Musical Theatre

They Started on the Stage: Popular Artists Who Began in Musical Theatre

Singing, dancing, acting… the trifecta of musical theatre talent. In fact, many Hollywood careers have been launched thanks, in part, to musical theatre backgrounds. We’re all fairly well aware of the fine musical pedegree of some of Hollywood’s elite: Hugh Jackman, Lea Michele,  Julie Andrews and Liza Minnelli, to name just a few. But you may be surprised by some of the former theatre kids who became even more famous for their on-screen rolls and mainstream music careers. It just further proves how much we theatre kids rock! Read about a few our favorite stage-trained actors/artists below, and answer our trivia question at the end for your chance to win
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Mondegreen

What’d You Sing? 10 Hilariously Misheard Pop Lyrics, Share Yours to Win a $10 Gift Card!

We’re sorry, this contest has ended and the winner has been notified. Thanks for sharing your hilarious entries! Have you ever been casually singing along to the car radio, or mumbling a catchy tune between classes, only to have a friend burst into laughter? “What’d I Say?” you may ask yourself. Chances are, you’ve sung a mondegreen. Mondegreens are the often hilarious result of mishearing a song lyric, and thus inadvertently replacing the actual words with your own similar-sounding set. Common examples of mondegreens have included “Hold me closer Tony Danza” replacing “Hold me closer tiny dancer” in Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer,” and substituting “There’s a bathroom on the right”
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Love Irish Music? Suggest a Long Lost Song

We’re sorry, this contest has expired. Musicnotes.com is proud to announce we have a brand new contest for the month of February. In celebration of the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebration, we’re on the hunt for long lost Irish songs and we need your help. Simply suggest an Irish song that we do not have digital sheet music for on Musicnotes.com in the comments below. If we add sheet music for your song by St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll win a twenty-five dollar gift certificate to our online store! You can use the gift certificate to purchase anything you need including: Irish sheet music, Guitar Guru Sessions, movie sheet music and
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Introducing our Suggest a Winter Holiday Song Contest!

We’re sorry, this contest has expired. Musicnotes.com is proud to announce we have a brand new contest for the month of November. Simply suggest a winter holiday song that we do not have digital sheet music for on Musicnotes.com, for your chance to win a twenty-five dollar gift certificate to our online store! You can use the gift certificate to purchase anything you need including: Christmas sheet music, Guitar Guru Sessions, Chanukah sheet music and much, much more! Our Suggest a Winter Holiday Song Contest starts today and will run through midnight on November 30th. We’d like to present you with a few contest rules for our Suggest a Winter
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Free Estudio Brillante Guitar Tab and Headset Give-A-Way

Spanish guitarist-composer Francisco Tarrega wrote ESTUDIO BRILLANTE in the late 19th Century. This incredibly difficult etude was based on a sonatina by French violinist-composer Jean-Delphin Alard. In addition to Tarrega’s performing and teaching ability, he also arranged many pre-existing works for guitar by composers such as; Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Chopin. Even though he only wrote less than a hundred pieces for the guitar, the short compositions are enjoyed by many guitarists. Within the music world, many consider Tarrega to be an important founding figure for the classical guitar genre. Other works by Tarrega include how most famous work, RECUERDOS DE LA ALHAMBRA, and LAGRIMA, a popular guitar tab for beginners.
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Introducing May’s YouPerform Contest Winner

Recently, we awarded a gift certificate to Christy-Lyn for her performance of ‘Tis the Last Rose of Summer. We asked her a bit about her musical background and why she chose the song she did. Hailing from Cape Town in South Africa, Christy-Lyn was very energetic and bubbly when we talked to her, we have a few of her comments we’d like to share with you. Can you tell us a little bit about your musical background? I have been involved with music since I was very young, and have always enjoyed singing. I performed my first solo in the preschool nativity play when I was around 3 years old.
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June Deals and Summer Steals!

Summer may be the perfect time to get outside and play, but it’s also a good time to practice your instruments. Because we don’t want you to forget your music lessons, we’re offering a few deals this month that we think you’ll really enjoy. All of these sales end at midnight on June 30th, so take advantage of our June deals while you can! Sheet Music Portfolios on Sale at 20% Off! To protect your digital sheet music, we offer these sheet music portfolios designed to help you organize and play your favorite songs. What makes our portfolio so special? Not only can you personalize these portfolios, we’ve tested them
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Meet our 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place YouPerform Contest Winners

Musicnotes.com is proud to present to you the three, talented musicians who won our YouPerform contest for March. March is the first month we awarded first, second and third place prizes, and we hope that for this month’s contest we’ll be able to do the same. (You can read our updated Musicnotes.com YouPerform contest rules for more information.) All three of our winners played variations of the song Bunessan which is also referred to as Morning Has Broken. We had the chance to catch up with our winners, and we’d like to shine the spotlight on them as they talk about their experiences in music and their contest entry. First
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Talent Shows like American Idol, YouPerform Contest Winner in the Whole Note

In this week’s wrap-up, we talk about how talent shows are inspiring musicians everywhere to sing or play their instrument and provide you with some sheet music suggestions. We also reveal the winner of our own “talent” show, the Musicnotes.com YouPerform Contest for March 2009. Britain’s Got Talent! Do you? As we mentioned earlier this week in our press release entitled Susan Boyle Phenomenon Resonates in Sheet Music, “Britain’s Got Talent” singing sensation Susan Boyle has had a definite impact on sheet music. You’ve been so inspired by Susan Boyle’s performance of I Dreamed a Dream, that this single song from Les Miserables sheet music is one of your top
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YouPerform Contest. Now With More Prizes!

While deciding the winner of Musicnotes.com YouPerform Contest for March, we’ve realized that we needed to make a change to our awards. You see, deciding “one” winner out of those twelve entries just didn’t seem fair to all the other contestants. Many of you have sent us emails and comments providing your feedback for the contest, and we agree that offering multiple awards is the right thing to do. Effective for March’s contest and any month going forward, we will award first, second and third place prizes provided we have a minimum of ten entries. For first place the YouPerform contest winner will receive a gift certificate in the amount
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