only...

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