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.

Watch the Starblasters “Rig the Game” Music Video

We hope you enjoy this music video of “Rig the Game”, the Act 1 finale from Starblasters. This video was filmed in collaboration with a professional film crew at Sakura Park, across the street from MSM’s campus.

Watch the music video "Rig the Game" here!

Read the rave review of Manhattan School of Music’s production in February, 2021 of The Mystery of Edwin Drood by creator Rupert Holmes, who calls it “a triumph”!

VIDEO TEASER for THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD!

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

FEB 2020 | THE WILD PARTY

APR 2021 | STARBLASTERS

NOV 2019 | SWEENEY TODD

OCT 2019 | WHERE'S CHARLEY?

APR 2021 | STARBLASTERS

APR 2019 | FIORELLO!

FEB 2020 | THE WILD PARTY

APR 2021 | STARBLASTERS

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

FEB 2020 | THE WILD PARTY

NOV 2018 | SPRING AWAKENING

OCT 2019 | WHERE'S CHARLEY?

FEB 2020 | THE WILD PARTY

FEB 2019 | CABARET

NOV 2019 | SWEENEY TODD

APR 2021 | STARBLASTERS

FEB 2020 | THE WILD PARTY

APR 2019 | FIORELLO!

APR 2021 | STARBLASTERS

OCT 2019 | WHERE'S CHARLEY?

NOV 2019 | SWEENEY TODD

FEB 2020 | THE WILD PARTY

APR 2021 | STARBLASTERS

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

APR 2021 | STARBLASTERS

NOV 2018 | SPRING AWAKENING

APR 2021 | STARBLASTERS

“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

Audition & Prescreening Information

Prescreening & Audition Procedures

Handbook for Current Students

Musical Theatre Handbook

Plan of Study & Course Descriptions

MSM Course Catalog

Musical Theatre Administration

Liza Gennaro
Associate Dean and Director of Musical Theatre
917-493-4557
lgennaro@msmnyc.edu

David Loud
Music Director for the MSM Musical Theatre Program

Christina Teichroew
Managing Director of Opera and Musical Theatre
917-493-4833
cteichroew@msmnyc.edu

Kathryn Miller
Assistant Managing Director of Opera Theatre and Musical Theatre
917-493-4544
kmiller@msmnyc.edu

Erin Reppenhagen
Opera Theatre and Musical Theatre Associate
917-493-4419
ereppenhagen@msmnyc.edu

MSM Musical Theatre faculty in Sakura Park

MSM Master Classes with Guest Artists

Our popular Master Classes feature leading actors, writers and producers who talk about how they built their careers, overcame challenges, and in many cases, won Tony awards. Students perform, and are offered feedback.

MSM Musical Theatre Program in the press:

An interview with Liza Gennaro, Associate Dean and Chair of the MSM Musical Theatre Program in Broadway World, April 2021

Artistic director Evan Pappas speaks about working with MSM students, and coping with the pandemic in Playbill, May 2020

MSM faculty member Randy Graff interviewed in Playbill, April 2020

Cabaret press in Playbill and Broadway World, February 2019

Stay Thirsty, Summer 2016 Interview with MSM Theatre Program Artistic Advisor Bebe Neuwirth

Stay Thirsty, A conversation with Broadway’s David Loud


 

Success Stories

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  • Jun 23, 2021 Composition, Musical Theatre
    Alumni
    National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene salutes its director, MSM alumnus Zalmen Mlotek (BM ’72)
  • Jan 19, 2021 Musical Theatre
    Faculty
    Recording release by MSM Musical Theatre faculty member Judith Clurman in honor of the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States
  • Jan 2, 2021 Musical Theatre
    Students
    Musical Theatre students and alumni to perform in original play by Samantha Hahn

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?

917-493-4436 | admissions@msmnyc.edu