October 02, 2014

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Encores! Great American Musicals In Concert - EPAs

New York City Center Encores!


New York City Center Encores! | New York, NY

Call Type
Equity Principal

City Center Encores Agreement; $1,359/wk

Artistic Director: Jack Viertel
Encores! Musical Director: Rob Berman
Casting: Binder Casting
• 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.

Other Dates
All performances will be at City Center

NOTE: The Encores! Series presents fully staged concert versions of rarely produced American musicals. They include a full orchestra and chorus.

Equity musical performers, men and women, for various roles in various shows in the upcoming 2015 Season.

See breakdown.



Prepare a brief song according to the style mentioned below for the particular show you are interested in. Also bring picture/resume, stapled together.

LADY, BE GOOD! – Up-tempo and jazzy musical theatre. George & Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, B.G. DeSylva, Lew Brown & Ray Henderson.

PAINT YOUR WAGON – Romantic golden age musical theatre with heart. Lerner & Loewe, Rodgers & Hammerstein.

ZORBA – Kander & Ebb, Frank Loesser, Bock & Harnick, Maury Yeston.


Music: George Gershwin
Lyrics: Ira Gershwin
Book: Guy Bolton & Fred Thompson
Director: TBD
Musical Director: Rob Fisher
Choreographer: TBD

Rehearsal: 1/21/15; Open: 2/4/15; Close: 2/8/15

NOTE: Lady Be Good opened on Broadway December 1st 1924. Lady, Be Good is a screwball farce set in the 20’s. The roles of Dick and Susie Trevor were played by Fred & Adele Astaire, the most famous brother and sister team to ever appear on Broadway. The score includes “Fascinating Rhythm” and “The Man I Love”.



DICK TREVOR (mid 20s to early 30s): A charming, attractive and engaging young man. He loves his sister and they are the best of pals. He cannot marry the girl he loves because they are both broke. Through several farcical plot complications he gets his girl and doesn’t have to marry the society snob Josephine Vanderwater. Must be a superb dancer with excellent tap skills. Must sing well. Bari-tenor.

JACK ROBINSON (mid 20s to early 30s) Handsome juvenile. In love with Susie Trevor. Susie thinks he is penniless but he turns out to be the heir to the Robinson fortune. Broadway baritone.

BERTIE BASSETT (early 30s): An endearing, wildly eccentric oddball. When he drinks he is prone to seeing “little green and pink animals”. Must be an excellent comic farceur. Baritone.

J. WATTERSON WATKINS (mid 30s): “Watty” is a smooth talking lawyer and ladies man who can find his way out of any jam. Must be an expert comic farceur. Baritone.

JEFF (mid 20s to mid 30s): A specialty performer with two show stopping numbers (one being “Fascinating Rhythm”). He had nothing to do with the plot. Must be a star song-and-dance man. Must tap and play the ukulele.

SUSIE TREVOR (mid 20s to late 20s): Dick’s plucky, spunky sister. She will do anything to protect her brother and is his best pal. Must be a superb singer, dancer and tapper. Must also be an excellent comic capable of imitating a Mexican widow. Strong mix.

SHIRLEY VERNON (mid 20s): A very pretty and appealing ingénue who is in love with Dick. She is penniless and is crushed when she finds out Dick is to be engaged to a society snob Josephine Vanderwater for her money. Soprano.

DAISY PARKS (early to mid 20s): An adorable pert soubrette who is in love with Bertie. Must be an excellent singer and dancer. Alto.

JOSEPHINE VANDERWATER (mid 20s to early 30s): Striking, selfish, and wealthy society girl. Demanding and spoiled. Alto.


Music: Frederick Lowe
Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner
Book: Alan Jay Lerner
Director: TBD
Musical Director: Rob Berman
Choreographer: TBD

Rehearsal: 3/4/15; Open: 3/18/15; Close: 3/22/15

NOTE: Paint Your Wagon opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre November 11, 1951. The musical is set in Northern California in the 1850’s during the height of the “gold rush. All the male characters are prospectors with hopes and prayers of staking a claim and becoming rich.



BEN RUMSON (Late 50s to mid 60s): A gregarious, wiley, sly man with great charm and humor. He is the Mayor, founder, judge, land commissioner, and county clerk of Rumson Town. A gold miner of long experience, also Jennifer’s father. Should be able to play the guitar. Strong character singer.

