Last year's event saw over 175 hopefuls audition (some arriving at 11 PM the night before) before a panel of judges that included Lonny Price, Chip Zien, Marc Shaiman, Felicia Finley, Kevin Cahoon, Seth Rudetsky, Marin Mazzie, the cast of [title of show] and composer Stephen Schwartz.
After being narrowed down to nine semifinalists and three top finalists, Jaclyn Huberman won the inaugural Broadway Idol Competition, earning a solo concert produced at the Ars Nova.
The Broadway Idol competition takes place over three consecutive Friday evenings from Sept. 21–Oct. 5. Participants must be available to attend each evening. Following each performance, the competitors are judged, and the audience votes for their favorite via text-message.
Categories in the previous year's competition included: "My Favorite Things," performers sang one Broadway song of their choice; "Anyone Can Idol," performers interpreted Sondheim; and "A Star Is Born," in which the performers sang two songs of their choice – one that made another performer famous and the one that would make them famous. The 2007 competition events will take place at Stitch Bar & Lounge in Manhattan.
Those auditioning on Sept. 8 must be 21 years of age or older with no Broadway credits. Performers should prepare 16 bars of a Broadway-style song. Auditions will be held at Ha Comedy Club, located at 163 West 46th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues). Sign-up begins at 10 AM; callbacks will be held Sept. 9. For further information visit www.nymf.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.