(This post is an excerpt from the American Theatre publication)
Musical theatre artists are no longer just actors, writers, or singers, and schools are finding new ways to train them.
The first graduate from one of the oldest musical theatre programs in the country hopped on a Greyhound bus, her tap shoes in her suitcase, and traveled to New York City. Soon after, she made her Broadway debut in a little-known musical by a composer she hadn’t heard of and earned a Tony nomination for her performance in 1971.
Though Pamela Myers’s Cinderella-like journey from a student at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) musical theatre program to the role of Marta in the Stephen Sondheim show Company is every musical theatre kid’s dream, it is not something the program’s current chairman, Aubrey Berg, encourages for his students anymore. “I think for anybody to do that nowadays is pretty much impossible,” says Berg. “You can’t just arrive at the Port Authority with your suitcase and hope to be discovered.”
Read the rest of the article on the American Theatre’s website.