Aretha Franklin To Hold Auditions For Her Autobiographical Stage Musical
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We usually don’t do posts like these, but hey it’s the Queen of Soul… if you’re looking for your big break, see the press below.
Aretha Franklin has announced the final call for auditions to be held for a
musical production based on her autobiography, “Aretha From These Roots.”
Open calls are scheduled to take place in her hometown of Detroit on May 1, May 2 and May 3, from 12 noon to 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express located at 25100 Northwestern Highway (at Evergreen) in Southfield, Michigan. The production is tentatively planned to kick off in her hometown on March 2008.
The Queen of Soul will be involved in the casting process, choosing the
performers that will play herself at varying ages, “key members” from her
family, her close friends, background singers and associates, including Sam
Cooke, Dinah Washington, Smokie Robinson and renowned genius pianist, Art
Like the autobiography, the play will recount the life of the legendary
musical icon, from her early musical beginnings rooted in gospel at the New
Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, to the top of the pop and R&B charts, to
her the legendary standing in popular culture that she has gone on to earn.
The parts being auditioned are listed below. Please refer to the
photographs in Franklin’s book, Aretha From These Roots to make sure you
resemble the character that you are auditioning for. Be advised, all those
auditioning must meet have a minimum of three years stage experience (except
children under the age of 15), and must be over 21 years of age or
accompanied by a chaperone who is over 21 years of age. Please bring a
non-returnable resume, 8″x10″ black-and-white or color photograph, CD, DVD
or videotape to leave behind with the producers and designated reps. You
may bring your own DAT/CD or cassette or use the piano accompanist, if you
bring your own sheet music.
Parts being auditioned for that will require singing include:
* (Background singer) – Individual should be about 22 – 23 years of
age, thin, approximately 100-105 pounds, black/dark brown eyes, black hair
with bouffant look, with sharp features and dark brown skin.
* (Background singer) – Individual should be about 21 – 22 years of
age, medium build, approximately 110-125 pounds, with big brown eyes, afro
hairstyle, have lots of personality, and be fun.
Parts being auditioned for that will NOT require singing are listed below.
Those auditioning for these parts should bring a CD/DVD to submit to casting
representative that include acting vignettes of 5-7 minutes. Non-speaking
* (Aretha’s longtime manager) – Two individuals needed to portray her
at approximately 30 years of age and then at 43 – 50 years old. Actor
should be about 5′ 5″ in height, with fair complexion, hazel-green eyes,
have a small frame about 110 pounds, with black hair in a retro style circa
1962-1970 for younger actor, and black hair in a style circa 1974-1981 for
actor portraying her at 43 – 50 years old.
* (Aretha’s longtime dresser/wardrobe mistress) – An individual needed
to portray her at 28 – 30 years old. Actress should be slim, weighing
approximately 105 pounds, medium brown skin, sharp features, lots of
personality and bubbly.
* (First Conductor) – Actor should be about 20 years of age,
approximately 6 feet tall, with medium-heavy build, about 295 pounds, with
brown skin, dark hair in a 1960s low cut hair/post-process era/short natural
cut (similar to Sam Cooke’s hairstyle).
* (Roadie) – Actor should be in mid-thirties, approximately 5’1″ in
height, with small to medium build, brown skin, dark brown eyes with full,
round facial features.
* (World renowned pianist) – Actor will be portraying the pianist in
his mid-40s – 50 years old, heavy set, medium brown skin, with stocking cap
wavy hair, approximately 5′ 9″ in height and weighing about 280-300 pounds.
* (Aretha’s friend/suitor) – Actor should be approximately 6 feet
tall, light brown skin, medium size afro, very handsome, dark eyes, slim,
with a perfect set of teeth, cool and fun.
***If you are interested in auditioning or participating in FROM THESE ROOTS
and are not available on the audition dates, please send a resume, 8″x10″
photograph, CD, DVD or video tape to (all items are non-returnable):
From These Roots
c/o Crown Productions
P.O. Box 768
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302