Singers New York City – Auditions for Musical

04/13/2012

Posted by the Warner Stage Company Production Manager
Casting notice posted on auditionsfree.com, casting location: New York City

The Warner Stage Company (by special arrangement with Theresa Wozunk) to present

LIBERTY: A MONUMENTAL MUSICAL

Book & Lyrics by Dana Leslie Goldstein
Music by Jon Goldstein

Directed by Igor Goldin
Choreography by Jeffry Denman
Music Direction/Arrangements by Jeffrey Lodin

Auditions
Sunday, April 22, 2012 – Appointments starting at 11:00am

Callbacks
Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 1:00pm

Performance Dates:
Saturday, June 30 @8pm (Preview Performance)
Sunday, July 1 @3pm (Red Carpet Opening)
Thursday, July 5 @8pm `
Friday, July 6 @8pm
Saturday, July 7 @2pm (Fireworks press event in evening)
Thursday, July 12 @8pm
Saturday, July 14 @2pm & 8pm

All roles are open to audition. We are seeking an ensemble cast of 15 adults (6 women/9men) and 1 boy (age 8-10) for this production. Auditioners must bring sheet music with them and be prepared to sing 32 bars, but no more than one minute, of a fully memorized musical selection that showcases their vocal range. Those auditioning for the roles of “Liberty” and “Goodleaf” should come in with a Contemporary Broadway Pop/Rock selection and all others with a Standard Broadway selection. Those auditioning for the role of “Samuel” could bring a selection that is Contemporary Broadway Pop/Rock or Standard Broadway, erring on the side of Pop/Rock/Gospel.

An accompanist will be provided. Auditioners should mark their selection with a highlighter. A cappella singing, instrumentals on CD, Tape, iPod, MP3 Player or digital recorder will not be allowed. Auditioners will also be asked to read from the script and may perform a brief dance combination taught at the audition (there will be some movement / choreography in the show but no “dancers” will be required).

Rehearsals will be held Thursday & Friday evenings from 7:00-11:00pm and Saturday & Sundays from 10:00-5:00pm beginning on Thursday, May 31, 2012. Not all cast members will be called for every rehearsal and the schedule is subject to change with advance notification.

For additional information on LIBERTY: A MONUMENTAL NEW MUSICAL and to hear samples of the musical numbers in the production, please visit www.LibertyTheMusical.com.

AUDITIONS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Please send an email to auditions@warnertheatre.org with a current resume and headshot to request an audition appointment. An audition confirmation e-mail will be sent with full details on what will be expected at your audition. Please be specific as to the date you would like to schedule your appointment.

ABOUT THE SHOW
LIBERTY tells the story of America’s most famous immigrant who arrives from France in 1884 amid anti-foreigner fervor. With powerful political forces working against her and only a precious few on her side, Liberty ultimately wins over the people of the United States and takes her rightful place on the pedestal. LIBERTY serves as a
theatrical reminder of not only what this country was meant to become, but how we have, in recent years, lost sight of the “Golden Door.”

LIBERTY: A MONUMENTAL NEW MUSICAL features a book and lyrics by Dana Leslie Goldstein and music by Jon Goldstein. As the show prepares for an off-Broadway premiere in New York City, it has been performed at events for the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and the New York Immigration Coalition, been presented as a developmental workshop as part of Mayor Bloomberg’s Immigrant Heritage Week, and been part of the grand reopening of the crown of the Statue of Liberty on July 4th, 2009 and, most recently, the official celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty National Monument on October 28th, 2011. At that event, the song “Huddled Masses” from LIBERTY was performed by Esther Stilwell (SPAMALOT) and Lewis Grosso (MARY POPPINS), accompanied by the Brooklyn High School of the Arts choir, winners of the show’s Public Schools Sing LIBERTY 125! Choir Contest. Directed by Igor Goldin, Choreography by Jeffry Denman and Music Direction/Arrangements by Jeffrey Lodin.

LIBERTY CASTING BREAK-DOWN

LIBERTY – Beautiful and charismatic. She is initially an innocent and optimistic young immigrant, but becomes a symbol of strength and freedom. Alto/Mezzo. Wide Range necessary (Low F# – High E belt) – Pop and dramatic chops – a la Idina Menzel.

JAMES GOODLEAF – Native American ironworker. Both confident and vulnerable, he is trying to find his place helping to build the growing city (Age Range: 20’s). Rock Tenor (Belt to G#, strong head voice a plus).

FRANCIS WALKER – All American, leading man type with political aspirations (Age Range: 20’s- 40’s). Charming and powerful. Strong Baritone (Low A – High F).

REGINA SCHUYLER – Society Widow. Comic character actress with a crush on Walker (Age Range: 40’s-60’s). Vocal range open. Alto/Mezzo with belt preferred.

SAMUEL FERGUSON – African American stonemason, but he’ll take whatever work he can get. A father and formerly a slave. Not convinced Liberty has a place here. Baritone/Bass. R&B/Gospel Chops a plus (Strong low G – HIgh F).

EMMA LAZARUS – Upper class poet who teaches English on the docks. Struggles with her priorities. A reformer at heart, in spite of her family’s disapproval (Age Range: 20’s). Light Lyric Soprano (High C).

GIOVANNI FERRO – A street urchin, Italian accent (Age Range: 8-10 years old). Scrappy and ambitious. High tenor whose voice has not changed. (Must sing high E).

PATRICK McKAY – Successful Irish immigrant, with Irish brogue. Construction foreman who manages the workers building the Williamsburg Bridge. Comic character actor (Age Range: 40’s-50’s). Comic Irish Tenor (High Bb).

OLGA MOSCOWITZ – Successful Russian immigrant, Russian/Yiddish accent. A pushcart peddler. Big-hearted but practical. Comic character actress (Age Range: 30’s-50’s). Comic Character Alto/Mezzo (Low A – Belt to Bb).

JOSEPH PULITZER – Newspaper Mogul, fast-talker, Hungarian accent. Always looking for a story, and an angle. Comic character actor (Age Range: 40’s-60’s). Character Bari/Tenor (D below Middle C – High A).

FREDERIC BARTHOLDI – A famous sculptor and Liberty’s father. Sends his daughter off to America, not without trepidation. Comic French accent (Age Range: 30’s-60’s). Folk Tenor.

EUROPEAN SHIP CAPTAIN (Western European accent), Baritone or Tenor.

IMMIGRATION OFFICIAL #1. Working class American, not unkind. Baritone.

IMMIGRATION OFFICIAL #2. Working class American. Crass, out of patience. Tenor.

IMMIGRANT WOMAN, speaks only Russian. Soprano or Alto.

IMMIGRANT MOTHER, any background. Soprano or Alto.

Total of 16 cast members needed.

Casting Location: New York City
Contact email: swilcox@warnertheatre.org

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