Broadway Swings

Broadway Swings is the ideal guide for anyone considering a career in this most unique of positions, or anyone curious about what really goes on, behind-the- scenes, in a long-running show.

Author: J. Austin Eyer

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472590022

Category: Drama

Page: 192

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In this textbook for performers, the position of a Swing-an Understudy for the Ensemble-on Broadway is examined from every angle, showing just how vital Swings are to the success of any musical theatre production. Authors J. Austin Eyer and Lyndy Franklin Smith draw on their own experiences as performers, and gather first-hand stories from other Swings about the glories and hardships of their industry. The book features interviews with over 100 Broadway pros-Swing veterans, Stage Managers, Casting Directors, Choreographers, and Directors-including Rob Ashford, Susan Stroman, Jerry Mitchell, Larry Fuller, Tony Stevens, Beverley Randolph, and Frank DiLella. Broadway Swings is the ideal guide for anyone considering a career in this most unique of positions, or anyone curious about what really goes on, behind-the- scenes, in a long-running show.

Broadway Swings

In this textbook for performers, the position of a 'swing' - an understudy for the ensemble - on Broadway is examined from every angle, showing just how vital swings are to the success of any musical theatre production.

Author: J. Austin Eyer


ISBN: 1472589998

Category: Musical theater

Page: 224

View: 798


In this textbook for performers, the position of a 'swing' - an understudy for the ensemble - on Broadway is examined from every angle, showing just how vital swings are to the success of any musical theatre production. Authors J. Austin Eyer and Lyndy Franklin Smith draw on their own experiences as performers, and gather first-hand stories from other swings about the glories and hardships of their industry.

Be the Best Swing on Broadway

"This book looks at Broadway through the unique perspective of a swing. It will help you to better understand what the chorus does and you will gain great appreciation for the old Broadway adage 'the show must go on'"--Back cover.

Author: Jennie Ford

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1497464749

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 162

View: 108


There are thousands of performing arts schools grooming students for Broadway. Broadway is revered as the pinnacle of every performer's career. It's the “Olympics” of our sport that we have trained and worked so hard for. Would you be confident if you received a Broadway contract that said you were going to be a swing, a dance captain or an understudy? Hopefully you would reply, “yes”...after all, you have a college degree in the arts right? Half of the Broadway swings this season made their Broadway debut! These are fundamental jobs in every Broadway musical, so why aren't graduates prepared to do these jobs? The problem is that there is “book knowledge” from school and “learned knowledge” from being on the job. This book series is here to bridge the gap between the two. Students are taught how to pick songs for the roles they are right for, how to perform them, how to study scripts, how to audition and how to show the best of themselves. They study the history of theatre and graduate with confidence that they can nail that audition and land a job. What happens when a talented performer actually books a job? What skill-set do they have to prepare them for the responsibilities that come along with performing under a union contract? It's a rude awakening for some performers to find out that about 85% of Broadway performers are not principal performers. Even those principals are not always principals! The career choices are endless on Broadway and the idea is to prepare yourself for all opportunities. “Be the best on Broadway” is a how-to-series that will demystify and teach those who really want a career on Broadway, no matter how much schooling you may (or may not) have. Each book is written by a Broadway professional with first-hand experience and is regarded as an expert. Each writer is respected by their peers for the work they contribute on a daily basis on Broadway. The series breaks down the different job particulars in depth and provides tangible Broadway show examples. The goal is to combine valuable insight and resources into one book series to strengthen the chance of success for those who have the Broadway dream! “Be The Best on Broadway” series is intended to be the newest “gold standard” of this industry. It will become one of those “must have” book series similar to “Audition” by Michael Shurtleff, “Meisner on Acting” by Sanford Meisner”, and “Respect for Acting” by Uta Hagen. This particular book will prove to be invaluable to swings as well as any performer who wants to learn through this special “lens” ...the eye of a swing! This book looks at Broadway through the unique perspective of a swing. It will help you understand the chorus better and you will gain an appreciation for the old Broadway adage “the show must go on”. Swings are the very reason that the show can go on and you will soon see why. It is a job function on Broadway that is not widely written about or taught in schools. Until now, it's been every actor fending for themselves when offered a swing contract. I have been there! It took me many years of being a Broadway swing to figure out what works and what doesn't. I wish I had someone or some book to give me guidance at the beginning of my career. Think of this book as a “book of secrets” to give you the chance to be an outstanding swing. There is nothing more rewarding than being recognized by your peers for doing your job well. There is a high percentage of performers on Broadway that, at one time or another, have been asked to be a swing. The tips in this book will make you stand out as a swing. It also deals with relationship skills needed for a career on Broadway. “Talent” doesn't give you opportunities, relationships do! The goal is not to just do it well, but to become “the best” at it! The ultimate goal is to have it be the only book you will ever need to be the best swing on Broadway.

