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BANDSTAND: A Musical
Direction and Choreography: Andy Blankenbuehler
Music by Richard Oberacker
Book and Lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker
Musical Director: David Kreppel
Casting: Tara Rubin Casting/Lindsay Levine

Paper Mill Playhouse
COST Tier 4- Equity Minimum $824/week
Producing Artistic Director: Mark S. Hoebee
Managing Director: Todd Schmidt
Associate Artistic Director: Patrick Parker
Rehearsals o/a August 24th, 2015
First Performance: Thursday, October 8th
Press Opening: Sunday, October 18th
Closing: Sunday, November 8th

Equity Principal Auditions:
Thursday, March 12th
Pearl 500 8th Ave, 4th Floor

10:00-6:00PM
1:30-2:30 Lunch

Please prepare a brief uptempo traditional musical theater song (or something similar) with a jazz or swing feel. For example- Cole Porter, Gershwin, etc. No pop/rock please.

For anyone who is playing an instrument please play a selection of your choice that is period appropriate. Any instrumentalist will have to sing as well, so please also prepare a song to sing without your instrument.
               
Please bring a picture and resume, STAPLED TOGETHER.

Set in 1945, “BANDSTAND” tells the story of a mismatched swing band of military veterans who join together to compete in a national radio contest in New York City with a prize that will guarantee instant stardom to the winners.  But with complicated relationships, the demands of the competition and the challenging after-effects of the War that each vet band member carries, going all the way for a win in the contest seems like a dream that may break them more than give them their big break.  The score is strongly influenced by authentic 1940’s swing music, much of which is played onstage by the characters who make up the band. The show races towards a “live on air” finale that has an emotionally charged and surprise twist ending that requires every ounce of talent, stamina and raw nerve that these musicians possess.

SEEKING:
DONNY NOVITSKI  (mid 20’s) Polish/Italian American.  He is handsome but in an unusual, melting pot way.  He is a gifted musician, both as a pianist and vocalist.  He has a confidence in his talent that can sometimes appear arrogant but he always has the goods to back it up.  He also carries an energy of unrest, of frustration in knowing how much he has to offer musically without the recognition and rewards afforded others.  This can sometimes result in speaking impulsively.  However, there must be in him an inherent likeability that compensates for these flaws.  And when he is at his piano in front of an audience, he is a true star.  Donny also carries the enormous emotional burden of his war experiences.  MUST ALSO PLAY PIANO. Strong high baritone with “crooner” colors in moments, low B flat (lightly) to strong high G (with optional high B flat). THIS ROLE IS ON OFFER.  Seeking Understudy.

JULIA TROY (mid 20’s) She is very intelligent, probably bookish, with a nurturing sensibility. Julia can seem as if she isn’t particularly concerned with being pretty but when she is in front of an audience, she does in fact care a great deal. She has put her life on hold to grieve and to be a companion to her mother.  The Julia that has star quality, that can make herself look quite attractive, has been in hiding for a long time. She has incredible vulnerability that she hides very well.  But in those moments she can retain her sly sense of humor. She can give herself over to her music in such an organic, unstudied and we should be reminded of Judy Garland in Julia’s mix of vulnerability and strength.  She has an extraordinary singing voice (Warm alto, low F# to belt D, Legit to G.) THIS ROLE IS CAST. Seeking Understudy.

MRS. JUNE ADAMS (50’s) Julia’s mother.  She is a woman who likely has let age and disillusionment get the best of her figure.  She has a natural and easy comedic sense about her but it is tied very closely to the disappointments in her life. A realist by nature, with an atheistic bent. But she does try very hard to appear upbeat and winning when around others who aren’t her close family. She is extremely proud of her daughter and thankful for her daughter’s loyalty, but she is also very intuitive about Julia’s needs and can be very pointed and wise when necessary. Low character alto, low A flat to middle G

JIMMY CAMPBELL (mid to late 20’s) Jimmy is very handsome and can be cautious and very quick to suspect people of dealing unfairly with him and those he cares about.  But he is extremely loyal once he comes to trust someone and feel they trust him.  He is someone that appears to be an underdog in terms of his physicality but can be the strongest person in the room emotionally. Harbors a secret attraction to Donny. He has a lawyer’s mind, analytical and calculating. MUST ALSO PLAY THE SAXOPHONE.

