New York, NY
New York Musical Festival (NYMF) Combined NYC EPA Day
SALARY FOR ALL SHOWS:
Please note: new in 2017 for ALL shows the
New York Musical is now on a contract with
Actors’ Equity. All performers will be
compensated at a rate of $11/hr, with no hourly
minimum per week, and a maximum of 36
hours/week. Health/pension will NOT be paid
on this contract
Michael Cassara Casting is the resident
casting office for the 2017 NYMF, coordinating
3 days of group EPAs (next EPAs are yet
TBA). If unable to attend the EPAs, GENERAL
FESTIVAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY (but NOT for
a specific show) may be sent to: Michael
Cassara Casting, 333 W. 39th Street – Suite
#800, New York, NY 10018, Attn: NYMF – or to
DATES: All shows in attendance are full
productions in the New York Musical Festival
(http://www.nymf.org) – with performances
taking place between 7/10 and 8/6, 2017.
Exact performance dates and venues are still
being finalized. Rehearsals for most shows are
anticipated to begin on/after 6/10, and will be
announced at a later date.
EPA Procedures are in effect for this audition.
An Equity Monitor will be provided.
Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination.
Equity is committed to diversity and
encourages all its employers to engage in a
policy of equal employment opportunity
designed to promote a positive model of
inclusion. As such, Equity encourages
performers of all ethnicities, gender identities,
and ages, as well as performers with
disabilities, to attend every audition.
Always bring your Equity Membership card to
Equity actor/singers for various roles in the
following FIVE productions.
– BEN, VIRGINIA AND ME (THE LIBERACE
– THE BODY POLITIC
– THE FOURTH MESSENGER
– THE GOREE ALL-GIRL STRING BAND (a
– PLAY LIKE A WINNER
If unable to attend the EPAs, and you wish to
submit to a specific production, please submit to
the submission contact name and address
listed under each individual show – multiple
casting offices are participating in these group
days, so be sure to submit accordingly.
casting authority from each show will be
present, you are free to bring in something
specifically appropriate for any of the shows, or
perform ONE general selection that shows you
off best – but, as in years past, we are NOT
permitting more than one vocal selection at this
BEN, VIRGINIA AND ME (THE LIBERACE MUSICAL)
Producer: BEN, VIRGINIA AND ME LLC
Book: Roger O. Hirson
Music and Lyrics: Barbara Carole Sickmen
Original Concept: Barbara Carole Sickmen
Director: Paul Stancato
Music Director: Jesse Warkentin
Associate Director/Choreographer: Dana Iannuzzi
General Manager: Lisa Dozier
Casting Director: Stephanie Klapper
Most likely daytime rehearsals
First rehearsal: July 6th, 2017. First performance: w/o July 31st. All performances: w/o July 31st
IF UNABLE TO ATTEND EPA, SUBMIT TO:
Stephanie Klapper Casting
39 West 19th Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10011
Sometimes, too much is never enough! Before Liberace entered the world of glitz and glamour, the
legendary showman crossed paths with history’s most notorious gangster and his girlfriend, forming a
unique bond. Featuring a lavish original score, this world premiere musical explores the
phantasmagorical life of the iconic performer and his nearly career-shattering struggle to maintain
privacy with respect to his sexual orientation. Friendship, love, and the quest for redemption play out
for one of showbiz’s most unique trios in the telling of this remarkable story.
[LIBERACE] (Male, 25-66) -Famous international showman, television personality, beloved iconic
performer. Bb2-A4 (Low Bb to tenor A).
[BEN SIEGEL] (Male, Early 40s)- Better known as “Bugsy Siegel” the infamous New York gangster,
trying to play it straight by building the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in 1946. He uses mob
money from Al Capone and the syndicate. Bb2 – G4 (low Bb to tenor G).
[VIRGINIA HILL] (Female, 30s)- Strong, independent party girl. Ben’s girlfriend, madly in love with
Ben. The two join forces to build the Flamingo Hotel and Casino. G3 – Gb5 (low alto G to high Gb)
[FRANCES LIBERACE] (Female, 30s-60s) Doting, overbearing mother of Liberace. *Note: could be
played by the same actress playing Sophie Tucker. G3 – F5 (low alto G to high F).
[SOPHIE TUCKER] (Female, 50’s)- International star of stage, screen, and Broadway who teaches
Liberace a thing or two about show business. *Note: could be played by the same actress playing
Frances Liberace. G3 – F5 (low alto G to high F).
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[SEYMORE HELLER] (Male, 50-70) Liberace’s agent/manager. Becomes Liberace’s lifelong friend
and business manager. *Note: Could be played by the same actor who plays Salvatore Liberace. C3 –
G4 (baritone C to high G).