To Broadway To Life

... 81, 213 Broadway Christmas, A, 278 Broadway Musicals of 1960, 279 Broadway Swings Again, 279 Broadway Theater, 40, 45 , 58, 138, 298, 317 Broadway's Lost Treasures, 279 Broadway's Lost Treasures II, 279 Brodsky, Jack, 28 Brook, ...

Author: Philip Lambert

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199781036

Category: Music

Page: 384

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To Broadway, To Life! The Musical Theater of Bock and Harnick is the first complete book about these creative figures, one of Broadway's most important songwriting teams. The book draws from personal interviews with Bock and Harnick themselves to offer an in-depth exploration their shows, including Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me, and Fiorello!, and their greater place in musical theater history.

Goldmine Record Album Price Guide

T 963 [M] Swingin' On Broadway 1958 40.00 ST 1039 [S] Jumpin' with Jonah 1958 30.00 T 1039 [M] Jumpin' with Jonah 1958 ... [S] Broadway Swings Again 1961 25.00 T 1641 [M] Broadway Swings Again 1961 20.00 ST 1660 [S] Jonah Jones/Glenn ...

Author: Martin Popoff

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440229169

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 688

View: 177


Whether you're cleaning out a closet, basement or attic full of records, or you're searching for hidden gems to build your collection, you can depend on Goldmine Record Album Price Guide to help you accurately identify and appraise your records in order to get the best price. • Knowledge is power, so power-up with Goldmine! • 70,000 vinyl LPs from 1948 to present • Hundreds of new artists • Detailed listings with current values • Various artist collections and original cast recordings from movies, televisions and Broadway • 400 photos • Updated state-of-the-market reports • New feature articles • Advice on buying and selling Goldmine Grading Guide - the industry standard

The House That George Built

... with this greatest of American songs. And the rich kid wound up part of the gang anyway, second only to the really rich kids in the next chapter. Cole Porter: from Peru to Perez to Broadway COLE PORTER 140 THE STAGE-BROADWAY SWINGS.

Author: Wilfrid Sheed

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781588367228

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

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From Irving Berlin to Cy Coleman, from “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” to “Big Spender,” from Tin Pan Alley to the MGM soundstages, the Golden Age of the American song embodied all that was cool, sexy, and sophisticated in popular culture. For four glittering decades, geniuses like Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Harold Arlen ran their fingers over piano keys, enticing unforgettable melodies out of thin air. Critically acclaimed writer Wilfrid Sheed uncovered the legends, mingled with the greats, and gossiped with the insiders. Now he’s crafted a dazzling, authoritative history of the era that “tripled the world’s total supply of singable tunes.” It began when immigrants in New York’s Lower East Side heard black jazz and blues–and it surged into an artistic torrent nothing short of miraculous. Broke but eager, Izzy Baline transformed himself into Irving Berlin, married an heiress, and embarked on a string of hits from “Always” to “Cheek to Cheek.” Berlin’s spiritual godson George Gershwin, in his brief but incandescent career, straddled Tin Pan Alley and Carnegie Hall, charming everyone in his orbit. Possessed of a world-class ego, Gershwin was also generous, exciting, and utterly original. Half a century later, Gershwin love songs like “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “The Man I Love,” and “Love Is Here to Stay” are as tender and moving as ever. Sheed also illuminates the unique gifts of the great jazz songsters Hoagy Carmichael and Duke Ellington, conjuring up the circumstances of their creativity and bringing back the thrill of what it was like to hear “Georgia on My Mind” or “Mood Indigo” for the first time. The Golden Age of song sparked creative breakthroughs in both Broadway musicals and splashy Hollywood extravaganzas. Sheed vividly recounts how Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern, and Johnny Mercer spread the melodic wealth to stage and screen. Popular music was, writes Sheed, “far and away our greatest contribution to the world’s art supply in the so-called American Century.” Sheed hung out with some of the great artists while they were still writing–and better than anyone, he knows great music, its shimmer, bite, and exuberance. Sparkling with wit, insight, and the grace notes of wonderful songs, The House That George Built is a heartfelt, intensely personal portrait of an unforgettable era. A delightfully charming, funny, and most illuminating portrait of songwriters and the Golden Age of American Popular Song. Mr. Sheed’s carefully chosen depictions and anecdotes recapture that amazingly creative period, a moment in time in which I was so fortunate to be surrounded by all that magic.” –Margaret Whiting