DAVY ZLATIC (late 20’s- early 30’s) Davy is an archetypical Falstaff.  He is big in body and spirit.  He can be boisterous and at times vulgar in his humor.  He drinks almost constantly and while his drinking lends a cheerful veneer to his personality, it covers a very dark center.  He knows that he can use his humor and good-time bonhomie to keep him from falling into despair.  And given his size and physical power, it should be apparent that if he were to become angered, he could do a lot of harm. MUST ALSO PLAY BASS.

NICK RADEL (late 20’ to early 30’s) Nick is a man who seems constantly irritated with the world and those that inhabit it.  Whether this comes from his physical attributes or his experiences as a prisoner of war in Germany isn’t entirely clear.  Fortunately this constant irritation manifests itself in humorous if blistering verbal outbursts.  Nick must have the sharpest, most cynical sense of humor and be able to get a laugh by the slightest impatient roll of the eyes.  And because his talent on the trumpet is so extraordinary, he can channel that fierceness and sharpness into his playing. MUST ALSO PLAY TRUMPET.

WAYNE WRIGHT (late 20’s to early 30’s) Wayne is a Marine with a capital “M”.  He is disciplined and precise, often impatient and completely convinced that this is the result of his training and service. The opportunities for any number of odd habits that deal with cleanliness, discipline and order to appear are endless. He is a man that has an enormous capacity to bond, to be loyal and to love but he tries his best to disguise that.  And because those expressions of bonding, care and brotherhood go unspoken, they are not evident in his text and must be something that we see and sense in his being. MUST ALSO PLAY TROMBONE.

JOHNNY SIMPSON  (mid 20’s to mid 30’s) Johnny is a very simple man.  He’s not stupid or a comic idiot foil, but there might have been some knocks to the head in his accident which has left him with a rather bad back.  He’s an observer, and when needed a straightforward speaker of truth.  He is very loyal and trustworthy, if sometimes slower on the uptake than the others.  When playing with the band, however, this simplicity serves him and he can be single minded in his groove and the unshakable foundation to the swing. MUST ALSO PLAY DRUMS.

MALE ENSEMBLE: (20’s-50’s) Men of all ages and sizes to play Bartenders, Radio Announcers, Servicemen, etc. Should be strong singer/dancers. We are also looking for men who are strong singers who move well to play featured character roles. Should be comfortable with part singing and jazz voicing.

FEMALE ENSEMBLE: (20’s-50’s) Women of all ages and sizes to play Waitresses, Actresses, Clerks, etc. Should be strong singer/dancers. We are also looking for women who are strong singers who move well to play featured character roles. Should be comfortable with part singing and jazz voicing.

WE ARE SEEKING ACTORS OF ALL ETHNICITIES AND CULTURAL BACKGROUNDS.
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BANDSTAND: A Musical
Direction and Choreography: Andy Blankenbuehler
Music by Richard Oberacker
Book and Lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker
Musical Director: David Kreppel
Casting: Tara Rubin Casting/Lindsay Levine

Paper Mill Playhouse
COST Tier 4- Equity Minimum $824/week
Producing Artistic Director: Mark S. Hoebee
Managing Director: Todd Schmidt
Associate Artistic Director: Patrick Parker
Rehearsals o/a August 24th, 2015
First Performance: Thursday, October 8th
Press Opening: Sunday, October 18th
Closing: Sunday, November 8th

ECC for Dancers:
Monday, March 16th, 2015
10:00am Female Dancers
2:00pm Male Dancers

Pearl Studios
500 8th Ave, 4th Floor

Please be ready to dance and bring jazz shoes and character shoes.

Please also prepare 16 bars of a traditional up-tempo song in case you are asked to stay and sing.
               
Please bring a picture and resume, STAPLED TOGETHER.

