Tip of the Week #20–How to Sing Classical and Broadway Styles

This is a short video on the differences of singing classical and broadway music: an open classical sound versus a forward, almost nasal broadway sound. For more tips and info, please visit www.themusicalhome.com

31 thoughts on “Tip of the Week #20–How to Sing Classical and Broadway Styles”

  1. I wondered I have difficultes singing most of the time, but when it is song
    like Popular from wicked or True to you in my fashion from Kiss Me Kate – I
    don’t seem to have that much of the problem, but when it comes to even easy
    songs like pop songs I just sound crappy and when it a slow and mellow song
    too , why is that?

  2. Hi FlypaperGirl–As you can tell even in this video, some songs are easier
    to sing than others for each person. The example of “Light in the Piazza”
    is a difficult song in my voice because of where the high notes are in my
    voice, how they’re put together, etc…So that might be part of it. What do
    you mean by “Crappy sounding?” What is it that you don’t like? Your
    vibrato, the strength of your notes, etc…?

  3. Gabrielle Bautista

    hi there, ii’m a student auditioning for a musical at my school. Scrooge
    the musical… by the way. I was wondering if you knew any Broadway songs
    that could possibly get me a part?

  4. @sexyAZNrandomness Hi, there are so many wonderful Broadway songs out
    there. Depending on your voice type, it’s always best to choose an audition
    range that sounds good in your voice, but also shows off (in a brief period
    of time) your great vocal qualities (range, ability to memorize/act, vocal
    flexibility, etc…It’s always best to choose something that you’re really
    comfortable with. Best of luck!

  5. Mikchail Derilo

    this is great!.. I’ve been having voice lessons and what you are saying
    here is actually the same. I’m glad that I know that I’m on the right
    track.. :))

  6. It’s not so much about color as it is in where you place your voice. To
    create that Broadway sound, the sound must be put more into the mask than
    back in the throat (as you hear in opera). Many people now (men and women)
    use a combination approach. I just saw “Miss Saigon” recently and saw one
    actor using an operatic voice while the other used full broadway style
    singing. The operatic style sounds a bit more full.

  7. Not at all. There are many actors/actresses who got a “late start.” And
    really, 16 is a great time to start because by then, your voice is more
    mature and it’s already changed 🙂 Best of luck to you!

  8. Hi, thanks for the tips… I am a classical operatic tenor and pianist and
    i am going to NYC to pursue a carrier in Musical Theater, but now days with
    more and more pop and rock musicals, i am afraid that maybe there will not
    be a place for me there… Do you have any advice, if you could answer it
    would be great!:) p.s. feel free to hear me at my channel, i have some
    recordings. Best, Stefan

  9. Although there are a plethora of pop/rock musicals out there, there are
    still many musicals that lend themselves to an operatically trained voice.
    Many are meant for the classically trained voice and others lend themselves
    to it; anything written by Carl Menotti or Kurt Weill, Les Miserables, The
    Scarlet Pimpernel, Miss Saigon, etc. This being said, most people who train
    classically have an easy transition to Broadway style because the two have
    the same basic principles of sound production.

  10. Thank you so much! I’ve been an opera singer since the age of seven (now 14
    years old) and I want to be able to audition for the musical my school is
    putting on this year (this year we’re doing “In the Heights”) hopefully
    this will help! :)

  11. Jessica Thompson

    Hi Anne,

    I’m 22, and I want to try to make it to Broadway. I can carry a tune, but
    my voice is stuck in my throat (I sing through the back of my throat)…is
    that proper technique?


  12. I dont mean to be rude. You have a nice voice. But adding classical
    features like opening the back of your throut/darkening your voice, does
    not mean you master the classical tehcnique. You clearly dont. There is SO
    much more to it. But wish you all the best. You seem to be a nice person
    and it seems that people get something out of this. 

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