Cinderella – Equity Principal Auditions

Description:

Broadway / Production Contract $1,754/week minimum.
Producers: Robyn Goodman, Stephen Kocis & Jill Furman
Score: Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
Book: Douglas Carter Beane
Dir: Mark Brokaw
Choreo: Josh Rhodes
Mus Sprvsr: David Chase
Mus Dir: Andy Einhorn
GM: Richards/Climan Inc.
CDs: Cindy Tolan & Adam Caldwell

1st reh: 12/3/12. 1st preview: 1/21/13. Open-ended run begins 2/21.

Douglas Carter Beane’s new book re-invents the classic tale of a maid-turned-princess with fresh comedy, wit and satire: with pumpkin, glass slippers, Fairy Godmother and other story elements intact, it is now Cinderella’s turn to rescue the Prince, reminding us once again that in a cruel world the act that matters most is kindness.

In addition to musical numbers from the original score — including “In My Own Little Corner”, “Impossible/It’s Possible”, “Ten Minutes Ago” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?”, this new production will include several songs from the Rodgers & Hammerstein trunk.

Seeking:

Lord Pinkleton:
AVAILABLE ROLE. Man, mid 30s-50s, any ethnicity. The Lord Chancellor’s right-hand man. Announces royal balls, banquets and even the weather to the villagers. Must have great comic timing. Traditional musical theatre tenor with power. Actor in this role also understudies the role of Sebastian.

Note from Equity: The following roles are cast with performers who participated in the piece’s development at a regional theatre. Auditioning performers will be considered as understudies and as possible future replacements for these roles.

Ella:
CAST. Woman, 20s, any ethnicity. Though no one notices her beneath her rags and quiet demeanor, she is opinionated, charismatic, passionate, beautiful and funny. Idealistic and hopeful, she courageously challenges the prince to change the policies in his kingdom – and helps him discover who he truly is. Always her late father’s daughter, she is determined to see the good in everyone despite her hardships and suffering. We see her blossom into a confident woman. Must have strong dance and partnering skills and great comedic timing. Beautiful and expressive traditional musical theatre soprano.

Topher:
CAST. Man, 20s – early 30s, any ethnicity. A misguided and lost prince who longs to do something important with his life. Though brave and heroic, he feels lonely and unfulfilled. Attractive and charming but not a stereotypical ladies man, he is thoughtful, appealing and innocent – with an unforced goofy streak. Moral, genuine and kindhearted, he is at a crossroads and must take control of his kingdom and his future. Must have strong dance and partnering skills and great comedic timing. Soaring, rich musical theatre baritone to G.

Madame:
CAST. Woman, late 40s – 60s, any ethnicity. Ella’s selfish stepmother. The epitome of vanity and fashion. A ravenous social climber who values wealth, status and material possessions above all else. Unapologetically dismissive and sometimes cruel, Madame schemes her way up the social ladder. Must have incredible comic timing. Traditional musical theatre character voice.

Sebastian:
CAST. Man, 40s-60s, any ethnicity. The kingdom’s Lord Chancellor. Though he is Topher’s trusted advisor, he is devious and selfish. Using propaganda and dishonesty, he keeps Topher isolated and in the dark about his kingdom. Sebastian rules without regard for the lower class, or anyone other than himself – and truly believes he deserves to rule the kingdom. Must have incredible comic timing. Traditional musical theatre character voice.

Marie:
CAST. Woman, 40s-60s, any ethnicity. A friend to Ella, and the town’s resident crazy lady and beggar-woman. Actually a fairy godmother in disguise. Wise, warm, otherworldly and charming. Marie rewards Ella for her kindness by making her dreams a possibility. Glorious and expressive traditional musical theatre soprano to G.

Gabrielle:
CAST. Woman, 20s-30s, any ethnicity. Ella’s stepsister and daughter of Madame. Encouraged by her mother and sister to value material wealth and social status, she unenthusiastically joins them in their abrasive behavior. Quietly passionate, empathetic and witty, she is drawn to Ella and Jean-Michel. Ironically aware that she doesn’t fit in. Must have great comic timing. Strong and expressive traditional musical theatre voice.

Jean-Michel:
CAST. Man, 20s-30s, any ethnicity. A feisty, passionate peasant determined to make a change for the starving class. Impetuous. A firebrand, but lacks authority and isn’t taken seriously as a revolutionary. Has a crush on Gabrielle, though their courtship is forbidden because they are from different social classes. Interested in all physical types – he could be scrawny, short, tall, etc. Must have great comic timing. Traditional musical theatre voice. Must understand musical phrasing and have an attractive, compelling sound.

Charlotte:
CAST. Woman, 30s, any ethnicity. Ella’s stepsister and daughter of Madame. Brash, self-centered, materialistic, snooty, loud, sassy and bratty, she has a ridiculously high – but unfounded – opinion of herself. She never passes up an opportunity to be the center of attention. Must have great comic timing. Strong and expressive traditional musical theatre character belt to F.

Company:
Broadway / Production Contract

Address:

New York, NY
US

Response Method(s):
At Audition

Audition Information

When:

Equity Principal Auditions:
Thursday, August 30, 2012
10 AM – 6 PM
Lunch from 1 – 2.

Where:

Chelsea Studios
151 West 26th Street, 5th Floor
New York City

Notes/What to bring:

Please prepare a brief, traditional musical theatre song. Bring sheet music in the correct key; an accompanist will be provided, but may not transpose. Please bring a photo and resume, stapled back-to-back.

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