Casting for STAX stage musical: Register now for auditions March 21-24
SOULSVILLE FOUNDATION announces that the fascinating story of Stax Records is now being turned into a musical production named "Heart of Soul" and the producers are trying to cast as many roles as possible right here in Memphis. Roles are open for numerous characters that helped make Stax Records one of the most successful, integrated and authentic stories in American history, right here in Memphis.
Academy Award-nominated producer Stuart Benjamin ("Ray"), who has teamed with Stax Records owners Concord Music Group for the production, said, “We know this is a uniquely Memphis story about talented Memphians that changed history forever. Our goal is to keep this musical uniquely Memphis by casting the talented people Memphis has today, both black and white just as Stax was in its heyday.”
Just some of the roles being cast include Stax Records founder Jim Stewart, his sister Estelle Axton, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Mavis Staples, Isaac Hayes, Al Bell, and all four members of the integrated house band Booker T, & the MGs: Steve Cropper, Al Jackson Jr., Donald 'Duck' Dunn, and Booker T. Jones.
In June 2016 "Heart of Soul ... The Stax Musical" will begin a 4-week rehearsal workshop in Memphis followed by two live presentations for invited guests as well as the public. The plans call for taking the musical to another major city with the ultimate goal of a Broadway run.
According to Steve Cropper, “This is such an exciting project and just a great opportunity for Memphis and Memphians. I hope the turnout for these auditions represents the greatness of the story. I can’t wait to find out who is going to play me.”
Auditions are being held at Hattiloo Theater in Overton Square March 21, 22, 23, and (for dancers) 24. Anyone interested in playing one of these legends must register online at http://www.hattiloo.org/ or at this link:
For more information, please contact:
Tim Sampson – Soulsville Foundation - 901-946-2535 ext. 324 /