Friday, November 26, 2010

New York Stage Casting Update: Nov 23th

The Drama Book Shop Stage Casting is Sponsored by

(NEW) Macbeth, auditions by appt.
Auditions to be held on Sunday, December 5 and Monday, December 6, 2010 by appointment.

Actors who are called in for appointments will be asked to prepare 60 second classical verse monologue. (Some actors may be asked to do a second, contrasting piece, classical or contemporary.) For immediate consideration, please send picture and resume in the body of an email to Andrew at: by November 30, 2010. We would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

White Rabbit Theatre and Red Shark Productions seek classically trained/experienced actors for an Equity showcase (approval pending) of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, opening March 9, 2011 at Wings Theatre in New York City. The production will have 14 performances over the course of three weeks. Andrew Rothkin, Director. Clara Barton Green, Assistant Director/Dramaturg. A read-through and table work will begin the week on January 24; official rehearsals will commence the week of January 31.Rehearsals will take place weekday evenings and on weekends. We seek ensemble-based actors of all ages, 18 – 70+, of diverse ethnicities.

Some actors will play two or more roles. Stage combat experience – swords, knifes, and unarmed – required for some roles. Ability to play a musical instrument and singing ability helpful for some roles. Please note that the witches will be more prominent than usual in this production and on stage almost the entire show. Witches will need to sing and dance. Please also note that the witches will be nude -- or near nude -- through some of the play, and will be covered partially or wholly in body paint. To ensure a stunning and fluid production, casting consideration/priority will be given to actors who volunteer to be part of a work crew (light hanging, set-building, costume building, event planning, etc.) at the time of their initial audition.

Seeking: ensemble-based actors of all ages, 18 – 70+, of diverse ethnicities. The role of Lady Macbeth has been cast. All other roles are open.

(NEW) My One and Only, Open Call
OPEN call (Equity and Non-Equity) for dancers on Wednesday, December 8, 2010, at Chelsea Studios, 151 West 26th Street. 10 AM open male dancers who sing, 2 PM open female dancers who sing. Please bring tap and character shoes. Be prepared to sing a traditional musical theatre song in the style of Gershwin in case asked. Bring sheet music; accompanist provided.

Goodspeed Musicals (East Haddam, CT) is holding open calls for My One and Only. LORT B; $750/week minimum. Executive Producer: Michael Price. Producer: Bob Alwine. Line Producer: Donna Lynn Hilton. Music and Lyrics: George and Ira Gershwin. Book: Peter Stone and Timothy S. Mayer. Director: Ray Roderick. Musical Director: Michael O’Flaherty. Choreographer: Kelli Barclay. Casting: Paul Hardt/SH Entertainment. 1st rehearsal: 3/16/11. Runs thru 7/3/11. Note: The original production used an African American male ensemble, but in this production we will be integrating ethnicities.

Seeking: Dancers who sing, Equity and non-Equity. Please bring tap and character shoes. Be prepared to sing a traditional musical theatre song in the style of Gershwin in case asked. Bring sheet music; accompanist provided.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

New York Stage Casting Update: Nov 16th

The Drama Book Shop Stage Casting is Sponsored by

(NEW) The Drowsy Chaperone, Open Auditions
OPEN Auditions (Equity/Non-Equity): Monday, November 29, 2010 all auditions at the Gallery Players 7 PM – 9 PM (last sign in at 9 PM)199 14th Street (between 4th and 5th Aves) and Brooklyn, NY Monday, December 6, 2010. Note: all parties signed in prior to the last7 PM – 9 PM (last sign in at 9 PM) sign in time will be seen and Wednesday, December 8, 2010 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM (last sign in at 9:30 PM) Equity audition procedures are NOT in effect. No Equity monitor provided. Producer runs all aspects of the audition. Please prepare 16-32 bars of an up-tempo song in the classic musical theatre style (Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Cy Coleman, Kander & Ebb, etc.) to be performed in the style of one of the characters. We would rather not hear selections from the show. Bring sheet music in the correct key, no lead sheets. Please have a second contrasting song ready if requested. Dance auditions will take place at callbacks for characters where dance/movement is indicated. Bring picture and resume, stapled together.

