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Broadway Vocal Consultant Liz Caplan to conduct Master Classes with OUMT students April 5-6

Liz Caplan

Liz Caplan has been Vocal Coaching in New York City and on Broadway for over 40 years and has lectured around the world. She was the supervising Vocal Producer on The Greatest Showman, a musical film starring Hugh Jackman.  Liz continues to have the honor of working alongside Hugh Jackman in anticipation of his upcoming World Tour. Liz was the Vocal Consultant on the Disney/Pixar animation Film COCO, working with Benjamin Bratt. She works closely with many actors on the ground breaking production of Hamilton most especially Lin-Manuel Miranda (Creator/Actor) both on Broadway and the National Tours. Liz is the Vocal Consultant for Cameron MacIntosh productions Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Broadway and tours) as well as consulting for Disney/Pixar Animation Studios. Liz is the Vocal Consultant on both Disney’s Frozen and Aladdin on Broadway. Ms.Caplan is the Vocal Consultant on Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway having worked with Tony Award Winner Ben Platt and all the “Evans” on Tour and Toronto productions.  Liz continues to support Ben Platt in his musical endeavors including his new Album release of Sing to Me Instead. She is the Vocal Supervisor on the new 2019 Broadway production of Ain’t Too Proud, The Life and Times of The Temptations. 

Liz is the Vocal Consultant for The Book of Mormon (Broadway and Tours) throughout North America. She was the Vocal Supervisor on Oh Hello! on Broadway with the comedy Writer/Actors Nick Kroll and John Mulaney; Roundabout Theater’s production of Fiasco’s Into the Woods;  Once (Broadway/Tour); American Idiot (Broadway and National Tours); Rock of Ages; Side Show; and Jason Robert Brown's 13. Liz was the Vocal Supervisor on Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway starring Neil Patrick Harris for which he won the Tony Award. As well, Liz worked with the subsequent Hedwigs: Michael C. Hall, John Cameron Mitchell, Darren Criss and Taye Diggs.  

OU Musical Theatre, Sooner Alumni on Broadway and National Tours. Dan Horn OUMT 2013, Andy Tofa OUMT 2015, Emily Mechler OUMT 2011, Jamard Richardson OUMT 2013, Brandon Block OU MT 2016, Dorcas Leung OUMT 2015, Gray Randolph OUMT 2017, Skyler Adams OUMT 2011, Soph Menas OUMT 2012, Barry Busby OUMT 2008.

Welcome to Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre

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As the only School of Musical Theatre in the country, our goal is to provide students the tools for success both on stage and off. We are recruiting the top 1% of talented high school seniors for our next freshman class. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Musical Theatre Performance, we offer conservatory-style training and a dynamic university education.

Bring your passion and grow beyond your expectations. Our self-imposed enrollment cap of 50 total majors insures individual development. Alumni are performing on Broadway, in National tours, at Regional theatres and in Europe and Asia, demonstrating that this is one of America's premiere programs.

Admission to the University of Oklahoma is required as well as a separate application to the School of Musical accompanied by an audition. OU is an equal opportunity institution, reflecting the rich cultural and racial diversity of our country. Should you have questions, please contact us at musicaltheatre@ou.edu.

Explore the Opportunities!

Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre

OU Musical Theatre provides its students with the best of two worlds — conservatory-style training within a dynamic liberal arts university environment. In the midst of an intensive, world-class program of study in the arts, OU Musical Theatre gives students unique opportunities to broaden their knowledge with a wide array of possibilities outside of the School. Our students are eager to share their experiences, success and satisfaction as they deepen their love for performing and grow as individuals and artists. Take a look at the video and be inspired at the opportunities that await you!

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OUMT to Workshop Original Piece

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A New York writing team will be in residency during April to work with a selected OUMT student cast in an original piece entitled "Big Picture."  The writing team of Susan Murray, Patrick Spencer and Karl Hinze, members of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, are showcasing the new concert presentation on Saturday, April 20 at 7 pm at Sooner Studio in Norman, 110 E. Main Street. The OUMT students receive a unique training experience by working on an original piece, performing re-writes and new pages and experiencing original casting opportunities. The evening production of Big Picture on April 20 will be free and open to the public.

Patrick Spencer: Big Picture Songwriter, Lyricist,

Patrick Spencer

Patrick Spencer (Lyrics) is a singer/songwriter/lyricist living in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated with a BFA in Musical Theater from the University of Arizona. A proud member of the Dramatists Guild, and alumnus of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop, Patrick has written lyrics for songs that have been performed throughout New York City. Current projects include: Big Picture (music by Karl Hinze, lyrics by Patrick Spencer, book by Susan Murray) and Two Star Motel (book by Charlie O’Leary, music and lyrics by Patrick Spencer), recently produced by The Dare Tactic Theater Company in New York.

Susan Murray: Big Picture Book

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Susan Murray is thrilled to be at the University of Oklahoma and part of this remarkable program, developing the book for Big Picture along with collaborators Karl Hinze (music) and Patrick Spencer (lyrics). She is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop where Susan is the only two-time recipient of the BMI Jerry Harrington Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement, winning as both a lyricist and a librettist. Susan wrote the book for Greenbrier Ghost, an original musical based on a little-known 1879 murder case, the only time in U.S. history when the testimony of a “ghost” was admitted into a trial (Jerry Bock Award finalist). She wrote book for The Tooth Fairy Versus El Ratón Pérez, a family musical that explores tradition, identity and culture, adapted from an award-winning children’s book. Susan wrote lyrics and book for The Psychic Hour, an original musical rom-com which features the comedy song “My Thing”. “My Thing” was one of a handful of songs selected to be published in the official BMI Workshop Songbook. Susan is also an actress, singer and comedy performer. The New York Daily News called her “one of the best improvisers in NYC.” Susan’s writing is also published in the anthology Life A Stitch! The Best of Women’s Humor (Random House).

 

Karl Hinze: Big Picture Composer, Playwright

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Karl Hinze is a composer and playwright in NYC. He has been a member of the BMI Workshop since 2013, and his original musical 210 Amlent Avenue with playwright Becky Goldberg was an official selection of the Next Link Project at the New York Musical Festival. Exposed Bone with Charlie O’Leary recently had an extended run at the PIT Loft, and their 10-minute musical Cooking For Two was a finalist in the 2018 Sound Bites Festival. Other collaborations include Are They Edible?, an experimental puppet show by Jeanette Yew at La MaMa, and Shackled Spirits, a multi-media dance drama by Lynn Kremer presented at the Bali Arts Festival. He is currently developing Big Picture with Patrick Spencer and Susan Murray. He holds a Ph.D. in Music Composition from Stony Brook University. www.karlhinze.com

 

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