Is He Musical?
A New Musical by Jude Taylor
IS HE MUSICAL? is an intimate, joyous musical comedy inspired by the true stories of the queer friends who loved, lived and partied across 1930s London.
As 1933 draws to a close, Laurence and Wilfred find themselves absorbed in a whirlwind of fabulously indulgent evenings across London’s West End with their fellow queer friends. But although their hidden world seems surprisingly free and easy, how long can it last?
The musical was commissioned by MPTheatricals in February 2021 after Taylor’s contribution to QUEERME: a new writing night. Since then, the musical has received ongoing development from director Matt Powell on a weekly basis. In April, the musical had a virtual reading and is currently being redrafted for a workshop at the Curve, Leicester this June.
CASTING CALL: Queer Performers for Development and Future Production
We are currently looking to connect with queer identifying performers for an upcoming development and production of Jude Taylor’s IS HE MUSICAL?
Inspired by real stories, ‘Is He Musical?’ is an intimate and joyous exploration of the experiences of a small group of queer people who lived, loved and partied across 1930s London. We are currently casting two roles for a workshop production & future involvement in this fringe musical taking place late October, with potential performances taking place early November. We’re looking for fantastic creative minds to collaborate in the development of the show, the sound and the characters. All engagements will be paid.
Wilfred Thomas - 29 - Non-Binary/Gender Non-Conforming - Vocal Range approx. D3 to A4
Charismatic, charming, takes no nonsense. A tremendously popular figure at the Trocadero Long Bar, and sees themselves as leader of their clique. By day, Wilfred works as a footman in a house in Mayfair, although believes they should be butler. Has a close, confused relationship dynamic with their boss, Lord Hemsworth, who they are secretly in love with. Is unsure of where they ‘should’ be heading in life as they approach their 30th birthday, and is keen to begin exploring other aspects of their identity, including their gender.
Laurence Metcalfe - 22 - Male Identifying - Vocal Range approx. A2 to F4 | Actor Musician
A talented musician who has moved to London seeking work, independence and an opportunity to ‘find himself’. Kind, confident, keen and a hopeless romantic. From a very wealthy family, but tries to distance himself from this and from the weight of his privilege in order to be seen differently by his new friends, much to Wilfred’s frustration. We are keen to hear from any strings, wind or keys actor musicians at this stage as the show is currently in development. You must be at least Grade 6 standard and be confident in playing & performing at the same time. Experience with loop pedals would be of interest.
For both roles, we exclusively would like to hear from LGBTQIA+ identifying performers, especially those who are members of the Global Majority.
Provisional dates for activity (pending venue conformation) are as followed:
Late September/Early October - Virtual Reading
Wednesday 13th October - Showcase
W/C 25th October - Workshop/Rehearsal
W/C 1st November - Showcase of Workshop Production
If you are interested or have any further questions, please send us a short clip of you singing something legit (this can be from an existing show/voice reel/tape) and a link to your CV or Spotlight to Matt and Jude at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 26th September, 17:00pm