Programs

Musical Theatre

Students in the Musical Theatre program take part in more than a half dozen productions a year, including Senior Showcase, attended by invited New York theater professionals.

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A real-world musical theatre training experience that only New York City can provide, taught by Broadway performers and creators.

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Music (BM)

Program Details

Manhattan School of Music’s prestigious Musical Theatre Program is the only stand-alone conservatory program in New York City. Our program attracts professional artist-teacher faculty and guest artists many of whom who have created and performed in some of Broadway’s greatest shows such as Les MiserablesThe Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, Chicago, and countless others. Students receive comprehensive training in musical theatre culminating in a fully-accredited Bachelor’s degree.

MSM Musical Theatre students have many yearly performance opportunities including: Four fully-produced book musicals, one musical in development, Freshman Hello! and Senior Showcase. All MSM productions are directed, choreographed and designed by professional, working theatre artists. In addition we offer professional musical theatre writers the opportunity to workshop material with our students and we encourage students to produce independent performance projects.

Learn further down this page about the MSM Musical Theatre program including audition and prescreening information, plan of study, faculty and administration staff, and more.

SLIDESHOW: Select photos from previous MSM Musical Theatre productions! Pictured above: FEB 2019 | CABARET

NOV 2021 | ON THE BRINK OF A LOVELY SONG

OCT 2021 | MISSED:CONNECTIONS

APR 2021 | STARBLASTERS

NOV 2021 | ON THE BRINK OF A LOVELY SONG

NOV 2019 | SWEENEY TODD

OCT 2021 | MISSED:CONNECTIONS

NOV 2021 | ON THE BRINK OF A LOVELY SONG

APR 2019 | FIORELLO!

FEB 2020 | THE WILD PARTY

MAY 2019 | The 2019 Fred Ebb Musical in Development Workshop: RADIOACTIVE

OCT 2019 | WHERE'S CHARLEY?

OCT 2021 | MISSED:CONNECTIONS

FEB 2019 | CABARET

APR 2019 | FIORELLO! cast member Raffaela Cicchetti performing "When Did I Fall In Love?" at the MSM Centennial Concert at Carnegie Hall

APR 2019 | CABARET cast members Jasmine Rogers and Chandler Sinks performing "Perfectly Marvelous" at the MSM Centennial Concert at Carnegie Hall

NOV 2018 | SPRING AWAKENING

Learn what’s new at MSM Musical Theatre! (including videos and features)

WATCH! From "Missed: Connections" on Oct 30 & 31, 2021: “Find My Way Home” Music and Lyrics by Adam Gwon Performed by Torinae

“We train musical theatre artists excelling in acting, singing, and dancing to thrive in a field where they need to be more than performers: Successful artists today are also creative contributors to project development, skilled at digital media, entrepreneurial and self-producing.”

Associate Dean and Chair of Musical Theatre

MSM Musical Theatre Program Details:

Audition & Prescreening Information

Prescreening & Audition Procedures

Handbook for Current Students

Musical Theatre Handbook

Plan of Study & Course Descriptions

MSM Course Catalog

MSM Musical Theatre faculty in Sakura Park

Watch! Video teaser for MSM Musical Theatre’s production of Mystery of Edwin Drood filmed in fall/winter 2020.

Watch the MSM 2019/2020 sophomore class perform a 90th birthday greeting to composer Stephen Sondheim!

Success Stories

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  • Dec 7, 2021 Musical Theatre
    Faculty
    #1 on Amazon’s hot releases lists for music, and dance! Making Broadway Dance: A new book by Liza Gennaro, MSM Associate Dean and Director of Musical Theatre
  • Oct 21, 2021 Musical Theatre
    Alumni
    Play by MSM Musical Theatre alum Jarrett Winters Morley (BM ’20) featured at New York Theatre Festival in November
  • Oct 20, 2021 Musical Theatre
    Alumni
    MSM alumni featured in Caroline, or Change opening on Broadway on October 27

Sample Schedule for Bachelor of Music / Musical Theatre Major

Total Curriculum Credits: 132

  • Acting 1 & 2 (MT 0001-0002)
    6 cr
  • Musical Theatre Performance Technique 1 & 2 (MT 0010-0011)
    4 cr
  • Music Theory (MT 0550-0551)
    6 cr
  • Humanities Core (HU 0001-0002)
    6 cr
  • Musical Theatre Dance (MT 0110-0111)
    4 cr
  • Freshman Seminar (MT 0200)
    1 cr
  • Intro to Theatrical Design (MT 0201)
    1 cr
  • Studio Lessons (MT 4000)
    2 cr
  • Rehearsal and Performance (MT 1500)
    0 cr
  • Ensemble Voice (MT 0350-0351)
    2 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA 0100)
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 1:
32 cr
  • Acting 3 (MT 0003)
    3 cr
  • Acting 4 - Devised Theatre Practice (MT 0004)
    2 cr
  • Acting the Song 1 & 2 (MT 0012-0013)
    6 cr
  • Humanties Core (HU 0003-0004)
    6 cr
  • Required Piano (RP 0111-0112)
    2 cr
  • Ballet / Tap (MT 0100 - MT 0101)
    4 cr
  • History of Musical Theatre (MT 0500-0501)
    6 cr
  • Speech (MT 0300-0301)
    4 cr
  • Studio Lessons (MT 4000)
    2 cr
  • Rehearsal and Performance (MT 1500)
    0 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA 0100)
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 2:
35 cr
  • Acting 5 - Scene Study & Repertory (MT 0005)
    3 cr
  • Acting 6 - Scene Study & Monologue (MT 0006)
    3 cr
  • Scene to Song (MT 0014)
    3 cr
  • Audition Techniques (MT 0015)
    3 cr
  • Humanities Elective (HU)
    6 cr
  • Musical Theatre Dance (MT 0112 - MT 0113)
    4 cr
  • Career Development CME (MT 1600)
    2 cr
  • General Electives
    6 cr
  • Studio Lessons (MT 4000)
    4 cr
  • Rehearsal and Performance (MT 1500)
    0 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA 0100)
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 3:
34 cr
  • Acting 7 - Advanced Acting (MT 0007)
    3 cr
  • Musical Theatre Lab (MT 0016)
    3 cr
  • Ballet / Tap (MT 0120 - MT 0121)
    4 cr
  • General Electives
    12 cr
  • Studio Lessons (MT 4000)
    5 cr
  • Rehearsal and Performance (MT 1500)
    0 cr
  • Senior Showcase (MT 1505)
    4 cr
Total Credits for Year 4:
31 cr

NOTE: Curriculum is subject to change. In case of a discrepancy, the MSM Course Catalog is the authoritative source of requirements. View the Course Catalog here.

NOTE: Curriculum is subject to change. In case of a discrepancy, the MSM Course Catalog is the authoritative source of requirements. View the Course Catalog here.

Questions?

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