If you want to be a serious musical theatre performer, it’s important that you see as much musical theatre as possible.
Sometimes aspiring performers come to us with significant gaps in their knowledge, having only ever seen a couple of live musicals themselves.
Everyone's familiar with the animated musicals of their childhood - The Lion King, for instance - but there is a rich tradition of musical theatre history which extends to all corners of the earth, and it's awesome fun to become better acquainted with it.
So if you want to be a performer, go see everything - there are live musical theatre productions locally - amateur ones, of course, but also touring professional shows; just check out your local theatre, and even grab a subscription where you may get a little discount on some of them.
And if you happen to be travelling interstate or overseas for any reason, always check ahead of time to see what’s on offer there to broaden your musical theatre horizons.
Plus, there are films of many musicals that you can find online, streaming, or on DVD.
But now - here are five musicals you should know about if you want to study musical theatre.
Why these? Because each one influenced the future direction of musical theatre in their own way. And as a performer it’s helpful to know where your current repertoire sits in the history of the art form.
There are, of course, many, many other significant works in the history of musical theatre in addition to these five. Take the time to watch, listen, and allow them to influence your own artistic taste and practice. Do this, and you'll be well-equipped to start a course like Perform Australia's Certificate IV in Musical Theatre.
Writers from Perform Australia contribute to these posts