Tenacious Auditions

Feb 25 2018 | By More

Musical of destiny casting call

Edinburgh-based writers, Malachi Reid and Jonnie Grant, are set to premier a new musical, Tenacious D: The Musical of Destiny at EdFringe 2018.

The pair have put out an open call for performers to join them in the musical, for which Reid has written the book and Grant the additional music. It will also contain original Tenacious D music by Jack Black, Kyle Gass and Liam Lynch.

The musical is somewhere between a nod and a tribute to the 2006 movie, Tenacious D: the Pick of Destiny, staring Jack Black and Kyle Gass, and directed by Liam Lynch.

According to Reid, who will be directing the production: “The show tells to epic story of a young rocker from Kickapoo called JB journeying to find his counterpart in rock KG, and together they form the band TENACIOUS D.

“Once formed, they decide to chase the legend of a magical pick that has shaped the history of modern music for decades and will give them ultimate rock power!

“Along with a group of rambunctious roadies, a super surgery groupie girl and “A Take No Sh*t” Tour Manager, they will put their musical spirits and their friendship to the test.”


The production will play a week at the fringe under the musical direction of Grant, running from Monday 13 to Saturday 18 August 2018 at theSpace@Niddry Street in the Lower space, 10.15 – 11.30pm.

Auditions will be held at James Gillespie’s High School from March 5 to 7. To book a guaranteed slot email tenaciousdmod@gmail.com stating preferred time to audition and character they would like to be considered for.

Auditionees should prepare two songs (a rock song of their choice and a Tenacious D song) and, at their discretion, a small instrumental performance (not mandatory).

The company will accept people who turn up without booking in advance but do not guarantee that they won’t have to wait to be seen.

Character breakdowns.

The first four roles have specific vocal requirements:

JB (Playing age 20-25) Tenor (rock vocal qualities). Must be able to belt to B. Strong falsetto.
A young wanna be rocker, who’s dream is to form the worlds most powerful rock duo and become a rock legend. Super high energy, charmingly childish and at his core a good person.

KG (Playing age 20-30). Tenor (rock vocal qualities); Must be able to belt to A. Good falsetto.
A sweet soft-spoken man, who only wants to be happy and make his friends happy. Cheerful, a slightly nervous disposition and a warm hearted person.

Diana (Playing age 20-25). Mezzo-soprano (contemporary vocal qualities). Must be able to belt up to E.
A determined young stage manager, who wants to show the world that she is the best at what she does. Very strong, passionate and quick witted.

Sally (Playing age 18-25) Mezzo-soprano (rock vocal qualities).
A sugary sweet young woman, who only wants to be Tenacious D’s first real groupie. Bubbly, bouncy and always seems to be up beat.

These four roles are flexible by vocal type but a balance between the four will be required. Ideal voices are noted.

Pat (Playing age 25-30). Bari-tenor (contemporary vocal qualities). Must be able to belt up to G. Good falsetto. Low A required.
A tough as nails Irish lad, who might seem constantly ready for a fight but is secretly a big softy. Very loud, rough and badass.

Nat (Playing age 20-30). Bari-tenor (contemporary vocal qualities). Must be able to belt up to B. Strong falsetto. Low A required.
A cheeky laidback dude, who seems to always be annoying someone. Very talkative, quick witted and relaxed.

Max (Playing age 18-25). Soprano (contemporary vocal qualities). Must be able to chest voice to A.
A young rookie techie, who isn’t afraid to stand up with and stand up to the “lads”. Very cool, sassy and outgoing.

Bob (no specific playing age). Baritone (contemporary vocal qualities).
A mysterious entity, who although they don’t say much makes friends very easily. Warm, calm and suave.

Featured Cast (4)
Assortment of voices required.

Purely Ensemble Cast (3)
No required vocal range.

Listings and links

Auditions: Tenacious D: The Musical of Destiny
James Gilespie’s High School, 57 Lauderdale St, EH9 1DD
Main block (Malala Building) room 1.23
Mon 5 – Weds 7 March. Evenings: 5.45pm – 8.15pm.
Email tenaciousdmod@gmail.com to book a slot.

Further details on the production facebook page: @TenaciousDTheMusicalofDestiny.

Tenacious D: the Pick of Destiny and Tenacious D’s albums are available to buy on Amazon. Click images for details:


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