Show Notes

Meet Michael James Reed, actor and audition coach who has worked in theatre hotspots like London, Los Angeles, and New York and appeared in more than a dozen Muny productions. We talk about about how auditions at The Muny are different, and what Michael did on both sides of the table in 2020. We discuss Michael’s background and he shares some of his wisdom on audition choices and preparation, as well as how his approach has changed with maturity. Michael tells us about his favorite auditions and what happened the first time he looked out at a Muny audience, and the conversation concludes with three words to describe The Muny.

“I think it’s an act of bravery for any actor to walk through that door and do that audition.” – Michael James Reed

Topic Cues

  • What sets a Muny audition apart? [1:31]
  • More than 3000 auditions… [3:09]
  • On the other side of the table [4:53]
  • Michael as Julie Andrews [5:09]
  • How are auditions different for kids? [6:08]
  • Auditioning with friends [7:28]
  • Sharing that Muny spirit [8:04]
  • Auditioning is really hard. [8:36] Quote section!
  • Tell us about yourself [9:28]
  • Michael’s best piece of audition advice [12:24]
  • How are auditions different in St. Louis vs. London/L.A./New York [13:45]
  • Michael’s three favorite audition stories [15:53]
  • Really? No singing at all? [18:46]
  • A cop and a bad guy [20:39]
  • How Muny auditions work for repeat performers [21:03]
  • The first steps of the dance [22:06]
  • Preparing for an audition [22:39]
  • Choices in an audition impacting a role’s development [24:23]
  • No, no, no, no, no….. [25:30]
  • That’s preparation time [26:01]
  • Michael can be influenced [27:48]
  • The first few days are a little bit of a blur [29:18]
  • A glimmer of that knee-buckling feeling? [31:18]
  • Three words [32:56]

Music used in this podcast:

Saturday Afternoon (ID 791) – Lobo Loco
Creative Commons License (by-nc-nd)

Rainbow Connection
Music and lyrics written by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher

Antonín Dvořák's Serenade for Strings/Ralph Vaughn Williams's Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis

~ Michael James Reed’s two favorite pieces of classical music ~