Programs

Musical Theatre

Students in the Musical Theatre program take part in more than a 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 Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, Chicago and countless others.

Students receive comprehensive training in musical theatre culminating in a fully-accredited Bachelor’s degree.

“We’re focused on creating the next generation of quadruple threats: equal parts singer, actor, dancer, and artist citizen.”

Associate Dean and Chair of Musical Theatre

Studies in the MSM Musical Theatre Program Include:

  • Musical theatre techniques
  • Musical theatre repertoire and history
  • Dramatic studies including acting for film
  • Dance
  • Technical production
  • Script analysis
  • Humanities courses

Students perform in showcase productions and fully produced shows, and  participate behind the scenes. The culmination of the degree program includes a high-profile Senior Showcase, attended by invited New York theatre professionals.

Audition & Prescreening Information

Prescreening & Audition Procedures

Handbook for Current Students

Musical Theatre Handbook

Plan of Study & Course Descriptions

MSM Course Catalog
(A plan of study may also be found at the bottom of this page.)

Musical Theatre Administration

Luis Perez, Associate Dean and Chair
917-493-4557 lperez@msmnyc.edu

Daniel Benavent, Managing Director, Theatrical Productions
917-493-4833 dbenavent@msmnyc.edu

Robert P. Smith, Assistant Manager, Theatrical Productions
917-493-4544 rsmith@msmnyc.edu

Master Classes at MSM’s Musical Theatre Program

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.

Guest artists who have recently given master classes at MSM include:

  • Randy Graff, (Les Misérables, City of Angels)
    Tony Award-winning Broadway, film, and television actress
  • Joanna Gleason, (Into the Woods, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels)
    Tony Award-winning Broadway, film, and television actress
  • Nick WymanAmerican stage, television, and film actor; former President of the Actors’ Equity Association
  • Victoria Clark(The Light in the Piazza, Sister Act, Cinderella, Gigi, Homeland) Tony Award winner and three-time nominee; stage, film and TV actor and director; educator.
  • Rachel HoffmanCasting director for New York’s leading casting agency, Telsey + Co.
  • Joan Lader, Renowned voice teacher and therapist
  • Courtney Reed, (Aladdin, In the Heights, Mamma Mia!)
    Broadway actress
  • Andrea Frierson (Once On This Island, The Lion King, For Colored Girls) Stage, film, and television actress
  • Bonnie Panson, Production stage manager/supervisor of more than 25 Broadway productions
  • Dee Hoty
  • Bebe Neuwirth
  • Merri Sugarman
  • Maria Didia

Broadway debut for the Class of 2020! In November, 2016, students in the inaugural MSM Musical Theatre class appeared with Kristen Chenoweth in her show at the Luft-Fontaine theater.

Musical Theatre Bachelor Degree

Total Curriculum Hours: 131.5

  • Studio Voice
    2 hr
  • Music Theory Core
    6 hr
  • Humanities Core
    6 hr
  • Required Piano
    2 hr
  • Acting
    6 hr
  • Acting for Musical Theatre
    1 hr
  • Ballet
    2 hr
  • Intro to Professional/ Technical Theatre
    3 hr
  • Speech
    4 hr
  • Stage Makeup
    1 hr
  • Script Analysis
    1 hr
  • Ensemble Voice
    .5 hr
  • Concert Attendance
    0 hr
  • Rehearsal and Performance
    0 hr
Total Hours for Year 1:
34.5 hr
  • Studio Voice
    2 hr
  • Humanities Core
    6 hr
  • Acting
    6 hr
  • Acting for Musical Theatre
    6 hr
  • Alexander Technique
    2 hr
  • Jazz
    2 hr
  • History of Musical Theatre
    6 hr
  • Speech
    4 hr
  • Conditioning
    1 hr
  • Concert Attendance
    0 hr
  • Rehearsal and Performance
    0 hr
Total Hours for Year 2:
35 hr
  • Studio Voice
    2 hr
  • Humanities Electives
    6 hr
  • Acting
    6 hr
  • Acting for Musical Theatre
    6 hr
  • Tap
    2 hr
  • Jazz
    2 hr
  • Stage Combat
    6 hr
  • Musical Theatre Dance
    3 hr
  • Concert Attendance
    0 hr
  • Rehearsal and Performance
    0 hr
Total Hours for Year 3:
33 hr
  • Studio Voice
    2 hr
  • Acting for Musical Theatre
    6 hr
  • Tap
    2 hr
  • Jazz
    2 hr
  • Audition Techniques/Theatre as a Business
    6 hr
  • Acting for the Camera
    6 hr
  • Directing
    3 hr
  • Entrepreneurship
    2 hr
  • Rehearsal and Performance
    0 hr
Total Hours for Year 4:
29 hr

Questions?

917-493-4436
admissions@msmnyc.edu