Rita Maye Casting
Rita Bland, casting dir.
Seeking professional multi-disciplinary dancers, solo and duo specialty acts, for a chance to tour and perform with the iconic Madonna for her Rebel Heart Tour, 2015-16.
REHEARSAL AND PRODUCTION DATES & LOCATIONS
Rehearsals begin May in NYC.
COMPENSATION & UNION CONTRACT DETAILS
Pays dancers concert tour rates.
SEEKING TALENT Select a role below for more information and submission instructions.
Male Dancers (Lead): Male, 18-35, All Ethnicities
highly skilled, trained, and in great physical condition; gymnastic and acrobatic skills a plus.
Female Dancers (Lead): Female, 18-35, All Ethnicities
high caliber, sexy, smart, trained dancer of all disciplines.
Female Flamenco Dancer (Lead): Female, 18-35, All Ethnicities
professional flamenco dancers who excel at flamenco and bring a unique style and quality to the dance; you will be required to learn and sho… more
Female Pole Dancer (Lead): Female, 18-35, All Ethnicities
hot, sexy female professional pole artists who are very skilled and have training in the art of pole dancing; dancers should be highly techn… more
Specialty Acts (Lead): Males & Females, 18-35, All Ethnicities
unique and interesting specialty acts with performers who can also learn choreography outside of their own discipline; partner style dancers… more
B-Boys & B-Girls (Lead): Males & Females, 18-35, All Ethnicities
specialty B-Boys & B-Girls who excel at street dancing and are entrenched in the culture; Krumpers, Bone Breakers, spinners, acrobatics and … more
May 6th, May 7th and May 8th in New York, NY.
The last time Madonna was in town for a concert, I had a chance to sit down with her and discuss her thoughts on business. When I contacted her agent, they were more than open to her getting together with me for a chat. When she arrived at the Appointment-Plus office for the interview, she gave me a big hug and even agreed to sing a quick song for everyone. She put her arm around me and we sang “Papa Don’t Preach” together. The employees went wild. Madonna even suggested that I come up on stage and sing a song with her in her upcoming concert.
Then I woke up.
No, the great Madonna did not really visit our office and no, she didn’t agree to have a nice chat with me. And, no, I’m not going to hop up on any stage and sing, not even after 10 beers at a local karaoke bar.
But, I wish I could talk with her because she’s not only one of the most successful recording artists of all time, but she’s an incredibly successful businessperson. We all know that she’s a worldwide brand, but did you know she also has several clothing lines, has opened a chain of health clubs, has written books and has directed films?
But even though she has been involved in a number of ventures, what is most impressive about her is how she has developed her personal brand.
The Material Girl’s career has had an abundance of controversy. From her religious symbolism in the Like a Prayer video to her provocative performance of “Like a Virgin” on the MTV Video Music Awards, she’s no beautiful stranger to ruffling feathers. When you are controversial, people talk about you. Look at the controversy that GoDaddy created with their GoDaddy Girl TV commercials. Many people found them offensive, but look at what it did to GoDaddy’s business. It put them on the map, eventually leading to their recent IPO.
But it’s not Madonna’s ability to generate attention through controversy that gives us the most important lessons for our businesses. Nor is it the value of hard work and perseverance, which are two of her strongest traits. The most important lesson that we can learn from Madonna is the need to reinvent yourself. It’s something that she has arguably done more successfully than any other celebrity in history.
We all know that nothing stands still in today’s business world.
Everything is evolving, sometimes right before our very eyes. Industries are being disrupted left and right. Just look at what Uber is doing to the taxi industry and what smart phones are doing to the camera business. And, who knows what the Internet of Things movement will have our lives looking like in a couple years.
It used to only be the business gurus on the conference speaking circuit who talked about the need for businesses to reinvent themselves. Now it’s true blue gospel. If you aren’t actively creating a culture that embraces change, you better get started right away because change is coming to a theater near you faster than a Kodak moment.
So, it’s a given that your business has to evolve. But what’s not talked about as much but is just as critical is that you have to evolve, as well. Yes, you.
We’ve all seen long-time CEOs, department heads and other company leaders get replaced because they were no longer effective in their roles. They couldn’t change. They were set in their ways and weren’t actively trying to reinvent themselves.
It’s hard to reinvent yourself. It wasn’t easy for Madonna to evolve, but she innately understood the importance of changing with the times. It requires a deliberate decision to do so, a lot of preparation, and a healthy dose of courage. To reinvent yourself, you have to think differently and act differently. You have to keep your mind open to new thoughts and ideas, you have to work hard at it, and you have to accept that it won’t be easy.
But even though reinventing yourself is difficult, it’s imperative to your success in today’s business environment. The world is moving too fast these days to think that today’s version of you will be effective tomorrow.