Disney Theatrical Productions

58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 Cerniglia, “Tarzan Swings,” 54. Ibid. Healey, “Flop Broadway,” 54. Ibid. “Disney's Tarzan to Premiere in Europe near Amsterdam,”, last modified March 28, ...

Author: Amy S. Osatinski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429662744

Category: Music

Page: 228

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Disney Theatrical Productions: Producing Broadway Musicals the Disney Way is the first work of scholarship to comprehensively examine the history and production practices of Disney Theatrical Productions (DTP), the theatrical producing arm of the studio branch of the Walt Disney Corporation. This book uncovers how DTP has forged a new model for producing large-scale musicals on Broadway by functioning as an independent theatrical producer under the umbrella of a large entertainment corporation. Case studies of three productions (The Lion King, Tarzan, and Newsies) demonstrate the flexibility and ingenuity of DTP, and showcase the various production models that the company has employed over the years. Exploring topics such as the history of DTP, its impact on the revitalization of Times Square, and its ability to open up a new audience base for Broadway theatre, this volume examines the impact that DTP has had on American musicals, both domestically and internationally, and how its accomplishments have helped reshape the Broadway landscape. This book is relevant to students in Musical Theatre, History of Musical Theatre, Theatre History, and Arts Management courses, along with general Disney enthusiasts.

Legendary Locals of Center City Philadelphia

Her recordings include A Broadway Diva Swings with the Harry Allen orchestra, as well as numerous collaborations and recordings with her father, such as her role as lead soprano when she appeared with him at the Kimmel Center in the ...

Author: Thom Nickels

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9781439647103

Category: Photography

Page: 128

View: 630


Philadelphia is a hard mistress when it comes to honoring native talent, and the city has more than its fair share of notable figures. Consider colorful politicians like Frank Rizzo and Richardson Dilworth, international celebrities like Grace Kelly, sports legends like Connie Mack, Philadelphia Museum of Art icons like Anne d’Harnoncourt, or national radio personalities like Terry Gross. Business tycoons such as John Wanamaker and Russell Conwell, founder of Temple University, made many contributions to the city. Pearl Buck, author of The Good Earth, and Christopher Morley, America’s G.K. Chesterton, created legacies of their own. Other legends like the nearly forgotten Agnes Repplier, a world-famous essayist and contemporary of Henry James, and poet Daniel Hoffman, the designated US poet laureate in 1973–1974, have helped enrich the city’s literary reputation. There are Marian Anderson, Mario Lanza, and Hollywood actor Kevin Bacon, whose fame is equaled by his city planner father, Edmund. Architects like Frank Furness, Louis Kahn, and Vincent Kling helped transform the city into an international destination. And there are many notables looming outside the margins of this book, waiting for their day of discovery.

And This is My Friend Sandy

Also available from Bloomsbury: Black Performance Practice as British Musical Theatre 9781350119635 British Musical Theatre since 1950 9781472584366 Broadway Swings 9781472590008 A Critical Companion to the American Stage Musical ...