[GEORGE LIBERACE] (Male, 30-50) Liberace’s brother. Violinist. Arranged bookings for himself and
Liberace before finding Seymour Heller to represent them. *Note: could be played by the same actor
playing Cassandra. C3 – F4 (baritone C to high F) Note: George’s singing is minimal. No high notes
required. Ensemble utilizes bari/tenor range.
[CASSANDRA] (Male, Late 40s/Early 50s) Also known as William Conner. “Comical” tabloid reporter
who is hell-bent on forcing Liberace to come out of the closet and wants to destroy his career. *Note:
could be played by the actor playing George Liberace. C3 – F4 (baritone C to high F) Note: George’s
singing is minimal. No high notes required. Ensemble utilizes bari/tenor range.
[SALVATORE LIBERACE] (Male, 40s -50s) Liberace’s estranged father. Wants Liberace to be a
classical pianist. *Note: Could be played by the same actor playing Seymour Heller. C3 – G4 (tenor)
Note: Listed characters do not sing. Ensemble will utilize bari/tenor range.
[CHARLIE LUCIANO] (Male, 40s-50s) Gangster. Annoyed that Ben has not paid back the money he
borrowed for The Flamingo. *Note: Will be cast from the ensemble.
[MEYER LANSKY] (Male. 50s) Gangster. Believes that Ben will pay back the money he borrowed for
The Flamingo and that The Flamingo will be a success. He persuades Meyer and Charlie to give Ben
more time. *Note: Will be cast from the ensemble.
THE BODY POLITIC
Book and Lyrics: Charles Osborne
Music: Leo Hurley
Director: Zi Alikhan
Music Director: Matthew Stephens
General Management: Dailey-Monda Management
If unable to attend EPA, please submit picture/resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Seeking strong actors who are STRONG MUSICIANS. Music can be exceedingly rhythmically difficult,
as it draws from traditional Afghan folk music and contemporary opera, as well as jazz, country, and
[IPHIS] Female-to-Male Transgender, 20s, Middle-Eastern/Afghan. Tenor. A young transgender man
from Kabul navigating a new life in North Carolina, offered him by an aid worker, Constance’s
deceased husband. He is restless, hopeful, and seeking a nest in both his body and his community.
THIS ROLE IS CAST.
[CONSTANCE] Female, 30s-50s, any ethnicity (except Middle-Eastern). Soprano. A middle-aged
conservative nurse in North Carolina, trying to raise her son Michael and fortify her family against
outsiders in the aftermath of her husband’s death at the hands of the Taliban.
[ROXANA] Female, 20s-40s, Middle-eastern/Afghan. Soprano/Belt. A Kabul mother determined to
navigate her country’s changing skies, from Taliban rule to American occupation. She is dedicated to
educating young women and ensuring her family’s survival in whatever ways she can, even going so
far as to raise her daughter Iphis as a son. She is inextricably tied to her people and her land.
[EUGENE] Male, 20s, Any ethnicity. Tenor. A sassy southern drag queen and pediatric nurse, his bold
onstage persona masks the deep pain and rising anger he feels from the daily injustices he has known
growing up gay in North Carolina.
[MICHAEL/YOUNG IPHIS] Female to play male child (Michael); and female-to-male pre-transition
child (Young Iphis), 18+ to play 10-16, Ethnically ambiguous. Soprano. Michael is a precocious 10
year-old boy with a cheeky fascination for adult conflict, who opens his arms to anyone wishing to be
called ‘family’. Young Iphis (see IPHIS, above) grows from 10-16 through the play. He finds his
greatest privilege and happiness as a boy, and will fight to preserve that identity at any cost, even if
the consequences mean he must leave his beloved mother and family forever.
THE FOURTH MESSENGER
Producer: 4M Productons
Director: Matt August
Music Director: TBD
Book/Lyrics: Tanya Shaffer
Music/Lyrics: Vienna Teng
Gen Mgr: Sharon Fallon Productions
Casting: Cindi Rush Casting
IF UNABLE TO ATTEND EPA, PLEASE SUBMIT TO:
CINDI RUSH CASTING
5 PENN PLAZA 19TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, N.Y. 10001
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ALL ROLES ARE ANY ETHNICITY:
[MAMA SID] Female, Mid 30s – Late 40s. World-famous spiritual teacher. Her grace, joy, tranquility,
and charisma have inspired countless followers all over the world. Plays herself at 18 in flashbacks.
