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Broadway's Big 10: Top Colleges Currently Represented on Currently Running Shows

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  • DVCmemberDVCmember 71 replies15 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    edited August 2015
    Any lists that show top schools for performing on cruise ships and performing at Disney World, which are also goals my daughter wants to achieve....lol. She's a dancer that can sing....and she just wants to perform, no matter where it leads. I'm proud no matter what....well unless it's illegal or pornographic, then....not so much.....lol......
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  • jasmomjasmom 1130 replies37 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Thank you for linking to the Playbill article. I was excited to recognize a couple of my S's cohorts (one of whom has a mom who has posted on CC!). I love seeing ALL of these talented and hardworking actors being recognized.
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  • Jkellynh17Jkellynh17 1987 replies26 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @DVCmember, Disney is auditioning like crazy right now (but you have to be 18). http://disneyauditions.com/audition-calendar/
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  • MomCaresMomCares 3058 replies90 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I recently read that fewer than 38% of paid actors are female. If I had time it would be interesting to see how this random data set fits those percentages. It would take work, though, since I can't easily tell which names here are female.
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  • toowonderfultoowonderful 4077 replies68 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    That statistic makes sense to me- I read a long time ago that 75% of the rolls in musicals (or maybe theater as a whole) are male. Anyone who has done youth theater and has had to scrape for enough guys (which roles HAVE to be male, could it be a "mother" instead of a "father"?) has seen this :)
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  • halflokumhalflokum 1819 replies51 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @vvnstar, there is no need to apologize. I know you were not suggesting anything negative and I thought your post was great. Just thought I'd quickly correct the number but really wanted to focus on the location point which you brought up as well and I agree with. To me, that is really the relevant reason. If it were only about size of the program, then you could also expect correspondingly higher numbers from Northwestern which has about 100 freshman theatre majors as well as a VP majors who do MT. Similar to NYU not all of the freshman in NU's theatre program are performers or performers who sing but some who do are outrageously talented, well trained.... and working in Chicago's hot theatre market like the example I gave.

    By the way, I'd venture a guess that location explains AMDA's presence on this list too.

    I think this thread has gone in a healthy and realistic direction which is good to see. Place on this list or lack of one really doesn't mean much and shouldn't be a source of defensiveness nor pride. It's just yet another list. Good rant in #38 @monkey13. Agree with all.

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  • bisouubisouu 2408 replies145 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    It's a numbers game…more kids enrolled more kids will be in the talent pool coming out.
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  • broadway95broadway95 717 replies25 threadsRegistered User Member
    I think like someone said earlier when you're starting this process the where to apply is so hard. You look at a list like this and think that's where I need to go. I think that makes it harder to find those hidden gems and a balanced list. Then as someone else said there are new programs that pop up all the time. Then you have to decipher is this a solid program, am I going to get good trading there and be prepared to go out into the world after graduation.
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  • theaterworktheaterwork 1311 replies191 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    As a side note...just noticed after this article came out a teacher we know brought up this article as good to know info. A lot of people look at the article strictly at face value and say "well that's where you should strive to go to school for MT" without noting the extremely low admittance rate or high financial cost of some of those schools. Of course it's on playbill so that gives it credence too for people randomly reading it.
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  • bisouubisouu 2408 replies145 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    What I got from the article was people should run out and apply to AMDA as soon as possible!
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  • soozievtsoozievt 31388 replies371 threadsRegistered User, ! Senior Member
    edited August 2015
    Actually, the point about AMDA graduates being on Broadway correlates with something I suggested earlier. It is often more about someone's talent, skills, drive, type, luck, etc. and ultra talented people can be in any program. I don't think that you can conclude necessarily that those who get cast on Broadway can attribute it to what college they attended all that much. Many of them are simply very talented in the first place. And then some of the long time renown programs, there is often a high concentration of talent in the accepted pool.

    With regard to AMDA, I would not choose it for training. However, there are some very talented graduates of the program who have been successful over the years. I'm not sure that is due to their training at AMDA but possibly due to their sheer talent. When my D graduated college, she was selected to be in something called Broadway Rising Stars in NYC that was a big concert showcase of sorts at Town Hall Theater, and it showcased chosen graduates of various MT programs. A few of the 16 or so in the concert, were graduates of AMDA and were truly talented.
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  • bisouubisouu 2408 replies145 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I was being facetious…sorry…it was just a clear indication that it is not about the program per se as it is about talent, drive, opportunity, skills etc. @soozievt we agree!
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  • soozievtsoozievt 31388 replies371 threadsRegistered User, ! Senior Member
    @bisouu I knew you were joking. Still, I thought it was worth discussing AMDA in this context!
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  • prodesseprodesse 1332 replies71 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Anytime I go to a show, I peruse the bios to see where people trained. If I ruled the world, they would be required to include that information!

    I would also (if I ruled the world) edit out all those annoying "...is thrilled to be working with this talented and fantastic cast" comments, and the wording "Favorite roles include" would be prohibited. And religious references too.
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  • soozievtsoozievt 31388 replies371 threadsRegistered User, ! Senior Member
    edited August 2015
    @prodesse post #56....
    Why would you want favorite roles to be prohibited in a bio? One of the main points in a Playbill bio is to include past credits. If someone has a lot of credits and the allotted bio length is limited, they will include just some favorite roles to date.

    Also, where one trained is typical in bios of younger actors and less typical in older actors, where that is far in their distant past.

    Frankly, I like that bios can be whatever a person wants to include.
    edited August 2015
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  • alwaysamomalwaysamom 12265 replies217 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Frankly, I like that bios can be whatever a person wants to include.

    Yes, and often some of what is included is completely fictional. ;)
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  • toowonderfultoowonderful 4077 replies68 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited August 2015
    I love it @prodesse! For me, it's not the info (nice to know what roles people have done, and nice that they like the people in then cast- though I know people who say that in bio even when they HATE everyone in cast) it's the phrasing- it sounds so pretentious to me. I'd banish the "thrilled to announce....." Posts on social media - again, it just sounds so cheesy. Say "I got this part and I'm excited" that seems to much more genuine. Just MHO
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