City Center Encores! 2020 Season - NYC EPA (09.09.19)

City Center Encores! 2020 Season - NYC EPA (09.09.19)

CATEGORY: Performer

New York City Center Inc.
New York, NY

Job Details

DESCRIPTION

Call Type: EPA

CONTRACT
Special Agreement
TBD no less than ($1,544/ Week)

PERSONNEL
Artistic Director: Jack Viertel
Encores! Musical Director: Rob Berman
Casting: Binder Casting

OTHER
EPA Procedures are in effect for this audition.

An Equity Monitor will be provided.

Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition.

Always bring your Equity Membership card to auditions.

SEEKING
Equity actor/singers for various roles in the 2020 Season. See breakdown.

Encores! City Center is seriously committed to an entirely diverse cast for each of the productions of the 2020 Season.

BREAKDOWN

Show #1
MACK AND MABEL
Encores 2020 Season
New York City Center Artistic Director: Jack Viertel
Music/Lyrics by: Jerry Herman
Book by: Michael Stewart
Revisions by: Fracine Pascal
Director/Choreographer: Josh Rhodes
Musical Director: Rob Berman
Casting: Binder Casting

Rehearsal: 2/4/20
Open: 2/19/20
Close: 2/23/20

NOTE: MACK AND MABEL originally opened on Broadway in 1974 at the Majestic Theatre, starring Bernadette Peters and Robert Preston. Set in 1938, the great Hollywood comic director, Mack Sennett, reminisces about his career and love affair with Mabel Normand in a series of flashbacks beginning in 1911.

SEEKING THE FOLLOWING ROLES: Males:

MACK – CAST

WILLIAM DESMON TAYLOR– Any Ethnicity, Mid 30s to early 40s. A serious director, and rival for both Mabel’s acting talents and her affection. In contrast to Mack’s rough personality, he is suave, dashing, debonair, and sophisticated. Baritone

FRANK WYMAN – Any Ethnicity, Mid to late 30s. Frank begins as a young teenage writer for Mack’s “two-reeler” silent comedies and develops into a major screen writer. The character is loosely based on Frank Capra. Frank has great affection for Mabel and is ultimately in love with her although he never expresses it. He is warm and intelligent. The actor must have the ability to convincingly play from teenage to late 30s. Baritone.

MR. KESSEL– Any Ethnicity, Late 30s to early 40s. He is Max’s major backer and is a hard task master but believes thoroughly in Max’s talents. Baritone

MR. BAUMAN – African American, Late 30s to early 40s. Mr. Kessel’s partner and much like Kessel in personality. Baritone

FATTY ARBUCKLE - Any Ethnicity, Mid 30s. The famous silent screen comedian. In addition to his

size, actor must have genuine comedic skills and be physically agile in order to execute live recreations of silent film. Tenor

ANDY - Any Ethnicity, Late 20s to mid 30s. Mack’s loyal camera man. Actor must have a youthful, charming and eager quality while having the ability to move very well.

EDDIE - Any Ethnicity, Mid to late 40s. The loyal night watchman for Mack ’s studio. Legit Tenor. Females:

MABEL – CAST

LOTTIE – African American. Mid 30s to early 40s. An Ex-Showgirl, now one of Mack’s leading comic players in his “two-reelers”. She knows the ropes but has a heart of gold. Actress must be tall and statuesque. She must be a superb physical comedian as well as an EXPERT TAP DANCER. Broadway Belt.

ELLA – African American. Mid to late 30s. She accompanies the physical action of the “two-reelers” on the piano as Mack directs them. She’s a jovial and positive spirit. Must play the PIANO well. She is a comic character actress with a Broadway Belt.

NOTE: ACTORS OF ALL ETHNICITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND

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Show #2:
LOVE LIFE
Encores 2020 Season
New York City Center Artistic Director: Jack Viertel
Book/Lyrics by: Alan Jay Lerner
Music by: Kurt Weill

Concert Adaptation: Jack Viertel Director: Victoria Clark
Choreographer: JoAnn Hunter
Musical Director: Rob Berman
Casting: Binder Casting

Rehearsal: 3/3/20
Open: 3/18/20
Close: 3/22/20

Note: LOVE LIFE originally opened on Broadway in 1948 at the 46th Street Theatre (now the Richard Rodgers), starring Nanette Fabray and Ray Middleton. The show told the story of a married couple, Sam and Susan Cooper, who never age as they progress from 1791 to 1948. One of the first examples of the concept musical, the action of Love Life was interspersed with vaudeville-style numbers that commented on the story through successive periods of American history.

SEEKING THE FOLLOWING ROLES: Males:

SAMUEL COOPER – CAST

DRIFTER – Any Ethnicity, Late 20s to mid 40s. His presence is ubiquitous. We should not have any clear sense of who he is – he’s an observer, perhaps a janitor or a stagehand or stage doorman and many other roles including the Con Man and MC. He observes most of the show from onstage and has a major show-stopping number called “Love Song”. Should be able to con, seduce, observe, and eventually betray. Strong movement and/or dance skills here would be helpful but not necessary. Facilitates the story-telling throughout the entire show. In essence, he functions in a similar way to the MC in Cabaret. Actor must have chameleon like ability to blend into the action and become a central presence when necessary. In a way, he is the glue through the entire story. Strong resonant Baritenor.

