When I went to Liz I had a pre-nodular condition, and one doctor told me he would have to operate. I went on vocal rest for about one month and then started lessons. With Liz’s help I’ve been able to belt my butt off, and haven’t had serious problems again (Knock on wood!). Liz also helps me find audition material and coaches me on songs. And best of all, she always puts a smile on my face!”
– Kerry Butler, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, ROCK OF AGES, Tony Award nominee for XANADU, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, HAIRSPRAY
What a talented dedicated professional you are. Thank you for being so great at what you do. I would work with you everyday if I could. You get it.”
– Mike Myers, actor known for Wayne’s World, the Austin Powers series, Shrek
I couldn’t have done eight shows a week on ‘American Idiot’ without what I learned from Liz Caplan. Liz gave us a lot of physical training and warm-ups and things to do to warm up the voice because it goes against all human instinct to sing and shout that much over eight shows a week. Your body starts to shut down at a certain point. And so you have to rely on training and these little tricks and exercises. Liz is amazing. She works with everyone and she definitely saved all of our voices when she came on to ‘American Idiot’.”
– John Gallagher, Jr., JERUSALEM, AMERICAN IDIOT, Tony Award winner for SPRING AWAKENING, RABBIT HOLE
I am constantly amazed at how Liz also becomes friend, coach, and confidant to her students. She doesn’t just love teaching–she also loves the connection of great collaboration.”
– Dominick Amendum, Music Director/Conductor and Associate Musical Supervisor of WICKED
Liz has such incredible intuition about the human voice. Her ability to pin point the problem and communicate a solution is mind-blowing to me… in my 18 years in NY, I have never worked with a teacher who was able to communicate as well as Liz. She has changed the way I sing. To hear it, it is the same voice, but how I produce sound is easier, healthier and more fun!”
– Lauren Kennedy, actor Artistic Director of Hot Summer Nights Theatre Raleigh
I want to work with you on everything!! I am a true Liz acolyte and grateful from the depth of my heart for your gift, and the way you lead people from a place of fear to a place of freedom and beauty.”
– Lear DeBessonet, director, Obie Award winner and founder of Public Works
Liz Caplan’s skill with singers as well as actors is unparalleled. What makes me a huge fan and devoted supporter is how she integrates the voice with the full body. She teaches full-body singing in order to wholly realize the vocal potential of her students. She also greatly respects a singer’s individuality and vocal personality, not attempting to create a certain sound, but unleashing the best sound each specific person can create.”
– Michael Arden, FX’s “Anger Management”, THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’, BARE: A POP OPERA, BIG RIVER. Director of Broadway’s SPRING AWAKENING and the upcoming ONCE ON THIS ISLAND revival.
Liz is a brilliant, patient, inspiring teacher. Not only do I want to sing like Liz, I want to BE like Liz…I’m so happy every time I go meet a guest before the show and I learn that they are one of the Fellowship of the Sing when they say the magic word “Caplan!” We bond. I miss the internal spiritual massage that your work provides.”
– Stephen Colbert, Host of “The Late Show” on CBS
Liz saved my voice. I was running into problems that I didn’t know how to fix. Liz went right to work and she helped my find my voice again… I was grateful to be able to thank her from the stage of the Beacon Theater when I accepted a Tony Award this year. I could NOT have done it without her. Today, I’m singing with more confidence than I ever have, and more importantly, because of the technique Liz has ‘gifted’ me,I can trust that it will always be there.”
– Nikki M. James, Tony Award winner for Best Leading Actress in BOOK OF MORMON
Liz came highly recommended and, to be quite honest, I had my doubts. Happily my cynicism was crushed… My 1st lesson was during tech for “All Shook Up.” I was VERY vocally fatigued & thought, ‘I sound like a frog right now.’ I kid you not, I left feeling fresh, warm & invigorated. She’s at the top of her field and I highly recommend trying to get an appointment.”
– Cheyenne Jackson
Certainly your knowledge of the medium and your ability to directly focus on specific areas of improvement greatly encouraged and influenced our vocal students. I marvelled at the rapport you were able to establish…you truly are a gifted musician, teacher and coach.”
