Yes! It's almost that time of year again... TONY AWARD SEASON! Where the brightest gowns fight the biggest belters for the biggest statue on the Broadway calendar. And while we wait to see what returning host James Corden brings with his revival season, here... (drum roll) are our TOP FIVE Tony Award Ceremony Opening Numbers. OF. ALL. TIME. In no particular order - 'cause lets be honest... Who could do that!?! Enjoy. Team OLDFPC
5. 1989 Tony Awards Hosted by Angela Lansbury
It may not have any tricks or dancers or hopping... (See Hugh Jackman in 2014) But this classic opening features an artist in their prime. Angela Lansbury performs "Everything's Coming up Roses" from Gypsy, the audience regularly interrupting her performance with joyous applause. Live and not lip-synced. Wow. Just Wow.
4. 2012 Tony Awards Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris
Hello... My name is Neil Patrick Harris! And I will use some classic theatre tropes like scenery disappearing, a magical 7-second costume change, crazy dance routines and Patti LuPone... in this classic opening number that incorporated everything fans love about theater. It also kicks of with some hilarious real life 'door bells' as the cast of The Book of Mormon sing the musicals classic number, “Hello!”
3. 70th Tony Award Opening Sequence - Hamilton & James Corden
Lin Manuel Miranda's ground breaking work gives James Corden the almost perfect introduction! With cameos from the cast themselves, clever Corden references and the actual set from the show - seriously - just watch it now all the way to the end! Promise?! Good. Now, rewatch... Just you wait... Just you wait....
3. 2011 Tony Awards Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris
This wasn't a easy list to create... But some of us aren't afraid of the big questions.* *We're winking here in the office.... At the 65th Annual Tony Awards, Harris delivers a tongue in cheek instant classic “It’s Not Just For Gays Anymore.” This hilarious and show stopping number employed all the staples of the art-form we love: singing, dancing, comedy... And live audience participation - what could possibly go wrong....
2. 2005 Tony Awards by Billy Crystal introducing Hugh Jackman
What's not to love about one of show businesses funniest fellows taking a random phone call on stage to welcome Australian heart-throb turn action star, Hugh Jackman... Here is the 59th Annual Tony Awards Opening Ceremony!
1. 2018 Tony Awards with Sara Bareilles & Josh Groban
It may be the most recent but its still one of our favourites... And maybe its because they are singing about us - 'those who have never won a Tony...' With Two pianos & Two Hosts - you can't miss! Or could you...
So, you don't have much time. The casting agent needs your tape yesterday and you only have your phone to film on! What do you do? Well personally, here in the office, we don't do much self taping - we leave that to you guys with the acting talent! But what we can do is put together a list of some tips to help you create the best tape possible. So we did! Remember always consider any advice is right for you as an individual and don't be afraid to ask colleagues and friends for advice. Hope these help!
5. Equity UK Tips
Sneak Peek of the site, link below!
Preparing your studio
If you are self-taping from home spend a little time figuring out the best place for your make-shift studio and then you can use it again and again. If you are on location or in a hotel room you will have to think on your feet a little but the same principles apply. There are three main factors you have to consider:
1. Background – as plain as possible, grey is best but any neutral colour will do.
2. Light – natural light is great but never sit in front of a window otherwise you will appear as a silhouette. Artificial lights are fine too but do a short test to see what you look like on camera and
if it feels too harsh or too dark make adjustments. Clever placing of lamps
can work wonders.
3. Sound – you need a quiet spot, hopefully away from external sounds and with reasonably good acoustics – beware of echoes. Remember to test the sound before recording.
4. Advice from Casting Directors on Backstage
Taken from the site.... By Elyse Roth.
"If there’s one thing casting directors can agree has changed in the industry, it’s the technology behind casting. CDs can now send someone to set in a different country without ever being in the same room as an actor and they can now consider actors from all over the world for parts they cast. It’s all thanks to self-tapes. A CD will remember a stellar self-tape and consider that actor for roles in the future based on that one submission, just like they would for an excellent audition in the room. So what do CDs want actors to know about the art of recording your own audition? They shared some tips with Backstage."
3. When Being An Actor Just Straight-Up Sucks: Self-tapes and Shakespeare Auditions - Yep that's the full title!
Don't wait. Just go and read Molly Goforth at Onstage Blog now!
2. NY CASTING: Five Tips For Killing It In Your Next Self-Tape Or On-Camera Audition
"Let’s face facts: Being an actor is the best job in the world! Sure, there are challenges to the job, but even with all the hard work, auditions, late nights and early mornings on set, the classes, the memorization and even all the rejection, acting is the most fun you can have without getting arrested. And for it to be a job where you get paid money is more than any sane person should ask for!" By Kurtis Bright
1. SELF-TAPING YOUR AUDITION USING YOUR iPHONE
By Marci Liroff
"Having just worked on a feature film where we were asking for actors to send in their self-taped auditions from around the world, I realized that actors are becoming more empowered and self-sufficient by learning how to tape their auditions. But do yourself a favor and make sure you do it well – taping your audition on your laptop should be a last resort. Make sure to show yourself at your best. Lighting, sound, good quality video and a talented reader will help make your audition as great as it should be...."
Searching the web for some solid advice for your upcoming auditions? Stage, screen, even band artists need advice from time to time. Here is a collection of our TOP FIVE favourite blogs/sites. Remember to carefully consider all advice and reflect if it works for you. Everyone is unique and an individual. Do your best and have fun!
Oh, and these are in no particular order...
1. Ten Easy Tips:
Just getting started? Well check out these 10 Tips for a winning Audition by Denise Simon. Covering confidence, personality and character - these simple ideas will help get you on your way!
2. Band Auditions:
Actors are not the only folks who audition... right? RIGHT!?! Check out this 'wicked' ten step list that will 'get you out of your room and playing in a band! Including some helpful and easy to follow advice - a great tool for he or she, just beginning an accent toward 'rockstar' status.
Yuk! No one likes the sound of that. Here to help us is Erica Spyres, an NYC based actress and coach has created 'My College Audition' "A theatre blog to inspire & motivate the serious young performer." Our link will take you to "How Do You Take Rejection," a great example for making your own goals and getting stuff done!
4. Advice From Behind The Audition Table:
5 Tips from 'behind the audition table' by Noah Golden. From song choice to whether you should 'really be at this audition,' Noah focuses on some healthy psychological tips to approach and leave auditions with a greater sense of achievement. It's not always about booking the job!
5. True or False:
Ok... This is not a blog. You caught us! But it is a book by celebrated playwright David Mamet. In TRUE AND FALSE he outlines his view of the acting profession, taking a jackhammer to the idols of some widely encouraged acting philosophies. He outlines his beliefs on how to undertake auditions and rehearsals, all in that trademark 'Mamet' style and demonstrates his views on dealing with agents and directors and staying faithful to the script. Mamet's tone is not for everyone, and we encourage everyone to really consider if you agree - but he offers a different view, a different way of thinking, and each page offers its own kind of inspiration. Just turn them with care!?!