Rock Musicals are dominating Broadway. And Musical Theatre performers and their teachers are expected to know how to pick, cut, arrange, properly research, vocally style, and act authentic popular music for the purpose of auditioning for rock musicals. And “rock musicals” are not just rock. They are Motown, 70s folk/rock, disco, 80s pop/rock, contemporary pop and rock and alternative rock. In 2011, Hal Leonard invited me to write a book so that I could reach educators and their students all over the world to de-mystify the rock audition with easy tips, references, tangible tools, and a DVD demonstrating the different styles currently represented on Broadway. I include interviews with the top directors, music directors, casting directors and composers of the hottest rock musicals on Broadway. When I sat in on all the rock auditions in the three months I wrote this book, the consensus was the same in every room, no matter what the style.
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Rock the Audition defines what is required of the actor-singer to succeed in the audition room and gives the aspiring performer the tools necessary to interpret rock material with abandon, creativity, and inspiration. This book shows those interested in auditioning for a rock musical how to holistically embody the essence of the show for which they are auditioning.