Book by
ARTHUR KOPIT
Music & Lyrics by
MAURY YESTON
Directed by
Robb Anthony Sisneros
Music Director
Colin Burdge
Choreographer
Michelle Eiland
Stage Manager
Sage Hughes
Production Coordinator
David Bryant

August 3-26, 2018

Fridays & Saturdays: 7:30 PM, Sundays: 2:00 PM
at the MTS Center for Theatre

Tickets go on sale July 3rd

Performance Dates & Times

  • Fri, Aug 3rd, 2018 @ 7:30pm
  • Sat, Aug 4th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
  • Sun, Aug 5th, 2018 @ 2:00pm
  • Fri, Aug 10th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
  • Sat, Aug 11th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
  • Sun, Aug 12th, 2018 @ 2:00pm
  • Fri, Aug 17th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
  • Sat, Aug 18st, 2018 @ 7:30pm
  • Sun, Aug 19nd, 2018 @ 2:00pm
  • Fri, Aug 24th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
  • Sat, Aug 25th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
  • Sun, Aug 26th, 2018 @ 2:00pm

About the Show

This spectacular musical delighted Broadway theatergoers in a hit revival in 2003 starring Antonio Banderas. Nine is the story of a celebrated film director Guido Contini and his attempts to come up with a plot for his next film as he is pursued by hordes of beautiful women, all clamoring to be loved by him and him alone. Flashbacks reveal the substance of his life which will become the material for his next film: a musical version of the Casanova story. Nine has also been adapted into a major motion picture from Rob Marshall, the acclaimed director of the 2002 film version of Chicago. Of the Broadway musical, Marshall said it is “a sumptuous and emotional work that translates naturally to the film musical genre because of its seamless relationship between fantasy and reality.” Composer and lyricist Maury Yeston worked on the film adaptation and created three new songs for the movie musical, which was released in December, 2009. From Broadway to Film and back to live Theatre, you won’t want to miss this exciting show.

Auditions

Audition Workshop

Saturday, May 12
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
at the MTS Center for Theatre
6320 Domingo Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87108

Here is an incredible opportunity to meet the Director, Music Director and Choreographer of our upcoming production of Nine! Learn more about the production and get some tips on auditioning.

Learn music and choreography in the style of numbers from the show.

Sign up for individual workshops or for all of them. We look forward to seeing you there!

  • 10:00 am – Music for 1st Time Auditioners
  • 10:30 am – Music for All (including 1st timers)
  • 11:00 am – Choreography
  • 11:30 am – Q & A

Auditions

by appointment only
  • VOCAL: Saturday, May 26 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • DANCE: Saturday, May 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • CALLBACKS: Sunday, May 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

NOTE: Cuts will be made following both individual vocal auditions and group dance auditions.

What to Prepare

Auditionees should prepare a 1-2 minute song that best shows off musical skill and vocal range. Please choose an appropriate song in the style of the show. Bring sheet music in a 3-ring binder in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided, but you are free to bring your own or play for yourself. Please be prepared to state your vocal range (high and low note) if possible. No recorded tracks or a cappella auditions, please.

Scripts

Scripts are available from MTS (for 2 days, with a $25 deposit) in order to become more familiar with the show. It is highly recommended that those interested in auditioning read the script or become familiar with the show prior to auditioning.

Rehearsals

A rehearsal schedule will be distributed after the show is cast and all conflicts have been submitted. All rehearsal conflicts must be provided to the stage manager prior to the first read through. Additional conflicts may not be allowed. There will be some dance rehearsals on Saturdays. There is a mandatory photo shoot for the entire cast on Saturday, July 14th. – No conflicts are allowed for any performances or during tech week (July 27 – Aug 2).

More About the Show

The story is based also on Federico Fellini’s semi-autobiographical film 8½. It focuses on film director Guido Contini, who is dreading his imminent Birthday and facing a midlife crisis, which is blocking his creative impulses and entangling him in a web of relationships of the most influential women of his life; both past and present. The action is set both in his mind, through memories, and at venues throughout early 1960’s Italy.

Nine is a musical, initially created and written by Maury Yeston as a class-project in Lehman Engel’s BMI Music Theatre Workshop in 1973. It was later developed with a book by Mario Fratti, and then again with a book by Arthur Kopit, music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. Fellini had entitled his film 8½ in recognition of his prior body of work, which included six full-length films, two short films, and one film that he co-directed. Yeston’s title for the musical adaptation adds another half-credit to Fellini’s output and refers to Guido’s age during his first hallucination sequence. Yeston called the musical Nine, explaining that if you add music to 8½, “it’s like half a number more.”

The original Broadway production opened in 1982 starring Raul Julia. The musical won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. In 2003 a Broadway revival won two Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. The cast included Antonio Banderas as Guido (who received a Tony Award nomination), Mary Stuart Masterson as Luisa (who received a Tony Award nomination), Chita Rivera as Liliane, and Jane Krakowski as Carla (winning the Tony). A 2009 film adaptation based on the stage musical, directed by Rob Marshall, and featuring the star studded cast of Daniel Day-Lewis (Guido), Marion Cotillard (Luisa), Penélope Cruz (Carla), Judi Dench (Lillian), Nicole Kidman (Claudia), Kate Hudson (Stephanie), Fergie (Sarraghina) and Sophia Loren (Guido’s Mother) was released. The film version made numerous changes in the stage script and introduced new musical numbers by Yeston.

Cast of Characters

Please note that all roles require strong acting, singing, and movement. (We encourage all to audition regardless of skill/training level.)

We encourage people of ALL ethnicities to audition.

Male Roles

GUIDO CONTINI (approaching either 40 or 50, Baritone) – Italian film writer/director. He is approaching a significant birthday triggering a mid-life crisis of sorts as he watches his marriage, other relationships (past and present), and his career collide.

YOUNG GUIDO (8-12, “Boy Mezzo”) – The younger version of our lead character who comes to Guido in visions and memories.

Female Roles

LUISA (DELFORNO) CONTINI (30-40, Alto to Mezzo Soprano) – Guido’s Wife. A former Actress.

CARLA ALBANESE (25 to 35, Soprano) – Guido’s Mistress.

CLAUDIA NARDI (40 to 55, Mezzo Soprano) – Guido’s Muse. An Actress.

MOTHER (60 to 70, Mezzo-Soprano) – Guido’s Mother.

LILLIAN LAFLEUR 45 to 55, Alto) – Guido’s Producer. A former performer in the Follies Bergeres.

SARRAGHINA / OUR LADY OF THE SPA (20-30, Contralto) – A Voluptuous Whore who befriended Guido during his school days. She has become an ethereal voice of reason for Guido in his adult life as the secondary character.

STEPHANIE NECROPHORUS (25 to 45, Alto) – A Film Critic who is a secret business partner with LaFluer.

MADDELENA / NUN 1 (30 to 50, Mezzo Soprano) – Owner of the Spa. Nun is a teacher at Young Guido’s San Sebastian School.

LINA DARLING / NUN 2 (30 to 40) – Bodyguard and “Friend” of LaFluer. The Nun is a teacher at Young Guido’s San Sebastian School.

6 Female Ensemble

CHARACTERS (Various ages and vocal ranges needed) – Italian Spa Workers, German Tourists, Dancers, Film Crew, Reporters, and Guido’s Fan Club of Women

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