CAGNY - Pioneer Theatre Company Auditions

Posted: April 10, 2019

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CAGNEY - NYC Appointments
Pioneer Theatre Company

APPOINTMENTS
NYC Appointment Only auditions to be held on an upcoming date TBD.

CONTRACT
LORT Non-Rep $941/week

SEEKING
Submissions from AEA Actor/singer/dancers for various roles. See breakdown.

INSTRUCTIONS
For consideration, mail picture and resume asap.
Deadline: Fri, May 17, 2019

SUBMIT TO
Bob Cline
c/o CAGNEY
2214 Frederick Douglass Blvd - SUITE 327.
New York, NY 10026

PERSONNEL
Artistic Director: Karen Azenberg
Casting: Bob Cline
Director : Bill Castellino
Choreographer: Joshua Bergasse
Book by Peter Colley
Lyrics & Music by Christopher McGovern & Robert Creighton

OTHER DATES
Reh: 8/26
Open: 9/20
Close: 10/5

OTHER
SYNOPSIS: CAGNEY is an original musical about the life of film legend and award winning song and dance man, James Cagney. He came from the mean streets of New York to become an accomplished “hoofer” and the cinema’s quintessential tough guy. This is an intimate portrait of the man, his art and politics, his love of family and his enormous generosity. This is an expanded cast version from the off-broadway run.
Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit.

BREAKDOWN
ALL MUST BE GREAT TAP DANCERS (EXCEPT Jack Warner, Ma Cagney, and the character actor who plays a variety of roles.)
JAMES CAGNEY: This Role is Cast :
Seeking great tap dancer, showman, versatile actor, tough guy, and singer. James Cagney, son of Irish immigrants grew up on the lower east side where he was a street fighter, went on to be a song and dance man in vaudeville, and gain fame on the Silver Screen as a larger than life Gangster and a “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”
JACK WARNER ( 40’s/50’s): GOOD MOVER. NO DANCING REQUIRED.
Plays the charismatic head of Warner Brothers Studios and others. Great comic timing, ruthless with a big smile. Bari-tenor with a strong F-sharp (negotiable). An F is non –negotiable. Shyster, fast talker, in charge type. Think Jerry Orbach in Chicago.
BILL CAGNEY (30’s/40’s): GREAT TAP DANCER
Plays the brother of James Cagney and Cagney’s level headed business manager and other roles (including a foreman, a screen writer, a vaudevillian, a contract player for Warner Bros. etc.) Bari-tenor to an F.
BOB HOPE (30’s/40’s): GREAT TAP DANCER
Plays the famous comedian and song and dance movie star and others (including a Congressman, a screen writer, a studio contract player, etc.) Tenor to a G.
MA CAGNEY (40’s/50’s) GOOD MOVER. NO DANCING REQUIRED
Plays James Cagney’s Irish mother – no nonsense martriarch, making the most of the challenging immigrant life. Great Mezzo Soprano.
JANE (30s/40s): GOOD DANCER (Jack Warner’s smitten secretary). Also plays others (including a Screen writer, a Congressperson, etc.) Great comic character with terrific timing. Strong belter with head voice.
WILLIE CAGNEY (early to late 30’s): GREAT TAP DANCER
Plays James Cagney’s loving beautiful wife. Also plays others (including a Congressperson, a Screen Writer, etc.) First seen as a sensational tap dancing vaudeville ingénue. Very strong singer: mix to a D flat with a strong head voice above. Being 5’5” or under is a plus.
CHARACTER MAN (30s/40s): GOOD MOVER / TAP DANCING NOT REQUIRED.
Plays a variety of comic character roles: an immigrant Jewish construction work, a vaudeville comedian, a film director, etc. Great comic character with terrific timing and a good singing voice.
ENSEMBLE: TWO MEN & TWO WOMEN: (20s/30s): TERRIFIC TAP DANCERS to perform on all the Vaudeville and USO production numbers and as dancers on the set of “Grand Old Flag” and “Yankee Doodle.” Terrific singers.



Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit.

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