– Dr. Robert Miller, Festival of Arts & Letters Chairman, East Stroudsburg University
For a week, my voice was nowhere to be found. I was battling laryngitis, a croup, and the fatigue of Tony season. I came to Liz Caplan’s studio with nothing but swollen cords and a sick feeling in my stomach, that despite the fact I HAD to go onstage, I would be going on with nothing to give. And then the unimaginable happened. Liz not only saved my voice with a series of exercises I now use every day of my life, but that night, I sang as if nothing had ever been wrong. She isn’t a teacher. She is a Goddess.”
– Josh Gad, Tony Award nominee for THE BOOK OF MORMON, voice of Olaf in Disney’s Frozen
We are preparing our Music Dance Theatre Senior Showcase for New York and looking to have a vocal Master Class while we are there. Every time this comes up we think of Liz Caplan first because the Master Class that she did for our students 3 years ago was so wonderful and beneficial.”
– Gayle Lockwood, Brigham Young University Vocal Faculty
What It Will Take for New York Theater to Come Back as the Industry and Community it Professes to Be
Click here to read Ruthie Fierberg's manifesto on how theater should return after the shutdown. Make sure to scroll down to part 5 to learn more about how Liz supports her students!
‘The Prom’: How Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Keegan-Michael Key Learned to Dance and Sing the Musical Comedy
Click here to read about Liz 's experience working with Keegan-Michael Key in preparation for his role in Netflix's 'The Prom'!
Adrienne Warren Performs River Deep/Mountain High on The Late Show
Click here to watch Adrienne Warren's epic performance of River Deep/Mountain High from TINA: The Tina Turner Musical on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Ben Platt Talks New Netflix Music Special and ‘The Politician’ Season 2
Click here to watch a Variety interview with Ben Platt, in which he discusses working with Liz to prepare for his recent Netflix special.
How Princess Anna From Frozen on Broadway Ends Her Long Days
Click here to read about how the hilarious and beautiful Patti Murin prepares for her role as Princess Anna, and how she winds down at the end of her day
Jeremy Pope and Ephraim Sykes of Ain’t Too Proud Interview Each Other
"What everyone’s not telling you is that we have all hands on deck. So, during intermission, everyone has a physical therapist that’s here stretching out our bodies. We get IV drips once a week because our bodies are so dehydrated. We have vocal lessons with a beautiful vocal goddess named Liz Caplan who basically helps us maintain. While it’s a blessing to be doing this job, it’s hard. It’s eight shows a week. It’s fuckin’ entertainment. It’s little things like that that keep us extra hype right now. Again, I don’t think I could do this show without my brothers, the five of us, without Ephraim. It is a relay race that we are kind of passing the baton on to each other at different moments in the show and in this life. Just being there for each other and holding it down so that we can get through this amazing time in our life." Excerpt from a Vman article on Tony Nominees Jeremy Pope and Ephraim Sykes from Ain't Too Proud
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt Collaborate on a Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen Mash Up for a Cause
Click here to watch this heartbreakingly beautiful mash-up from two of Liz's students, Ben Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, in support of The March for Our Lives, a protest against gun violence.
Hugh Jackman Details 2019 Arena Tour and How ‘The Greatest Showman’ Changed His Career
Click here to read about Hugh Jackman's upcoming Arena tour, and how the sensational "Greatest Showman" affected him in the long run.
Exclusive: Debra Messing on her role in Dirty Dancing…
Click here to read an interview with Debra Messing, about how she prepared for her role in Dirty Dancing, and how she's been spending her New York summer. Photo: Haute Living
Clips from Frozen, The Broadway Musical
Check out these outstanding videos of Liz's students, Caissie Levy, and Patti Murin, in the magical production of Disney's Frozen on Broadway! For the First Time In Forever (Good Morning America) Monster (DisneyMusicVEVO) Let it Go (The View)
The Voice, the Moves, the Hair! Tina: The Tina Turner Musical Star Adrienne Warren on Playing the Queen of Rock & Roll in London
Check out this Broadway.com article featuring Liz's student, Adrienne Warren, currently starring as the iconic Tina Turner in London!
