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    What It Takes to Be a B’way Understudy

    Laird Mackintosh, Michael Minarik, and Lindsay Northen talk about their respective understudy gigs in “Phantom of the Opera,” “Matilda the Musical,” and “Wicked,” going on sick and with little notice, and making it all work for them.

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    Renée Elise Goldsberry on How to Audition for ‘Hamilton’

    Herstory is happening in Manhattan! Going into this year’s Tony Awards, the “Hamilton” heroine chats with Backstage about vocal care tips, how Shakespeare prepared her for auditioning with “Satisfied,” and what might come next.

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    Are You Self-Aware in Auditions?

    Are you observing and absorbing what's happening in the room? For Backstage Expert and voice teacher Andrew Byrne, the worst thing singers can do in auditions is to lack perceptional awareness. So here's how to avoid that!

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    1 Acting Tip That Booked Danielle Brooks ‘The Color Purple’

    The Tony Award nominee for featured actress in a musical—in “The Color Purple,” her Broadway debut!—reveals the piece of advice that has guided her career all the way to the big time.

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    WATCH: Acting Advice From the Stars of ‘Hamilton’

    The original cast of “Hamilton” is an assembly of Broadway’s top actors, singers, rappers, and dancers. Backstage asked three of its Tony-nominated stars: How do you get into the room where it happens?

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    Singers! Do You Have TMJ?

    Do you have a TMJ problem? Do you even know what TMJ is? It's a joint affliction in your mouth that can seriosuly affect your singing. But don't worry—Backstage Expert and voice teacher Andrew Byrne explains how to diagnose TMJ, how to avoid it, and an easy ...

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    Do You Know These 5 Elements of Singing Posture?

    If you want to make a beautiful noise, you need to know how to stand—starting with your feet pointing straight ahead, as Backstage Expert and voice teacher Andrew Byrne points out. And there are four other key aspects you probably haven’t considered when it comes to your posture!

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    Should You Sing in Character During Auditions?

    According to Backstage Expert and voice teacher Andrew Byrne, there's really only one time you should be singing in character during an audition.

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    A Literal Tongue Twister Warmup for Singers

    Backstage Expert and voice teacher Andrew Byrne has an exercise to help singers relax the hyoid bone in their mouths and help them work out those "Defying Gravity" muscles!

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    5 Things Every Singer Should Own

    Direct from Backstage Expert and voice teacher Andrew Byrne comes this list of must-haves for singers. Here are the devices and gadgets that are going to make the difference between leaving an audition happily and leaving it feeling disappointed.