Madonna has provided us a great example of the value in reinventing yourself. It’s not easy to do, but it’s also not an option in our Internet-speed business world. You must evolve if you want to be successful over the long term. So, get into the groove and make the commitment today to reinvent yourself. Don’t count on your lucky star to help. Only you can make the decision to cross that borderline into the new you.
Source : bizjournals
There is only one “Queen of Pop” and, Madonna, with her latest chart-topping—and best—album in more than a decade; Rebel Heart (and world tour) has once again proven why she’s maintained her status as the single-most talked-about pop star in our midst. Her vocals and songwriting on the new album have benefitted from her maturity. There’s no stopping this woman—thank goodness. We can’t even imagine a world without Madonna.
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Carin Goldberg — the art director behind Madonna’s debut album cover — spoke to the Cut about her first experience with the then-unknown pop star.
It’s the first question that anybody asks me, even today: What was it like to work with Madonna? People think that maybe something dramatic or interesting or kind of wild might have happened, based on, you know, Madonna’s persona. But I would say that Madonna was probably the easiest job I ever had — the most cooperation from a recording artist I think I ever had. She was a true professional, even at that young age.
It was ’83, and at that point I had my own small design firm. Warner Bros. called and asked me to do her cover as a freelance designer. When I got the call, I rolled my eyes, because it was another [musician with a] one-word name. At that time it had become cliché to have a one-word name, because of Cher, so I remember thinking, God, it’s going to be one of those. So I really went into it with very little expectation. The fact of the matter is that nobody knew who she was. As far as I was concerned, she could have been a one-trick pony and we might never have heard of her again.
Because she wasn’t famous, the budget was not huge at all. I asked her to come dressed in the kind of clothes she would normally wear. I said, “You’ve got your thing, just do it.” There was nothing particularly shocking about what she was wearing at the time. I think she just had a unique style. A lot of people did — Betsey Johnson, Cyndi Lauper, Diane Keaton. There was a lot going on then that was all about women wearing all kinds of weird combinations. We were all doing that kind of eclectic look, but Madonna did it with a much more audacious, sexual edge. It wasn’t so much about trying to be a rock star — it was more just making something from something you had around. Taking some piece of fabric and wrapping it around your head, for example. Over the years her style has changed, given her independence and wealth and ability to have designers design for her, but there’s still a kind of eclecticism to some degree.
My memory was that she wore some kind of cut shirt — there was definitely a lot of belly hanging out. And a balloon-y pant with the waist and legs rolled up. A lot of artists really didn’t have very much taste — they don’t always know who they are, and they need to be told — especially these days. Madonna walked in ready-made. She knew who she was. We didn’t have to worry about styling her.
She came with a lot of bracelets on, and so I said, “I think we ought to focus on the bracelets, let’s really try to get that in the picture.” That was the one iconic thing about her outfit, besides the rag in her hair. I thought she needed even more, so the girlfriend of the photographer went into her jewelry box and took as many bracelets as she could find, to give it a bit more boom.
We put on her music and I asked her to dance. There was not much else we needed to do, because she was a performer. It was short, it was sweet. She was prompt, she did everything we asked her to do, she said thank you. It could not have been more easy. I would not call her in any way warm and cuddly, but she was not unfriendly. She was just all business.
And who knew? In my wildest dreams, could I have ever imagined? I mean, I knew she had a little talent. She got there and danced, and sang “Holiday,” I think. I liked it, we could dance to it. But who the hell could have predicted after that? It totally exploded. That album was the moment.
I’m really glad we did a full-face portrait for the cover. I think it helped — even just incrementally. But it’s hard to know. I did my job, it went out there, and life went on. And I will be forever the art director who did Madonna’s first cover, which I suppose is not a bad thing.
Source : NyMag
Sali Hughes has been obsessed with Madonna since childhood. She’s been a source of solace and inspiration, as the Queen of Pop has dismantled – or done her very best to dismantle – stigma after stigma
It was 1984 when I first saw her. I was nine years old and sitting in front of the telly in my South Wales living room, watching Top Of The Pops with my big brothers, when she appeared with one of hers dancing behind her. A vision in dance tights, two decks of what appeared to be plumbing fixings around her wrists, sawn-off graffiti-print vest and inch-thick climbing socks, all topped off with a crunchy mane of badly dyed hair, tangled up in a hoop earring the size of a Frisbee. She kicked, jogged, writhed, winked and lip-synced her way through Holiday, an almost perfect pop record, and as I sat, utterly transfixed, it seemed perfectly obvious to me that something major was happening. I’d found my idol.
