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    Those Fabulous Phonemes

    So here was Jess Platt—who admits, "I'm not cheap"—assigned to make an Englishman and an Australian sound like geographically specific Middle Americans in "A Steady Rain."

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    A Master Class With Michael Feinstein

    By the time the two hours had elapsed in Michael Feinstein's master class, he had encountered—and made strides to correct—just about every problem faced by both new and seasoned singers.

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    Rocker on Broadway

    Reeve Carney talks about the vocal challenges of being Spider-Man in Julie Taymor's megamusical with music and lyrics by Bono and the Edge of U2.

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    Getting Actors to Sing

    Voice teacher Roger Love has helped prepare Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon for "Walk the Line" and Jeff Bridges and Colin Farrell for "Crazy Heart," among many others.

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    A Cautionary Tale

    "I can't think of another profession where what they teach you in school is so completely different from what you have to do in the professional world," says Stephen Tobolowsky.

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    Manchester's Master Class

    The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester offers her expertise to five young performers in her YoungArts' In the Studio master class.

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    David Greenspan Discusses Playing All Eight Characters in 'The Patsy'

    During the last few months, an undisputed New York theater highlight was David Greenspan taking on all eight roles in the Transport Group's revival of "The Patsy."

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    Audition Tension

    Nancy Mayans thinks about what happens to the body as concern mounts. She worries that the result could be the actor's body tightening before an audition.

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    Going Mic-less

    Under theater conditions, the unenhanced power of the human voice has been severely challenged since, well, probably 1964, when Carol Channing was amplified in "Hello, Dolly!"

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    Singing Their Hearts Out

    "The challenge in doing a Stephen Sondheim show is that the bar is raised so high," says Aaron Lazar, who plays the buffoonish Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm in the Broadway revival of "A Little Night Music."