NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 - Off Broadway Theatre TBA Auditions

Posted: January 10, 2013

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NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812
Equity Principal Auditions
Producers: Howard and Janet Kagan
Contract: Off-Broadway A Contract (199 Seat), salary pending; last year minimum $544/week
Music and Lyrics: Dave Malloy
Book: Dave Malloy (adapted from WAR AND PEACE by Leo Tolstoy)
Director: Rachel Chavkin
Casting Director: Duncan Stewart CSA/Benton Whitley CSA of Duncan Stewart and Company
First Rehearsal: 2/25/13. First Performance: 4/1/13

Equity Principal Auditions:
Friday, January 25, 2013Ripley Grier Studios, (Studio 16U) (Holding 16T)
10 AM – 6 PM520 8thAvenue 16thFloor
Lunch from 1 - 2New York City

Prepare a brief non-musical theater song.Musically the piece is eclectic and ambitious, encompassing Romantic, modern and avant-garde classical music, Russian folk, indie rock, jazz and electronica. The vocal style should beunique, soulful, idiosyncratic and decidedly un-Broadway. Accompanist provided, but self-accompaniment or other instruments welcome.There will be no dancing at this call.

Please bring a picture and resume, stapled together.

NOTE FROM CREATIVE: Musically the piece is eclectic and ambitious, encompassing Romantic, modern and avant-garde classical music, Russian folk, indie rock, jazz and electronica. The vocal style should beunique, soulful, idiosyncratic and decidedly un-Broadway. Actors who play instruments are required for several roles. In addition, off-stage understudies will be cast.

Seeking

NATASHA
Female, 19-year-old ingénue. Profoundly, lethally romantic, innocent, and doughy-eyed. Belt/Soprano (G3-F#5, belt to C5).

PIERRE
The socially-awkward, illegitimate son of an old Russian grandee. A melancholy outsider, despite his great wealth. Gruff, pessimistic and detached. 30s to 40s. Plays Piano and Accordion. Baritone/Tenor (G2-B4)

ANATOLE
Male, Late 20s to 30s. Aristocrat. Power and Rake-ishness incarnate. Seductive hedonist. Ambisexual - think David Bowie. Plays violin in one scene. High Operatic Tenor (C2-C#5).

SONYA
Natasha's dear friend and confidante, she has lived with Natasha's family like a daughter since childhood. Passionate, selfless, loyal, and devoted to her friend. 20s. Mezzo (G3-E5, belt to A4).

HELENE
Female, Late 20s to 30s aristocrat, the queen of society. Deceptive and amoral. Highly sexualized and not overly intelligent. Sense of humor. Chesty Alto (E3-F5, belt to B4)

MARYA D
Female. 30s-50s. The grande dame of Moscow, a mother figure, old fashioned and chatty but deeply kind. Strong sense of humor, self-awareness. Glamorous. Cabaret Alto (F3-B4, belt to B4).

DOLOKHOV
Male. Late 20s to 30s. An enigmatic officer, hedonistic and a bit of a sociopath. Droll sense of humor. Fiercely intelligent. Alternately remorseless and regretful. Plays guitar. Baritone (D3-F4)

PRINCESS MARY
Lonely, plain, spinster daughter of a wealthy price. She is cut off from the world in her father's grand old house and resigned to his cruelty. 20's to 30s. Mezzo (A3-Eb5, belt to C5, plus operatic soprano to C6). Should also have command of extended vocal techniques (e.g. glottal yodeling, ululation). Plays accordion, keyboard and glockenspiel.

PRINCE ANDREY/OLD PRINCE BOLKONSKY
Male. Early 30s to 40s. Actor double cast as father and son. Son, Prince Andrey, is the finest catch in all of Russia. An incredibly handsome and noble officer, very serious, a little gloomy after his years at war and his difficult family. Old before his time, and carrying a weight on his heart and mind. A touch of bitterness undercuts his nobility. Father is a conservative, old-fashioned aristocrat whose dementia has causes him to be alternately nasty and incapacitated. Lives with his still unmarried daughter, whom he torments but also relies on to take care of him. Plays guitar and a bit of drums. Baritone (Andrey)/Growly Baritone-Tenor (Bolokonsky) (G2-Eb4).

BALAGA
Male. Late 20s-40s. A Russian troika driver, an absolutely mad fantasy-like character. Has supernatural abilities with his troika and can drink incredible amounts. Lower class. Bold. Dripping with energy. Ragged and raw but warm. Plays extensive Drum Set. Whiskey Baritone (A2-E4).


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