Before the actual career, comes the training in music theatre. Experts in American musical theatre, such as Harold Prince, Charles Strouse, Patricia Birch, and four-time Tony winner Gwen Verdon, offer advice on effective ways to prepare for professional performance. Specific areas of preparation and innovative training methods are outlined by these and other noted talents and masterteachers. This text is designed not only for students and young professionals, but also for the teachers who are preparing them. It is a sharing of theory and practice from Broadway to community theatre. It covers the what, when, where, why, and how.