The official word is in from Mr Franz: We are pleased to announce our fall musical will be NINE and our Lenaea one act (and traveling show) will be Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.
Initial auditions for both will be on August 17th. Call backs for Nine will be on Wednesday the 27th.
Nine is a musical, initially created and written by Maury Yeston as a class-project in Lehman Engel's BMI Music Theatre Workshop in 1973. It was later developed with a book by Mario Fratti, and then again with a book by Arthur Kopit, music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. The story is based also on Federico Fellini's semi-autobiographical film 8½. It focuses on film director Guido Contini, who is dreading his imminent 40th birthday and facing a midlife crisis, which is blocking his creative impulses and entangling him in a web of romantic difficulties in early-1960s Venice.
This is a sophisticated and beautiful show. The original Broadway production opened in 1982 and ran for 729 performances, starring Raul Julia. The musical won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and has enjoyed a number of revivals. Daniel Day Lewis did the movie. Our version will be different from the original Broadway production and the film. We are negotiating for the possibility to change some of the women’s parts to mens’. We have chosen this show to showcase our talents, especially those of our seniors, and to tackle a complex, dazzling piece of literature that is in a style we have as yet to examine. 16 bar cuts will be coming soon from Mr. DeTurk. Audition process/preparation will be reviewed during our mandatory workshop August 10. Thanks for your participation. Hope you had a great summer.