Get the Callback: The Art of Auditioning for Musical Theatre

Get the Callback

All great auditions require preparation and practice, but what’s the secret to securing a callback? What are the best ways to prepare for that pivotal moment? And once you’re in front of the casting director, what does it take to make the most out of your moment in the spotlight?

In this second edition of Get the Callback: The Art of Auditioning for Musical Theatre, Jonathan Flom provides practical advice on the many facets of preparation, including selection of songs and monologues to suit your voice and the audition, organizing and arranging your music, working with the accompanist, and presenting yourself to the casting team. The book gives a detailed description of the actual audition performance and even offers advice on how non-dancers can survive a dance audition.

In addition to extensively revised chapters on the audition process and how to build a repertoire book, this guide also features updated chapters on headshots, resumes, and cover letters; voice training techniques from Matthew Edward; advice from musical director Joey Chancey; and a foreword by casting director Joy Dewing. Aimed at professionals as well as young artists, this second edition of Get the Callback is a must-have for both seasoned and aspiring musical theatre performers.

 

    “The play [or musical] is the director’s baby…. The director must decide whom she trusts to “hold the baby.” Are you trustworthy and reliable? Will you help foster the child’s development and ensure success? When you walk in the door, you must communicate to the production team that you are not only talented enough for the role but you are also tenacious, enthusiastic, professional, and above all authentic.”

    Jonathan Flom
    Get the Callback (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), pp. 1-2

    Summertime and the readin’ is easy…

    Introducing the MusicalSingers.com Broadway Book Club

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    Putting together your summer reading list? I’d like to extend an invitation to you to join our MusicalSingers Broadway Book Club.

    While I’ll be posting reviews of various books in my library, I thought it might be fun to collaborate with you! This summer, we’ll be reading through a few highly recommended books addressing musical auditions, vocal freedom, characterization, time management, personal success, and dream casting. We’ll be taking approximately two weeks per book and discussing/commenting in our book forums.

    Our first book will be Get The Callback by Jonathan Flom.

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    All great auditions require preparation and practice, but what’s the secret to securing a callback? What are the best ways to prepare for that pivotal moment? Once you’re in front of the casting director, what does it take to make the most out of your moment in the spotlight?

    In this second edition of Get the Callback: The Art of Auditioning for Musical Theatre, Jonathan Flom provides practical advice on the many facets of preparation, including selection of songs and monologues to suit your voice and the audition, organizing and arranging your music, working with the accompanist, and presenting yourself to the casting team. The book gives a detailed description of the actual audition performance and even offers advice on how non-dancers can survive a dance audition. (more…)

    Rock the Audition

    Rock the Audition – How to Prepare for and Get Cast in Rock Musicals

    This book published in 2011 focuses on auditioning for “rock” musicals, such as Rent, Godspell, Pippin, Jesus Christ Superstar, and so many others. The author, herself a performer, helps you figure out how to plan your audition.

    She gives tips on practical things like parts to use or cut, find the best arrangement, and communicating with your pianist.

    But beyond that she also advises on your performance as it communicates the feeling and message of the song or musical. Do you know how you will create a dramatic arc with the song or act it? Found out how in this 224 page book by Sheri Sanders.