Do Stand-Up Comedians Make Better Actors?

I love stand-up comedy. Recently, I had the privilege of attending live performances by two great comedians, Greg Giraldo and Chelsea Handler. Both comedians kept me laughing constantly during each of their hour-long sets. They both were masters at exposing their own vulnerabilities and truly making it feel like they were just having a friendly conversation with the audience.  While the comedians clearly had some scripted material, it was their ability to improv and roll with the punches that truly showed their greatness. Continue reading

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Introducing StageAgent Pro

Over the years, we at StageAgent have worked tirelessly to provide the best audition preparation tools on the Web. We have built up libraries of thousands of plot summaries, character descriptions, monologues, songs and audition listings. Casting directors have raved about our talent search engine, and we love hearing from our members who have found gigs due to the exposure they received on StageAgent. Continue reading

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King and I At Broadway By The Bay

5 stars for Broadway by the Bay’s recent production of Rodger & Hammerstein’s The King and I!

In 1862 Siam, an English widow named Anna and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bankok. Anna has been summoned by the King of Siam to tutor his many children and wives. Can Anna and the King stay true to their own cultures while learning from each other? One of the great musical love stories of our time, The King and I is a richly textured and uplifting tale with a gorgeous score that includes “Getting to Know You,” “Shall We Dance,” and “Hello Young Lovers.” Continue reading

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Tosca and the Popularity of Opera

Wow. I recently had the privilege of witnessing a great production of Puccini’s classic Tuesday night. And in a sign of life for opera, the house was completely sold out.

In Tosca an idealistic artist, a celebrated singer and a corrupt police chief engage in a fierce battle of wills in this tempestuous tale of cruelty and deception. With its themes of political intrigue, sexual intimidation and official hypocrisy, Puccini’s great melodrama set in 1800 is anything but dated. Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka, praised by The New York Times for her “lushly beautiful sound and poignant vulnerability,” made her Company debut in the title role.  She and the whole cast were truly amazing. Continue reading

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