Billboard on Broadway Podcast: Behind the Scenes of Stage & Screen With Vocal Coach Liz Caplan
Liz was recently featured on a "Billboard on Broadway" Podcast with Rebecca Milzoff! Click here to read/listen
How Broadway’s Most In-Demand Vocal Coach Kept Ben Platt, Neil Patrick Harris, and More Healthy
Click here to read a featured Playbill article discussing Liz's technique (and even get a sneak peek at some of her warm ups!)
Watch the Cast of SpongeBob SquarePants Ring in the New Year with a ‘Bikini Bottom Day’
Liz's long time student, and current star of the Broadway musical SpongeBob SquarePants, Ethan Slater, sang a number of the hit musical on Good Morning America yesterday! Click here to watch!
The Ultimate Guide to Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’
Happy holidays from all of us here at Liz Caplan Vocal Studios!! Click here to read a Billboard article featuring Liz's thoughts on this beautiful and iconic holiday song.
Greatest Showman: Interview with Star Hugh Jackman
Below is an excerpt from an interview with Hugh Jackman, award-winning star of the upcoming 20th Century Fox production, The Greatest Showman, discussing his experience with the film. Click here to read the full article. (photo credits: 20th Century Fox) Live Singing HJ: I am more comfortable singing live than in a recording studio, but I’ve spent hours in the recording studio. We even built a recording studio during our 10 week rehearsal process so that if at any point anyone felt comfortable to go and sing, we’d just go up and record. I have no idea how many takes those poor engineers have gone through, but, you know, I worked with Liz Caplan, a different singing teacher, to get a slightly different style because we cross over between a pop world and a theatre world. It’s somewhere in between and we wanted the style to reflect that and it is a lot more work than you think.
NPR: Stephen Colbert: A ‘Company’ Man On Broadway
Click here to read one of NPR's most memorable conversations from their segment "Fresh Air" in 2011. Stephen Colbert discusses his experience in 'Company,' as well as how the steps taken to prepare for it changed some of his views on the voice.
Actors rise to the new challenges that came with ‘Coco’
Co-star of Pixar's new film, 'Coco,' Benjamin Bratt, talks about his experience preparing for this role in this SaukValley article. Click here to read about the process the actor went through to find his voice.
Taran Killam Says ‘There Was Never Any Common Ground’ When Trump Hosted ‘SNL’
Click here to read an NPR interview with former SNL cast member, and recent 'King George" in Hamilton, Taran Killam, discuss SNL, and his transition to theater from live TV
In Memoriam: Chris Jackson Pays Tribute to Dearly Departed Television Greats
Click here to watch an outstanding performance by our own Tony-Nominated Chris Jackson, as he pays tribute to those we've loved and lost this year in television: 2017 Emmys
See Miss Saigon’s Eva Noblezada & Rachelle Ann Go Sing Breathtaking Verson of ‘The Movie in My Mind’
Click here to watch these two powerhouse women sing this beautiful, and iconic song from Miss Saigon
Taran Killam Shares His Guide to Midtown Manhattan
Click here to read a hilarious interview with comedian and actor , Taran Killam, as he takes us tour of some of his favorite places in Midtown Manhattan
10 Things You May Not Know: James Monroe Iglehart of ‘Aladdin’
Check out this interview with 2014 Tony Winner, James Monroe Iglehart, now currently starring as Thomas Jefferson in Hamilton! The key to being Genie The challenge of the role is that it’s very vigorous. It’s like being shot out of a cannon. Once you are on stage you are on and you are constantly at a high-energy pace from the moment you start and I have to keep myself well hydrated, I have to get lots of sleep. I have to make sure my voice is well-rested, but also warmed up. The main thing is just the wear and tear of doing it every single night at that high of a pace. I have a wonderful vocal coach, named Liz Caplan, who I go see every Thursday and she’s wonderful. She makes sure that my voice stays the way it is and my muscles in my voice stay the way they are. I make sure that I am on a high protein diet because I’m a bigger guy, so I have to stay big because it’s kind of fun watching a big guy do a cartwheel. Watching a skinny guy do a cartwheel, you’re not really that impressed and I’ve got to make sure I have tons of water in me. Make sure I get at least 7 and a half hours of sleep, 8 is what I would really like, but if I can get 7 and a half I’ll take that. Also, I do my best to get to the gym at least twice a week. What I mean by that is I’m on a bike, I am not a muscle gym rat, but I like to get on the bike and do my stuff. I also say my lines and stuff on the bike. Also, I do “Friend Like Me” in my head every single night before I do a show. I do a mock version of it in my dressing room every night before the show just to keep myself fresh to know what I’m going to do.
