Male-identifying singers for the Norwegian Encore production of The Choir of Man, the Olivier-nominated worldwide smash-hit show, that in a few short years, has gone from the Edinburgh Fringe to sold out seasons at the Sydney Opera House, multiple national and international tours, and London’s West End.
Currently playing on Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Encore, and in London’s West End at the Arts Theatre, the show is brimming with hits from artists such as Queen, Luther Vandross, Sia, Paul Simon, Adele, Guns & Roses, Avicii and Katy Perry to name but a few. This is a pub like no other! A wildly talented group of incredible instrumentalists, world-class wordsmiths, and sensational singers; this cast of nine (extra)ordinary guys serve it all… live! An uplifting celebration of community and friendship with something for everyone – including free beer!
We are currently casting for the next company on Norwegian Encore – some members from previous companies may be returning, but at the moment we are considering applications for all roles.
NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINES
Producer : Creative Studios for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings
Director : Nic Doodson
Musical Supervisor : Jack Blume
Choreographer : Freddie Huddleston
Dates : NCL ENCORE
Travel to Tampa: September 18, 2023
Board the Vessel: October 8, 2023
Contract Length: 6-8 Months onboard
Projected Itinerary: Alaska and Caribbean
Fees : On board fees $1100 USD per week
Auditions : Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 April 2023 (first round)
Thursday 27 April 2023 (recalls)
Friday 28 April 2023 (finals – must be available for this day)
Male Identifying Singers
We actively encourage applications from performers of all ethnicities or heritages, of all shapes and sizes.
Please note that some roles require instrumental skills – please highlight these on your applications. All performers require excellent singing voices and the ability to comfortably sustain close harmonies.
A serial dater, THE ROMANTIC is always falling in love. He has had his heart broken a few times, even if he doesn’t always like to admit it. This is an extremely vocally-demanding role – candidates must be comfortable singing at the top of their range for the majority of the show. THE ROMANTIC needs to be able to belt out “Welcome to the Jungle” with powerful rock vocals, and also be able to sing Adele’s “Hello”, with warmth and sensitivity. HIGH TENOR. Full voice pop belt up to top C5; strong, controlled high falsetto to F5. Basic rhythm guitar preferred, but not necessary.
THE JOKER is the heart and soul of the pub – always quick to crack a joke, tease a mate or pretend to spill a drink on the audience – he’s great fun to be around. The role requires an excellent pop/rock voice. HIGH TENOR. Full voice up to top C#5; strong, controlled high falsetto. Intermediate piano (chords) required, and ability to play or learn intermediate guitar, banjo and ukulele.
THE HARD MAN
THE HARD MAN may look tough but has a heart of gold. Passionate and loyal, he fights for what he believes in – always ready to stand up for what’s right. Despite his menacing appearance – he’s not one for smiling – THE HARD MAN is a fierce friend, always putting his mates first. Must have a great rock/pop lead voice. TENOR. Full pop-rock voice to top A4; strong, controlled falsetto. Basic piano (block chords), or ability to learn.
THE BARMAN owns The Jungle, the pub in which the show is set. The role requires an instinctive actor with natural authority. THE BARMAN pulls pints and chats to audience members, before and during the show, so confidence and the ability to improvise verbally, is a bonus. He sings two of the big comedy numbers in the show, requiring huge energy and personality. TENOR. Full pop/rock voice with belt to at least A4, plus strong, controlled high falsetto with excellent choral blend – the ability to mix is desired. No specific instruments are required, but please do mention any instrumental skills candidates might have.
THE MAESTRO has the piano-playing skills of Rachmaninov and the drinking skills of Rab C. Nesbitt. He enjoys showing off his piano skills, but is equally happy having a quiet pint on his own, or with his mates. TENOR. Full voice to A4, plus falsetto, with ability to control and blend chorally throughout his range. Outstanding technical piano skills, music-reading ability and overall musicality. Classical or Jazz training preferred. Ability to be both creative and consistent with piano playing, and adapt as required.
THE POET is the only person in the pub who speaks to the audience during the show. He must be incredibly warm, witty and likeable. He’s the friendly voice that guides the show and sets the tone for the evening. He must have authority and vulnerability at the same time, and above all must feel real – no acting required. Regional accents preferred. BARITONE – Characterful, warm, baritone voice. Full-voice range spanning G2 to G4, plus falsetto. Intermediate piano skills (or willingness to learn the required piano pieces) is required, in addition to learning a basic piano-accordion part.
THE HANDYMAN (TAPPER)
The HANDYMAN has outstanding rhythmic tap and improvised tap skills. He also has a very strong ensemble singing voice. BARITONE. Smooth baritone voice. Full-voice range spanning G2 to A4, plus falsetto. Requirement to learn basic trumpet, unless already possessing a similar instrumental skill (saxophone, clarinet), by approval of the creative team.
THE BEAST is a “bloody great boulder” of a man “who builds houses by day and reads Plath after dark”. He’s the classic big softie – looks intimidating but with a beautiful solo voice and incredible guitar skills. LOW BARITONE. Warm soulful/folky/blues voice. Full-voice range spanning E2 to F4, plus strong, controlled falsetto. Outstanding acoustic guitar required with ability to lead an ensemble rhythmically, fingerpick creatively, solo impressively and adapt as required.
THE BORE has an outstanding bass voice with a rich, full tone and natural resonance. He has a wonderful and impressive solo tone unlike any other characters in the show, whether that is operatic or infused with blues and soul. He is the butt of many of the jokes in the pub, but everyone respects his voice and his knowledge. He looks unassuming, but when he sings, the pub lights up. BASS. Bottom D2 to F4. Basic piano skills, and strong rhythmic coordination (rhythmic ability sufficient to play cajon confidently). Ability to play or learn basic ukulele.
OFF STAGE SWINGS
We will also be looking for 4 off stage swings to cover a combination of the above roles. Please note that the instrumental skills mentioned will be required for most of these tracks.
All artistes will need to be fully vaccinated for the production.
Please send suggestions either by Spotlight Link or by email
including CV and photo as soon as possible to:
with THE CHOIR OF MAN NCL in the subject line.