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

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  • prodesseprodesse 1334 replies71 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @Soozievt, I don't like "favorite roles" because it's disingenuous. It doesn't distinguish between Broadway credits and high school leads. Moreover, I could truthfully say that among my favorite roles are Ophelia, Hedwig, and Wotan in the Ring Cycle. Doesn't mean I ever played them.
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  • soozievtsoozievt 31396 replies371 threadsRegistered User, ! Senior Member
    OK, well, I do realize that some with very little professional credits may say "favorite roles" and be using community or school theater on that list. I get what you mean on that. However, it is almost easy to discern when that is the case. Most actors when listing professional roles (even if limiting it to favorite ones), also list WHERE they got the credit (the theater name).
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  • toowonderfultoowonderful 4077 replies68 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I am not sure about the reflection piece, but the theater world as a whole as a way of letting you know if you are not equipped.....
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  • RockBandMomRockBandMom 45 replies7 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Someone needs to go through this list and put the yearly cost next to each one...
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  • JKsmomJKsmom 6 replies3 threadsRegistered User New Member

    I'm new to the board, just getting started helping son with college search. Someone mentioned the "hidden gems" schools that aren't on the list. I'd love to hear the names of those gems. My son wavers between musical theater and drama. Any help with the decision of where to apply would be most appreciated!
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  • broadway95broadway95 717 replies25 threadsRegistered User Member
    @JKsmom -that is such a varied list. Are there certain requirements he's looking for in a school or a geographical location? That might help others make suggestions. Also there is the big list of schools at the top of the forum that lists all the school. It's a good place to start.
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  • halflokumhalflokum 1819 replies51 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @jksmom, be sure to read the links provided by @mom4bwayboy and others in this thread. There are gems there for sure and these actually are for once, decent lists: http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/musical-theater-major/1806311-top-10-underrated-theater-colleges-mid-west-by-on-stage-magazine.html#latest
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  • JKsmomJKsmom 6 replies3 threadsRegistered User New Member
    We're near Ithaca, NY, so are looking primarily on the east coast. Ithaca College is on our list. So are SUNY Purchase, Pace (his current favorite), Emerson, Syracuse Univ, and Univ. North Caroline School of the Arts, which are fairly obvious. NYU is on the list but my son's grades are average and his SAT math score sucks so I'm thinking that would be a stretch.

    The other ones that a college consultant suggested and that I'm not sure of are: University of Hartford, Bennington College, Long Island Univ - CW Post, Muhlenberg Univ., SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Fredonia, Wagner College, Washington College, and Wells College.

    I've just found this site and so will be going through looking for reviews of the colleges above and recommendations, but would appreciate any input from here too.

    Thanks!
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  • gingersnap97gingersnap97 230 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @JKsmom - My D just began her freshman year at The Hartt School (University of Hartford) and you should definitely look at it if your son can't yet decide between straight acting and MT. They have 2 tracks, AT (Actor Training) and MT (Music Theatre) and they share some classes. The school has very strong acting training for both tracks, and if he did choose AT, he can pick up additional dance and voice lessons if he wanted to (extra cost, but available from the same professors). Feel free to send me a private message if you want more info. We are very happy with everything we have seen so far. It is a little strange to me, but it seems that Hartt gets left off of a lot of people's lists of "top programs", even though they have a very strong track record for excellent training. Best of luck in your search!
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  • mylovesmyloves 827 replies25 threadsRegistered User Member
    Since NCSA is on his list, he may want to check out The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
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  • DVCmemberDVCmember 71 replies15 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @gingersnap97 ......does The Hartt School have a MT dance track?
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  • gingersnap97gingersnap97 230 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @DVCmember - They do not have an MT Dance track per say - all MT's are assessed and placed in dance according their level though. They do have a Dance Performance major, as well as a unique and very well regarded Ballet Pedagogy program, which trains student to teach ballet. The extra classes I referred to was through their Community Division, which offers adult dance classes and are available to Hartt students at a discounted rate, so if you are an MT who wants more dance, or a AT (actor Training) that does not have dance as part of the standard curriculum, you can add that to supplement.
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  • spayurpetsspayurpets 870 replies4 threadsRegistered User Member
    Interesting article in today's NY Times about two recent Julliard grads who are currently starring on B'way. Seems appropriate to post it here in this discussion. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/06/fashion/alex-sharp-phillipa-soo-juilliard.html?ref=theater
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  • Jkellynh17Jkellynh17 1987 replies26 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Alex Sharp was AMAZING in Curious Incident.
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  • soozievtsoozievt 31396 replies371 threadsRegistered User, ! Senior Member
    Yes, I've heard Alex Sharp is an amazing talent.

    But since it was brought up, I will mention that Phillipa Soo (in NYTimes article), a Juilliard grad, is a good friend of my daughter's and they have performed a lot together in various capacities. I've seen Pippa perform about four times at least. She is a wonderful actor and terrific singer. The reason I am bringing her up after mention of that article, is because often on the CC MT Forum over the years, people seem to believe you have to major in MT to perform professionally in MT and Pippa is an example of someone who majored in Acting who is now very successful as a young graduate in musicals, including currently starring in one on Broadway. She studied voice growing up. But her major at Juilliard was acting. I know a number of people who majored in acting, not MT, who are now successful in MT, including on the Broadway stage.
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  • mtmcmtmtmcmt 165 replies10 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Isn't it often the case that several students each year from these top 3 or 4 schools leave because they get a great break on Bway? So that would indicate that these students were already Bway ready pretty much and maybe needed a year or two of professional training. Upshot: not the school but the talent already there.
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  • toowonderfultoowonderful 4077 replies68 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I don't think schools "encourage" it- but it happens. For instance, our student tour guide at CMU was decidedly frosty about sutton foster (who only stayed a semester if I am remembering correctly)
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