Mezzo. Range: G3 – F5
[RAINA] Female, 18 – 25. Reporting intern at national magazine. Young, sharp, tough, urban, with a
deep well of vulnerability hidden beneath the cynical facade. Rock mezzo/soprano with strong high
belt (ideally can belt to E5). Range: G3-E5
[CLARA/HAG] Female, 40s – 50s. CLARA: An Eastern European psychic. Dramatic, eccentric, Eastern
European accent. She must deliver the prophecy that sets Sid on her path. Alto/mezzo. Range: A3 –
E5. HAG: A very old woman. Angry, bitter, in pain. Range: G3 – E5
[HARMONY/WATER*] Female, 20s. HARMONY: A young, eager devotee of Mama Sid. A former
junky. Flighty, scattered, fragile, well-intentioned. Soprano. Range: G3 – C5. WATER: A sexy glass of
water. Range: A3 – B4
[MYRA/MAY*] Female, 30s – 40s. MYRA: A cancer patient and devotee of Mama Sid. Range: G3 –
C5. MAY: Sid’s mother. 30s(ish). Appears in a flashback, and later as an angel. Must be able to be
both comic and timeless/ethereal. Mezzo. Range: A3 – C5
*Either Woman #3, Woman #4 or Woman #5 will need to cover the high soprano line in ensemble
pieces. Ideally, this person would have an upper range reaching to B-flat5.
[SAM/BREAD] Male, 30s – 40s. SAM: Editor of a national magazine. 40s – 50s. Self-possessed,
powerful, charismatic. High baritone. Range: D3 – F4. BREAD: A seductive loaf of bread who
resembles Elvis Presley. Range: G3 –Bflat4.
[DEREKH/YASHA] Male, 20s. DEREKH: An indecisive college student who is a devotee of Mama Sid.
Great comic timing. Tenor. Range: C3 – D4. YASHA: Sid’s high school boyfriend, sweet and
wholesome. Later returns in a highly seductive, sexy hallucination. High tenor. Must move well. D3 –
[ANDY/DELILAH] Male, 40s. ANDY: Early 40s. Mama Sid’s assistant and sidekick who has been in
love with her for the past 20 years. Loyal and kind. Must play himself as an 18-20 year old in
flashbacks. Range: B2 – E4. DELILAH: A very sick drag queen. Delilah should project extreme
physical illness and fragility, as well as a lingering sense of decaying fabulousness. Soulful voice.
Range: C3 – E4. This role has room for soulful improv – a great falsetto a plus.
[MIKE/SUNNY] Male, 40s – 50s. SUNNY: Sid’s father (in flashbacks). 40s. A brash, powerful,
domineering businessman. Also a charismatic salesman. Range: C3 to E-flat4, with a single slide from
G4 down to G2 (falsetto okay for top). MIKE: An uptight businessman who is a devotee of Mama Sid.
Range: C3 – G4
THE GOREE ALL-GIRL STRING BAND (a new musical)
Book & Lyrics: Michael Bradley
Music: Artie Sievers
General Management: Simpson & Longthorne Theatricals
Director: Ashley Monroe
IF UNABLE TO ATTEND EPA, PLEASE SUBMIT TO: GoreeSubmissions@Gmail.com
Plot: Six female convicts in a Texas prison form a band in hopes of finding freedom. The Goree All Girl
String Band. Takes place at The Goree State Farm, Texas’ sole penitentiary for women in Huntsville,
TX. The only band in history that set out to gain attention in order to disappear.
Note: All roles will be cast as actor/musicians who will play one or more of the following instruments:
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acoustic guitar, mandolin, country fiddle, banjo, upright bass, accordion, harmonica, percussion.
Actors may double as two or more roles.
[REABLE CHILDS] female, 24, any ethnicity. Beautiful brown eyed country girl; starts the band!; crime:
“murder with malice aforethought”, murdered husband after having an affair with Terrance Bramlett;
paroled in October ‘43. Mezzo/belt.
[MOZELLE MCDANIEL] female, 17, any ethnicity. Shot her stepfather, “Daddy Jack” Watkins, 11
times with .22-caliber rifle to “protect the family”; nicknamed the Western Songbird; parole 2 years into
7 year sentence; first to leave. Mezzo soprano.
[RUBY MAE MORACE] female, any ethnicity. Crime: along with her boyfriend hitchhiked a ride,
robbed him, tied him to a tree, and sped off in his car; second to leave in Spring of ‘42. Mezzo/belt.
[GEORGIA FAY COLLINS] female, any ethnicity. blonde curly hair with false teeth; crime: burglary in
Winnsboro; last remaining original member after Reable was paroled. Mezzo/belt.
[BONNIE SCOTT] female, any ethnicity. Full figured; crime: robberies with husband. Mezzo/belt.
[BURMA HARRIS] female, any ethnicity. 4’10”- crime: heroin possession. Soprano or mezzo with
[“CAPTAIN” MARCUS HEATH] male, any ethnicity. Manager of Goree; stern, 6’2” veteran employee
who wears a Stetson Hat and khaki work clothes; good heart. Rich country baritenor.
