So You Want To Be In Musicals?

By Ruthie Henshall With Daniel Bowling

So You Want To Be In Musicals?
Paperback, 208 pages Online Price:
ISBN: 9781848421509
Format: 216mm x 138mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 27th September 2012
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Category: Acting, Musical Theatre

Series: So You Want To Be...? career guides

An insider’s guide to achieving that dream career – by one of the brightest stars in musical theatre.

Being in a West End or Broadway musical is the dream of thousands of talented performers. But competition is intense and reaching the spotlight can often require a leap into the dark. So You Want To Be In Musicals? is your comprehensive guide to building – and sustaining – a successful career in musical theatre, and introduces you to everything you need to know about:

  • Training – how to select a drama school, what to do to get in, and what to do once you’re there
  • Auditioning – how to choose and prepare your pieces, and foster a positive attitude towards auditions
  • Rehearsing – how to construct your character, work with the director, and develop your own creative process
  • Performing – how to deal with nerves, what to do as an understudy, and how to sustain that eight-show-a-week routine
  • Working – how to get an agent, how to market yourself effectively, and how to maintain a healthy body and mind

Along with a wealth of honest, straightforward advice, the book is packed with instructive anecdotes from Ruthie’s own glittering career.

'A god-send... I wish this book had been around when I was at drama school - it actually gives you great advice on what to do and the attitude to take if you want to make it in this glamorous business known as show... an excellent read from cover to cover'

- Musical Theatre Review

'A comprehensive and cogent insight into the world [Ruthie Henshall] knows inside out... The book intersperses cautionary tales from her illustrious career with invaluable advice on training, auditioning and how to conduct yourself in rehearsals once you've landed the job. After more than 25 years' experience on both sides of the Atlantic, Henshall very evidently knows what she is talking about'

- The Stage

'A must for fans and aspiring performers alike'


'Helpful and informative'

- British Theatre Guide

Ruthie Henshall’s stage performances include Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly in Chicago on both sides of the Atlantic, Nancy in Oliver!, Marian Halcombe in The Woman in White, Grizabella in Cats, and Polly Baker in the UK premiere of Crazy for You. She created the title roles in Peggy Sue Got Married and in Boublil and Schönberg’s Marguerite. She played Fantine in Les Misérables at the Palace Theatre and for the tenth-anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Ruthie has been nominated for an Olivier Award for several of these roles, and won for her leading performance in She Loves Me. For more information, see her website,

Daniel Bowling is a music supervisor and music director for Cameron Mackintosh Ltd, and has worked on The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Cats, Mary Poppins and Avenue Q.

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