Tales From The Pit: An interview with a Broadway Music Director

May 18, 2011

Ran across this interesting interview with Lynne Shankel. She says a lot of great stuff in here!

About giving each performance 100%:

“It’s tricky to keep a show fresh that you do every night. Everything I do, I try to put myself in it every night so that I’m always in it and on every night. It’s really important for the energy of the cast and the energy of the musicians, because they’re very effected by what the conductor is doing. If the conductor’s just like (waves arms dully), that’s what you’re going to get.”

On coaching singers to build a dramatic shape of a song, not just the notes:

“…we hone in on the vocals and work on not only the sound and the style, but also the interpretation of the lyrics. A big part of what I do is coaching the actors through a song so that it not only has a musical arc, but a dramatic arc as well.”

Some great explanations of jobs and responsibilities in there too.  Read the whole thing if you get a chance.

Good Stuff! Thanks, stagerush.com!


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