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Grease Tour Casting

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re: Grease Tour Casting#2
Posted: 9/10/08 at 11:26am
I know that Bridie Carroll has been cast as Jan. She played Tracy Turnbald (HAIRSPRAY) and Martha Cox (HSM) at North Shore. She turned down the XANADU tour to do this tour.
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re: Grease Tour Casting#2
Posted: 9/10/08 at 12:45pm
I know that Allie Schultz will be leaving the Broadway cast of Grease to tour as Rizzo. Beyond that I don't have any other details.
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re: Grease Tour Casting#3
Posted: 9/14/08 at 4:26am
I hear from a good source that Taylor Hicks will be reprising his role on the Grease tour
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re: Grease Tour Casting#4
Posted: 9/14/08 at 4:41am
They're holding an audition in two weeks so I'm assuming some parts are still up for grabs...
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re: Grease Tour Casting#5
Posted: 9/14/08 at 1:16pm
I'm shocked anyone legit would accept roles on this tour. From what I've heard their contracts might as well be non-eq.
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re: Grease Tour Casting#6
Posted: 9/14/08 at 1:20pm
Does anyone know any specifics for this audition? My backstage hasn't come yet, I'd like to go. Anyone know the date, time, place, etc? Thanks!
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re: Grease Tour Casting#7
Posted: 9/14/08 at 2:29pm
There's an open call for ensemble people and small roles this week, so it's not entirely cast. They probably want a bunch of recent college grads who'll accept the minimum and not know how to negotiate. Honestly, I don't really blame them.
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re: Grease Tour Casting#8
Posted: 9/14/08 at 2:51pm
but where and when is the open call ?!?!?!?
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re: Grease Tour Casting#9
Posted: 9/14/08 at 3:09pm
Apparently they've been having a hard time casting this since it's a Tier C tour with a one year contract and no out. Also, the minimum for a C tour is just over $1000 (plus per diem), which isn't terrible but compared to one could be getting on a full Production Contract, it's not that great a deal.
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re: Grease Tour Casting#10
Posted: 10/3/08 at 11:49am
Any updates on the cast? Anyone hear anything from the last audition?
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re: Grease Tour Casting#11
Posted: 10/3/08 at 12:02pm
Taylor is indeed going on the tour as Teen Angel. Since Daniel Everidge will be rejoining the Broadway cast as Roger sometime this fall Will Blum will be leaving the Broadway cast to tour as Roger. Current Broadway Vince Fontaine Dominic Fortuna (I think I spelled his last name wrong) will be leaving the Broadway cast to join the tour.
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re: Grease Tour Casting#12
Posted: 10/3/08 at 12:22pm
if the tour compensation is that bad, why would anyone leave B'way for it? maybe some folks are getting better deals.
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re: Grease Tour Casting#13
Posted: 10/3/08 at 12:33pm
I'm sure there are dozens of reasons. Daniel left the show because he tore his ACL. I believe it was always agreed that he would return once he was ready to do eight shows a week again. So whomever was cast in the role would have to leave upon Daniel's return. I'd imagine it was probably contracted up front.

As for Dominic - before Grease he had no real experience. Dinner theatre stuff but nothing major. I believe (but am not 100% sure) that Jeb Brown is returning once he's done whatever it is he's doing (a short run of a show I think). So, again, they had to get someone who would be willing to leave. Offering the tour isn't a bad way to do it. I miss Jeb though. Dominic, while a very nice guy, is unbelievable as Vince. I never bought someone like Marty having a crush on him.

Whether its a tour or not a leading role can be a great addition to someone's resume. Allie Schultz can stay in the ensemble with the Broadway show or be Rizzo on the tour. I'd imagine she took it to boost her resume.

I don't know the real details of people's contracts. This is just conjecture on my part. But I have known that Daniel would be back since he left in the spring. If I were a producer of this show I'd lure someone in as a temporary replacement by offering the tour. I'd also imagine that anyone leaving the show is probably getting close to what they made on Broadway if not a bit more.
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re: Grease Tour Casting#14
Posted: 10/3/08 at 12:36pm
Because a tour is generally a steadier job- it can close on Broadway any time, but is less likely to cancel a tour stop.
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re: Grease Tour Casting#15
Posted: 10/3/08 at 1:03pm
i just think in the case of GREASE, the contracts (job security) is pretty good. The show always sells. The last B'way revival ran a long time itself. The last non-union tour was pretty bad, but had million dollar weeks regularly.

i'm not judging anyone on their decision, i was just pointing out that the tour compensation, at least for some performers, had to be okay or they wouldn't leave NYC where they can audition daily for more prestigious roles (or ensemble slots in better shows).

Most folks in the bidness just kind of accept GREASE as one of those productions that is less "show" than "business".
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re: Grease Tour Casting#16
Posted: 10/3/08 at 3:33pm
I really hope Taylor is in the tour because I would love to see him.
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re: Grease Tour Casting#17
Posted: 10/3/08 at 4:25pm
The show always sells.

Not at all true.
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re: Grease Tour Casting#18
Posted: 10/3/08 at 4:30pm
humble apologies..."most always sells". Your exception may well prove the rule. Prior to the movie, i'm sure there were many productions which did not do good business. Since the movie, my bet is most productions break even if not make money. i should have made my definition of "sells" more precise.

And if you'd clean that GREASE off your hairs, you can continue splitting them.
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re: Grease Tour Casting#19
Posted: 10/6/08 at 12:51pm
If it means anything to the original poster or anyone else- I know one of the waitresses at Ellen's named "Erin" got cast in the tour. I think she's in the ensemble.
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re: Grease Tour Casting#20
Posted: 10/6/08 at 1:28pm
Having been on that "pretty bad" tour, I can attest it does indeed sell.
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re: Grease Tour Casting#21
Posted: 10/6/08 at 6:55pm
The current tour is selling well. At least it was not easy to get great seats.
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