[CLYDE OREE HEATH] female, any ethnicity. Captain Heath’s wife; Goree’s “matron”; helps inmates
prepare to leave prison; always put on a nice dress, high heels, and earrings to talk to girls and buy
them items they couldn’t get in commissary. Alto or mezzo with rich low range.
[“COCAINE” NORA HARRIS] female, any ethnicity. Inmate; against the Goree Girls. Low mezzo/belt.
[PAUL MITCHELL] male, any ethnicity. Inmate in Huntsville in love with Reable. Tenor.
[TERRANCE BRAMLETT] male, any ethnicity. lovelorn; Reable’s fling and fellow conspirator; visits the
girls at performance and appears on show the to prove to Reable his exemplary life. Baritone.
[HATTIE ELLIS] female, African-American. An accomplished singer in Goree; because of segregation
laws, could not be a member of the Goree Girls. Blues mezzo with belt.
[“UNCLE” BUD RUSSELL] male, any ethnicity. Texas Prison System transfer agent who drove the
One-Way Wagon. Baritenor with yodel skills.
[NELSON OLMSTED] male, any ethnicity. Host of Thirty Minutes Behind the Walls. Tenor.
[W. LEE “PAPPY” O DANIEL] male, any ethnicity. Governor of Texas. Non-singing/ensemble.
[JACK PURVIS] male, any ethnicity. House band on Thirty Minutes Behind the Walls. Nonsinging/
PLAY LIKE A WINNER
Book & Lyrics: Erik Johnke
Music: David Wolfson
Based on the play It’s All About the Kids by Caytha Jentis
Director: Kevin Connors
General Manager: Simpson & Longthorne Theatricals
Casting: Michael Cassara Casting
If unable to attend EPA, please send submission to:
Michael Cassara Casting
333 W. 39th Street – Suite #800
New York, NY 10018
Or via e-mail: email@example.com
[JENNA] female, 16, any ethnicity. Soprano. Kathy’s daughter, a nerdy middle school girl. Initially
resistant to the idea of joining the team, she finds her inner competitor and competes fiercely against
her rival and tormentor, Dannie.
[GARY] male, 40s, any ethnicity. Tenor. A team parent and Nick’s assistant coach. Nerdy and
desperately wanting the approval of the head coach, he allows himself to be mistreated to gain his
[ALLISON] female, 30s – 40s, any ethnicity. Alto. another soccer mom in her 30s or 40s, is Melissa’s
sidekick. She is a “yes-woman” who knows how to “play the game” to her advantage.
[PARENT/ENSEMBLE] male, 30s – 40s, any ethnicity. Baritone. Parents function like a Greek Chorus,
and are the ensemble for many of the musical numbers.
THE FOLLOWING ROLES ARE CAST:
[KATHY] female, 40s, any ethnicity. Soprano/Alto. A new soccer mom, and the mother of Jenna.
Eager to fit in with the other moms, she finds herself increasingly involved in the cult-like world of
competitive girls soccer. THIS ROLE IS CAST.
[NICK] male, 40s, any ethnicity. The charismatic and highly competitive coach of the Arsenal.
Divorced, living alone, with a dead-end job, Nick tries to relive the glory days through the lives of the
teams he coaches. THIS ROLE IS CAST.
[TRACY] female, 40s, any ethnicity. Soprano/Alto. Gary’s wife, and Kathy’s best friend. Quick-witted
and level-headed, she has not given into the madness of the hyper-competitive world in which the
other parents live. THIS ROLE IS CAST.
[MELISSA] female, 40s, any ethnicity. Alto. A ruthless soccer mom who is the “team mom”, and
Dannie’s mother. Scheming, manipulative and charming, there seems to be nothing that she won’t do
to advance her daughter’s success. THIS ROLE IS CAST.
[ANNOUNCER/PARENT/ENSEMBLE] male, 30s – 40s, any ethnicity. Parents function like a Greek
Chorus, and are the ensemble for many of the musical numbers. Announcer calls the plays at the
games THIS ROLE IS CAST.
WHAT TO PREPARE
Please prepare ONE brief vocal selection that is appropriate for the role(s) to which you feel you are most suited. An accompanist will be
provided, bring sheet music in your key and you MUST bring 5 (FIVE) pictures and resumes stapled together – NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE
MADE (at least bring 5 resumes if you don’t have 5 pictures available). Representatives with casting authority from each show will be
present, you are free to bring in something specifically appropriate for any of the shows, or perform ONE general selection that shows you
off best – but, as in years past, we are NOT permitting more than one vocal selection at this
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