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Open Call Auditions for From Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill

Directed by: Paul Hough
Musical Direction by: Michalis Koutsoupides

Music by: Kurt Weill
Lyrics by: Maxwell Andersen, Marc Blitzstein, Bertolt Brecht, Jacques Deval, Michael Feingold, Ira Gershwin, Paul Green, Langston Hughes, Alan Jay Lerner, Ogden Text & Format by: Gene Lerner
Musical Arrangements by: Newton Wayland
Originally directed by: Donald Saddler
Originally Produced by: Gene Lerner & Hank Kaufman
Additional Arrangements by: Scott Harlan

Auditions: September 28th 3pm-7pm

Callbacks by invitation only: October 6th 6:30pm-10:00pm

Auditions will be open call and will be held at the White Theatre at the Jewish Community Center. Those auditioning should prepare an audition song of their choice from their own repertoire. They need not sing Weill but they may if they choose. They should be prepared with a second contrasting option should that be requested.

Please come prepared with a list of all potential conflicts with the rehearsal schedule. Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled for early January but a more detailed schedule will be provided at auditions.

From Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill performs at the White Theatre located at 5801 W. 115th St, Overland Park, KS 66211.

Performance Dates:
February 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 at 7:30pm
February 15, 22, March 1 at 2:00pm

Synopsis:

From Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill is a joyous and moving celebration of Kurt Weill, a cantor’s son and one of the most extraordinary composers of the 20th century. Weill’s greatest theatre songs are presented in a fluid blend of music and story, spanning 20 eventful years, from Von Hindenburg and Hitler in Germany to Roosevelt and Truman in the U.S. Weill created some of the most popular and daring musical theatre pieces of his day, collaborating with a dazzling array of literary giants – Bertolt Brecht, Langston Hughes, Maxwell Andersen, Alan Jay Lerner and Ira Gershwin – blurring the boundary between “serious” and “popular” music. This revue artfully mixes cabaret and commentary to tell Weill’s story, featuring timeless hits like “Mack the Knife,” “Speak Low” and “September Song.”

Rated PG-13

Character Descriptions:

Casting 5 accomplished musical theatre or opera soloists all age 20 to 50:

Baritone - the wise “father” of the company. Sings "Mack the Knife" and "September Song"

Tenor - the scamp of the company … sings "Deep in Alaska" and "Lonely House"

Contralto - the most worldly and world-weary of the company. Sings "Pirate Jenny" and "My Ship" or (Tchaikovsky)

Mezzo - the sexy comic of the company. Sings "Surabaya Johnny" and "Saga of Jenny" (or Tchaikovsky)

Soprano - the diva of the company. Sings "-Barbara’s Song" and "That’s Him" (or Tchaikovsky)

Male Narrator - moves from manipulative puppet-master to comic schlemiel. A resemblance to Weill would not be bad Excellent actor with strong musical theatre skills, need not be a soloist. Sings "Lost in the Stars".


 

For more information on auditions, please contact Jayson Chandley, Facility and Production Coordinator, at 913-327-8074 or jaysonc@jewishkc.org 

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