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The Enraged Accompanist's Guide to the Perfect Audition
by Andrew Gerle
(Applause Books). "I am your accompanist. You do not know me. I am the guy who sits behind the upright in the unflattering fluorescent light of the dance studio, a bottle of water on the floor, a half-eaten Power Bar on the bench, and your audition in my hands." Award-winning New York theatre composer and pianist Andrew Gerle pulls no punches in this irreverent, ...more
Paperback, 116 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Applause Theatre & Cinema Book Publishers
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Andrew Gerle is a friend of mine from NYC, so I cannot be expected to be objective here...having said that, this book is a treasure trove of sound advice, blunt wisdom (philosophical as well as practical), and roaring good humour. Written with intelligence and compassion, it also pulls no punches. From how to mark your sheet music, to how to not go insane in pursuit of a musical theatre career, Andrew has real answers and real perspective. I wish I were rich enough to buy a copy for every single ...more
We love this book because it offers an alternate perspective for audition advice. Rather than the continued advice for actors, the reader gets an unbiased opinion from a "fly on the wall." Gerle's advice is useful not just for people auditioning, but for anyone who may need some insight on crafting their unique self.
Andrew Gerle has played thousands of auditions for Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional productions, and has served as an accompanist and musical director for major Broadway and recording artists over the past 15 years. He is a recipient of the Jonathan Larson Award, three Richard Rodgers Awards, and the Burton Lane Composers Fellowship from the Theatre Hall of Fame. He is the composer of six ...moreMore about Andrew Gerle...