Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Repertoire - Musical theatre and operetta - yay or nay?

This question often comes up. For a company that regularly does Gilbert and Sullivan, other operetta or musicals, this is, of course, not an issue. Also, there are certain pieces from the world of operetta that seem to be universally acceptable - pieces from The Merry Widow and Die Fledermaus, Candide (particularly Glitter and be Gay) and Street Scene. After that, it becomes a little more hazy. Perhaps the best advice is - try to find out what a particular company's attitude might be before diving in with repertoire you're not sure about. Some other examples of musical theatre, operetta rep. that has shown up in auditions I have heard:
  • Various G & S
  • Ice Cream from She Loves Me
  • Soliloquy from Carousel
  • One Kiss from New Moon
  • Meine Lippen from Giuditta
  • Various non Hoffman Offenbach (i.e. La Perichole, Grande Duchesse)
It would be interesting to hear other folks' views on this subject.

1 comment:

  1. I think knowledge of repertoire is the hardest thing to acquire as a young artist. There's just so much of it! I really appreciate your insight and advice on that.