Theater Musical Direction
This lecture/discussion class addresses the multifaceted job of the Broadway music director (except for conducting skills, which are covered in COND-331: Advanced Conducting Skills for the Theater). It begins with a brief summation of the history of the American musical from its European operetta roots to the modern integrated music drama. Then basic theater terminology is covered, making sure that the musician can speak the same language as directors, designers, and actors. The main body of the course follows the journey of a show from its inception through to closing night. Units include casting, scheduling, how a creative team functions, building a music department, cast and orchestra rehearsals, tech rehearsal, previews, opening night, and making a cast album. In addition, the class will have the opportunity to speak with and learn from working New York professionals, both in person and remotely.