Author: Deborah Philips

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350174238

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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This book situates the production of The Boy Friend and the Players' Theatre in the context of a post-war London and reads The Boy Friend, and Wilson's later work, as exercises in contemporary camp. It argues for Wilson as a significant and transitional figure both for musical theatre and for modes of homosexuality in the context of the pre-Wolfenden 1950s. Sandy Wilson's The Boy Friend is one of the most successful British musicals ever written. First produced at the Players' Theatre Club in London in 1953 it transferred to the West End and Broadway, making a star out of Julie Andrews and gave Twiggy a leading role in Ken Russell's 1971 film adaptation. Despite this success, little is known about Wilson, a gay writer working in Britain in the 1950s at a time when homosexuality was illegal. Drawing on original research assembled from the Wilson archives at the Harry Ransom Center, this is the first critical study of Wilson as a key figure of 1950s British theatre. Beginning with the often overlooked context of the Players' Theatre Club through to Wilson's relationship to industry figures such as Binkie Beaumont, Noël Coward and Ivor Novello, this study explores the work in the broader history of Soho gay culture. As well as a critical perspective on The Boy Friend, later works such as Divorce Me, Darling!, The Buccaneer and Valmouth are examined as well as uncompleted musical versions of Pygmalion and Goodbye to Berlin to give a comprehensive and original perspective on one of British theatre's most celebrated yet overlooked talents.


Colby had consented to swing, learning eight different women's roles before she started going on for men too, ... in the running for the hardest dance job in Broadway history —but swings, some said, stood a better chance of survival.

Author: Sam Wasson

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547553290

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 723

View: 867


The pop culture historian and best-selling author of Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. presents a revealing portrait of the renowned dancer, choreographer, screenwriter and director that traces his numerous reinventions and prodigious professional achievements as well as his romantic relationships and excessive appetites. 40,000 first printing.

Only 25 Minutes from Broadway

Some of them were Stacia Fernandez (Broadway's Swing!, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Beauty and the Beast); Erick Devine (from Broadway's Ragtime, among others); Gayle Holsman (from the Broadway show of the same name), and this show, ...

Author: Gary D. Chattman

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency

ISBN: 9781682353790

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 190

View: 112


The Westchester Broadway Theatre brought live theater to Westchester, New York, and was unique in its programming, presenting many Broadway-caliber shows, while serving dinner or lunch to patrons. This Equity theater launched the careers of many Broadway stars. The WBT and its precursor were exceptional in the history of American theater. An Equity, primarily musical theater venue that hosted 217 Broadway musicals and plays, over 75 children’s shows, and over 1,500 musical specials, it employed over 5,000 people. The venue employed 2,000 dining employees, serving an estimated audience of over 6 million. It hosted many children’s benefits, senior citizen events, other programs. WBT presentations ran uninterrupted for 46 years. No other theater in America can boast of its success; and it’s Only 25 Minutes from Broadway. This is its story.

Swing It

The Ambassadors, a vocal group who borrowed much more from Broadway than they did from the Mills Brothers or the Ink Spots, and Vic Schoen and his orchestra were also weekly regulars. The show was produced very lavishly (with the ...

Author: John Sforza

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813184272

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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In the years before and after World War II, there were no bigger voices than those of the Andrews Sisters. Maxene, LaVerne, and Patty charted more top ten Billboard hits than Elvis or the Beatles and went on to become the top-selling female vocal group of all time, selling approximately 100 million records. They recorded such instant hits as "Beer Barrel Polka," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "Don't Fence Me In," and "I Can Dream, Can't I?" They dominated the music scene for fifteen years with some 600 recordings, appearances in seventeen films, cabaret performances, and countless radio and television appearances. Swing It! is the first published biography of this incredibly popular trio. The book includes many rarely published photos and features extensive career data, including a detailed discography, filmography, and listing of their radio and television appearances between 1938 and 1967. The Andrews Sisters had their big break with the 1937 release of the Yiddish tune "Bei Mir Bist Du Schon (Means that You're Grand)," which sold 350,000 copies in one month and established the trio as successful recording artists. The sisters are now probably best remembered for their work entertaining troops in World War II. They traveled across the U.S. and to Italy and Africa, and their recording of "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" for the film Buck Privates became synonymous with the war effort. Part of the reason for the success of the Andrews Sisters was their ability to perform so many different types of music. They repeatedly achieved major hits with melodies derived from many different countries, becoming the first and most prominent artists of their time to bring ethnic-influenced music to the forefront of America's hit parade. The Andrews Sisters separated for two years in the 1950s as the strain of constantly living, working, and playing together for over four decades took its toll. They reunited in 1956 and continued to perform together until LaVerne's death from cancer in 1967. The Andrews Sisters remain the most successful and enduring female vocal group in the history of show business. Theirs are the voices that defined an era.

Columbia studies in the social sciences

But as Broadway swings west and Riverside Drive begins , the Irish have followed Ninth and Amsterdam Avenues north past Central Park , and so arrive in our section . On the other side of the Park the German colony was ' Cf . Chapter ii ...



