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How Hard is it to make it on Broadway?

bpenmetsa
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How Hard is it to make it on Broadway?
Posted: 9/22/13 at 04:34pm
For my music history class I have to write an essay about Broadway. The topic I'm choosing is how hard it is for any actor to make it big, and all the baby steps they have to take (like taking tiny roles they don't want,etc) to make it to the top. I can't find any scholarly articles about this, I would love some help finding articles, or just with this topic in general! I'm planning on writing it either from the perspective of a bitter understudy who hasn't gotten the success she wanted or a top actress starring in a big musical... Which one would be more interesting? Thank you guys so much!
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Jordan Catalano
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How Hard is it to make it on Broadway?
Posted: 9/22/13 at 04:40pm
Musicals are cool and actors and even actresses are cool, too.
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dramamama611
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How Hard is it to make it on Broadway?
Posted: 9/22/13 at 06:20pm
Because the reason one makes it to the top or not is NOT scholarly. You can do everything right and never get cast. You can get nothing but "chorus roles" and be perfectly content (and therefore be a success). Some people (Jon Groff) get luckly and practically walk in off the street (comparatively speaking) and get a leading role.

Not knowing the actual assignment, makes it impossible to help, but I suggest that your chosen topic won't really qualify as 'research' as most info you will find will be nothing but anecdotal.
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Sutton Ross
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How Hard is it to make it on Broadway?
Posted: 9/22/13 at 06:23pm
There is a student message board. Post this there.
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CATSNYrevival
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How Hard is it to make it on Broadway?
Posted: 9/22/13 at 06:46pm
Honestly, if you make it hard, you'll probably get the part.
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FindingNamo
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How Hard is it to make it on Broadway?
Posted: 9/22/13 at 06:50pm
You have to really want it. If you don't, you'll never make it.
'First the Bastille than the butt plug.' -- M ______
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millie_dillmount
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How Hard is it to make it on Broadway?
Posted: 9/22/13 at 06:52pm
Just read any notable Broadway actor's biography.
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best12bars
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How Hard is it to make it on Broadway?
Posted: 9/22/13 at 06:59pm
Ask Ashlee Simpson. She loves doing Broadways and worked really hard to get there ... I mean them.
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bwayboy22
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How Hard is it to make it on Broadway?
Posted: 9/22/13 at 09:50pm
hard.
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Jane2
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How Hard is it to make it on Broadway?
Posted: 9/22/13 at 09:52pm
I heard you really have to get out there and work for it.
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FindingNamo
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How Hard is it to make it on Broadway?
Posted: 9/22/13 at 09:55pm
You can be anything you want. You just have to go for it and give it your all.
'First the Bastille than the butt plug.' -- M ______
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PalJoey
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How Hard is it to make it on Broadway?
Posted: 9/23/13 at 01:20am
yr pal,
joey




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tazber
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How Hard is it to make it on Broadway?
Posted: 9/23/13 at 05:52am
Not very hard at all.
....but the world goes 'round
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lovebwy
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How Hard is it to make it on Broadway?
Posted: 10/4/13 at 05:45pm
You gotta work HARD to get on top of that glass mountain that they call success on Broadway, BABY. There are no short cuts. You gotta pay, and pay in sweat.