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CAGNY, A NEW MUSICAL - Westside Theatre Auditions

Posted: February 9, 2016

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CAGNEY, A New Musical - NYC EPA

Riki Kane Larimer | New York, NY

Date of Audition:
2/19/2016




Call Type
Equity Principal

Time(s)
Equity Principal Auditions

Friday, February 19, 2016
10 AM to 6 PM
Lunch 1:30 to 2:30

Contract
Off Broadway
$803/week

Location
Pearl Studios NYC "519"
519 8th Avenue
12th Floor
New York, NY 10018
12th floor


Seeking
Seeking immediate casting for understudies and future replacements for all roles. All performing Roles are currently cast. All must be great tap dancers (except jack warner)

See breakdown for more details

Preparation
Prepare a brief song of a standard (Gershwin, Berlin, etc.) Tenor or bari-tenor range for men.
For Ma Cagney, Jane etc. Same genre material in your mezzo range
For Willie Cagney, same genre material in belt with head voice

Bring sheet music; accompanist provided.
Bring picture and resume

Other Dates
1st reh (for understudies) on/about 3/21/16
1st reh (for replacements) tbd
1st preview: 3/15/16. Opens 4/3 for an open-ended run, Westside Theatre NYC

Other
SYNOPSIS: CAGNEY is an original musical about the life of film legend and award winning song and dance man, James Cagney.

Personnel
Book: Peter Colley
Original music and lyrics: Christopher McGovern and Robert Creighton
Director: Bill Castellino
Casting: Carol Hanzel
General Manager: Laura Cronin, Brierpatch Productions
· EPA Rules are in effect.
· A monitor will be provided.
Performers of all ethnic and racial background are encouraged to attend.
Always bring your Equity Membership Card to auditions.


Breakdown

NOTE: FOLLOWING A CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED RUN LAST SEASON AT THE YORK THEATRE, CAGNEY IS BEING PRODUCED FOR AN OPEN ENDED COMMERCIAL RUN AT THE WESTSIDE THEATRE ON WEST 43RD ST.

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.

Seeking immediate casting for understudies and future replacements for all roles. All performing Roles are currently cast. All must be great tap dancers (except jack warner)

JAMES CAGNEY:
(Currently played by ROBERT CREIGHTON)
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)
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. No dancing required.

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
(30’s/40’s): GREAT TAP DANCER
Plays James Cagney’s Irish mother and JANE (Jack Warner’s smitten secretary). Also plays others (including Ma Barker, a Screen writer, a Congressperson, etc.) Strong belter with head voice. A great mezzo soprano.

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, Mae Clarke, 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.


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