The Gallery Players (Brooklyn) is holding open auditions for their production of The Drowsy Chaperone. Equity Showcase, approval pending. Producer: Robert Earle Jones. Director: Hans Friedrichs. Choreographer: Christine O’Grady. Book by: Bob Martin and Don McKellar. Music and Lyrics: Greg Morrison and Lisa Lambert. 1st rehearsal: 12/27/10 (evenings and weekends, no holidays). Run: 1/29/11 – 2/20/11 (Thur-Sun, 16 performances). Sunday, December 12: Callbacks – Time TBD. THE DROWSY CHAPERONE: It all begins when a die-hard musical theater fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable, and the musical literally bursts to life in his living room, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love. The Drowsy Chaperone is a wildly entertaining tribute to jazz age musicals.

Man in Chair:
M.: 30s - 50s. Our narrator. Show tune aficionado and self-proclaimed expert. Perhaps a bit manic and slightly agoraphobic, he seeks to chase his blues away by listening to a recording of a fictional 1928 musical comedy: The Drowsy Chaperone. Underneath his occasionally tart exterior exists a lot of heart. Sings only briefly. Role originated by Drowsy co-author Bob Martin.

Janet Van de Graaff/Jane Roberts: F.: 20s to early 30s. The bride who is giving up her successful career as a follies girl to marry her sweetheart. A lovely-yet-quirky ingénue. A young talented triple threat. Must be a strong dancer and singer. Special skills anywhere from playing musical instruments, gymnastics, tumbling, juggling, baton twirling, etc. are helpful and strongly encouraged to be noted. Alto G3-Ab. Role originated by Sutton Foster.

The Chaperone/Beatrice Stockwell: F.: Late 30s to early 50s. Janet’s glamorous martini-loving confidante. A bit Vera Charles with the heart of Auntie Mame. A diva to end all divas. Cynical quips are her specialty. British. Must be an extremely strong comedienne, have great timing and be a fabulous singer (belters a must). Strong mover. Alto F3-D5. Role originated by Beth Leavel.

Robert Martin/Percy Hyman: M.: 20s to early 40s. The Groom. A dashingly debonair, handsome classic 1920s leading man. Slightly quirky, a bit dim and unassuming. Must be an extremely strong tapper. Roller skating skills a plus. Tenor C3-Ab4.

Aldolpho/Roman Bartelli: M.: 30s – 40s. Over-the-top stereotypical latin lothario-type. Vain and a bit buffoonish. Must have great comic timing. Strong Mover/dancer. Bass/Baritone with a great falsetto A#2-G4 (higher notes can be performed calla foce).

Mrs. Tottendale/Ukulele Lil: F.: 30s to 50s. A scatterbrained society hostess and dowager. Not dumb, but certainly ditsy. Think Billie Burke or Natalie Schafer. Bubbly and optimistic, she gathers guests to her estate to celebrate the nuptials at hand. Alto G3-Db5. Moves well. While not necessary, guitar/ukulele experience is a plus. Role originated by Georgia Engel.

Underling/Noel Fitzpatrick: M.: 30s to 50s. Mrs. Tottendale’s butler. Cynical, dry and comically dignified. So English, he makes Noel Coward look like he’s from Coney Island. Tenor Ab2-G4. Moves well.

George/Cyril Devlin: M.: 20s to 40s. Robert’s anxious best man in charge of all the last minute details of the wedding. A strong character-type. The ultimate sidekick. Must be an extremely strong tapper. Tenor F3- Bb4.

