While performing “Before the Summer Ends,” from Dracula, The Musical, the young singer in this video from Broadway or Bust imagines a personal experience that helps him understand and present the emotions of the lyrics. Connecting personal experiences, actual events, or situations you could imagine to the words in a song is one way to build an interpretation. The connection does not need to be completely parallel: as the director notes in the video, a single word in the text may open up a connection to the piece. In this performance, the singer is imagining the emotions that he would experience if his girlfriend asked him to make a difficult promise.
This media asset was excerpted from Broadway or Bust.