Joy Dewing, Casting Director extraordinaire, calls songs from this list, “Low Hanging Fruit” . That means these songs tell us you do not listen to popular music, you don’t care that everyone sings these songs and no one wants to hear them anymore, and that these songs are sung by people who have tremendous cannons of music with songs that are JUST as good but not overdone…. AND if you JUST make a Spotify station, you can hear other songs that are just as good that we’d LOVE to hear!
“Stone Cold” by Demi Lovato
“Alone” by Heart
“The Story”- Brandi Carlisle
“Somebody to Love” by Queen
“Black Velvet” Alanna Myles
“Make You Feel My Love” Adele
“Total Eclipse of the Heart” Bonnie Tyler
“Holding Out for a Hero” Bonnie Tyler
“Samson” Regina Spektor
“Valerie” Amy Winehouse
“Open Arms” Journey
It was nothing short of a THRILL to be asked by YES BROADWAY to kick off their new series, SPOTIFY TAKEOVER: Showtunes for People Who Don’t Like Showtunes.
Tom Coppola, who is one of the “BIG WIGS” with YES BROADWAY, has been a friend since childhood and we both have paved our own way in the musical theatre industry. Tom himself is an Editor at SPOTCO which is the largest Ad agency in NYC for Broadway. They wanted someone who had their finger on the pulse of Broadway, and also understood the taste of pop music and pop culture.
With careful consideration, I picked tunes that rode the line between popular music and Broadway and gave a history lesson of the world! All in true Rock The Audition fashion.
Check out the article and playlist, HERE!
Are you a good partner to your piano player? Let's think about that relatiosnship for a second.
I sat down and interviewed Alexander Rovang, who has been playing rock auditions in all the big casting offices for YEARS- two of which recently were Bright Star and American Psycho. Xander has taken to "live posting” comments during auditions on FB about how people are showing up with popular music in the audition room. He says it all with love, but in all seriousness, i shining a light on the actors behavior at the piano with popular music, and in the audition process, and so I wanted to give him our platform, because I speak on ALL of this EVERYTIME I go to a school or teach a class, and it is imperative that you hear us!
The interview is as follows:
Xander: Well first of all, I’m not really sure what this whole riffing thing is about. There is no riffing on Broadway.
Sheri: I know! There’s a teeny bit in Motown and Disco, and Hamilton will want a good...
Click HERE or the image below to see what Sheri had to say to 'Letters to Broadway'!