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.

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

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

APR 2019 | FIORELLO!

OCT 2019 | WHERE'S CHARLEY?

NOV 2018 | SPRING AWAKENING

FEB 2019 | CABARET

APR 2019 | FIORELLO!

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

OCT 2019 | WHERE'S CHARLEY?

NOV 2018 | SPRING AWAKENING

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

OCT 2019 | WHERE'S CHARLEY?

Studies in the MSM Musical Theatre Program Include:

  • Musical theatre performance techniques
  • Musical theatre repertoire and history
  • Ensemble voice
  • Acting — Meisner technique
  • Devised acting
  • Acting the Song
  • Scene to Song
  • Audition techniques
  • Dance — musical theatre dance, ballet, and tap
  • Directing
  • Writing for musical theatre
  • Music theory
  • 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.

“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 or 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

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

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

Erin Reppenhagen
Opera Theater 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.

Watch the trailer above for MSM Musical Theatre's unique take on the Broadway classic, CABARET!

MSM Musical Theatre Program in the press:

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


 

Sample Schedule for Bachelor of Music / Musical Theatre Major

Total Curriculum Credits: 132

  • Acting 1 & 2 - Meisner (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 - Meisner (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.

Questions?

917-493-4436 | admissions@msmnyc.edu