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26Feb/150

Auditions for Heavenly Evening

Glitterati Productions will be holding auditions for the concert performance of a new musical, Heavenly Evening, music and lyrics by Robert Benson with a book by John Nasca.

Auditions will be held on March 14 with callbacks on March 18. Only non-Equity. This is paid work.
Rehearsals will take place in May with the one night only performance to take place on May 18th at Stage 773.

Heavenly Evening takes place in during one night in lives of the following stars who all happened to meet in a hotel lounge for a bit of libation, revealing secrets, caustic humor and song.

We are auditioning for the following roles:

All prospective cast members:
Must have the ability to read music and sing harmony. Please prepare one ballad and one up tempo or novelty song by Cole Porter or Noel Coward or a song from the 1930's-40's. And a one minute comic monologue.

Tallulah Bankhead: 45-60's We’re looking for a naturally low, deep & resonant alto voice, who can sing with a sophisticated delivery along with polished diction and vocal inflections.

Beatrice Lillie:45-60's Please have a strong alto chest voice which is capable of also singing in a legit soprano head voice. Perfect diction is important. We’re looking for a singing actress who can do comedic interpretations.

Cole Porter: 45-60's A high baritone or low tenor voice.

Noel Coward: 45-60's A baritone voice with E (2 whole steps above middle C). RP accent with the ability to interpret songs in a Cowardian style.

Charles: age range 25–40. A handsome man with a movie star smile, with a baritone voice. Someone who can croon in a Sinatra type style.

For consideration please send your headshot and resume to: info@glitteratiproductions.com
Please indicate which character(s) you wish to read for.

Website: www.glitteratiproductions.com

2Feb/150

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24Jan/150

The Glass Protege, tickets now on sale!

Tickets now sale at Theater Wit
773-975-8150 or go to: theaterwit.org

21Nov/140

The Glass Protege

Video promo starring Chazie Bly and Baird Brutscher.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFE4s9_1jCw

21Nov/140

The Glass Protege

Video promo starring Chazie Bly and Baird Brutscher.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkRYql4zP34

15Nov/140

The Glass Protege, tickets now on sale!

For Immediate Release: Friday, November 14, 2014

Giant Cherry Productions in association with
Glitterati Productions
announce casting for the U.S. premiere of

The Glass Protégé

Written by Dylan Costello with direction by John Nasca
Previews to begin on February 20, 2015
Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont, Chicago, Ilinois 60657
Chicago, IL – Giant Cherry Productions is excited and honored to be bringing its signature production The Glass Protégé to Chicago theater audiences. Writer Dylan Costello first connected with the Chicago theater community when his play Hello Norma Jeane was one of five finalists in Pride Films and Plays’ 2011 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest. Dylan flew to Chicago from London for the enhanced staged reading of Hello Norma Jeane in 2012 and was so impressed by the work of director John Nasca on the piece that he introduced John to his newest play The Glass Protégé, and a co-production was soon born. Giant Cherry has always been impressed with the quality and reputation of Chicago theater, seeing it as a valuable and extremely worthwhile market that easily rivals New York. Having the chance to bring this production to the Windy City only highlights the importance of the exciting Chicago theater scene and the many talented creatives that inhabit it, for the reputation of this very meaningful theater community extends far beyond the confines of the United States.
The Glass Protégé premiered for a five-week run in London, England in 2010 under its original title Secret Boulevard and was a huge hit. To this day, it still stands as the most successful production ever staged at London’s Courtyard Theatre. After its run in Chicago, the play will return to London for a new four-week run at the Park Theatre.

Featuring David Besky, Chazie Bly, Baird Brutscher, Christopher Carpenter,
Tom Chiola, Tracey Green, Michelle McKenzie-Voigt, and Britt-Marie Sivertsen

High resolution photos, click here:
www.dropbox.com/sh/i0hnune0grxlo8a/AABz34PJ1P923mhq5BabR7ELa?dl=0#/

Crew Production Stage Manager–Robert Hilliard; Assistant Director–Katie Siegel; Set Designer–Tianyu Qiu; Lighting Designer–Scott Pillsbury, Costume Designer–John Nasca; Assistant Costumer–Brian Estep; Graphic Designer–Tiffany Nasca
Location Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont, Chicago, Illinois 60657
Previews February 20 and 21, 2015 at 7:45 pm and February 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Press Opening February 26, 2015 at 7:45 pm
Closing March 29, 2015

Ticket prices $30.00 to $40.00.
Tickets: www.theaterwit.org or (773) 975-8150
Discounts Students, military, and seniors

Synopsis: Hollywood, 1949. A time when the movies are king and the movie stars merely pawns for the studio bosses. A time when passion was lauded but sex was never discussed. So when naïve young actor Patrick Glass embarks on a scandalous homosexual love affair with his famous co-star, he starts to feel the full force of the studio’s career-destroying muscle. Forty years later, as the truths of the past are uncovered, the true consequences of this “unacceptable” romance come to light. A powerful drama about money, image, and the power-obsessed “Hollywood machine.”