Victor Feldzieg/Jack Adler: M.: Late 30s – 60s. A harried Broadway producer of a Ziegfeld Follies-type of revue. He is very unhappy that his leading lady is giving up the stage for love and will stop at nothing to end the nuptial plans. Bari-tenor Db3-Db4. Moves well.

Kitty/Sadie Adler F.: 20s – 30s. A dimwitted 1920s chorine and Feldzieg’s companion. There is really not a whole lot going on upstairs, but would give anything to be the star of Feldzieg’s Follies. Part Gracie Allen, part Jean Harlow. Good dancer. Soprano Bb3-F5. Gangster #1 and Gangster #2/The Tall Brothers: M.: 20s – 30s. A classic vaudeville duo with a strong sense of physical comedy (think 2 out of the Three Stooges). They pose as pastry chefs to put the pressure on Feldzieg to end the wedding. All heights, physical types and ethnicities strongly encouraged. Must be strong movers/dancers. Tenors Db3-Gb4.

Trix the Aviatrix/Gwendoline Hall F.: Late 20s to late 30s. The somewhat “butch” 1920s autopilot that saves the day and flies the company off to Rio. Think Amelia Earhart as played by Ethel Waters, but not necessarily African American. Ab3-Eb5 Belter.

Ensemble: M & F: 20s to 30s. Seeking two men and two women to play members of Mrs. Tottendale’s household staff, reporters and aviators. All must be excellent singers and extremely strong dancers. NOTE: One of these gentlemen will play the role of the Superintendent.

Directions: Take the R to 9th St. or the F to 4th Ave. in Brooklyn. The R can be accessed at the Pacific/Atlantic station in Brooklyn which is served by the 2,3,4,5,N,B,D and Q trains from Manhattan.

(NEW) Glengarry Glen Ross, open call
Auditions will be held on Sunday, December 5 at 6:30pm and Monday, December 6 at 7pm. Both auditions will be held at The Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Ave., Chatham. Director Chase Newhart asks that actors be familiar with the script. Sides will be provided at the audition.

The Chatham Community Players will hold open auditions for GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS by the David Mamet. The production runs March 4 – 19, 2011 at the Chatham Playhouse. Chase Newhart directs. The Chatham Players have an open call casting policy. ALL roles are open, none are pre-cast, and everyone is encouraged to audition. Any questions please call Kristin Furlong at (732) 208-4184 or email her at For directions or additional information, please visit Synopsis: It’s the early 1980’s in Chicago where all cons, like magic acts, begin with subtle manipulation, but then slide into sleight of hand when the mark becomes distracted. In a world where talking can be idle and irrelevant, but also meaningful and foreshadowing, the tone of the “talking” is the defining qualifier. Life in this crucible is represented by a constantly present chalkboard: Top man gets a Cadillac – Bottom man gets “erased”. Success leads to opportunity for greater rewards – Failure becomes an inescapable trap, spiraling inevitably down – a theme in a minor key.

Ricky Roma
(Salesman, 40s) Suave, successful, devious and out for himself.

Shelly Levine (Salesman, 50s/60s) Sinking desperately in tragic quicksand, his boastfulness will lead to humiliation.

John Williamson (Manager, 30s/40s) Without real sales experience, apparently a company man – but nevertheless willing to scam in his own interest.

Dave Moss (Salesman, 50s) Tough, crude, and too bitter to play well the hand he’s been dealt.

George Aronow (Salesman, 50s) Frustrated and meek, depressed but accepting, he is needy – but still has common sense.

James Lingk (married, 30s/40s) We meet him drinking alone. Sensitive, malleable to others and deeply flawed.

