#tbt: This Month in Broadway History

The 2017–18 Broadway season is just getting underway! But before we look ahead to new productions, let's recall what came before. Here are a few of the sparkliest shows that opened on the Great White Way in previous Augusts.

42nd Street (1980)

The cast of the 2001 revival of 42nd Street performing at the Tony Awards

If you need an example of traditional Broadway-style tap, this couldn't be any closer. The original production of 42nd Street ran for over eight years. That's a lot of time steps.

La Cage aux Folles (1983)

Calling La Cage aux Folles a hit is almost an understatement. The musical comedy, set in a nightclub that features over-the-top drag entertainment, is full of glitz but also packs plenty of heart. And if this clip has you thinking "best costumes ever," you're totally right. The production snagged six Tonys, including accolades for best musical, actor and costumes.

Hairspray (2002)

Hairspray brought a boatload of '60s style moves, courtesy Jerry Mitchell, to the Broadway stage. But the story of Tracy Turnblad, who dreams of dancing on "The Corny Collins Show," went deeper than the Twist and Mashed Potato, tackling the racial issues of 1962 Maryland. And, yes, that is a pre-"Glee"-Matthew Morrison playing the male lead, Link Larkin, in the above clip of the original cast.

Hamilton (2015)

This show phenomenon clearly needs no introduction, but we're happy to say that Hamilton, which celebrated its second anniversary earlier this month, is still going strong.

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AMDA students learn how to present their best selves on camera. Photo by Trae Patton, Courtesy AMDA

AMDA's 4 Tips for Acing Your Next Audition

Ah, audition day. The flurry of new choreography, the long lines of dancers, the wait for callbacks. It's an environment dancers know well, but it can also come with great stress. Learning how to be best prepared for the big day is often the key to staying calm and performing to your fullest potential (and then some).

This concept is the throughline of the curriculum at American Musical and Dramatic Academy, where dance students spend all four years honing their audition skills.

"You're always auditioning," says Santana Trujillo, AMDA's dance outreach manager and a graduate of its BFA program. On campus in Los Angeles and New York City, students have access to dozens of audition opportunities every semester.

For advice on how dancers can put their best foot forward at professional auditions, Dance Magazine recently spoke with Trujillo, as well as AMDA faculty members Michelle Elkin and Genevieve Carson. Catch the whole conversation below, and read on for highlights.

July 2021