Playwright: Dylan Costello
Native Londoner Dylan writes for theater, film, and television. His debut feature film Coronado won the PAGE International Screenwriting Contest and is currently being produced in Hollywood, with Fred Roos (Godfather, Lost in Translation) executive producing. In late 2009, Dylan co-founded Giant Cherry Productions. In June 2010, Dylan’s debut play Fresh Meat became the most successful show to date in the Courtyard Theatre’s Studio. A climate change documentary that he scripted was also a centerpiece screening at the Copenhagen Climate Change summit in December 2009. He was nominated for Most Promising New Playwright in London’s Off West End Awards in 2011. His third play, Hello Norma Jeane, was one of five finalists in Pride Films and Plays’ Great Gay Play and Musical Contest and is currently running in London at the prestigious Kings Head Theatre. Dylan has also just been hired as screenwriter for new movie Angelito, which will film in the UK and Chile in 2016. Dylan resides in London with his partner.

The Glass Protégé's inception began in 2005 when Dylan was living in Los Angeles and became fascinated by how gay actors such as Montgomery Clift and Rock Hudson hid their true sexuality among the cogs of the great Hollywood Machine. Research into the era uncovered truths and lies about the attitudes towards homosexuality in the 1940s movie industry, especially when the moralistic Production Code was in full force, forbidding even the hint of sexually ambiguous behavior on the silver screen. This was Hollywood, after all, a twisted utopia where image, control, money, and power were the only things that mattered. A place where the reality never matched the fantasy – and a world that required the forced suppression of one’s homosexuality should one want to keep his movie career. And although this was the reality of 1940s Hollywood, the sad truth is that even now, gay actors are still forced to choose between their sexuality and their career…and thus the Hollywood closet is as full as it ever was.

Director: John Nasca
John, a native Chicagoan, is an Artistic Associate of Pride Films and Plays and Co-founder and Artistic Director of Glitterati Productions. His directing credits include Gypsy, No, No, Nanette, Beautiful Thing (Broadway World Award nominee, Best Revival of a Play), The Ritz, Love Sucks, Maurice, Hello Norma Jeane, Save the Date, and Moon Over Buffalo. He is a four-time Joseph Jefferson Award-nominated costumer and also the proud recipient of an After Dark Award and two Broadway World Awards. His costume work includes Follies, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Anyone Can Whistle, Noises Off, Metropolis, Phantom, Die! Mommie, Die!, Poseidon: An Upside-Down Musical, Lady X, Pussy on the House, The Miracle Worker, Guys and Dolls, Chicago, Me and My Gal, The Little Foxes, Rigoletto, Annie, The Great White Hope, Tintypes, The Women, On the Waterfront, Reefer Madness, Under a Rainbow Flag, and at Drury Lane, Something’s Afoot.
About Giant Cherry Productions
Giant Cherry Productions is a company that was created with a singular vision in mind – to bring a wave of new LGBT productions to the global film, theatre, and television scene – we aim to help new LGBT writers and performers have their voices and personalities heard. We pride ourselves on striving to produce original works, some controversial, some which push the envelope. We believe that creativity should be about taking risks, challenging audiences' perceptions, and provoking their thoughts and imagination. Giant Cherry Productions www.giantcherryproductions.com

About Glitterati Productions
Glitterati was founded in 2005 to produce Ken Ludwig's Moon Over Buffalo, which ran for three months at Theatre Building Chicago Since that time, the company has been involved in productions of Gypsy, No, No, Nanette, a staged reading of Mr. Shaw Goes to Hollywood at Victory Gardens and along with Pride Films and Plays, Glitterati co-produced the critically acclaimed production of David Drake's The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me at Luna Central. Up next is a new musical, Heavenly Evening which brings together, Judy Garland, Ethel Merman, Beatrice Lillie, Cole Porter and Noel Coward. Music and lyrics by Robert Benson with a book by John Nasca. www.GlitteratiProductions.com

11Oct/140

The Glass Protege

The Glass Protege

13Aug/140

AUDITIONS

Glitterati Productions & Giant Cherry Productions will be holding auditions for American premiere of The Glass Protege by Dylan Costello and directed by John Nasca.
www.glitteratiproductions.com

Auditions will be held on August 24 between 2 and 8 pm. This is paid non-equity work.
Rehearsals begin in January with performances starting on February 20, 2015 at Theater Wit.

For consideration please send your headshot and resume to: GlitteratiProds@aol.com

We are looking for men who are between the ages of 20-30 who will play the part of a 1940's film actor. Must be physically fit and agreeable to full frontal nudity. Sides will be provided.

