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billyelliotfan123
Understudy
joined:10/24/09
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Posted: 3/13/10 at 10:48pm
Do you think being 17 right now is too young to audition for Henry in N2N?
adamgreer
Broadway Legend
joined:3/18/05
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Posted: 3/13/10 at 10:50pm
No. Jennifer Damiano was 17 when the show began.

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"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
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My name is neither "adam" nor "greer."
dramamama611
Broadway Legend
joined:12/4/07
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Posted: 3/14/10 at 06:54am
The character is a teen ager...how could it be too young?

Additionally....it has more to do look with LOOKING the right age (and being right for the part) then it does BEING the right age.
If we're not having fun, then why are we doing it? These are DISCUSSION boards, not mutual admiration boards. Discussion only occurs when we are willing to hear what others are thinking, regardless of whether it is alignment to our own thoughts.
Updated On: 3/14/10 at 06:54 AM
kellymarie465
Stand-by
joined:8/17/08
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Posted: 3/14/10 at 08:46am
billyelliotfan123 ... how are how auditioning for the show?
billyelliotfan123
Understudy
joined:10/24/09
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Posted: 3/14/10 at 10:03am
playbill put up a notice
dg22894
Broadway Legend
joined:2/22/08
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Posted: 3/14/10 at 10:24am
link??
wdwfreak
Broadway Legend
joined:10/14/08
ljay889
Broadway Legend
joined:8/4/04
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Posted: 3/14/10 at 02:54pm
Wow! They are looking to cast the roles young.
I would love to see Louis Hobson get bumped up to Dan. I think it could work with a younger Diana. That seems like the route they are going. Even 15 seems a bit young for Natalie.
#sadandtransparent
Updated On: 3/14/10 at 02:54 PM
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
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Posted: 3/14/10 at 03:22pm
I guess the offer they made to Justin Bieber fell through.
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ljay889
Broadway Legend
joined:8/4/04
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Posted: 3/14/10 at 03:27pm
Was he offered Dan?
#sadandtransparent
adamgreer
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joined:3/18/05
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Posted: 3/14/10 at 03:35pm
Those ages don't make any sense. Gabe is definitely not 16, in fact he's specifically identified as being almost 18. Natalie is clearly a senior in high school. I guess Henry could be younger. I do like that they're looking for a younger Diana and Dan, though. And I also love the idea of the cast being "any ethnicity!"

Also...a 16 year old Gabe is creepy! They'd have to cut the sexual tension in the There's A World/ I Dreamed a Dance sequence completely, given the age of the actor. Plus, I don't think most 16 year old boys' voices are developed enough to sing I'm Alive regularly.

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them"
~Walt Disney

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
~Walt Disney

My name is neither "adam" nor "greer."
Updated On: 3/14/10 at 03:35 PM
dramamama611
Broadway Legend
joined:12/4/07
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Posted: 3/14/10 at 03:48pm
Natalie is NOT a senior....simply by the references to getting out of high school EARLY...she's a jr, at best. Most students turn 18 anytime during their senior year.

The part about Gabe could just be a typo -- but certainly...he can't be that close to the age of Natalie.
If we're not having fun, then why are we doing it? These are DISCUSSION boards, not mutual admiration boards. Discussion only occurs when we are willing to hear what others are thinking, regardless of whether it is alignment to our own thoughts.
ljay889
Broadway Legend
joined:8/4/04
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Posted: 3/14/10 at 03:51pm
My new Diana idea: Andrea Burns

#sadandtransparent
gcontini2
Featured Actor
joined:11/17/09
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Posted: 3/14/10 at 05:03pm
Ljay - love this idea! Burns would be excellent. I think she might warm the role up a little, too.
ljay889
Broadway Legend
joined:8/4/04
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Posted: 3/14/10 at 05:11pm
I'm glad you like it! . I think she would be fantastic, especially since they are now open to casting all ethnicities.

Hopefully a casting director/producer reads this thread!
#sadandtransparent
madscientist
Stand-by
joined:10/18/08
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Posted: 3/14/10 at 05:20pm
I also love the Andrea Burns idea! Her voice is so pretty!
HeyMrMusic
Broadway Legend
joined:5/16/04
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Posted: 3/14/10 at 05:27pm
I'm sure they were always open to all ethnicities, or so they would post on the breakdown.