ISBN: UCAL:$B686888



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Jazz and Ragtime Records 1897 1942 L Z

... SG - 245 MEZZ MEZZROW AND HIS SWING BAND : Frank Newton , t / Mezz Mezzrow , cl / Bud Freeman , ts / Willie " The ... A Muggin'- Part 2 - VWS & ch BB B - 6321 , MW 9-4997 NOTE : Regal Zonophone MR - 2440 as BROADWAY SWING STARS .

Author: Brian Rust


ISBN: UOM:39015056677589

Category: Jazz

Page: 1971

View: 513


Economic Distress in Our Cities

Adams & Broadway Branch 141 West Adams 614.3786 8. ... Broadway & Manchester Branch 8564 South Broadway 753.1721 10. ... USC Branch 3301 South Hoover 746.5777 SOUTH CENTRAL COMMUNITY PLAN AREA Broadway foderal Swings & Lom Assoc . 19.

Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Banking, Finance, and Urban Affairs


ISBN: PSU:000019990811

Category: Banks and banking

Page: 275

View: 333


The Playbill Broadway Yearbook

... Associate Producer Original Cast Recording album from Sony BMG All Shook Up and Elvis Presley are registered trademarks of Elvis Presley Enterprises , Inc. BROADWAY SWINGS RANDY A. DAVIS , JENNIE FORD , JENELLE LYNN RANDALL TIME : A ...

Author: Robert Viagas


ISBN: UOM:39015063284767

Category: Theater

Page: 422

View: 560


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Research Division Report

Along with this overall theatre tickets in New York City -- Broadway , pattern are sharp year - to - year swings of Off - Broadway , and off - Off - Broadway comactivity . Each season's activity depends bined - was about 10 million . on ...



ISBN: STANFORD:36105112108985

Category: Arts


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But when a beautiful and talented Berkeley student named Gail Prentice seeks his help in orchestrating a highly original composition called Swing Around the Sun, which is slated to premiere at the Golden Gate Exposition on the newly created ...

Author: Rupert Holmes

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780307431899

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 458


Two-time Edgar Award winner Rupert Holmes–author of the critically acclaimed Where the Truth Lies and creator of the Tony Award—winning musical whodunit The Mystery of Edwin Drood–now fuses gripping suspense and evocative music in an innovative novel of intrigue set in 1940, during the very heart of the Big Band era. Jazz saxophonist and arranger Ray Sherwood, touring with the Jack Donovan Orchestra, is haunted by personal tragedy. But when a beautiful and talented Berkeley student named Gail Prentice seeks his help in orchestrating a highly original composition called Swing Around the Sun, which is slated to premiere at the Golden Gate Exposition on the newly created Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay, Ray finds himself powerfully drawn to the beguiling coed. Within moments of first setting eyes on her, Ray also witnesses a horrifying sight: a young woman plunging to her death from the island’s emblematic Tower of the Sun. As the captivated Ray learns more about Gail and her unusual family, he finds himself trapped in a tightening coil of spiraling secrets– some personally devastating, all dangerous and deadly– in which from moment to moment nothing is certain, including Gail’s intentions toward him and her connection to the dead woman who made such a grisly impact upon the stunning island. As events speed toward a shocking climax, Ray must use all his physical daring and improvisational skills to unlock an ominous puzzle whose sinister implications stretch far beyond anything he could imagine.

Supreme Court

bring your car to a full stop from a point that you 198 swing into Broadway up to the point that you do come to a full stop going this length or two car lengths ? A. Do I understand you to ask how long ? I could not say how long it ...






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New York Magazine

ALL BROADWAY SHOWS ... From Swing to Motown to '90s 212-663-0887 (June 1: 749-2364) One Man Band Ltd. — Cory Morgenstern. ... 7 1 8-846-5036 BILL CONWAY & SWING EXPRESS CHARLOTTE RUSSE MUSIC Dance to great Swing, Motown, Ballroom.





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New York magazine was born in 1968 after a run as an insert of the New York Herald Tribune and quickly made a place for itself as the trusted resource for readers across the country. With award-winning writing and photography covering everything from politics and food to theater and fashion, the magazine's consistent mission has been to reflect back to its audience the energy and excitement of the city itself, while celebrating New York as both a place and an idea.