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On the Town revival asks actors to audition in costume...

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A developmental lab for a possible revival of John Rando's well-reviewed production: http://theandersontab.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/29/

Have also had this confirmed by three friends who saw "sailors" at the audition venue.

I agree whole-heartedly with the author. Thought some of you might be interested to read this...
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Def. girls and guys in costumes and wigs.
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I can't wait to see the opening night spreadsheet to see much much this saves them to cast people who fit the costumes.
No good can possibly come from using this vast wasteland of error and deliberate deceit. You should get off of it and warn others away. You should make sure your children and grandchildren know what a corrupt and morally bankrupt institution it truly is.
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Cheapest production ever. It is ushering in the BYOC (bring your own costume) clause in the Production contract.
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Do women auditioning for Hildy have to bring their own taxis?
Well-well-well-what-do-you-think-of-that-I-have-nothing-here-to-pay-my-train-fare-with-only-large-bills-fives-and-sevens....
Updated On: 11/6/13 at 08:03 PM
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It's pretty common to ask people to dress in something that fits the look/time period of the show (don't wear a suit for American Idiot, do wear a suit for How to Succeed, etc), but I've never heard of actors being required to come in an actual costume that they must provide. Did this blogger confirm that this is the situation? As in, "We'd love to see you for Gabey but you really HAVE to go out and buy yourself a sailor suit?"
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This seems to be a good time to recount something Carol Lawrence once shared- she decided for her audition and (many) call-backs for WEST SIDE STORY to wear the same outfit every time. She figured they would always remember her in remembering the outfit.
She always thought it helped get her the role. It's probably old-hat now, but the thought may have originated with her.
Well-well-well-what-do-you-think-of-that-I-have-nothing-here-to-pay-my-train-fare-with-only-large-bills-fives-and-sevens....
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Not sure if the blogger confirmed it, but I know three different people who were at auditions and/or rehearsals at the same venue and saw lots of people dressed as sailors.
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So may "creative people" in the world truly aren't.

I agree with the sentiments in the blog post.
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NOWHERE in the casting notice does it say a costume is required. in fact, that seems like something Equity would possibly take issue with (isn't that effectively saying you have to pay money to audition for this production?).


On the Town: Equity Principal Auditions
Updated On: 11/7/13 at 12:04 PM
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If that Playbill.com link is the full notice, then I have no idea who told this guy "they were being asked to show up in costume."

Who asked? Where?

People often do show up with a suggestion of costume or an appropriate hairstyle, etc. But it's not mandatory, and it may or may not make any difference at all.
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Some folk just like being angry.
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Might be fake, but I found this circulating Facebook and heard the stories. Was mostly hoping for someone to confirm or hear thoughts.
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Entirely separate, but Kinky Boot (and I THINK Priscilla) was requiring boys to come in full drag... Um.
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i mean, for something like Kinky Boots/Priscilla- I can understand requiring the men to at least bring heels.

But this sounds to me like a FEW auditioners decided to try to make themselves stand out. And through this "I heard someone saw..." nonsense, it became fleet week at Ripley-Grier.

Again- that notice, which was the only publicly posted notice, does not mention any unusual requirements. Unless someone here auditioned, or is close with someone who had, that is the only hard evidence.
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Direct from casting:

"WOMEN: 1940's CLASSIC PIN-UP GLAMOUR

Push up bra

1940's make-up (ex. red lip, eye shadow, eye liner 'wing')

Hair pinned up


MEN: 1940's CLASSIC SAILOR

The 1940ís New York Man. A Blue Collar worker"
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Again, those aren't exactly unusual or extraordinary requests.
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Also, yes, it is exactly like telling an actor that they have to pay money out of pocket to compete for a role. And no, Equity does not step in to stop what is quickly becoming a very common and inappropriate part of the casting process. La Cage, Priscilla, and Kinky Boots all had actors come in in full drag as part of the callback process.