Musical Theatre Artistic Review

For candidates who wish to be considered for our musical theatre program in addition to our acting studios for their primary training

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SOMETHING TO KNOW UP FRONT...

When scheduling your artistic review, we will ask if you want to be considered for ALL STUDIOS or MUSICAL THEATRE ONLY. Your answer will not impact your eligibility for the musical theatre program.

"ALL STUDIOS" OPTION

This option is for those students for whom Tisch Drama is their overriding objective. These candidates will be considered for placement in the musical theatre studio first. If we feel they are a good fit, we will place them there. If not, we will place them in one of the acting studios.

"MUSICAL THEATRE ONLY" OPTION

This option is for those students who want to use their undergraduate experience to study musical theatre. If we do not feel they are a match for our musical theatre program at this time, they will not be accepted into NYU.

MUSICAL THEATRE ARTISTIC REVIEW

ACTING EVALUATION

MONOLOGUES
Two contrasting monologues — both contemporary — presented in English
  • We define “contemporary” as anything written from around 1900 to now.
  • Each monologue must be under 90 seconds in length.
  • All monologues must be from published plays (no musicals; no film/TV scripts; no original material).
  • Each monologue should be written as such, not a dialogue pieced and edited together to make a monologue.
  • Please choose material that is within your age range (roles you would be cast in now).
  • The gender of the character need not be a determining factor when choosing a monologue.
  • Props and costumes are not permitted.
  • We want to hear your natural voice. Please do not add an accent to your monologues.

In our musical theatre program, we are training actors who sing and dance. The acting evaluation portion of your musical theatre artistic review lets us see your potential as an actor. Therefore, we encourage you to explore the great depth and breadth of material in the field of theater to find engaging and challenging material.

Please know that you may be asked to perform one or two monologues during your artistic review. 

CONVERSATION

You will have an opportunity to converse with your evaluator immediately after presenting your monologues. This is a chance for us to get to know you a little bit. We've watched your work as an artist and now we want to learn about you as a person.

SINGING EVALUATION

Two contrasting 32-bar song selections    
 

  • One 32-bar cut must be from the published musical theatre canon
             

    • Standard Broadway repertoire would include: Rodgers and Hammerstein, Rodgers and Hart, Kern and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Kurt Weill, Cy Coleman, Jules Styne, Bock and Harnick, Kander and Ebb, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Stephen Schwartz, Jonathan Larson, Jason Robert Brown, Michael John LaChiusa, Andrew Lippa, Adam Guettel, Noel Coward, Rupert Holmes, Jeanine Tesori, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerry Herman, Yip Harburg, Harold Arlen, Marvin Hamlisch, Alan Menken, Galt MacDermot, etc.     

  • One 32-bar cut may be from either musical theatre or a published contemporary piece
    • Pieces may be from rock, pop, hip-hop, jazz, gospel, country, opera, classical, etc.
  • Evaluator may test your vocal range
   

  • Please be prepared to sing additional selections if requested

    Candidates submitting digital artistic reviews will be required to submit two song videos, as well as perform them live during your Zoom session. See more details below.

SINGING VIDEOS FOR DIGITAL SUBMISSIONS

FOR DIGITAL SUBMISSION CANDIDATES: 

As a back-up, you will upload videos performing both your song selections to the Drama Artistic Review portal, as well as perform them live during your Zoom session. You will find specific instructions on how to create your singing videos, as well as prepare for your Zoom session in the Digital Submission Guidelines.

* A note on song videos: These videos are being uploaded for backup purposes only. These videos are not for a pre-screening process. Every Musical Theatre applicant will be required to sing their song selection(s) live via Zoom. Only in cases of technical difficulties will the evaluators be asked to consult the videos provided by the applicant. Uploading videos is not a replacement for completing the live singing portion of the Artistic Review.

DANCE EVALUATION

All musical theatre candidates must participate in a dance evaluation. The purpose of this evaluation is for us to learn where you are in your own dance/movement life. Are you a serious dancer with years of experience and training? Have you never taken a dance class but like to groove to your favorite song when it comes on the radio? Are you somewhere in between — perhaps you learned some choreography for a musical at school? We just want to know where you are right now.  

Candidates submitting digital artistic reviews will be required to submit a dance video. See more details below.

SESSION TIMES

You will reserve either a morning or afternoon session for your artistic review. You should expect to be with us for the entire session. Sessions are approximately 3.5 hours. All candidates arrive at the same time to check in. For the most part, check-in for morning sessions begins at 9:00 and afternoon sessions at 2:00.

The most important thing to remember is that we want to see you. We want to get to know you through the music. Pick songs that you love to sing. Make sure they show your vocal range and are appropriate for your age. 
As you work on your material, explore these points: Why would I say these words? Who am I talking to and what do I want? We’re interested in your unique perspective and how you engage the material.  

— Advice from a Singing Evaluator

Use your time wisely. While you wait to come into the studio, get your body ready to move. Do stretches, pliés, even jumping jacks. Deep breathing can help calm and focus.
We will be looking at your ability to pick up and retain choreography but most importantly, how you celebrate movement. Regardless of where you are in your training, show us that you love to dance and are not afraid of focused, hard work!

— Advice from a Dance Evaluator