Thursday, December 31, 2020

We have a new WYSIWYG Website address!

We've decided to start using a new website address: wysiwyg.show

The URLs we use today just seem long and boring. The decision to change didn't come out of the blue though, we'd been thinking about it for a while. Last year the Web officially added several new internet TLD (top level domain) names and "show" is now an available suffix. The term show/SHō/ is defined by Oxford as "a play or other stage performance, especially a musical" and having an easy to remember website address that accurately describes our musical theater works was just too appealing for us. Here's the syntax your web browser uses to find a website address:

We'll plan to migrate gradually over the next few months and then redirect our legacy addresses for the immediate future since lots of people use the older URLs as links on their webpages, but I'm sure that eventually our friends and partners will update their links. Here are the older URLs for your reference:
"https://ww.wysiwygthemusical.com"
"https://blog.wysiwygthemusical.com"

 What do you think? Please let us know what you think. We'd love to hear from you!

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Master Track: SECRET ADMIRER

Here's a master track of "Secret Admirer" that's sung by Anne Jenness (Nov/2020). Anne worked with us on the Sisyphus run at the Aurora Fox Theater back in 2017...we had a blast! It's great to be working together again.

Friday, November 6, 2020

WYSIWYG Face Masks Now Available!

We've received our first batch of WYSIWYG Face Masks and are offering them to all our theatre community friends. Just send us an eMail with your name/address and we'll be sure to send your high quality face mask out as soon as possible. We aren't charging for the masks, but we are accepting donations to cover shipping and handling charges. Show your support today!
WYSIWYG Face Masks

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Master Track: UP TO US

Here's a master track of "Up to us" sung by Blake Nawa'a and Tony Domenick (Oct/2020). They were both in the original version of WYSIWYG in 2014 with Kelly Zick, Drew Bradley and Nick Trotter. It's been nice to see these people grow into who they are today. I wonder if someday they could be considered part of the greatest generation too. It feels as if we've made a lot of progress with equality during their lifetime.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

COVID friendly performance materials for WYSIWYG

The last nine months have been really hard for the theater community. We've all been forced into a whole new way of thinking. I think at first, a lot of us were reluctant to embrace technology, but eventually we started to join in and learn to adapt to the new COVID normal. Then, at some point we started to explore the new paridgm and say "what if"? Well...
Today we announced the availability of our new virtual performance materials specifically designed for theater companies considering COVID-friendly works. The package includes instructions to produce the entire WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) Musical online.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

WYSIWYG Vocal Challenge!

We're asking small theater groups and/or individuals to make a pitch for adding vocal parts to the new WYSIWYG musical score. It's actually pretty easy and COVID-friendly too! All you need is a high quality microphone setup and some recording software. The rehearsal tracks, sheet music and libretto are online at: www.wysiwygthemusical.com.


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

WYSIWYG Six-Minute Performance Teaser

In the first bar scene of WYSIWYG we use a series of segues to get from the joyful drinking game to the imaginary worlds found in the characters minds'. Here's a link to a standard libretto extract for the WYSIWYG bar scene segues (opens a new window). The scene includes the four main characters, but this guide track will allow you to get acclimated to the scene with just one voice.


Once you have a sense for the scene you can download this musical score extract to get started learning the music. It's a great little six minute segment to perform for a back to school project, audition or forensic competition. It's even Covid friendly since it's pretty easy to do it all remotely. Good Luck and please send us your recording and/or tag us so everyone can enjoy your performance! Finally, if you don't have a piano player you'll need the rehearsal track from our Soundcloud account.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

WYSIWYG Website Visitors Information

Here' some interesting trivia about our WYSWIYG websites. The data goes back to when we first started collecting this sort of thing and shows that we've had thousands visitors from all over the planet .


Friday, August 14, 2020

Master Track: I'M IN IT FOR GOOD

Here's a master track of "I'm in it for good" sung by Blake Nawa'a (Aug/2020). Completing a song is a long road with a lot of moving parts; from writing to performing, orchestrating, recording, mixing and mastering; fortunately, there's a nice sense of accomplishment as a reward when it's complete.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Our DAW software hard at work

A lot of work goes into producing a solid musical number for a Broadway show. Here's a screenshot of the DAW software used on the song "I'm in it for good" for WYSIWYG. Check out the results on "I'm in it for good" guide track on April's SoundCloud account and let us know what you think!