To say Madonna had an immediate and enduring impact on my life would be an understatement. I became obsessed. Within days, I’d acquired my very first in an endless series of red lipsticks, and my best friend, Lynda, and I were hacking the shins off our tights and tying the offcuts in our over-moussed hair. My 13-year-old (terribly nice now, honestly) brother shoplifted the cassette of her first album as a gift. Lynda and I made up dances, we learned every lyric and bought every magazine that featured even the tiniest photo of our heroine. But her influence on me went way beyond my wardrobe, make-up bag and record collection. She became a profound and enduring role model in many aspects of my life.
Madonna’s Dunkin’ Donuts job and dance classes were my Gap Kids shifts and magazine work-experience gigs
I ran away from home to London shortly before my 15th birthday and never came back. I’d been extremely unhappy and couldn’t wait to be in charge of my own life. While I would absolutely never endorse this as an even remotely sensible or safe thing for a young girl to do (and nor would she, I’m sure), Madonna gave me hope that, with hard work, grit and determination, I might be OK. Her legendary account of arriving in New York’s Times Square from her hometown of Detroit, aged 18 and with $35 in her pocket, showed me that even the humblest beginnings can bear fruit. Less glamorously, I disembarked at Paddington with a £20 note and somehow turned it into a happy, successful life (albeit an amoeba to Madonna’s blue whale). The skull-covered drum case containing all the worldly possessions of her nomadic character in Desperately Seeking Susan, was my red nylon PE holdall. Madonna’s Dunkin’ Donuts job and dance classes were my Gap Kids shifts and magazine work-experience gigs. She demonstrated that if I made it my business to seek out creative people, work like a dog and refuse to be held back by convention, doubters and wholly inappropriate boyfriends, I just might get to where I knew in my heart I needed to be.
‘Living For Love’ opens the album with strong EDM influences, a rousing chorus, and uplifting lyrics. With the image of Madonna memorably performing the song at February’s BRIT Awards still fresh in everyone’s minds, the song stands up to repeated listens and it is a shame it wasn’t a bigger hit in the UK upon its single release. The first half of the album contains many of the tracks released in early December 2014 after Madonna was targeted by leaks. They are also some of the best on the album, although from the titles Rebel Heart may be forgiven for re-treading old themes, such as religion, sex, and Nicki Minaj rap verses. ‘Devil Pray’ is a particular favourite, bringing Madonna’s voice to the forefront with sensual production and a compelling instrumental breakdown. ‘Unapologetic Bitch’ and ‘Bitch I’m Madonna’ also manage to sound distinctly ‘Madonna’ without sounding too trend-chasing, something she has not pulled off as successfully in the past. Also, importantly, they’re just a whole lot of fun to dance and sing along to.
Where Rebel Heart really shines is on the slower moments, with guitar parts and a focus on lyricism that casts back to her earlier albums such as Music and American Life. ‘Joan of Arc’ is surprisingly vulnerable, while ‘Ghosttown’ is one of the highlights of the album, sounding both euphoric and edgy. Meanwhile, ‘Body Shop’ manages to sound like nothing else on the album, with Middle-Eastern influences and an impressive beat. Madonna also manages to retain her knack for an introspective ballad, with both ‘Messiah’ and ‘Wash All Over Me’ having strong melodies that come later in the record. Similarly, to be found on the Deluxe Edition is the lovely ‘Rebel Heart’, which acts as a great stripped-back moment to end the album. The refocus on Madonna’s voice and originality as an artist is a welcome change from her previous albums such as MDNA and Hard Candy. The effort put into this album really shows, and ultimately it feels good to hear Madonna re-focusing on her own music.
However, her use of producers such as Avicii, Diplo and Kanye West does sometimes misfire, and though the successes are more prominent than the failures on Rebel Heart, songs such as ‘Illuminati’, ‘Holy Water’ and ‘S.E.X.’ perhaps should have remained as demos. At 19 tracks long, the album is an exhausting listen, whilst also a significant achievement. Ultimately, Rebel Heart does act as a partial return to form for Madonna, with some great songs and occasional filler.
I heard a comment — a joke — about the Tidal press conference being an Illuminati moment. If there was actually an Illuminati, it would be more like the energy companies. Not celebrities that gave their life to music and who are pinpointed as decoys for people who really run the world. I’m tired of people pinpointing musicians as the Illuminati. That’s ridiculous. We don’t run anything; we’re celebrities. We’re the face of brands. We have to compromise what we say in lyrics so we don’t lose money on a contract. Madonna is in her 50s and gave everything she had to go up on an award show and get choked by her cape. She’s judged for who she adopts. Fuck all of this sensationalism. We gave you our lives. We gave you our hearts. We gave you our opinions!
Madonna has been an icon for so long, it’s easy to take her for granted. Too often, that’s exactly what happens.
With 13 albums and a slew of the most famous singles and music videos of all time, she’s been omnipresent in pop for over three decades. Out of the top eight best-selling musicians of all time, she’s the only female. She’s arguably the first female performer to ever have complete control over every aspect of her image, paving the way for every one of today’s liberated female pop acts.
