How can you be a “SMASH” on Broadway? Take Debra Messing’s advice

Debra Messing dishes advice to LSY!'s Gabi Hartman at the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards. (Photo by Alana Kerr.)

Debra Messing dishes advice to LSY!’s Gabi Hartman at the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards.
(Photo by Alana Siefman.)

If you want to star in a musical on Broadway, you’re going to need to be able to sing at a world-class level a whopping eight
times per week.

“To sustain that, you need incredible technique, and that comes from training,” says Debra Messing, who plays the Broadway writer Julia Houston on NBC’s “Smash.”

The Live! Starring … You! team caught up with Debra earlier this week at the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards in New York City. Reporter Gabi Hartman asked Debra what advice she’d offer to aspiring performers, and the former “Will & Grace” didn’t hesitate with her answer: You need to train, and you need to study.

Lots.

“Study,” Debra said. “Study, study, study, study. Study everything. Study musical theater history. Study composers and lyricists. Go and see as many Broadway musicals as you possibly can, because you’re going to see the best of the best of the best. Just take as many lessons – singing, acting, dancing, whatever – as you can get your hands on.”

Tim O’Shei, LSY! founder

Comments

  1. This is such great advice. Thanks for sharing!

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