Yankee Doodle Dandy! Auditions
Musical Theatre West generally holds auditions for its productions six to eight weeks before a show’s opening date. All roles are open to both Equity and non-Equity performers, and all ethnicities are always encouraged to audition.
Yankee Doodle Dandy!
Director/ Choreographer: Jamie Rocco
Musical Director: Jeff Rizzo
First Non-Union Rehearsal 6/11/18
First Union Rehearsal 6/18/18
Non-Union Pay: $1000 Flat Rate
Union Pay: $764 per week
AUDITIONS ARE HELD AT:
The Musical Theatre West Reiner Rehearsal Hall
4350 East 7th Street
Long Beach, CA 90804
Monday April 16
10am-6pm EPA (Lunch 1pm-2pm)
6pm Female Dance Call (Must be signed in by 5:45pm)
8pm Male Dance Call (Must be signed in by 7:45pm)
Tuesday April 17
4pm-5pm Young Georgette
5pm-7pm Non-Union Principals (Must be signed in by 4:45pm)
Anybody auditioning for the ensemble must attend the appropriate dance call. Everyone in the ensemble MUST DANCE. Please bring tap shoes and character shoes.
YANKEE DOODLE DANDY! CHARACTER BREAKDOWN
George M. Cohan – a brash and charismatic master showman. Expert singer, dancer, actor. (25-40) Must tap excellently, be experienced in ballroom partnering and have an arsenal of dance and acrobatic tricks. This character carries the show and rarely leaves the stage. Drive, determination and energetic stamina is a must.
Sam Harris – a NY lower east side up and comer. George Cohan’s dynamic producing partner. Sam Harris shaped the business of American Theatre and is an original in a dynasty that led to George Abbott, Harold Prince and David Merrick Does not dance or sing. (25-38)
Old George – a cantankerous, brash and noisy older version of his younger self. Sings. Does not need to tap dance. Must have some knowledge of dance feel and very good rhythm. (60s or older)
Jerry Cohan – George’s father, a smooth song and dance man. (50s)
Nellie Cohan – George’s mother, warm and strong. (50s)
Josie Cohan – George’s sister, pretty and spunky. A natural foil for George. Known for her twirling skirt dance and in this show as good a dancer as Vera-Ellen. Splits and lifts required. (20-early 30s)
Ethel Levy – George’s first wife. A star in her own right. Great singer and comedienne. A savvy, wise cracking “gal” who could charm anyone with a wink, a joke and a great song. She was a natural comic in the Fanny Brice mode and a very good singer. Please prepare a comic song and a heartbreaking ballad from the early 20th century.
Georgette – The daughter of George and Ethel. She will try anything to be loved and her talent is an unmodulated mix of both of her parents’ talents—she can come off comical when she means to be sincere and masks her insecurity with the false bravado of the child of famous parents. Georgette is whacky, outrageous and big. Prepare a short whacky “Carol Burnett” type comic song.
Old Lou—An ex dancer who now works as a stage doorman. A contemporary of Old George. Very minimal singing and dancing.
Ensemble must be excellent dancers and singers. Many play roles including:
Erlanger — One of the most successful producers of Vaudeville, a shark and a businessman.
Stage Manager — A comic version of a fussy detail man. Overwrought and over extended in a Paul Lynde sort of way. Sometimes played by the actor who plays Old Lou. (25-35)
Young Lou — George’s longtime dance captain and understudy. Funny actor who is a good dancer.
The Champ – A big dumb lug who happens to be able to sing and dance. Must look good in his “skivvies,” per the script
Chick Gordon – brash hipster who works in nightclubs and speakeasies. He is a conniving musician and “agent” who is attempting to cash in on Georgette’s name. He regards George as a comical relic from the past. (25-35)
Agnes Nolan – Beautiful, talented young Irish girl with an eye for George.
Alice Nolan – Beautiful, talented young Irish girl with an eye for Sam.
Young Georgette – Small enough to be carries around and be seated on top of the piano. A Shirley Temple type. (5-7)