Blue Wizard / Black Wizard

by  Dave Malloy, Eliza Bent

Full Length Musical, Dark Comedy  /  8m or f

"Nerdtastic [...] a musical with spell-casting, twenty-sided dice, metaphysical arguments, Dunkin' Donuts and live trombonist." - New York Post

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Blue Wizard / Black Wizard

by  Dave Malloy Eliza Bent

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    8m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Ancient ideals and modern musings rub up against each other in Blue Wizard / Black Wizard, a philosophical musical fantasia. Two referees adjudicate the proceedings as the Black and Blue Wizards battle to save themselves and humanity from the Great Mediocrity. Warping the conventions of musical theatre and classical art song to intersect with the sensibilities of electronic music, Blue Wizard / Black Wizard is a pop culture smash-up of fantasy language and contemporary parlance. What unfolds is a ritualistic sporting event, the likes of which audiences have never seen. 
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Nerdtastic [...] a musical with spell-casting, twenty-sided dice, metaphysical arguments, Dunkin' Donuts and live trombonist. After Great Comet, Dave Malloy confirms his status as top composer." - New York Post 

"A mash-up of classical art, modern pop culture, depression inducing anxiety, electronic music, pole dancing, and mystical battles for the future of mankind’s very existence [...] Beyond just a mash-up of themes, Blue Wizard / Black Wizard is a mash-up of forms [...] It’s strange and funny and sad in a way that only this generation can be." - NYU Local 

"A delightful take on contemporary ennui and the search for meaning in a post-recession, celebrity-conflict-obsessed culture. Equal parts Tolkien, MTV game show, Ziggy Stardust, and John Hughes movie." - The Obscene Jester

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Nowish, at the start of the 21st century
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Casting

8m or f
CRIMINY - a referee (manager)
NIKKOLIA - a referee (assistant manager)
BLACK WIZARD - a wizard (an employee)
BLUE WIZARD - a wizard (an employee)
RILEY - a trombone player / frequent customer
CORE - a small group of singers and dancers
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Multicultural casting

Casting Notes

Actors of any race, age, and gender can play the characters. It is strongly preferred, however, that they be a heterogeneous mix of people. The actors who play BLUE and NIKKOLIA will ideally have languages besides English available to them.

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Authors

Dave Malloy

Dave Malloy is a composer/writer/performer/orchestrator/sound designer. He has written twelve musicals, including Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, an electropop opera based on a slice of Tolstoy’s War & Peace (12 Tony nominations, including Best Musical, Score, Book, and Orchestrations); Ghost Quartet, a song ...

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Eliza Bent

Eliza Bent is a playwright and performer based in Brooklyn, NY. Bent’s plays have been developed and presented in productions, readings, and workshops at the Abrons Arts Center, JACK, the New Ohio, the Atlantic, and the Bushwick Starr. Residencies: SPACE on Ryder Farm, New Georges Audrey Residency, Target Margin In ...

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Black Wizard / Blue Wizard premiered at the Incubator Arts Project in Dec 2013 and the Other Forces Festival in 2014 under the direction of Dan Safer.

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