Wednesday, November 24, 2010

From classical performance to musical theater

Posted By on Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Joe Mikolaj, star of the FAC's holiday show, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, says musical theater is "much more mental" than singing classical.

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Some days, he says, going from one to the other is "nothing" and others, "it's like I'm trying to switch gears and everything's broken."

But when I interviewed director Cory Moosman for today's "Technicolor dreaming" story, he was far from concerned. Instead, he touted Mikolaj's talent.

And Moosman's not the first. In April, Mikolaj snagged first prize (and $7,000) as the youngest competitor at the New York Oratorio Society’s Lyndon Woodside Solo Competition.

The main difference between performing classical music and performing musical theater, Mikolaj says, is character creation. "When you're singing classical, you almost have this veil that you get from the music. There's so much convention, and all of the complication and the drama is gotten from the musical structure and from the text. In a way, you can almost say that you're hiding behind that, that the music and the text become your character."

Musical theater "is much more open, there's more going on, it's much more broad and you create that character not just from the music and the text, but from the people around you, from your staging, from your costume, from the set. So there are many more factors involved. You have to broaden your mind. You can't just say, 'OK, I'm here with my music and I'm ready to have this dramatic interpretation.'"

Visit here for a video medley of the dress rehearsal.

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