Musical Theatre Training is the product of nearly two decades of intensive work and careful honing of the craft by what Playbill calls 'the world's most prestigious musical theatre arts education program'. Written by project cofounder and noted choreographer Debra McWaters, it explains the methods used by the Broadway Theatre Project to train those pursuing a career in musical theatre. It includes the lessons and advice of cofounder Ann Reinking and past instructors such as Ben Vereen, Joel Grey, Jeff Goldblum, Julie Andrews, Terrence Mann, Tommy Tune, and the late Gregory Hines, among others. McWaters covers techniques and approaches to dance, voice, acting, and the creative process. Unlike any other book, she also emphasizes auditioning techniques, stress management, collaboration, how to create as well as perform, managing finances on the road, and the many other skills necessary to become an informed, well-rounded performer. It is an essential guide for any aspiring Broadway performer.
Debra McWaters has assisted with the choreography in such Broadway productions as Chicago and Fosse and was the director/choreographer on the international company of Fosse. She is the artistic director and cofounder of the Broadway Theatre Project at the University of South Florida.