CATS EQUITY VIDEO SUBMISSIONS (PRINCIPAL) - Ronald O Perelman Performing Arts Center Auditions

Posted July 28, 2022
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CATS - Ronald O Perelman Performing Arts Center

Ronald O Perelman Performing Arts Center

LORT Non-Rep
$815 weekly minimum (LORT D)

Equity actors for principal roles in CATS (see breakdown).

NYC actors encouraged to submit.

This production reimagines the musical CATS within the context of THE BALLROOM SCENE. Performers do not play literal cats; they play people living in New York City. This is a workshop that may lead to a potential production.

Our intention is to meet several artists through this casting process who we can collaborate with as we potentially cast multiple developments in its journey. That said, it is our intention to build relationships with performers we cast and do not cast; we are eager to meet you through this process either way.

SEE PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS IN BREAKDOWN. Submit at . Please submit one copy of your headshot and resume. Submission videos will not be accepted via email, or if they are linked to an external website (such as Vimeo, Dropbox, We Transfer, YouTube).

Deadline: Tue, Aug 9, 2022

Produced by Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by T.S. Eliot, Trevor Nunn, and Richard Stilgoe
Directed by Bill Rauch
Choreography Consulting by Omari Wiles
Music Director: TBD
Gender Consulting by Josephine Kearns
Casting by X Casting

Viewing auditions:
Casting Director: Victor Vazquez, CSA
Casting Director: Larry Powell
Casting Assistant: N’yomi Stewart

Tuesday, October 11 through Saturday, October 22, 2022

CATS (LORT experimental) submissions (principal)


Please prepare a brief cut of one or two pop/rock ballad song(s). If two songs, please keep them brief. If you do not have your own music or accompaniment, we invite you to use the following piano accompaniment of the song ‘Memory’ from the musical CATS. Please sing in an octave that best suits your voice.




NOTE: This is a workshop of the musical CATS reimagined within the context of the Ballroom Scene. The reimagination will take place at a Ball: a competition that, through multiple categories, invites an unapologetic celebration of the self. Please note that all characters in this production are human, not literal “cats”. All ages are suggestions to capture the character’s essence and their relationship to the scene. Gender identities mentioned in the character descriptions are to describe the characters; many roles may have flexibility with gender including throughout the show. Ballroom was created as something that is for everyone. Although not every character is listed as such, it is important to this creative team that people of the global majority (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) are represented across this cast.


No roles will be understudied.

Please note that while some roles specify singing or dancing, all roles will require some of both. In addition, all roles except Deuteronomy, Grizabella, Munkustrap, and Gus will double as ensemble parts, portraying multiple characters, and competing in multiple categories.

[OLD DEUTERONOMY] - 40s - 70s, Black/ Indigenous/Person of Color. Singer. Drag Queen/King/Elder. Highly respected. The only Icon on tonight’s panel.

[GRIZABELLA] - 30s - 60s, trans woman, Black/ Indigenous/ Person of Color. Singer. Currently unhoused and in bad shape, an outcast. Her Ballroom glory days are behind her. By the end of tonight’s event, she will win the Grand Prize.

[MUNKUSTRAP] - 30s - 50s, male identifying, Black/ Indigenous/ Person of Color. Singer. Our MC for tonight’s event. Charismatic, confident, charming.

[GUS (ASPARAGUS)] - 40s - 80s, male identifying, Black/ Indigenous/ Person of Color. A devoted theater Queen. Lived through the AIDS crisis. Spends most of the show watching from the audience, but ‘Butch Queen Face’ (a category) brings him back onstage.

[RUM TUM TUGGER] - male identifying, Black/ Indigenous/ Person of Color, bisexual. Freddie Mercury type. Singer. A “curious cat.” Wins category of Pretty Boy Realness.

[MISTOFFELEES] - Gender non-conforming, non-binary. A showstopper who makes their Runway competitors magically disappear.

COVID SAFETY: All actors cast must be fully vaccinated (as defined by the CDC) and must also have a third booster vaccination (dated prior to two weeks of first date of employment, currently scheduled for October 11, 2022). The above requirements shall be subject to federal, New York State and New York City law. All COVID-19 rules and procedures shall be subject to change as new developments in health and safety continue to evolve.

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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