How a 23-Year-Old With Mild Anxiety and a Charmed Life Became the Lying, Sobbing, Lovesick Toast of Broadway
Click here to read about a day in the life of 2017 TONY WINNER Ben Platt, including a dressing room warm up with Liz Caplan!
EPISODE 7: American Dream: Backstage at MISS SAIGON with Eva Noblezada
The next installment of this TONY NOMINATED actress's vlog arrives, featuring Liz Caplan herself, as well as her little pup, Grayson (4:25)! Click here to watch!
American Dream: Backstage at MISS SAIGON with Eva Noblezada
Click here to watch Episode 6 of Broadway.com's American Dream vlog. Watch leading lady Eva Noblezada as she takes you backstage on Miss Saigon, and her daily life!
Not So Impossible! Watch Ben Platt and Laura Dreyfuss Perform ‘Only Us’ and More from Dear Evan Hansen
Click here to watch Liz's students, Ben Platt and Laura Dreyfuss, perform 'Only Us' from the smash Broadway hit, Dear Evan Hansen!!
Off Script: How Denee Benton Survives All Those Stairs in ‘Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812’
Click here to read the Hollywood Reporter article on Denee Benton, and how she manages to sing so beautifully while maneuvering around the many staircases of Great Comet's set! You’re in nearly every number. How do you manage? This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, vocally and emotionally. I’ve been training with the voice teacher Liz Caplan, and Dr. Lucian Sulica at Weill Cornell Med has been monitoring my vocal folds. Plus, lots of physical therapy. It’s a marathon, and that’s without all the stairs. While rehearsing, a lot of the stairs were just different colors of tape diagrammed on the floor, so most of the planning was finished during tech week. So I started seeing a speech pathologist and we’d do the vocal exercises in the stairwell of the building, just to get my body used to breathing, singing and running at the same time. The first few weeks, I certainly felt like I got hit by a bus at all times, but I can now finish a show and be okay.
Laverne Cox on Finding Her Voice for The Rocky Horror Picture Show & Her Dream Stage Roles
Just in time for Halloween, and the reboot of Rocky Horror Picture Show, Laverne Cox chats with Broadway World about finding her voice for this iconic character. Click here to check it out!
This Book (And Score and Lyrics) Changed Her Life
Click here to read about how Tony Award Winner Nikki M. James pursued the American Dream and how starring in Book of Mormon on Broadway changed her life.
Ben Platt, From ‘Pitch Perfect’ to an Anxious Teen on Stage
'Pitch Perfect' and Book of Mormon star, Ben Platt, discusses his current role in Dear Evan Hansen at Second Stage, including preparation during a vocal lesson with Liz! Click here to read!
Laughs, Tears and Wizardry: Behind the Scenes of ‘The Wiz Live’s’ Final Dress Rehearsal
Variety takes a backstage peek at the final dress rehearsal of "The Wiz Live!" Click here to read about the wonderful cast and amazing process behind the scenes!
The Secrets to How Broadway Stars Power Through Colds, Flu and Fatigue
Playbill interviews Liz Caplan, Ramin Karimloo, Melissa Errico and more to discuss techniques to work through sickness while performing. Definitely a useful read during allergy season! Click here to read more
Broadway Vocal Coach Uses Special Techniques to Prepare Stars for Big Roles
Check out this segment with Liz recently featured on NY1! Click here to watch and to hear testimonials from a few of her clients, including Ben Platt, and Allison Williams!
How Neil Patrick Harris Is Preparing For The Oscars
Neil Patrick Harris tells Buzzfeed about his preparation for hosting the 87th Annual Academy Awards, including his day-of vocal lesson with Liz Caplan! Click here to read more!
