VIP ACCESS: Discover (and Sing) New Musical Theater
Every fourth Wednesday of the month, the “VIP Access” column will serve up advice on how to make your theater-going experiences cheaper, easier and more fulfilling with inside scoop from the experts. This month, we’re going to freshen up your audition repertoire and your insider knowledge…
There’s a new generation of music theater writers (I like to call them young whipper-snappers) storming the Broadway castle, savvily building buzz by harnessing the power of social media. Whether it’s the pioneering grassroots campaign to get [title of show] on the Great White Way or the twitter-ing fan base for Kerrigan & Lowdermilk, it’s hard to break into the big time without youtube videos and a strong digital presence.
One of the best ways to dive into this world is newmusicaltheatre.com, a website featuring downloadable sheet music by new composers. The user-friendly marketplace allows singers (and/or fans) to legitimately own fresh material while giving writers the opportunity to make some money. (As they say, you can make a killing but not a living in music theater.) The search system is intuitive, the song samples are helpful and the range of material is growing to feature most of the next generation talent out there (Iconis, Friedman and Pasek & Paul are all represented among many others.) And even if you don’t want to buy a song, it’s a great place to get a snapshot of what’s happening in music theater today.
Not sure where to start? Here’s video of the lovely “Alaska” by Adam Gwon, as sung by Nick Blaemire: