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New York's Libertine Idol Productions is seeking non-union musical theatre performers for the Chicago premiere of Erik Ransom's "GRINDR The Opera", which will be presented at the Underscore Theatre Company's 4th Annual Chicago Musical Theatre Festival with rehearsals in January and performances throughout February. Pay: Stipend Company: Libertine Idol Productions Director/Choreographer: Rachel Klein Music Director: Oliver Townsend Co-Choreographer: Shawn Quinlan Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Jena Sugay
About the show:
New York City's Libertine Idol Productions presents "GRINDR The Opera" by Erik Ransom (Coming: A Rock Musical of Biblical Proportions, More Than All the World, Happy Yummy Chicken: The Motion Picture) directed by Rachel Klein (Off-B'way: Red Roses/Green Gold, Anthem, Around the World in 80 Days) with orchestrations by Andy Peterson (Atomic, More Than All the World, Stalker the Musical) With an ensemble cast of five actors, "GRINDR The Opera" follows four gay men seeking different types of connection who intersect to hilarious and calamitous results in this sung-through musical parody that puts the notorious gay hook-up app into the exaggerated world of opera. The fifth character is GRINDR herself, a fierce dominatrix diva who serves as puppet-mistress, exerting sinister sway over the unwitting men. With musical styles ranging from contemporary pop to baroque, Grindr The Opera is a daring, humorous look at the changing landscape of gay relationships, and the greatest catalyst for the shift: GRINDR. For more information on the show, please visit www.GrindrTheOpera.com.
Please note: GRINDR The Opera, though primarily a comedy, touches on some very sensitive themes, which must be handled delicately. The show is set in a heightened, very sexualized world. There won't be full-on nudity, but actors should be comfortable with scant clothing, highly erotic text, choreography that simulates sex, and some very vulnerable material that touches on BDSM, sexual health and more. If any of this sounds like it might make you uncomfortable, please consider that in advance of submitting and feel free to express any potential concerns along with your submission. If we feel your material is strong, we may send a perusal copy of the libretto to allow you to gauge whether it's something with which you're comfortable.
Seeking Male actors who can play: early 20s, 20s-30s, and 50+ We are seeking:
Jack - Plays 18 - Early 20's. Male-identifying actor of any ethnicity, to play a troubled twink who loves to party hard with a panoply of partners. Voice part: High pop tenor with a high tessitura to B (C if possible). Must be comfortable with raunchy material.
Devon - Late 20's-30's. Male-identifying actor-of-color to play romantic lead: a serial-monogamist doctor, fresh out of a long-term-relationship and using GRINDR for the first time. Voice part: Legit tenor 2, who can sing to high A and can handle light pop material, as well. Must be comfortable with risque material.
Don - Plays 50 or older. Male-identifying caucasian actor to play a closeted "Daddy", with a predilection for younger men and some deep-seated self-loathing that comes out in his erotic kinks. Voice part: Legit Bass-Baritone. Must be comfortable with raunch material.
Tom - CAST
GRINDR - CAST
Evening and weekend rehearsals starting January 20th, and 5 performances throughout February 2018.
Material To Prepare:
Interested parties should send a headshot, resume and vocal reel or recorded samples that show range, style and acting skills. Feel free to note if there is a specific role or roles which you believe may suit you best.
Our team is based in New York City, and we will primarily be casting remotely, though there may be an in-person at some point over the next few months to serve as call-backs, but for now we will be accepting video auditions only.