Preparing for an audition? WTH...download our public domain Sheet Music for "I'm in it for good" and use SOUNDCLOUD to rehearse your part. Good Luck!

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Rehearsal track for "Some Things Never Change"

Here's our latest rehearsal track for "Some Things Never Change". You should probably download the music for this one since it has 3-part harmonies in the chorus and a lot of directors will use this to see how well you blend with the others in the scene. You can review all the new rehearsal tracks using our WYSIWYG Rehearsal Material Playlist on Soundcloud.


Preparing for an audition? WTH...download our public domain Sheet Music for "Some Things Never Change" and use SOUNDCLOUD to rehearse for your audition...Good Luck!

Friday, June 12, 2020

PLEASE STAY SAFE EVERYONE!

Back in March we were selected as a finalist for this year's RAVE Theater Festival in NYC. Of course we were all super excited to participate, but at the same time we were all worried about the pandemic. Well, yesterday we were informed the 2020 RAVE festival had been cancelled. It wasn't unexpected and we fully support the decision. Be patient everyone, theatre will come back and WYSIWYG will be on our stages again soon.


Saturday, May 30, 2020

Rehearsal track for "Secret Admirer"

Here's our latest rehearsal track for "Secret Admirer". We added all sorts of unique instruments and we've decided to start adding guide tracks for your audition reference on SoundCloud too. You can review all the new rehearsal tracks using our WYSIWYG Rehearsal Material Playlist on Soundcloud.


Preparing for an audition? WTH...download our public domain Sheet Music for "Secret Admirer" and use SOUNDCLOUD to rehearse for your audition...Good Luck!

Monday, April 20, 2020

Rehearsal track for "For the Best"

Here's our latest rehearsal track for "For the best". We added all sorts of brass and woodwind parts. Also, there's a guitar solo over the dance section that fades into the final chorus. You can review all the new rehearsal tracks at the WYSIWYG website by selecting the submenu "Performance Materials" under "The Work" menu.


Preparing for an audition? WTH...download our public domain Sheet Music for "For the Best" and use SOUNDCLOUD to rehearse your part. Good Luck!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Rehearsal Track for "Hoopla"

Here's our latest rehearsal track for "Hoopla". We added a cowbell and a baritone sax to enhance the groove in the second verse to really get things going. You can review all the new rehearsal tracks at the WYSIWYG website by selecting the submenu "Performance Materials" under "The Work" menu.


Preparing for an audition? Download our public domain Sheet Music for "Hoopla" and use SOUNDCLOUD to rehearse your part. Good Luck!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

David Traugh joins WYSIWYG development team

You may have noticed that we've started enhancing the musical accompaniment and rehearsal tracks for WYSIWYG recently. With all the buzz about the show we decided it was time to start creating a supplemental music track for actor rehearsals and theater companies that wanted an option of mixing in all the sound from the board too. Check out our WYSIWYG rehearsal playlist on SoundCloud

The unique challenge with WYSIWYG is that several characters can play musical instruments and this can be cast in various ways, so it was important for us to provide options for a complete spectrum of performances. Ultimately, we decided to provide a sound track for the entire score and allow the director to decide when to use the skills of the actors on stage.

David Traugh joined our development team in late 2019 and has been providing the new performance tracks as needed over the last few months. He and April go back over 40 years. Here's a picture of Dave's Emmy and the earliest picture we have of them working together - circa 1976.

 

Friday, January 10, 2020

Rehearsal Track for "The World Wide Web"

We've been enhancing the musical accompaniment for WYSIWYG lately and we'd like to provide a professional audio track for every song in the performance package in the near future, go to the WYSIWYG website for the list of new materials..


Preparing for an audition? Download our public domain Sheet Music for "The World Wide Web" and use SOUNDCLOUD to rehearse your part. Good Luck!