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Hello from sunny California.

I am at Seeber Music Productions with my good friend Eckart Seeber who is developing the orchestrations for a new project I am directing. It’s going to be huge, and did I mention it will be in Italian? I’m finally on my way to learning the language. Now I have no excuse!

I’m also with composer Marco Savaterri and project assistants Gabriel Glorioso and Viviana Zarbo, who are incidentally graduates of my musical theatre academy http://www.americanacademy.co.uk

My job is to manage the final development of the musical and to ensure it is in a format for international audiences. The musical is based on the ‘truth as far as we know it’ of the story of Cleopatra. The musical will be produced in Italy and then translated and re-developed for an English audience. The creative team will come from London and America, thus the reason we are in L.A. at the moment.

We will be in Italy later in the year to do preliminary auditions.

Back in London on Monday to prep for rehearsals for the Godspell UK tour. Exciting days ahead.

Here is a photo of the composer (left) with Eckart, discussing the music.

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Over 4 days of first round auditions we saw 300 people.

We are recalling 30. 10% of all those who auditioned.

A few general observations:

– Most popular girl’s song was ‘Get Out and Stay Out’ from theĀ  musical ‘9 to 5’

– Most popular boy’s song was ‘Lost in the Wilderness’

– So many people could sing but did nothing more

– So many women in this business

– Some people looked like they just crawled out of bed

– A lot of voices are damaged (young girls who have nodules already) – Strong lack of technique