On October 20th through 27th James Island and Folly Beach will host an impressive cast of Broadway singers to record an original soundtrack for Diana, a new musical. The project is in conjunction with the Charleston Performing Arts Center (C-PAC) on James Island. This new contemporary musical is gearing up for an international touring production. CPAC Artistic Director Kirk Pfeiffer is the producer of the new musical and intends to build, workshop, and rehearse the show here in Charleston. “Charleston is the perfect location for this type of project”, says Pfeiffer. Casting will be out of New York but Pfeiffer also intends to hold local auditions in the Lowcountry.
This past Piccolo Spoleto Festival, C-PAC was commissioned to produce and rework Princess Diana the musical by writer and lyricist Karen Sokolof Javitch. The musical had previously been performed throughout the states for the past 18 plus years but Javitch was in search of a producer to help re-write and co-produce the show . After a successful run during the 2017 Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Javitch met with Kirk Pfeiffer and Scott Pfeiffer (C-PAC Executive Director) to discuss further developments. And so the engagement began.
Diana a new musical is undergoing a complete rewrite of both script and score. The original soundtrack recording will include twelve newly transcribed songs, composed and conducted by Dr. Brad Fugate with lyrics by Karen Sokolof Javitch. The recording boasts a cast of stellar Broadway singer/actors including Jason Forbach, Joe Spieldenner, Kurt Domoney, Jenny Ashman, and Teresa Winner Blume, to name a few. Local singers and musicians are also being contracted to join the talented cast.
The recording is the first step in the production process to prepare for the tour. The production will begin the “workshop” process in January in Charleston. Like most Broadway musicals, a show is first work-shopped. This is where the producers, director, musical director, and choreographer are able to “stage” the production with actors, singers, dancers, to see what works and what does not.
Next the production team holds auditions, starting with agent submissions for principal roles, followed by open call auditions for smaller speaking roles and ensemble. Within this time, a stage crew and company management team is also hired. A large-scale musical can rehearse anywhere from two to six months, depending on the complexity of the production, before opening the show.
Producing and launching a new musical is a challenging process, one that requires a great deal of pre work and foresight. Pfeiffer knows the process well after having workshopped two Broadway musicals during his career as a performer, working with the Radio City Rockettes on tour in company management, and haven written, directed, choreographed, and designed 18 original productions over the past three years at CPAC.
For more information, contact Kirk Pfeiffer at (843) 790-‐9040 or email DianaANewMusical@gmail.com.