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BIG FISH - Developmental Lab Auditions

Posted: December 21, 2011

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Big Fish– Equity Chorus Call Singers

AEA developmental contract under discussion; salary level TBA.

Producers: Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen

Score: Andrew Lippa

Book: John August

Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Pictures film

Dir/Choreo: Susan Stroman

Mus Dir: Mary Mitchell Campbell

GM: 101 Productions, Ltd

Casting: Tara Rubin Casting

Developmental contract: 3/12 – 4/8/12.

Equity Chorus Call / Singers:

Thursday, January 12, 2012Pearl Studios NYC “500”

10 AM – Equity male singers500 Eighth Avenue, 12th Floor

2 PM – Equity female singersNew York City

Please prepare 16 bars of a musical theater song, traditional or contemporary, that show range and sustained singing. NO rock/pop. 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.

BIG FISH: A Musical of Mythical Proportions. Rollicking fantasy set in the American South. Centers on the charismatic Edward Bloom, whose impossible stories of his life’s epic adventures frustrate his son Will. Now, with Edward on his deathbed, Will must embark on his own journey to find out who his father really is, unraveling the man from the myth, the truth from the tall tales.

The novel was first published in 1998.Tim Burton directed the 2003 film starring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange and Helena Bonham Carter.The film was nominated for an Academy Award, Grammy, seven Golden Globes and a BAFTA.

Seeking Ensemble (M/F):

Strong dancers and singers for ensemble and featured characters.

    Men: Strong movers and singers for a range of characters, including salesmen, USO dancers and milkmen. A wide variety of types. Acrobats a plus. Will also cover principal roles.

    Women: Strong dancers and singers for a range of characters, including townsfolk, USO dancers and mermaid. Between 5’6 and 5’10. Tap dance, ballet, and acrobatics a plus. Will also cover principal roles.

Featured ensemble characters:

Young Will:

8-10 years old. The young version of Will is intrigued by his father’s stories, but already starts to doubt their truth. With his father always on the road, he feels he is the man of the house.

The Witch:

African American woman, late 30s-60s. Proprietress of a backwoods gin joint; also sells fortunes for 50 cents. When she meets Edward Bloom, she immediately knows he’s special. The Witch is powerful and tragic, like Nina Simone after a 20-year bender. Performer MUST have a big voice that can shiver souls. Big belt to F#, and lives up in that range.

Jenny Hill:

20s – mid 30s (actress also plays Jenny as a teenager, and in her mid 50s). Edward’s high-school-cheerleader girlfriend. Takes him at his word when he promises he’ll return after seeing the world. A series of bad choices leads her to living in a swamp shack, ready to be killed by an impending flood. Mezzo soprano.


20s, French. Will’s lovely and funny wife. Pregnant through most of the story. She’s charmed by Edward, and happily inserts herself into his stories. Mezzo soprano.

Amos Calloway:

40s. Owner of the Calloway Circus. Down-market P. T. Barnum with a secret. Promises to tell Edward the name of his true love in return for years of back-breaking labor. Performer needs STRONG comic chops. Big vaudeville part. Tenor to sustained A-flat.

Dr. Bennett / Others:

Track age: 30s-50s. Bennett: African American, 60s. Edward’s doctor and close friend.

Don Price:

20s-30s (actor also plays Don as a teenager). Edward’s Bloom’s life-long nemesis, a hot-headed bully. Performer needs STRONG comic chops. Baritone.

Zacky Price:

20s-30s (actor also plays Zacky as a teenager, and in his late 40s). Don’s spastic and easily-spooked younger brother, who ultimately becomes instrumental in helping save the town of Ashton. Performer needs STRONG comic chops. Tenor to sustained A-flat.


Man, 40s. The good-hearted mayor of Ashton. Ultimately turns into a drunk when his town is slated for destruction. Baritone.

EPAs: 1/5, 1/9 and 1/10/12. See separate notices.

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