I don't think I'll show up to the audition. Probably everyone and their mom will be there, and therefore no non-Eqs will be seen. Of course, I'm just assuming that, I have no idea. And I wonder how open they really are to other ethnicities (I am Asian). O well.

~Steven
kellymarie465
Stand-by
joined:8/17/08
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Posted: 3/14/10 at 05:45pm
Does anyone think Non-Equity people will be seen at the audition?
rmusic11322
Broadway Legend
joined:7/22/07
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Posted: 3/14/10 at 10:35pm
tell me to put this down if that's needed
Nicole Parker for Gabe
The world was created for ME!
HeyMrMusic
Broadway Legend
joined:5/16/04
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Posted: 3/14/10 at 10:49pm
I can just foresee Telsey being packed with Equity people since the show is kind of generic to cast. Any and all kinds of actors are going to try out if they think they sort of have a contemporary theatre voice. Not to mention Equity actors putting themselves down as alternates in addition to EMCs... Yeah, I think there will be a lot of people at this audition. They may turn away all non-Eq. But I could be wrong, it could be an abnormally slow audition.

~Steven
kellymarie465
Stand-by
joined:8/17/08
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Posted: 3/15/10 at 01:44pm
I am Non-Equity and I'm 17 so I'll be going for Natalie! Should I even bother going since I'm not an Equity member? Or should I go and hopefully I'll be seen!?
And in the audition add in Playbill.com ... Do they want a Musial theatre song? Or is it a choice between a contemporary pop/rock song and musical theatre song? Cause I didn't understand that part. 16 or 32 bars? or full song?

So any thoughts? I'm Non-Equity...should I go?
broadway_show_fan
Broadway Star
joined:12/12/05
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Posted: 3/15/10 at 01:58pm
Anyone notice how the Playbill.com audition info has the wrong theater listed? It says the Longacre instead of the Booth. I think this clearly shows that the person who posted the info could very likely be misinformed about the production (referring to the questions about characters' ages).
Trainwreck
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joined:3/4/10
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Posted: 3/15/10 at 01:59pm
Isn't the character 18-years-old? I think 17 would be fine.
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tzohar
Swing
joined:4/18/08
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Posted: 3/15/10 at 02:06pm
They're giving you a choice between contemporary rock/pop song or a contemporary musical theatre song. Personally I think you should prepare both and sing the one you prefer first, and if they ask for another one, do the other. 16 bars is more than enough-- don't do any longer than that. DEFINITELY not full song.

And YES, go go go. Go to the audition. The only reasons in the world why someone should "not bother" going to an open call is if the call is being done somewhere far away that you can't get to (like, you live in LA and the call is in NY and you can't get there in time) or if you're dead. Seriously, the whole thought process of "maybe I shouldn't bother because they're probably looking for this-and-that and I'm so-and-so" is death to an actor. Kristin Chenoweth went on a trip to New York when she was barely out of college and went to an open Equity call for "Animal Crackers" (she was not equity) and waited all day until they finally saw her right before the end, and ended up hiring her on the spot. You can't assume anything in this business. If there's an open call coming up and you want to go, go go go. Otherwise you may be talking yourself out of a potential job.
MeggilyWeggily08
Leading Actor
joined:11/23/09
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Posted: 3/15/10 at 02:54pm
I'm 13 and non-equity, but I swear I can play 16, I have a 17 year old sister who easily looks 17 and people always think that we're twins. Should I go and just ask when I get there if they think they'll have time to see non-equity people?
kellymarie465
Stand-by
joined:8/17/08
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Posted: 3/15/10 at 09:10pm
Thanks tzohar for those words of encouragement :)

Well, I've already have 16 bars of 2 different songs prepared (one theatre, one not). I live in Connecticut so it's not a far commute but what is a good time to show up since I'm Non-Equity (later in the day? or before 10?). It starts at 10am ... A good time to get there would probably be before 7, right? But they probably want to see all the Equity people so if I get there real early, I would most likely wait until all Equity people are seen, right?

Sorry, for all these annoying questions ... I just want to make sure I get everything right :)

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