JOHNNY COOPER – Any Ethnicity, 12-14. Excellent singer, actor, dancer, excellent at tap and jazz; earnest, hard-working, sincere, will probably follow dad one day into his business, charming and engaging. Unchanged voice with a confident belt as well as soprano range. We are looking for a true triple threat.

Females:
SUSAN COOPER – CAST

ELIZABETH COOPER –Any Ethnicity, 10-12. Excellent singer, actor, dancer, excellent at tap and jazz; old soul, intelligent, observant, funny and wise beyond her years. Looking for a confident belt as well as soprano range. We are looking for a true triple threat.

NOTE: ACTORS OF ALL ETHNICITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND

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Show #3
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
Encores 2020 Season
New York City Center Artistic Director: Jack Viertel
Book by: Richard Morris & Dick Scanlan
Music by: Jeanine Tesori
Director: Lear deBessonet
Creative Consultant: Lauren Yee
Choreographer: Camille Brown
Musical Director: Rob Berman
Casting: Binder Casting

Rehearsal: 4/21/20
Open: 5/6/20
Close: 5/10/20

Note: THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE originally opened on Broadway in 2002. Like the film on which it is based, it interpolates new tunes with some previously written songs. This production will be a thoroughly reimagined interpretation focusing strongly on the determination of a young woman coming to the big city, fighting to make a new life for herself and surviving in the “modern world”. Millie is a fighter and determined to achieve self-revelation of what it means to step into a new version of one’s self. In essence, we are filtering the struggles and triumphs of a modern-day woman through the lens of the 1920s.

SEEKING:

Females:

MILLIE DILLMOUNT – CAST

MISS DOROTHY BROWN – Any Ethnicity, Mid to late 20s. A naive, pretty, wealthy woman with class who has moved to New York in search of a new life. She becomes Millie's roommate and confidant. Through her relationship with Millie, she achieves confidence, self-respect, and maturity. Actress must have tap skills. Soprano

MRS. MEERS – Asian, Mid 40s to late 50s. She is the proprietor of a home for young single professional women called the Hotel Priscilla. While on the surface, she is a kindly woman – she actually oversees an illegal operation within the hotel. While the actress must possess superb comic skills, the role will not be portrayed as a cartoon. Mezzo-Soprano.

MUZZY VAN HOSSMERE – Any Ethnicity, 35-45. A glamorous, wealthy, fearless socialite. She becomes Millie's friend/mentor and opens the door for Millie’s self-revelation of what it means to step into a confident version of herself. Actress must be superb comedian. Mezzo-Soprano.

[MISS FLANNERY] – Any Ethnicity, 35-45. Can be gender fluid. An uptight, stern office manager. She runs the stenographer pool at Sincere Trust Insurance Company. A character comedian but the comedy must be based in reality and not an exaggerated cartoon. Mezzo-Soprano.

Males:

JIMMY SMITH – Any Ethnicity, Mid to late 20s. A happy-go-lucky unconventional member of high- society, has great charm and a sense of boyish innocence. He unexpectedly becomes the story's hero. He falls in love with Millie. Must tap and move well. Baritenor.

TREVOR GRAYDON – Any Ethnicity, Mid 30s to late 30s. An executive at the Sincere Trust Insurance Company. He is sharp, ambitious, and secretly romantic. He does not need to be the absolute classically handsome type portrayed in previous productions. Can be an appealing leading man but not a beauty. Baritone.

CHING HO – Asian, Early to mid 20s. An immigrant working as a henchman to Mrs. Meers. This character will be treated with complete respect and will in no way be represented as a stereotype. Sings and speaks in Chinese. Baritenor.

BUN FOO – Asian, Mid to late 20s. An immigrant working to bring his mother to the United States. Older brother of Ching Ho and henchman to Mrs. Meers. This character will be treated with complete respect and will in no way be represented as a stereotype. Sings and speaks in Chinese. Baritenor.

NOTE: ACTORS OF ALL ETHNICITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND

Union

EPA

Audition Information

Where

Actors' Equity New York Audition Center
165 W 46th St
16th Fl
New York, NY 10036

WHEN
Monday, September 9, 2019
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Lunch 1 to 2

WHAT TO PREPARE

Come prepared to sing a cut of a Golden Age musical theatre song. Suggested composers: Irving Berlin, Rogers and Hammerstein, Rogers and Hart, Jule Styne, Sigmund Romberg, Otto Harbach, Jerome Kern, American Kurt Weill. We prefer that actors do not sing from the shows being presented. Bring a picture and resume, stapled together, and sheet music (an accompanist will be provided).

Minors must be accompanied by an adult

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