Casting: ‘Casanova Returns’

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Starting 2019 Deep Bridges produces, together with Arthur Masella, a brand new international musical, “Casanova Returns”. To develop the show we are producing a first (full) workshop production in the summer of 2019.

This audition call is for the English workshop production. The 5 week rehearsal-period will be followed by a limited series of shows for a closed and professional audience.

This cast will be seriously considered for the Flemish/Dutch local production in Belgium and the Netherlands, starting November 2020 and the English travelling production in non-native English regions.


Conceiver and co-writer is director Arthur Masella. Arthur has directed Harold Prince’s production of the Phantom of the Opera throughout the world. He has also directed the musicals Sweet Charity, Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man, Yours Anne, Company, Man of Lamancha, Sweeney Todd, Candide and recently the Off-Broadway production, Cast of Thousands featuring the songs of Craig Carnelia.

Musical Supervisor is Kristen Blodgette, Kristen is associated with Andrew Lloyd Webber since conducting the National Tour of Cats in 1985; The Phantom of the Opera since its New York opening, supervising (as assistant to David Caddick) the Broadway production, the North American companies and International productions in Hamburg, Australia, Mexico City, Antwerp, Copenhagen, Madrid, Buenos Aires and Stuttgart. Broadway credits include Cats, Sunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Woman in White, Mary Poppins, LoveMusik, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Additional credits; Annie Get Your Gun with Deborah Voigt (Glimmerglass Festival), Bounce directed by Harold Prince (Goodman, Kennedy Center), tours of On Your Toes, Jerry’s Girls, Barnum; and rehearsal pianist for Carrie with Betty Buckley.

Music & lyrics team is Mike Reid and Sarah Schlesinger.

Mike and Sarah’s musical “Ballad of Little Jo,” opened to rave reviews at the Bridewell Theatre in London in July 2003. Prior to its London run, “The Ballad of Little Jo” was produced at  Steppenwolf in Chicago in celebration of the theatre’s 25thAnniversary.  

They also collaborated on the book and score of “In This House,” a new chamber musical that premiered at Playhouse West in San Francisco in February, 2008. In addition they have created “Different Fields,” an opera about contemporary sports heroes that was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera Guild and Opera Memphis, and a score for a musical version of the classic Western, “Shane,” for Jujamcyn..

The team has received the Kleban Award, The Richard Rodgers Award, a Gilman-Gonzalez Falla Theatre Foundation Award, and Chicago’s Jeff Award for best original musical.

Mike, is a Grammy Award-winning songwriter with more than 30 Top Ten pop and country hits recorded by many artists including Bonnie Raitt (“I Can’t Make You Love Me”), Anita Baker, Kenny Rogers, Wynonna Judd, Alabama, Willie Nelson, Joe Cocker, Tanya Tucker, Collie Raye, Leroy Parnell, Lorrie Morgan , Bette Midler , and Tim McGraw.  He has also composed a number of works for classical instrumental ensembles and dance companies.

Sarah was the lyricist librettist for “Love Comics” which premiered at the George Street Playhouse, produced by Daryl Roth, and “Swing Shift” at the Manhattan Theatre Club. She is the Chair of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.


CASANOVA RETURNS

Casanova, one of the most recognizable characters who ever lived, was a far more complex figure than legend suggests. An irresistible lover, he attracted women with his seductive charm and generosity. A highly intelligent and educated man he was a writer, diplomat, gambler, trickster, and spy. Living on his charm and luck, he was often in trouble with the authorities, but his cunning and wit always saved him.

In 1756 he was arrested on suspicion of practicing magic and was thrown in the Leads, a dreaded prison from which there was supposed to be no way out. He made a dramatic escape that was recounted all over Europe. After he fled Venice, he spent the next eighteen years in exile trying to find a way back to the city he considered home.

He returned to Venice in 1774 at the age of 53, on the day our show begins.


