Sheri Sanders Hosts Rock The Audition At TBG Theater 10/11-13

ROCK THE AUDITION - IN CONCERT, created and performed by Sheri Sanders, is set to make its world premiere at the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) for three performances only: October 11th, 12th and 13th at TBG Theater, 312 West 36th Street (between Eighth & Ninth Ave.)


In this riveting musical evening, acclaimed actor and teacher Sheri Sanders offers an exclusive preview of the rock concert that will take her around the country on tour with her Hal Leonard published book, Rock The Audition, How to Prepare for and Get Cast in Rock Musicals. ROCK THE AUDITION - IN CONCERT is a captivating journey through the decades of rock music and pop culture, and its influence on Sheri as a person and an artist. Brimming with dexterity and wit, her concert arrives as the timely answer to the wedding of rock music and contemporary musical theatre. ROCK THE AUDITION - IN CONCERT is directed by DJ Salisbury, with music direction by Wendy Bobbitt Cavett.

Sheri Sanders has had success performing roles from channeling the late Kitty Genovese in The Screams of Kitty Genovese (NYMF), to playing Little Becky Two Shoes in the National Tour of Urinetown. In between, she's played a hippie in both HAIR with Encores! and in Kerrigan-Lowdermilk's The Woman Upstairs (NYMF), a revolutionary Jew on the lower east side during the depression (Goodbye and Good Luck, The York), a loony maid in turn of the century Northern England (Tom Jones, NYMF), and had the honor of interpreting Laura Nyro's music twice in 10 years. She's also appeared as Georgie in three productions of The Full Monty, Mme. Squirrel in Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas at Goodspeed, and spent three summers with Michael Bush at the O'Neill Center. Sheri piloted her masterclass, Rock The Audition, at Pace University and was asked to create the pilot episode of the reality TV show "My Time" on The Oprah Winfrey Network. Sheri was then immediately invited by Hal Leonard books to be the first person ever to write a book on auditioning for rock musicals. Sheri's students have been found on Broadway, in national tours and regional companies of Rock of Ages, Wonderland, Sister Act, Mamma Mia!, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, American Idiot, Spring Awakening, Wicked, The Wedding Singer, Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Rent, Shout, and Fat Camp. ROCK THE AUDITION is about to embark on a worldwide tour to promote Sheri's book, and teach teachers and their students how to holistically embody the essence of the rock musical they are auditioning for.

ROCK THE AUDITION - IN CONCERT is being presented by NYMF, in association with Rich Affannato, and performances are Tuesday October 11th at 8pm, Wednesday October 12th at 1pm, and Thursday October 13th at 11pm at TBG Theater. Tickets are $25 and are available by calling 212-352-3101 or through www.nymf.org/rocktheaudition.

Now in its eighth year, the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) is the largest annual musical theatre event in America and is widely regarded as the essential source for new material and talent discovery. NYMF provides a launching pad for the next generation of musicals and their creators to ensure the continued vitality of one of America's greatest art forms. Hailed as the "Sundance of Musical Theatre," NYMF discovers, nurtures, and promotes promising musical theatre artists and producers at all stages of development, and inspires a diverse audience through vibrant, accessible, powerful new work.

NYMF is the flagship program of National Music Theater Network, Inc., a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. NYMF 2011 is presented in association with BroadwayWorld.com, Production Resource Group, and TheaterMania.com, and is supported by American Eagle Outfitters, Back Stage, BroadwayBox.com, BroadwayInsider.com, Clear Channel Spectacolor, Disney Store Times Square, Fox 5/ WNYW-TV, King Displays, NASDAQ OMX, New World Stages, Next Magazine, PMD Promotions, The Port Authority of NY & NJ, Queerty.com, Season of Savings, Terra Fossil Wines, Thomson Reuters, TheMenEvent.com, Times Square Squared, and Yelp. Major supporters include The ASCAP Foundation, BMI Foundation, Inc., The BWF Foundation, Con Edison, The Nathan Cummings Foundation with the support and encouragement of Jamie Ariel Phinney, Cameron Mackintosh Foundation, The New Musical Development Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and The Theater League. NYMF is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

NYMF Memberships, which combine charitable contributions with valuable, flexible ticket packages and perks like early seating, and tickets to individual events are currently available for purchase at (212) 352-3101 or www.nymf.org.

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