Auditions in NYC in June/July

Set in 1945, “BANDSTAND” tells the story of a mismatched swing band of military veterans who join together to compete in a national radio contest in New York City with a prize that will guarantee instant stardom to the winners.  But with complicated relationships, the demands of the competition and the challenging after-effects of the War that each vet band member carries, going all the way for a win in the contest seems like a dream that may break them more than give them their big break.  The score is strongly influenced by authentic 1940’s swing music, much of which is played onstage by the characters who make up the band. The show races towards a “live on air” finale that has an emotionally charged and surprise twist ending that requires every ounce of talent, stamina and raw nerve that these musicians possess.

MALE ENSEMBLE: (20’s-50’s) Men of all ages and sizes to play Bartenders, Radio Announcers, Servicemen, etc. Should be strong singer/dancers. We are also looking for men who are strong singers who move well to play featured character roles. Should be comfortable with part singing and jazz voicing.

FEMALE ENSEMBLE: (20’s-50’s) Women of all ages and sizes to play Waitresses, Actresses, Clerks, etc. Should be strong singer/dancers. We are also looking for women who are strong singers who move well to play featured character roles. Should be comfortable with part singing and jazz voicing.

WE ARE SEEKING ACTORS OF ALL ETHNICITIES AND CULTURAL BACKGROUNDS.

_________________________
BANDSTAND: A Musical
Direction and Choreography: Andy Blankenbuehler
Music by Richard Oberacker
Book and Lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker
Musical Director: David Kreppel
Casting: Tara Rubin Casting/Lindsay Levine

Paper Mill Playhouse
COST Tier 4- Equity Minimum $824/week
Producing Artistic Director: Mark S. Hoebee
Managing Director: Todd Schmidt
Associate Artistic Director: Patrick Parker
Rehearsals o/a August 24th, 2015
First Performance: Thursday, October 8th
Press Opening: Sunday, October 18th
Closing: Sunday, November 8th


ECC for Singers:
Tuesday, March 17th
10:00am Female Singers
2:00pm Male Singers

Pearl Studios
519 8th Ave, 12th Floor

Please prepare a brief uptempo traditional musical theater song (or something similar) with a jazz or swing feel. For example- Cole Porter, Gershwin, etc. No pop/rock please.
               
Please bring a picture and resume, STAPLED TOGETHER.

Set in 1945, “BANDSTAND” tells the story of a mismatched swing band of military veterans who join together to compete in a national radio contest in New York City with a prize that will guarantee instant stardom to the winners.  But with complicated relationships, the demands of the competition and the challenging after-effects of the War that each vet band member carries, going all the way for a win in the contest seems like a dream that may break them more than give them their big break.  The score is strongly influenced by authentic 1940’s swing music, much of which is played onstage by the characters who make up the band. The show races towards a “live on air” finale that has an emotionally charged and surprise twist ending that requires every ounce of talent, stamina and raw nerve that these musicians possess.

MALE ENSEMBLE: (20’s-50’s) Men of all ages and sizes to play Bartenders, Radio Announcers, Servicemen, etc. Should be strong singer/dancers. We are also looking for men who are strong singers who move well to play featured character roles. Should be comfortable with part singing and jazz voicing.

FEMALE ENSEMBLE: (20’s-50’s) Women of all ages and sizes to play Waitresses, Actresses, Clerks, etc. Should be strong singer/dancers. We are also looking for women who are strong singers who move well to play featured character roles. Should be comfortable with part singing and jazz voicing.

WE ARE SEEKING ACTORS OF ALL ETHNICITIES AND CULTURAL BACKGROUNDS



Performers can mail headshots and resumes to:

Patrick Parker 
Associate Artistic Director
Paper Mill Playhouse
22 Brookside Drive
Millburn, NJ 07041

E-mail: Patrick Parker

Child and Teen Performers

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General Information

Audition Notices are posted on this page (as the information becomes available). Audition Notices are also posted in the Backstage Newspaper two weeks prior to the auditions. These notices contain the name and address of the audition location, audition times, the roles available, what we are looking for, and requested audition material.

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