Truly powerful vocal performance in musical theater is more than
just the sum of good vocal tone and correct notes. As experienced
teacher, director, and performer Mark Ross Clark lays out in The
Broadway Song, powerful performance communicates the central
function of a song within the context of the surrounding narrative,
or the "truth" of a song. Because unstaged performances of a song,
such as auditions, are key to the success of all aspiring singers,
Clark provides here the essential practical manual that will help
performers choose the right pieces for their vocal abilities and
identify the key truths of them. Clark begins by walking readers
conceptually through how a song's truth is based in contexts: what
show is a song from? Which character sings it? When in the show
does it occur? Answering these questions will lead readers to more
convincing performances that are grounded in the text, music,
character, context, and larger environment (setting, time frame,
and circumstances). The Broadway Song provides a comprehensive
guide to the formal characteristics of key Broadway songs on a
song-by-song basis, including main voice type, secondary voice
qualities (such as soprano-lyric or alto-comic), range and
tessitura, as well as larger contextual materials about the source
- from the musical's background, information about the character
singing, and synoptic narrative information for the song - that
provide the performer a way into the character. Clark moreover
brings his wide-ranging and extensive experience as a director,
performer, and teacher to bear in his performance notes on the
individual pieces. Additionally, he includes excerpts from short
interviews with artists that provide insight into the song from the
perspective of those who first created (or re-created) it. The
interviews, conducted with composers, lyricists, performers, and -
in one case - book collaborators, are snapshots into the creative
process, and act as conduits to further study of the selected
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