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Breaking News: Madeleine Featherby Cast As Sofia Duarte for NYMF Production

Young Australian Performer Maddie Featherby Lives the Dream at NYMF

Maddie FeatherbyRising, young Australian performer Madeleine Featherby has been cast to play the leading role of Sofia Duarte in the new Australian musical, The Mapmaker’s Opera.  The show will premiere at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) in July of this year as one of only ten official selections chosen by a Grand Jury of Broadway professionals for full production.

Maddie, who has just turned 23, will be the only Australian performer in an Actors Equity cast of thirteen.  Maddie is thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with American performers, most of whom are seasoned Broadway and Off-Broadway actors.

Maddie has just completed an engagement with Victorian Opera, performing in La Traviata.  She will travel to New York on 9 June to begin rehearsals for The Mapmaker’s Opera, which opens Off-Broadway, at The Pearl Theatre Performance Space, 555 West 42nd Street, on 9 July.

Stage Whispers LogoThe Mapmaker’s Opera is an original work written by Australians, Kevin Purcell (Music) and Victor Kazan (Book & Lyrics).  Selected from hundreds of submissions worldwide, the show is the first Australian large-scale musical, adapted from a best-selling novel, to appear in the decade old festival.  NYMF, presented in the heart of New York’s theatre district, is the largest, and most prestigious annual Musical Theatre festival in the world. It provides a unique opportunity for writers to have their shows seen by the leading Broadway and professional regional theatre producers.

The Mapmaker’s Opera, adapted from the novel by Béa Gonzalez, is set in 1909, on the eve of the Mexican Revolution.  The story’s young Spanish hero, Diego Clemente arrives on the Yucatán Peninsula to help create a guide to the region’s wild birds. He finds himself in a world that is as precarious as it is beautiful, and where opulent estates are built on the backs of slave labour. Diego meets and falls in love with Sofia, a young woman who longs to be as free as the birds that they both love so dearly. This is a story of star-crossed passion, a pair of mysterious birds and undying love.

“It is a thrill to be taking part in such a prestigious festival, and a privilege to be playing the leading role of Sofia in such an emotional and powerful show,” said Maddie who hails from Melbourne.  And she is delighted to be returning to the Big Apple, having performed at the famous Jazz venue, Birdland, in 2011 with John Bucchino, in his Revue, It’s Only Life.

NYMF is the flagship program of The National Music Theater Network, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, and is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Now celebrating its 11th year, The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) exists to revitalize musical theatre culture by discovering and promoting new musical theatre artists, producers and projects, nurturing a vibrant and innovative artistic community, and connecting one of America’s greatest art forms with a diverse, contemporary audience.

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New Song: Two Of A Kind (Reprise)

Audio-128Sometimes magic just happens!

As promised, last evening, we recorded the vocals for the song ‘Two of a Kind (Reprise)’ from The Mapmaker’s Opera.  As with all previous songs for the character of Sofia Duarte so far recorded, we were delighted to have Maddie Featherby return to sing this duet.

Her partner (in the role of Diego Clemente) in this song, from Act II, is one of my most favourite Australian musical theatre talents: Adrian Li Donni.  Adrian makes his debut in 2014 with Opera Australia’s production of The King and I in the role of Lun Tha.  I’ve worked with Adrian before, so it comes as no surprise whatsoever to me that the rest of Australia is starting to wake up to this young man’s music and acting gifts.

In advance of the session, I was wondering what these two supremely gifted artists would sound like together? Continue Reading →

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New Song: Dark Night Of The Soul

Audio-128Hi Folks.  So we finished a new audio demo yesterday of a song from Act I of The Mapmaker’s Opera entitled, ‘Dark Night of The Soul‘.

We were privileged to have Michael Lampard sing the role of Edward Nelson for us again, and we introduce to you on this track, the young Australian music theatre tenor, Luigi Lucente, in the role of Roberto Duarte.

The song is male duet for the characters of Nelson and Duarte.  It is now “..next week” as Very Useful has uttered in the closing dialogue of the song previous to this (‘Under Her Spell’) and we are relocated to the Duarte hacienda.  It is early evening.  Nelson and Roberto are in Roberto’s study.  Nelson expresses his growing tiredness and struggle to find the strength to complete his task of mapping the bird population native to the Yucatán peninsula.  The world, as he recognises, is changing and his ability to adapt to it becoming ever more difficult to reconcile.  He is also starting to question whether any of his previous accomplishments have really amounted to anything of lasting value (“I remember the first time I approached the coast of Alaska…”).  Roberto gently remonstrates with Nelson, suggesting he need only a short respite from his workload to reinvigorate himself. Continue Reading →

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The Mapmaker’s Opera Selected for Goodspeed/Johnny Mercer Writer’s Colony

Goodspeed_Opera_HouseWe are delighted to announce to all MMO aficionados that our project has been selected for the inaugural Goodspeed Opera / Johnny Mercer Foundation Writer’s Colony in January/Feburary 2013.

Coming on the back of our current residency at CAP21 in New York, this additional recognition for the work completed on our musical stage adaptation of The Mapmaker’s Opera is indeed heartening. Continue Reading →

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