His Story: The Musical utilizes contemporary pop music and is based on the life of Jesus. The message, say producers will resonate as Jesus performs miracles and speaks great wisdom, but chooses friends from the dregs of society and hangs out in the wrong part of town. “Mocked by the establishment, he is adored by the people,” a press release about the production states. “Melding a youthful voice with a timeless perspective, the greatest story ever told is brought into the third millennium, reminding us of the universal power of love and redemption.”
The musical features lyrics by Anna Miriam Brown, and direction by two-time Tony Award nominee Jeff Calhoun (Disney’s Newsies, Disney’s High School Musical, Grease, Bonnie & Clyde).
“In every generation, new voices point us to Jesus in unique, powerful and creative ways, say producers Willie and Korie Robertson. “We believe Anna Miriam Brown, who was 17 year old when she wrote His Story: The Musical is one of those extraordinary voices. We are thrilled to be a part of bringing this musical to the stage.”
The production has brought in big Broadway talent. It’s presented by Tony-nominated producer Bruce Lazarus, Willie and Korie Robertson (stars of “Duck Dynasty,” New York Times bestselling authors), Brad Reeves / Bill Noble, Thinking Tree LLC, Jill Wilkinson, Cooper Collins, Mike Collins, and Troy Duhon / Bob Katz in association with Matthew Churchill Productions Ltd.
“I have worked on seventeen Broadway musicals, but nothing prepared me for the shock and awe of meeting Anna Brown who is truly an amazing artist, Anna Brown,” says Tony nominated director Jeff Calhoun. “Anna’s Gen Z perspective has made this familiar story youthful and contemporary …not exactly adjectives I had previously associated with the Bible. I am excited to use the theater to bring all types of people together to share a message that is so needed in today’s culture. My prayer is that once you experience His Story The Musical, you will leave the theater with a renewed optimism about the potential of humanity.”
The production’s Tony-nominated producing and creative team will hold open-call auditions in Arlington, TX on February 11, 2023, to find the original cast of the world premiere production. It opens in Dallas-Fort Worth this May. Auditions will take place at UT Arlington, in the Fine Arts Building, 502 South Cooper Street (at UTA Blvd), Arlington, TX. Sign-in will begin at 10AM CST.
In a press release, the producers of His Story say they’re seeking fierce, strong, contemporary vocalists and strong well-rounded dancers who sing. Those auditioning must be non-union and a local hire in the DFW area as of March 2023. Performers of all ethnicities and backgrounds are encouraged to audition.
“We are committed to creating a production that not only entertains and inspires Dallas-Fort Worth audiences, but we also aim to hire cast and crew locally, providing over 80 new jobs to the region,” says producer Bruce Lazarus. “We want to bring His Story: The Musical to a worldwide audience, and we believe that North Texas is the perfect place to start the journey.”
Artists who cannot attend on February 11 should email firstname.lastname@example.org, with a current photo and resume or a brief overview of their musical talents.
The engagement launches May 5, 2023 at the new state-of-the-art Broadway Tent at Grandscape (5752 Grandscape Blvd, The Colony, TX 75056). Opening night is May 18. Tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster.com. For further information, visit HisStoryTheMusical.com.
For more information about the audition, visit www.ebcastingco.com/post/hisstory.
–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice