This get-to-the-point guide is an attempt to distill all the printed audition detritus and focus on the central objective, how do you get me to hire you? The source for this epigrammatic book was a seminar I taught at the University of Houston, entitled "Auditioning for the Theater" wherein the students, actors, singers, and dancers were challenged to meet the professional standards I made use of for forty years on Broadway. Although there are mighty tomes written about the agony of auditioning, nothing can compare with the real thing - facing a producer.
The purpose of this book is to give the professional actor, singer, and dancer a practicing producer's point of view from the other side of the lights. Why did I choose to hire John Lithgow, rather than Brian Dennehy or Kevin Spacy to play Gallimard in M. Butterfly? The composers, lyricists, book writer, director, choreographer, and casting directors all have specialized priorities, and our struggle to reach a consensus on who gets the job is the heretofore undisclosed backstage stuff and substance of this esoteric confession." - Stuart Ostrow
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Stuart Ostrow was Frank Loesser's apprentice and became the Vice President and General Manager of Frank Music Corp., and Frank Productions, Inc., the Broadway co-producers of: The Most Happy Fella, The Music Man, Greenwillow, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. As a solo producer, his many original award-winning Broadway and West End productions include: M. Butterfly, which won the Tony Award for Best Play, Pippin, and 1776, which received both the New York and London Drama Critics Awards as well as the Tony Award for Best Musical. He also produced The Apple Tree, produced and directed Here's Love, was the associate director of Chicago, and the author of Stages, on Broadway. He produced the original Broadway production of La BÍte, which also won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy, and was honored as Producer of the Year, by the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. He is the Distinguished University Professor of Theatre at the University of Houston. Mr. Ostrow recently served as a member of the Pulitzer Prize Drama Jury and is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Institute for Advanced Study in Musical Theater.Review:
This little book is a real gem. -- Stage Directions - March 2003
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