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AN ACTOR'S GUIDE TO MUSICAL ANALYSIS

June 2, 2017

What with the recent Broadway revival starring Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi, I feel like She Loves Me is at peak popularity right now.  And with good reason!  The characters are complex, the score is gorgeous, and the book i...

May 18, 2017

Let’s take a look at The Music Man, Meredith Willson’s tribute to Midwestern small town life in the early twentieth century. For those of you whose parents didn’t drag you to Willson’s childhood home on a road trip through Northern...

May 17, 2017

Guys, I adore A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder but it KILLS me that the love triangle is never actually resolved.  In the final scene, Monty is released from prison (spoiler alert!) and into the waiting arms of both Sibella a...

May 17, 2017

A brief disclaimer before we begin: This analysis is not for the faint of heart.  West Side Story has an incredibly complex score and therefore any worthwhile discussion of this music is going to require some prior knowledge of mus...

May 17, 2017

When I was younger, I had the opportunity to meet E. L. Doctorow. The author was leading a discussion about his work, and when asked about Ragtime he began to explain how the novel was born. Apparently, he was sitting in his home i...

May 16, 2017

I've always felt that the Witch is one of the more interesting characters in Sondheim's Into the Woods.  Although she is ostensibly the villain of the show, she has these moments of incredible vulnerability (more on that later).  N...

May 16, 2017

There are three major musical motives in Into the Woods: the wish, the beans, and the fanfare.  All three play a significant role in the narrative with the result that by the end of the show, practically every character has incorpo...

May 12, 2017

Before we jump straight in with an analysis of Cinderella's musical language in Sondheim's Into the Woods, we need to make sure we're all on the same page when it comes to the score itself.  If you haven't already, I highly recomme...

May 12, 2017

The Baker’s Wife from Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods is one of the most emotionally and morally complex characters in the musical theatre canon.  It would be wise for any actor attempting the role to study the score, for a bette...

May 8, 2017

Buckle your seatbelts, kiddos, because this is going to be a long one!  Into the Woods, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, is perhaps one of the most elaborately plotted musicals of all time.  With...

May 8, 2017

Today we’re going to tackle one of my favorite love duets, “You Were Dead, You Know” from Leonard Bernstein’s operetta Candide.  But before we address the piece, we need to acknowledge the source material:  the novella Candide...

May 8, 2017

Let's take a look at one of my all-time favorite musicals: Frank Loesser’s Guys and Dolls.  Rhythm is the key thing here.  From the get-go, Loesser uses rhythms to differentiate the straight-laced Salvation Army crowd from the loos...

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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.