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On Matters of Casting – Part 2

Let’s talk about the cast of very excellent men in The Mapmaker’s Opera!


All the male roles in this show require quite starlingly different skill sets from each other.  It’s not the difference in their vocal attributes (they’re all exceptionally fine singers by the way) or the requisite movement skills or demanding acting chops needed; it is something about the nature of the inner person to be revealed through book, lyrics and music that have to be traversed in The Mapmaker’s Opera that makes these men exceptional.

The one thing about this show that most, if not all, people would concur is that it’s not easy.  The characters that these men play are uniformly complex, flawed, fragile, contrary, and ultimately complicit in the denouement that is the heart-rending climax of the story.  From the outset, I wasn’t entirely convinced that, with only a limited time available to cast The Mapmaker’s Opera in New York, we would uncover actor/singers up to this task – but I was wrong.  And we’re so grateful that we have them onboard.  They’re fabulous, so come along and, in tandem with our stellar cast of women (see previous post), see what they can do!

The Pearl Theatre Company space, 555 W42nd Street, New York:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 5:00 pm

To book tickets, click here and then check out the location of the theatre


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Hi Folks,

It is with tremendous pleasure that I introduce you (in alphabetical order) to the cast of the New York Musical Theatre Festival production of The Mapmaker’s Opera.  I have been listening to them for the last four days learning the words and music at Nola Studios here in Midtown Manhattan on 54th Street.  It is, simply, thrilling to hear the lyrics and music under the musical direction of Daniel Rein come to life.

As many of you who know me will attest, I’m not easily impressed.  So it is just so wonderful to have a cast of actor/singers in every role in this piece that are such a perfect fit.  It doesn’t happen by luck of course, but through the efforts of our director (Don Brenner) choreographer (Stas Kmiec) and the savvy of our casting director on this production, Michael Cassara.

So, scroll down and check out the ‘Who’s Who’ of The Mapmaker’s Opera.

AND A REMINDER:  General tickets go on sale tomorrow JUNE 16.  Book early to avoid missing out. Continue Reading →

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