What is Closer Than Ever

It is a vibrant yet intimate Off-Broadway musical first performed in 1989 and written by Maltby (creator of Fosse and co-lyricist for Miss Saigon) and Shire (composer of film music like All The President’s Men and for many years Barbara Streisand’s accompanist).

Wikipedia will tell you,  “Closer Than Ever features self-contained songs which deal with such diverse topics as security, aging, mid-life crisis, second marriages, working couples, and unrequited love. Maltby and Shire based many of the songs on real-life experiences of their friends, or stories told to them.[1][4] The revue won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical “

There is no book, no libretto. It is an evening of glorious, fun, poignant and smart songs. 

 

Why Is this our choice?

A huge range of reasons, but we will highlight two. Firstly, it is great. Aficionados of smart musical theatre know it well for the range of storytelling songs it includes.  Secondly, it is small and flexible so we can take it to a few venues. 

 

Where and when?

Performance dates will be across the last two weeks of September. We are already booked into Thorner (28/09/18) and Seven Arts (29/09/18).  Other venues tbc in the two weeks before. 

 

What roles are there?

There are no set roles. Each song is a new scene with new characters. So we have some flexibility. The original is written for four singers (two women, two men), but we will do it with 6 or maybe 8 (always even split between men and women). Some roles are ideal for anyone who can call themselves, or pretend to be, soon-to-be to late middle-age. However, some songs can be delivered by anyone and we welcome everyone to audition. 

 

Where will it be set?

We plan to set it in the UK - so no need for American Accents.

 

Is there a CD or YouTube clips?

There are two primary recordings: the original cast recording and the 2012 revival. We would recommend the latter, as it is closer to the style that we will do it in. It is not on Spotify, but other streaming services might.  There are some good YouTube clips, but hidden within a lot of high school performances. 

 

Grab us if you have any questions or want to chat about it. 

 

Heather and Richard

Auditions

We are really excited to announce that the Autumn Show is confirmed for this year. We are excited and humbled to also announce that we will be producing the show:  Richard will direct and Heather will be MD. 

 

You probably have a few questions, so read on to find answers to the most likely ones. 

 

Firstly - here is the AUDITION APPLICATION FORM >>> AuditionForm-CloserThanEver2018

 

AUDITION DATE?     Saturday April 28th 1.30pm-4.30pm.

WHERE?  Trinity University – Horsforth

WHAT ROLES?  There are NO set roles in the show.  Originally it was performed with five singers (SATB + singing pianist).  Our intent is to have a cast of seven (4x female, 3x male), but there is flexibility.

WHAT DO WE AUDITION WITH?  We have chosen four songs from the show – one for each of the main vocal types - which each give a dramatic challenge.

Soprano:

Patterns

Tenor:

What Am I Doing?

Mezzo:

Miss Byrd

Baritone:

One Of The Good Guys

 

Pick the song that fits your voice best.  Once we have a cast we will then fully assign songs to make most sense and create the best balance.

If you want to do a different song from the show, that is fine.  Whatever is easiest for you.

HOW DO I LEARN THE SONG?  You have options:

  1. From the sheet music – Richard will email it to you or get a paper copy from Heather.
  2. From the piano accompaniment sound-tracks – again, Richard can email these to you for the song you want to do.
  3. At a note-bashing session with our pianist (Kate Dooley who played for Into The Woods) on Wednesday April 25th at the Carriageworks (tbc).

WHAT WILL WE BE LOOKING FOR?

Overall, an eagerness to be involved and learn with us.  More specifically, all the songs are about a person (character) exploring a situation through song.  So, we are going to be most interested in how you put across an interpretation of the character using the words and the music.  Importantly each of the audition pieces has some sense of things not quite being as they first seem.

We will ask you to:

  1. Perform the song as you have prepared.
  2. Be ready to answer questions from Richard on the choices you made.
  3. Be open to sing a section again based on musical direction from Heather.

Ideally perform off-copy, but don’t worry if not.  We would rather experience a strong performance with a piece of paper in your hand, than a stumbling performance without 😊

 

Heather and Richard