CASTING BREAKDOWN

LORENZO
An Abbe and old friend of Casanova’s; a sidekick and supporter of his friend. Unassuming and polite, but sarcastic and smart.
Gender: Male
Age: 40
Tenor or High Baritone (not a rangy part)
Vocal range top: B above middle C
Vocal range bottom: G below middle C for passing notes more than sound

THERESE/BELLINO
An opera singer; A woman who has made her fortune posing as a castrato. Strong, but sensitive. Longing to live her live as woman.
Gender: Female must be able to play a credible Castrato male
Age: 30-35
Soprano to an Ab
Vocal range top: Ab octave and a half above middle C
Vocal range bottom: G below middle C though this is for passing notes more than sound 

GIULIETTA
Abandoned wife of a cardsharp who had once been Casanova’s associate. Strong; worldly-wise and fiercely protective of her daughter. She still possesses the beauty she had in her youth. An old flame of Casanova’s.
Gender: Female
Age: 38 -45
Alto or Lyric Soprano – mature soprano sound
Vocal range top: E a tenth above middle C
Vocal range bottom: – G below middle – though seldom goes there 

MADAME D’Urfe
A very mad, wealthy widow who is a practitioner of the Occult Sciences; a consummate comedienne, funny and a bit mad!
Gender: Female – A character voice –  mezzo range … not a legit singer …
Age: 60- 80

MARQUIS D’Urfe
Madame D’Urfe’s nephew and heir; conniving, and full of malice. A villain who gets his commeuppance. A fop.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 – 40
Tenor or High Baritone – Tenor or high Baritone
Vocal range top: F octave and a half above middle C
Vocal range bottom: B below middle C

BARBARA
Gulietta’s daughter; Casanova’s godchild. Strong willed … determined, with a bit of a wild streak.
Gender: Female
Age: 18
Soprano or pop sound
Vocal range top: E a tenth above middle C
Vocal range bottom: middle C

MARC ANTONIO        
A street urchin; later an apprentice to Casanova;
Gender: Male
Age: 11-13
Minimal Singing

BUSINELLO/ Ensemble
Chief of Police; a friend of the Marquis D’Urfe. A crooked officer of the law.
Gender: Male
This character will also double in the ensemble and has no solo singing at the moment as a principle
Age: 50 -60
Vocal range top: Bass/ Bass baritone

3 JUDGES OF THE INQUISITION/ Ensemble
Gender: Male
Age: 35 -60
Vocal Range: Tenor; Baritone and Bass
Character, comedy roles … but it is buffoonery laced with corruption. 

ENSEMBLE/ DANCERS
Gender: Male and Female
Vocal Range: All vocal ranges, Ages and Types. Strong Legit Singers.
Movement: Good movers a plus
NOTE: some dancers who are very strong singers and good actors may also be included in the ensemble.

 A varied and diverse group of individuals who populate the town of Venice. They are all “characters” and should represent a range of ages and physical types. They will portray characters in the following scenes: Carnevale Revelers; Spies; Mdme D’Urfe’s Servant; Opera Audience; Party Goers; Inquisitors and Judges; Women in Casanova’s Bedroom; Courtroom Crowd; Wedding Guests

EXTRA
A young girl 11-13. Singing a plus. But not necessary.


PRACTICAL INFO

The auditions will take place from October 25th to October 29th, 2018 in Wilrijk (Antwerp). Availability on all days is desirable due to possible callbacks.
The English workshop production is planned for August 2019. It goes without saying that you should master the English language to play the rehearsals and the performance in English.
The rehearsal and playing period of the production in Flanders (and the Netherlands) is planned for fall 2020 and spring 2021.

For this production we are exclusively looking for professional actors, over 18 years. These auditions are organized by Oi Mundo, you can register via the button below.

Music by Mike Reid
Lyrics by Sarah Schlesinger
Book by Sarah Schlesinger & Arthur Masella
Director Arthur Masella
Music Supervisor Kristen Blodgette