Detective Baylen (Police Officer, 40s) Experienced, no-nonsense cop. Strong – will use force when needed.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

New York Stage Casting Update: Nov 2nd

The Drama Book Shop Stage Casting is Sponsored by

(NEW) Dollface, New Musical Comedy
THURSDAY, NOV 4 (11am-2pm, women, 2:30pm-5:30pm, men) and FRIDAY, NOV 5, (11am-2pm, men, 2:30pm-5:30pm, women). CALLBACKS SUNDAY, NOV. 7, 2010, 5pm- 8pm. Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue (10th St), NYC. Please prepare a ballad and an uptempo song (in the style of 50's/60's rock 'n' roll, to be sung a capella) and a 2 minute comic monologue. Sides will be provided. You may bring an accompanist. Be prepared for simple dance combinations. Email David Forman

David Forman and B.J. Sebring are casting DOLLFACE, a musical comedy set in 1956 Queens, NY; Dolores Zuckerman is an aspiring television comedienne whose deluded aspirations lead to romance, danger and intrigue. Produced by Theater for the New City. Rehearsal begins NOV 22 at TNC. Pending Equity Showcase approval.

, (Dollface) Would-be entertainer. Late twenties-mid thirties, mezzo, beautiful, comical. Strong singing, some dancing, lots of physical comedy. Lead.

HANK CHILDS, A real square, Dolores' boyfriend. Mid thirties-early forties, earnest, clueless. High baritone/tenorStrong singing, some (comic) dancing. Lead.

VICTOR CATALAN, Cigarette magician. Handsome latin lover. Mid thirties, baritone. Strong singing (Billy Eckstine, Arthur Prysock), some dancing, magic act a plus. Lead.

J.B. SHIVELY, Unsavory niteclub owner. Forties-fifties. Baritone, strong singing, some dancing. Good ear for harmony essential. Supporting.

GAYLORD PEARLSTEIN, Jeweler, pillar of the community with a dark side. Fifties-sixties. High baritone, strong singing. Good ear for harmony essential. Supporting.

GERT SILBERFARB, Dolores' neighbor and surrogate mom, sixties-seventies. Some singing, lots of physical comedy. Supporting.

NURSE GROUT, Head nurse at old age home. Forties-fifties. Large, severe. Alto, contralto, strong singing, physical comedy. Supporting.

YUMMY & IMPY, Niteclub employees/peeping toms/goons. Twenties-thirties, high baritone/tenor. Strong signing, some dancing/physical comedy. Good ear for harmony essential. Supporting.

OFFICER BOYLE, Neighborhood cop-on-the-take. Forties-fifties, baritone. Strong singing. Good ear for harmony essential. Supporting.

MOTHER CHILDS, Hank's fussy mom. Fifties-sixties, mezzo. Strong singing, physical comedy.

MOIST TOWELETTES, Nightclub chorus girls. Twenties, strong harmony singing essential, strong dancing.

(NEW) Raising Cane, Fight Fest
Please email headshot and letter of interest to Auditions will be held by invitation.

Seeking actors interested in being part of a fight play (a play with significant fight choreography) as part of the Brick Theatre's Fight Festival in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The play, Raising Cane: A Family Portrait, is a dark, campy fight comedy following the familial dysfunctions of a backwoods clan who love nothing more than beating each other's brains out. In the tradition of early John Waters and Troma Films, the play's equal parts extreme humor and intense combat explore the question of whether we stick with family cause we love 'em of if we love 'em because we can't get away. Actors should be fearless (but NO NUDITY REQUIRED), interested in extreme humor/horror, and be interested in working with stage combat. Previous experience in any stage combat or movement work a plus but not required. The festival dates are as follows: SATURDAY, DEC 4 5:00. THURSDAY, DEC 9 8:00. SATURDAY, DEC 11 8:00. TUESDAY, DEC 14 8:00. SUNDAY, DEC 19 8:00. Unfortunately no pay but we promise manageable rehearsals and a fun experience on a unique script.

ROLES FOR FEMALES. Lucy, 20+. An attractive, sweet member of the family.

ROLES FOR MEN. Three roles for men, ages 20+. Deranged colorful roles of various sizes. FIGHT EXPERIENCE a strong plus. One role includes very little spoken word but significant combat.

One male role is a strong feral child. Wild physical movement a plus.