JULIO VALVERAS (mid 20s to late 20s): Hispanic. A kind and sensitive man with intense dreams. He is in love with Jennifer. Excellent tenor.

STEVE BULLNACK (early 30s): A giant of a man who worked in a factory back east and looks it. A slow witted fellow who is unnatural and awkward when he springs into action. His only goal is to strike gold and return to his wife. Baritone.

JAKE WHIPPANY (early 30s): A miner with a touching boyishness. Jake later becomes the proprietor of “Jakes Place”, a gaudy music hall. Must play the banjo. Bari-tenor.

JACOB WOODLING (Mid 30s): A large and monotonous Mormon. He dresses like an itinerant preacher. He had two wives, one of which he sells to Ben. Baritone.

MIKE MOONEY (late 20s): An affable young Irishman with a thick brogue. Tenor.

EDGAR CROCKER (late 30s): Cockney. A dandy who makes an effort to appear a fastidious gentleman. Baritone.

SALEM TRUMBALL (late 40s): He is the owner of the Rumson town general store. He is a literate, practical New England Yankee. Bass/baritone.


JENNIFER RUMSON (early 20s-mid 20s): The spirited and pretty daughter of Ben. Quite a tomboy at first, who develops into a fine young woman. She falls in love with Julio. Strong mix.

ELIZABETH WOODLING (Early 30s): A wife of Jacob who is sold to, and marries Ben. Attractive and spirited but not very bright.

SARAH WODDLING (early 30s): Jacob’s other wife who has a baby. A smug, cold and patronizing little woman. Soprano.

CHERRY JOURDELL (late 20s): A sexy French woman who seems mature for her age. A Madame with a heart of gold. A smart woman who brings her girls with her to Jake’s music hall. Belt.


Show 3: ZORBA
Music: John Kander
Lyrics: Fred Ebb
Director: TBD
Musical Director: Rob Berman
Choreographer: TBD

Rehearsal: 4/22/15; Open: 5/6/15; Close: 5/10/15

NOTE: Zorba opened on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre on November 16th, 1968. The musical is based on the 1952 novel Zorba The Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis and the 1964 film of the same name. It is set on the island of Crete and Piraeus on the mainland.

Other than Nikos and Mme. Hortense all characters must be convincingly Mediterranean.



ZORBA (late 40s - early 60s): A rugged, strong and lusty man. He is proud and sure of himself. Everyone is drawn to his commanding presence. Wise and understands the way life must be. Lives every moment to the fullest as if it were his last. Actor must have genuine charisma and power. Baritone.

NIKOS (early to mid 30s): An intellectual, introspective and philosophical student. A kind and sensitive man searching for his place in the world. Niko is uncomfortable with strange people and strange places. Lyric baritone or tenor.

MIMIKO (19): A timid, sweet, simple boy. Mentally challenged with a slight stutter. Befriends the Widow. Tenor.

PAVLI (about 20): A forlorn, clumsy man. He is weak and hangdog. Passionately in love with the Widow. Baritone.

MAVRODANI (50ish): Pavli’s father, a stern man. Baritone.

MANOLAKOS (40s): Mavrodani's younger brother, strong, humorless, and dangerous. Earthy type. Baritone.

FATHER ZAHORIA (40s – 50s): The village priest, wise and understanding.


LEADER (mid 30s): Functions as the “Greek chorus” commenting on the events of the plot and emotions of the characters. A striking woman of immense presence. All knowing and wise. Big, thrilling belt. Alto.

MME. HORTENSE (50s): Originally from France but she has lived most of her life on Crete. Very coquettish, she clings to the flirtatious ways of her youth. Faded chanteuse who still has sex appeal. Falls madly in love with Zorba. Actress must have both expert comedic timing and superb dramatic skills. Character singer. Mezzo.

THE WIDOW (late 20s - early 30s): A beautiful woman. An outcast in the community. Silent and somber, there is an air of tragedy about her. Emotionally scarred from her loss. Excellent mezzo.

New York City Center Encores!


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Audition Information


Equity Principal Auditions (2 days)

10 AM to 6 PM
Lunch 1:30 to 2:30


Pearl Studios NYC "500"
500 Eighth Avenue
(35th/36th Streets)
New York, NY
Studio 404 (on 9/17) Studio 401 (on 9/18)

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