John Cameron Mitchell Wants to “F**k Up Broadway” In Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Click here to read an interview with Hedwig's co-writer and current star, John Cameron Mitchell, where he discusses his return to the iconic role. (And his hopes for eventually crowd surfing at the Belasco Theater!)
A Revealing Look at the Broadway Musical Side Show from One of Its Stars
Click Here to check out an interview with Emily Padgett from Side Show where she discusses her experiences with the show, and pre-show rituals with her co-star, Erin Davie.
What’s It Like To Be Neil Patrick Harris? He Gives You Options
Neil Patrick Harris' new memoir describes the surprising twists and turns of his life and career, from becoming a child actor to starring in two hit TV shows to winning a Tony. Click here to read more!
Take A Look Back… Past Tony Winners Praise Caplan
First Photo! See Allison WIlliams as Peter Pan
Here's the first look of Allison Williams as Peter Pan in this photo from NBC's upcoming telecast of "Peter Pan Live!" Liz will be the vocal consultant to Allison Williams on this production. Click here to read more!
Neil Patrick Harris backstage at the 2014 Tony Awards
After the Tony winners give their acceptance speeches, they usually stop by the press room to pose for photos and do interviews. Click here to see what this celebrity Tony winner had to say.
Neil Patrick Harris on Hedwig, Dressing Rooms, and Getting All That Glitter Off Every Night
Hedwig star, Neil Patrick Harris, talks to Vulture about his transformation into the punk rock star. Read it here!
Neil Patrick Harris: Actor, Singer, Dad
Trading one character (a buff womanizer) for quite another (a lipstick-and-stiletto-wearing transgender singer) is no easy task, especially when both roles are fan favorites. Just ask TV, film, and theater star Neil Patrick Harris...
Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert & cast perform “Sorry/Grateful”- Company (2011)
Watch the cast of Company perform "Sorry/Grateful" featuring Neil Patrick Harris and Stephen Colbert. Click here to watch the full video.
Booking It! Broadway, Film and Recording Industry Go-To Vocal Coach Liz Caplan
Playbill.com's new feature series Booking It asks leading industry members to share professional insights, need-to-know tips and essential tricks of the trade for up-and-coming and established theatre artists. This week we speak with Liz Caplan, the veteran vocal coach and teacher who has guided her students to Tony Award-winning success. Click here to read the full article.
What It Takes to Train a Broadway Star
Acting coaches, vocal trainers … yoga instructors? You might be surprised by how many experts it takes to create a Broadway success story; we reveal the cast of coaches behind every performer -- and the time it takes to turn out a star. Click here to read more!
John Gallagher Jr. On ‘Newsroom’ Dialogue And Staging Green Day (NPR)
John Gallagher speaks a bit about his work with Liz on American Idiot: In HBO's The Newsroom, John Gallagher Jr. plays Jim Harper, the senior producer of the nightly cable news program anchored by Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels). The show's second season, which began in July, takes place in 2012 during the presidential primaries. Ever since the start of the series, Gallagher's character has been in a will-they-or-won't-they relationship with one of the young producers of the news show. Right now, it's looking to him like they won't, and in an attempt to get away from the woman who's broken his heart, he's decided to go on the campaign trail and report from the Mitt Romney bus. But he soon discovers there's nothing to report, just repetitive stump speeches and daily spin delivered by Romney campaign aides on the bus. In a recent episode, Jim tried to get some real answers out of the aides, and ended up getting thrown off the bus.... Click here for the full article!
Liz Caplan’s students win the coveted Tony Award for three years in a row!
In 2011, Nikki M. James for Book of Mormon (Best features actress)
In 2012, Steve Kazee for Once (Best Actor)
In 2013, Patina Miller for Pippin (Best Actress)
Stephen Colbert talks to NPR about the stage and his Vocal Training
Colbert describes that once he was cast, and started taking vocal lessons, he "gained a new respect… for professional singers… and discovered the therapeutic nature of singing lessons. They're like doing yoga but for [the] inside of your body…" Read the full article here!