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Casting Call for "Curtains" The Musical Comedy

Chicago, IL, United States
ID: 222838Exp: 4/1/2023
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The company is holding auditions for “Curtains” The Musical Comedy, and looking for talent, please see the details below. Additional info: Prepare 32 bars of an uptempo song and bring music in your key. Song does not have to be from the show. Be prepared to dance and possibly read from the script. Boston Accents preferred, but not required for the roles of Lieutenant Frank Cioffi and Daryl Grady. An accompanist will be provided Proof of current Covid-19 vaccination must be provided at auditions. Face Masks optional. Performances: June 22, 23, 24, (two shows) and 25

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LIEUTENANT FRANK CIOFFIMale30-59 y.o.All ethnicities

Sweetly endearing local Boston detective who idolizes the world of musical theatre. Called upon to solve the murder of the star of “Robbin’ Hood” (a musical intended for Broadway that is currently out of town in Boston), Cioffi is very good at his job and, lamentably, married to his work. He is instantly smitten with ingénue Niki Harris. The undisputed central character of the musical. Boston accent preferred.

NIKI HARRISFemale20-44 y.o.All ethnicities

Pretty, almost too innocent ingénue, a local performer in a small role hoping “Robbin’ Hood” will be the Boston production that at last takes her to Broadway. Love interest for Lieutenant Cioffi, apparently reciprocated. Requires a legit soprano and strong dancing in an extended “Fred and Ginger” number.

GEORGIA HENDRICKSFemale30-45 y.o.All ethnicities

(similar age to AARON) Female half of our show-within-a-show’s songwriting team on the lyric-writing side. Ends up taking on the leading lady role. Must sing and dance extremely well.

CARMEN BERNSTEINFemale45-65 y.o.All ethnicities

Brash and brassy New York Broadway producer. Terrific comedic actress with a belt.

AARON FOXMale30-49 y.o.All ethnicities

(similar age to GEORGIA) The composer of the show-within-the-show. His songwriting partner, Georgia, is also his separated wife, for whom he still pines. He’s a handsome, intense, somewhat tortured artist-type. Requires a strong vocalist with comedy.

SIDNEY BERNSTEINMale56-65 y.o.All ethnicities

The always-angry, sleazy, philandering producer of the out-of-town flop. Sidney is rough around the edges and completely self-serving. Requires a cartoon-like character actor who is funny. No singing required.

CHRISTOPHER BELLINGMale40-60 y.o.All ethnicities

English director. Very camp. Very droll. Noel Coward meets Addison DeWitt meets Clifton Webb. Requires a superb comic actor. British accent preferred.

BAMBI BERNÉTFemale20-34 y.o.All ethnicities

Daughter of Carmen, step-daughter of Sidney. Genuinely brassy and artificially blonde. Hungry to work her way out of the chorus; many think she was only hired because of her mother. She surprises everyone, however, when she shows genuine dancing and singing talent. Requires great dancing, strong “street-smart dumb blonde” comedy, and singing.

OSCAR SHAPIROMale45-65 y.o.All ethnicities

Sole investor in “Robbin’ Hood.” A likeably gruff man who knows nothing about theatre and frets over every dime of his that’s spent. Requires good “rough around the edges” comedy and singing.

BOBBY PEPPERMale30-44 y.o.All ethnicities

(similar age as Georgia and Aaron) The Gene Kelly of “Robbin’ Hood,” its choreographer and male star, and a handsome rival to Aaron for Georgia’s affection. Requires strong dancing, singing, comedy.

DARYL GRADYMale30-59 y.o.All ethnicities

Caustic and smug theatre critic for the local Boston newspaper. Patronizingly pompous, enjoys using his power to make or break shows during their Boston tryouts. Does not require strong singing or dancing. Boston accent preferred

JOHNNY HARMONBoth genders30-69 y.o.All ethnicities

Stage Manager and both drill sergeant and mother hen to the cast. Barks orders but has a pleasant side as well. Keeps the company in line and on their toes throughout the rehearsals. Comic actor who can sing. *This role can be played by a female.

JESSICA CRANSHAWFemale40-69 y.o.All ethnicities

Faded Hollywood star, a grand diva with no right to be one, and a plague to the show and to her cast. An absolutely dreadful singer and inept actress who stars in the show-within-a-show and gets murdered on its opening night in Boston. Must be skillful enough to sing hilariously out-of-tune and ineptly, and adroit enough to dance perfectly out of step with the rest of the cast. Performer can become part of the ensemble-after the opening scene.

EnsembleBoth genders18-56 y.o.All ethnicities

Singers and Dancers.