Theatre Educator • Director • Author
“This is the book we have all been waiting
for! Whether for the beginner or the
experienced professional, the student or
the teacher, the fan or the critic, this text
is a must-have and a must-read.”
Victoria Clark, Tony Award-winning
actress, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA
Acting In Musical Theatre:
A Comprehensive Course,
by Joe Deer & Rocco Dal Vera
Acting in Musical Theatre is the only complete course in approaching a role in a musical. The musical theatre performer must be a master of many styles of acting, singing and dancing, and this is the first book to combine these disciplines into a comprehensive guide.
Just starting out? The most widely used book on the subject in the world, Acting In Musical Theatre will guide you from the beginning of your training through years of professional work.
If you are an acting instructor, it will lead your students through a complete training program. If you're an experienced actor, this book will help you achieve real performing power. Drawing on decades of experience both onstage and in the classroom, the authors provide crucial advice on all elements of the craft, including:
Fundamentals of Acting Applied to Musical Theatre
Script, Score and Character Analysis
Personalizing your Performance
Turning Rehearsal into Performance
Acting Styles in the Musical Theatre
Practical Steps to a Career
“An eloquent and accurate analysis of what a director in the musical theatre actually does. I highly recommend it.”
Jerry Zaks, Tony Award-
Directing In Musical Theatre:
An Essential Guide
This comprehensive guide, from the author of Acting in Musical Theatre, will equip aspiring directors with all of the skills that they will need in order to guide a production from beginning to end - from the very first conception and collaborations with crew and cast, through rehearsals and technical production, all the way to the final performance.
Deer’s accessible and compellingly practical approach uses proven, repeatable methods for addressing all aspects of a production. The focus at every stage is on working with others, using insights from experienced, successful directors to tackle common problems and devise solutions.
Directing in Musical Theatre not only provides all of the essential skills, but explains when and how to put them to use – how to think like a director.