Broward 100 Grand Finale Auditions Highlight Local Talent in Broward County
Top Inset - Taylor Sawyer
Left Inset - Bobby Bush
Center Pic - Emmanuel Aderele
Center Inset - Stephanie Genovese
Bottom: Yaroslava Poletaeva
Broadway Director Neil Goldberg and his team have the Best Job Ever! - to discover and audition the talent, resources and hidden gems in Broward County. What a job!
"I've produced shows throughout the world for more than 40 years," says Goldberg, "witnessing exceptional talent from remote countries to major metropolitan cities. What I have seen in our community during the past two weeks in more than 1,200 auditions is enough to produce the greatest Broadway-style Broward spectacle ever."
Goldberg's statement is meaningful; which is why organizers of Broward 100 - Celebrating the Art of Community have been determined to engage this talent and showcase it in a celebratory grand finale of Broward County's 100 years - Duende!
On a recent night in March, in the final hours of a two-week selection process, the last batch of auditioners approached the stage, one by one, with props and hearts on their sleeve, and gave it all to be part of this historic event. For the creative and County team previewing, it became clear how character can be revealed in three minutes or less
- Broward County's character. A nineyear- old piano prodigy, dressed in style, emanated humility before he bolted down the notes that left jaws dropped on the floor. This is Broward's talent!
Says Fushu Daiko's drummer, Ben Miller, "every drum has a story," signaling the 15-plus drums that exploded in dramatic, Japanese form and sound for their 20-minute audition. Fushu Daiko has been a Broward County cultural organization for more than 25 years and it showed; professional, confident and compelling. Fushu Daiko's story is Broward's story!
Mr. Bush brought six of his children to play as a band, home-schooled and talented. Bush spoke about the impact of music on the life of his children, some of whom were struggling academically; now, playing music has improved their attention span and diligence. The evening also brought foreign talent living in our community; an accomplished Russian violinist and Philippine pianist duo performed a dramatic piece full of life, followed by an enchanting presentation that made emotions swell.
Center: Brandon Goldberg. Left: Fushu Daiko Taiko Drum Ensemble Right: The Bush Family Quintet
Auditions were held in March at Dream Studios in Pompano Beach. The artistic search and casting call was open to all creative disciplines including theater and dance companies, opera, symphony, bands, choirs, street performers, poets, artists, specialty acts, singers, dancers
(ballet, hip-hop, ballroom, tap, jazz, contemporary, etc. ), performance troupes, musicians, actors, audio/visual, visual artists, technology advancements and every other creative talent. It was expected that more than 20 disciplines would be selected to participate in this premier theatrical event.
Each South Florida participant, entity or organization cast in the show will receive local and national recognition, perform on stage with celebrity talent and have their skills showcased and directed in a high-caliber, world-class production. Additionally, artists will be compensated, along with the opportunity to receive a $10,000 enrichment gift sponsored by the Neil Goldberg Dream Foundation, voted by the audience during the live performances.
In concert with other Broward 100 performances, events and familyfriendly activities, Goldberg and his team will produce this unprecedented, Broadway-style original show entitled "WE..." The Passion & Rhythm of the People as part of Duende, to be presented on Oct. 3 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
All this and more is exciting to envision what Neil Goldberg's imagination is conjuring up for a show that is not to be missed. Stay tuned for more Broward 100 updates in the Cultural Division E-newsletter and the fine arts magazine Cultural Quarterly, Facebook and Twitter (@Broward100) and Instagram (@BrowardArts). Tickets on sale from June 26th.
Creative Minds Team and Neil Goldberg Advance Plans for Duende
The grand finale event of Broward 100 - Celebrating the Art of Community has been brainstormed by a team of local artists and event management aficionados.
Eddy Edwards, Loren Oliveira, Myrna Meeroff, Pablo Malco and Jim Hammond (Left to right in picture) were selected last year to create and guide the ideas for an event that would mark history for Broward County. On the weekend of Oct. 2-4, a culmination of celebratory performances and events will herald the beginning the next century. It’s a big time to celebrate.
The ‘Minds’ team met and chatted, and creatively expressed ideas about this monumental undertaking. They came up with the fantastical idea of Duende - a quality of passion and inspiration; a spirit; having soul, a heightened state of emotion, expression of authenticity. What a lovely wish for the next 100 years of our County!
As the months go by and the days draw closer to our grand weekend, Broward 100 organizers - the Broward Cultural Division, the Community Foundation of Broward and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau - excited about Duende, decided to take the execution phase to the next level.
Enter Broadway director and Broward resident Neil Goldberg, founder of the internationally renowned Cirque Dreams entertainment brand and production company. After meeting with Cultural Division Director Earl Bosworth, Goldberg decided to donate his talent and theatrical expertise to Broward 100 - Celebrating the Art of Community in the spirit of celebrating creativity and world-class entertainment, and also in the spirit of pride for his community and enlisting
local talent. Goldberg will be executing the event at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on the Friday and Saturday night of Duende, although the entire weekend will be scheduled and planned with the Creative Minds.
Goldberg, with the resources of his production company based in Pompano Beach, has agreed to direct and produce the theatrical performance part of Duende, the culminating event of Broward County’s year-long centennial celebration. In concert with other Broward 100 performances, events and family-friendly activities, this unprecedented, Broadway-style stage spectacle will be presented on Oct. 3, 2015, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.
The plot is building nicely, and Broward 100 continues to gain steam and momentum through its four cornerstones, VisualEYES, Inside Out, Calendar 100 and now Duende. It’s a great time to be in Broward County and a period in history that we won’t want to forget.
There is a lot more to come from these alliances, so stand by for more as Duende unfolds with passion, inspiration, emotion and authenticity. CQ