We should be talking about Madonna with the same reverence we discuss Elvis and the Beatles. Yet given the generally vicious response to the press push promoting her new album, it’s clear many have lost sight of her legacy. Madonna fought like hell to build the career she has, scraping her way to the upper echelons from her days as a starving waitress in a closet of a New York apartment. She’s earned her cultural ubiquity and deserves to be respected as the legend she is.
“Like a Virgin.” Before becoming just Madonna, she was Madonna Louise Ciccone, born in a Detroit suburb, the third child of Silvio Tony Ciccone and Madonna Fortin. Her mother died of breast cancer when Madonna was only 5 years old. It was a massively traumatic event for the young girl, which some of her biographers assert she never quite reconciled.
In a way, that tragedy may have fueled her drive. “You walk around with a big hole inside you, a feeling of emptiness and longing,” Madonna once told CNN. “And I think a lot of times that’s why you become an overachiever.”
Madonna got straight A’s in high school, eventually graduating early. As the eldest girl in a Catholic family of eight children, Madonna had to assume many of her mother’s household responsibilities as she grew. “I saw myself as the quintessential Cinderella,” she once said.
Madonna managed to escape through dance. In high school, she became deeply involved in a ballet academy in Rochester, Michigan. The school’s instructor, Christopher Flynn, took an interest in her, and helped expand her education by taking her to concerts, art galleries and gay clubs in Detroit.
At those gay clubs, Madonna experienced a thrilling sense of liberation. “In school I felt like such a misfit … Because I was a really aggressive woman, guys thought of me as a really strange girl. I didn’t add up for them. I felt inadequate,” Madonna told the Advocate in 1991, according to the Independent. “And suddenly when I went to the gay club, I didn’t feel that way any more. I had a whole new sense of myself.”
“I Love New York.” The University of Michigan recognized Madonna’s promise and offered her a dance scholarship in 1976. She attended for two years before she dropped out and moved to New York City to try to make it as a professional dancer.
“New York wasn’t everything I thought it would be. It did not welcome me with open arms,” Madonna wrote in a short memoir for Harper’s Bazaar. “The first year, I was held up at gunpoint. Raped on the roof of a building I was dragged up to with a knife in my back, and had my apartment broken into three times. I don’t know why; I had nothing of value after they took my radio the first time.”
She worked odd jobs to pay her rent wherever she could find them: waitressing, dancing, posing as a nude for art classes — “Daring them to think of me as anything but a form they were trying to capture with their pencils and charcoal,” she wrote for Harper’s Bazaar. “I was defiant. Hell-bent on surviving. On making it. But it was hard and it was lonely, and I had to dare myself every day to keep going.”
“Music.” Madonna kept pushing, trying to make it as a dancer, but it was her voice that really turned heads.
“People would hear me sing and they’d say, ‘Hey, your voice isn’t bad.’ And I’d say, ‘Oh, really?’ ” Madonna told CNN. “I mean, I never had any training. I never wanted to be a singer.”
But she didn’t pass up the opportunity. She joined a rock band and then formed her own in 1980, even earning a modest record deal. Eventually though, Madonna and Steve Bray, an old boyfriend, broke off from the band to write some ’80s disco and pop tunes. Madonna shopped around one of these songs, “Everybody,” as her first demo.
Eventually “Everybody” found its way into the hands of Mark Kamins, a New York DJ and producer. Kamins threw on the cassette in the club where he DJ’d “and it worked,” he told the Independent. “I’m not saying the place went crazy, but it worked.”
Kamins helped Madonna produced an improved version and took that tape to Sire Records, who gave the singer her first solo record deal in 1982. Through Sire, Madonna released her self-titled debut in 1983. The album’s third single, “Holiday,” became her breakout hit when it landed in the Billboard’s top 20. Her career was underway.
From there, Madonna did all she could to push artistic boundaries and challenge audience perceptions. She said “fuck” on national television, experimented with erotic and religious choreography — often at the same time — and pushed almost every sexual taboo she could think of.
That’s something she’s still doing to this day. She’s taking aim at our culture’s ageism.
“Because women, generally, when they reach a certain age, have accepted that they’re not allowed to behave a certain way. But I don’t follow the rules. I never did, and I’m not going to start,” she told Rolling Stone. “So if I have to be the person who opens the door for women to believe and understand and embrace the idea that they can be sexual and look good and be as relevant in their 50s or their 60s or whatever as they were in their 20s, then so be it.”
The thinly veiled ageism she suffers is tame compared to some of the backlash she’s brought upon herself over the years. And though her latest album is far from her strongest offering, it’s still pushing into new artistic territory. Madonna has continually bounced back from worse, and she will again, because bitch, she’s Madonna.