Upcoming Actor Auditions

Merrily We Roll Along

Book by George Furth, Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Directed by Bradford Blake

AUDITION Sunday, May 14 and May 21 from 7 to 9pm

Merrily We Roll Along begins in the present and moves backwards, tracing the lives of wealthy, jaded composer Franklin Shepard and his two estranged friends through each milestone of their personal and professional lives (good and bad). The show ends with a touch of rueful irony, as the three best friends at the start of their careers face a bright future: young, talented and enthusiastic about the worlds waiting to be conquered. Merrily We Roll Along is a modest-sized show that crackles with the wit, humor and intensity that embody the spirit of New York City. With a brilliant "Broadway-style" score and that deep insight one expects from any Sondheim endeavor, Merrily We Roll Along is a spirited and moving cautionary tale for anyone who has ever pursued a dream.

Character Breakdown

Franklin Shepard: (Late 20s - mid 30s) Charming, very appealing, gifted composer. People are immediately drawn to him. As we travel back in time, it is no surprise that he is revealed as obsessively ambitious. He is swept up by his success, and subsequently alienates his closest friends and his wife. Charismatic leading man-type. Ability to play the piano is a plus, but not absolutely necessary. Natural-sounding high baritone, up to F#.

Charley Kringas: (Late 20s - mid 30s) Franklin's closest friend, his lyricist and collaborator. Idolizes and loves Franklin, but he is not a man who will compromise art on the altar of commercial success. Sees Franklin's tunnel vision for success above all else as the ultimate betrayal, and it irreparably severs their friendship. As we travel backwards in time, we see he is shy and easily agitated. Appealing character actor-type, but not necessarily a nerd. Natural-sounding high baritone, up to G.

Mary Flynn: (Late 20s - mid 30s) Franklin and Charlie's closest friend. Mary had the talent to be a great novelist; however, her insecurities and lack of self-esteem turn her into a bitter, overweight, acerbic drunk. She has been in love with Franklin from the beginning, but quietly suppresses her feelings until they can no longer be ignored. As we travel back in time, we see the warmth, care and loving dedication she had for her best friends, and the slimmer, attractive girl she once was. Role for an appealing character actress. Weight can be added through costuming at the beginning of the show. Two-octave range, from F below middle C, to the F two octaves higher.

Gussie Carnegie: (Early - mid 30s) She is a complete invention. She was Shirley Molinsky when she first went to work for producer Joe Josephson as his part-time secretary to pay for acting classes. Marries Joe, becomes one of the great Broadway musical stars. The first mature and sexual woman that Frank has met. Ultimately breaks up Frank's first marriage and marries him. When we first meet her in 1976 California, she seems out of place in Hollywood, and realizes that Frank is, indeed, now having an affair with his young starlet. Actress must have glamour, wit, sexuality and must move very well. Broadway belter.

Joe Josephson: (Early 40s) Quintessential New York Broadway producer. While a bit crass, he has a big heart and sense of humor, and is well-meaning. Drawn to conventional musical theater, he ultimately realizes how gifted Frank and Charley are and produces their first hit, starring his wife Gussie. Knows he is losing her to Frank, and becomes a broken man. Baritone.

Beth Spencer: (Early - mid 20s) Young aspiring singer/actress; meets Frank while auditioning for his revue. Winning, fresh, enthusiastic and talented. Very appealing and attractive. When we first meet her in 1967, she has discovered that Frank has been having an affair with his producer's wife Gussie, and Beth and Frank are going through a traumatic divorce. Not only are they in a custody suit over their eight-year-old child, but -- because of Frank's fame -- the entire event has turned into a horrifying media circus. Must have great chest mix sound. Sings "Not A Day Goes By". 

Frank Jr.: (Age 9) Frank and Beth's son, a great and good-natured kid. Loves his parents dearly. Unchanged voice.

Ensemble:
4 men and 4 women in their late twenties to late thirties. These 8 people will have a multitude of great character parts to cover. Ideally seeking 2 tenors, 2 baritones, 2 sopranos and 2 mezzo/contraltos.

Please Note

Accompanist will be provided. Actors without sheet music will not be seen. Come prepared with 16 bars of a Broadway uptempo and 16 bars of a Broadway ballad. You may only be asked to sing one but please have the other prepared.

Familiarity with the score of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG is helpful but not required.

Be prepared with sheet music in the key in which you sing it. Music must be in a book or binder. No loose sheets. Music must include piano accompaniment.

Please bring 2 copies of your resume. Scenes will be available at the auditions for those actors we wish to hear read.