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         A note from the author

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

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...

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 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 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...

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