“The Golden Cage” Musical ~ Audition Materials

(This page last Updated 2:25  2/16/2022)

AN OVERVIEW OF THE STORY

“The Golden Cage” is a two-character one-act Mythical Musical Comedy — a fable about a Bird-Person, Boris, who’s on a lifelong quest to find the legendary Golden Cage.  After years of searching Boris finds the glorious cage on a remote mountain peak, and it’s everything the legends described.  Except for one thing: There’s a grumpy, reclusive Diva living inside it, Alphea – who says the cage is a prison made of cement and iron.

The Golden Cage is a story of perceptionisolation, freedom and ambition.  It’s about the powerful illusions that trap us in our own minds … and the one thing that can set us free.

WHO'S WHO (click to open)

PLAYWRIGHT/COMPOSER –  Deborah Henson-Conant is a Grammy-Nominated composer & performer who combines stories and music in multiple genres from narrated concerts to song cycles, one-person musicals, operetta and musical. Her full-length music special “Invention & Alchemy” in collaboration with the Grand Rapids Symphony, appeared on PBS stations throughout the U.S. and received a Grammy Nomination for Best Classical Crossover album.  Her TEDx talk chronicles the development of the harp that’s named after her,  the “DHC” body-harp – an instrument that enables one to become a single performing unit with an electric harp. Link to Deborah’s Website. Link to “The Golden Cage” web page.

DIRECTOR – Rebecca Miller Kratzer (she/her) is a New York-based director of theatre and opera. She works across and through mediums to develop new work, dismantle notions of genre, and interrogate the canon. She is the resident stage director at Helios Opera and a visiting guest director at various colleges and universities. Rebecca formerly served as the Artistic Director of the NEMPAC Opera Project and produced and directed opera in Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall. She’s directed at Opera Saratoga, Emerson Stage, NEMPAC Opera Project, Opera del West, Fordham University, The Footlight Club, and Columbia University. Upcoming engagements include a Young Artist Position with The Glimmerglass Festival, Bright Star at Montclair State, and projects with LIU Roc Nation and Longy School of Music. Rebecca has also worked with Katie Mitchell, Whitney White, Annie-B Parson, The New York Times, Big Dance Theatre, BAM, The Bushwick Starr, and The Tank. MFA Columbia. MFA Columbia. Link to Rebecca’s website.

MUSIC DIRECTOR – Nevada Lozano  Nevada Lozano is a musical theater composer, lyricist, music director, and pianist. He has served as music assistant on several Broadway productions, including: Oklahoma! (2019 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical), The Sound Inside (directed by David Cromer, starring Mary-Louise Parker), and Sea Wall/A Life (starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge). He is currently serving as associate sound effects designer on Suffs (written by Shaina Taub, directed by Leigh Silverman) at the Public Theater.

Nevada is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop (Advanced) and received the organization’s Jerry Harrington Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in 2018. He has participated in residencies at Yaddo, the Johnny Mercer Writers Grove at Goodspeed Musicals, KHN Center for the Arts and Brush Creek Foundation. He studied composition and piano at the Eastman School of Music and Rice University
Link to Nevada’s website.

CREATETHEATER SERIES –  is a new theatre series in NYC – of new works presented  by series producer Cate Cammarata, that’s focused on the development of new plays and musicals. The full series – with six new musicals and one new play – runs April 14 – May 15, 2022  at Theatre Four –  Theatre Row at 42nd Street, NYC.  “The Golden Cage” runs April 20-24.

Resources / Downloads

Below, you’ll find scores (PDF), backing tracks (MP3), and learning tracks (MP3) for each character to support you in your audition process.

ALPHEA - AUDITION MATERIALS

The Audition Pieces

  • (Round 1) Script / Dialog (Scene 3) Download Script segment (PDF) (reconfirmed 2/22/22)
  • (Round 1) #4AB – “Today” (Piano/Vocal Excerpt) –  Download Score PDF  (updated 2/22/22)
  • (Round 2) #10 – “Then at Last the Curtain Opens” (Piano/Vocal Excerpt) Download Score (PDF) (updated 2/22/22)
  •  – Note: Boris & Alphea use the same PDF for this Duet. Boris’s section (and audio file) just start a few bars earlier – and that’s marked in the score.

Backing Tracks & Learning Tracks

Download (or stream from this page) to use in creating audition clips

(This playlist was updated 2/16/2022)

BORIS - AUDITION MATERIALS

The Audition Pieces

  • (Round 1) Monologue Scene #4 (Script excerpt before “Humor Her Madness”) Download Script segment (PDF) (reconfirmed 2/22/22)
  • (Round 1) #9B – “Humor her Madness” (Piano/Vocal excerpt) Download Score (PDF) (updated 2/22/22)
  • (Round 2) #10 – “Then at Last the Curtain Opens” (Piano/Vocal excerpt)Download Score (PDF) (updated 2/22/22) Note: Boris & Alphea use the same PDF for this Duet. Boris’s section (and audio file) just start a few bars earlier – and that’s marked in the score.

Backing Tracks & Learning Tracks

Download (or stream from this page) to use in creating audition clips

(This playlist was updated 2/21/22)

 Video Archive of a Reading (for reference only)

Please note: this is just one interpretation of the character. Boris is not defined by age, body-type, race or gender orientation

Audio Examples  (for reference only)

    1. [9B] “Humor Her Madness” excerpt starts at .47 of #9B
    2. [10] “Then at Last…” 
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