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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

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...

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...

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...

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