Another rehearsal day for our set on Labor Day Weekend in Lake Oswego. It takes time to find the connections between and among various songs. You need to learn Broadway shows, and be very familiar with the lyrics of the songs to be able to find the connections amongst the songs that you select. This takes time and study. Watch as many shows as you can attend. Watch film versions of Broadway shows if you can–some are available on Netflix. Attend road shows of Broadway shows at your local theatres. Check out YouTube videos of original Broadway performances of Broadway shows. Start a group where actors come together to do a simple read/sing through of shows that are lesser done–you will find great tunes to use for auditions as well as become familiar with work that you might be able to use in a cabaret set. If possible, find a mentor who has seen Broadway shows and cabaret acts–this is invaluable. If you live in areas where cabaret abounds, avail yourself of local performances and shows–you learn by seeing what others do.
What else do you do to learn about new music and learn how to sequence your sets? Please leave a comment relevant to the topic!