The Glass Protege is set in Hollywood 1949. In the era of stifling movie production restraints and stars kept under oppressive control by their bosses, young British actor Patrick Glass, newly arrived in Hollywood, feels the full force of the studios’ brute career-destroying power when he embarks on a scandalous love affair with his famous male co-star. As the Hollywood powers-that-be and the prevailing social morality clamp down on this unacceptable romance and decide to tear it apart, the ramifications will still be felt forty years later when Ava meets her future father-in-law Pat, a bitter and reclusive former actor - and gradually uncovers the secrets and truth of his past.

28May/140

TONY TUNES!!

Broadway musicals take center stage at Pride Films and Plays’ 2014 spirited benefit Tony Tunes on Tuesday, June 3, at Sidetrack, 3349 North Halsted.

The evening celebrates Broadway by featuring shows that have won Tony Awards in the past, along with songs from the upcoming Tony Award nominees (like Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Violet and Les Miserables). Performers for the evening will include nominees and winners from Chicago’s Jeff-nominated shows, representing many of the theaters and cabarets around the city!

Under the direction of Jeff Award-winning Music Director Robert Ollis*, the benefit cabaret will present performances by special guest star Jayson “JC” Brooks of JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, as well as:

Ryan Lanning, Sydney Charles, David Schlumpf, Harmony France, Jill Renn, Nicholas Foster, Amy Arbizzani, Scott Gryder, James Nedrud*, Kim Lawson, Kevin Webb*, Sharriese Hamilton, Edward Fraim* and Jordan Phelps*. These actors have been featured as leads in recent Chicago productions of Dessa Rose, Sweet Smell of Success, Songs From An Unmade Bed, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Les Miserables, Under a Rainbow Flag, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Carrie – the Musical, Violet, The Drowsy Chaperone, Ragtime, WOZ: A Rock Cabaret, Parade, and many others. A number of them will be celebrating their recent wins of 2014 Jeff Awards from the previous night’s festivities at Park West. (*Indicates Artistic Ensemble Member of Pride Films and Plays.)

Attendees can also purchase chances to win exciting door prizes including a summer travel package including airfare,an autographed Ernie Banks bat and glove theater and dinner certificates, and much much more!

Doors open at 6:00 pm, with a program from 7:00 to 8:30. General Admission tickets are only $20 and include one drink coupon. VIP tickets include 2 drink coupons and program recognition. They can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com, or by calling 1800 838 3006.

For more information, visit www.pridefilmsandplays.com.

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31Mar/140

Auditons for The Glass Protege

Glitterati Productions will be holding auditions for American premiere of The Glass Protege by Dylan Costello.

Auditions will be held on May 18 with callbacks on May 19. Only non-Equity.

Rehearsals begin in January with performances starting on February 19, 2015 at Theater Wit.

Please send your headshot and resume to: GlitteratiProds@aol.com

Directed by John Nasca, The Glass Protege is set in Hollywood 1949. In the era of stifling movie production restraints and stars kept under oppressive control by their bosses, young British actor Patrick Glass, newly arrived in Hollywood, feels the full force of the studios’ brute career-destroying power when he embarks on a scandalous love affair with his famous male co-star. As the Hollywood powers-that-be and the prevailing social morality clamp down on this unacceptable romance and decide to tear it apart, the ramifications will still be felt forty years later when Ava meets her future father-in-law Pat, a bitter and reclusive former actor - and gradually uncovers the secrets and truth of his past.

Cast breakdown
MALE 1 – ‘PATRICK’ (early-mid 20s). A fresh-faced, handsome, innocent actor from England. Standard English RP accent and full frontal nudity required.

MALE 2 – ‘JACKSON’ (late 20s/early 30s). A sexy, brooding, mildly intimidating rebellious actor from Texas. Southern USA/Texan accent and full frontal nudity required.

MALE 3 – ‘GEORGE’ (40s). A troubled, lonely, slightly ‘off’ guy who craves attention and approval from his father. Californian accent.

MALE 4 – ‘PAT’ (60s). The older version of ‘Patrick’ – a bitter, reclusive, heartbroken former actor filled with guilt and regret. Standard English RP accent.

MALE 5 – ‘LLOYD’ (40s). An over-confident, cocky, controlling and ruthless movie producer and agent. Standard American accent.

FEMALE 1 – ‘AVA’ (20s). A wide-eyed German mail-order bride, big hearted, very intelligent but dreamy. Speaks perfect English with a gentle German lilt.

FEMALE 2 – ‘CANDICE’ (mid 20s). Archetypal Hollywood sex symbol. Stuck in dumb blonde roles but desperate to be taken more seriously. Has a drinking and drug problem.