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‘Queen of Soul’ Helps Cast her Autobiography,

April 26, 2007 by  
Filed under Entertainment

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. ( — The Queen of Soul is looking for a few good subjects.

Auditions for singing and non-singing parts in a musical production based on music legend Aretha Franklin’s autobiography have been scheduled for May 1-3 in suburban Detroit.

The musical based on the 1999 best-seller “Aretha: From These Roots” is tentatively set to premiere in Franklin’s hometown of Detroit in March 2008.

The 65-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and winner of 17 Grammy awards will help choose the performers who will portray her at various ages, relatives, close friends, background singers and musical colleagues including Sam Cooke, Dinah Washington, Smokey Robinson and pianist Art Tatum.

Roles to be cast include LaRue Mann, Franklin’s wardrobe mistress, whose surrogate should possess “sharp features, lots of personality and (be) bubbly,” a statement from Franklin’s publicists said Monday.

The actor portraying suitor Ken Cunningham should be, among other things, “slim, with a perfect set of teeth, cool and fun.”

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