January 9, 2023

Admission Blog:
Musical Theatre Audition Tips

With musical theatre auditions quickly approaching, we asked MSM’s Dean of Musical Theatre Liza Gennaro to share tips and insights on what audition participants can expect, and we learn helpful audition tips from MSM students and alumni!

For more information about auditions, visit the Audition Information page, or contact the Office of Admission at admission@msmnyc.edu.


Dean Gennaro, pictured in the center, with the MSM Musical Theatre Class of 2023!

What does an audition day look like for applicants?

Dean Gennaro: The MSM musical theatre audition day includes:

  1. A discussion about the program with me, Dean Gennaro.
  2. A dance audition.
  3. Individual auditions for prospective students to present two contrasting songs and a monologue.

What should applicants wear for the various parts of their audition day?

Dean Gennaro: Applicants should wear dance clothes and dance shoes for the dance audition, and street clothes for their monologue and songs. Applicants should simply present themselves in attire they feel good in!

What does the audition panel look for in an MSM applicant?

Dean Gennaro: Individuality and creativity.

What else can applicants do while in NYC for their audition? Do you have any favorite spots in the city?

Dean Gennaro: See a Broadway or Off-Broadway show! Visit museums or art galleries, and enjoy great food at great restaurants. My favorite spots in the city are Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

What are your top tips for a successful MSM audition?

Dean Gennaro: Be yourself and present material that you love to perform.

Current MSM Musical Theatre students in a dance rehearsal

We asked some of our Musical Theatre students and alumni to reflect on their audition experience at MSM and share advice with prospective students. Click below to hear what they have to say!

Click through the images below to see our Musical Theatre department in action!

Students perform in an MSM Production of She Loves Me

Students perform in an MSM Production of She Loves Me

Musical theatre students in Acting Class

Musical theatre students in a dance rehearsal with MSM Faculty member Enrique Brown

Students perform in an MSM Production of Sunday in the Park with George

Students perform in On the Brink of a Lovely Song

Liza Gennaro, Dean of Musical Theatre

Some of MSM's Musical Theatre Staff

Students perform in an MSM Production of Cabaret

Students perform in an MSM Production of The Wild Party

Students perform in On the Brink of a Lovely Song

Students at the final bow of On the Brink of a Lovely Song

We can’t wait to meet our Musical Theatre applicants at auditions this year. Good luck, and remember – you’ve got this!

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