Aretha Franklin To Oversee Musical Casting
The Queen of Soul is looking for a few good subjects. Auditions for singing and non-singing parts in a musical production based on music legend Aretha Franklin's autobiography have been scheduled forThe Queen of Soul is looking for a few good subjects.
Auditions for singing and non-singing parts in a musical production based on music legend Aretha Franklin's autobiography have been scheduled for May 1-3 in suburban Detroit.
The musical based on the 1999 best-seller "Aretha: From These Roots" is tentatively set to premiere in Franklin's hometown of Detroit in March 2008.
The 65-year-old vocalist will help choose the performers who will portray her at various ages, relatives, close friends, background singers and musical colleagues including Sam Cooke, Dinah Washington, Smokey Robinson and pianist Art Tatum.
Roles to be cast include LaRue Mann, Franklin's wardrobe mistress, whose surrogate should possess "sharp features, lots of personality and (be) bubbly," a statement from Franklin's publicists said. The actor portraying suitor Ken Cunningham should be, among other things, "slim, with a perfect set of teeth, cool and fun."
"Since the announcement, I have a film offer and telefilm offer for the autobiography," Franklin said last month at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York, adding that "Dreamgirls" star Jennifer Hudson is being considered to play her in the film.
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