How to Become a Broadway Singer

By Jamie Lisse

Things Needed

  • Good singing voice
  • Acting ability

If you like to sing and you enjoy theater, then you may be interested in becoming a Broadway singer. Broadway singers need to be able to act and sing on stage on a regular basis, typically for nightly performances. If this sounds like something that you are interested in, then—with some hard work—you may be able to transform your love of singing and theater into a career as a Broadway singer.

Sign up for music and theater classes. If you are in school, try to join the school choir and take theater classes.

Work with regional theaters. You will need to work on as many regional theater productions as you can so that you can gain experience and build up your resume. Having a lengthy resume can make a big difference in trying to get parts for other productions. Working with regional theaters will allow you to earn your Actors' Equity card, which is your membership into the actors' union. You must have an Equity card to work as a performer on Broadway.

Watch for open auditions. Often there are open auditions for Broadway shows. They will list what they are looking for in the open call. Attend every open audition that you meet the requirements for. Depending on the audition requirements, you should have a song and/or a monologue prepared. If the part requires dancing, be prepared to showcase your dancing talents as well. It is important to pick audition materials that showcase your strongest talents in a positive light. You should test out your audition pieces on friends and family for feedback.

Try to find an agent. An agent will often be able to get you into closed auditions. Look for an agent that specializes in Broadway singers and already has clients that are working on Broadway. Never pay to have an agent represent you, as agents only get paid when they get you a paying job—they receive a percentage of what you earn. The best way to find an agent is to ask other actors and singers for recommendations. Don't worry if you can't find an agent, as you can still work toward becoming a Broadway singer without one.

Network in the industry. Attend any type of theater-related events or mixers where you can mingle with people who are doing what you want to do. Try to forge relationships with the people that you meet at these events. Someone that you meet may later be in a position to help you get an audition or a part in a production. This is also a great way to hear about auditions that are not publicized.

About the Author

Jamie Lisse has been writing professionally since 1997. She has published works with a number of online and print publishers. Her areas of expertise include finance and accounting, travel, entertainment, digital media and technology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English.