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Equity Principal Auditions for Blind Lemon Blues

Equity Principal Auditions for Blind Lemon Blues
York Theatre Company ANTC (category/salary level pending. Theatre states that it expects compensation to be $500/week + health and pension).

1st rehearsal: On/about August 17, 2009. Opens on/about September 8. Closes October 4.

Pays homage to the influence of Blind Lemon Jefferson, who emerged in the 1920’s as the biggest- selling Country Blues singer in America. Set in New York City in 1948 at the last recording session of the legendary Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly, the show combines elements of traditional blues, gospel, rhythm and blues, soul, doo-wop and rap to evoke the enduring legacy of Blind Lemon and his contemporaries, Blind Willie Johnson, Lillian Glinn, Hattie Hudson, Bobbie Cadillac, Lillian Miller and Leadbelly himself.

Seeking the following available roles:

Theatre’s casting note: “A truly ensemble piece, actors play a variety of roles throughout Blind Lemon’s life and must be able to move well and sing in blues, gospel and R&B in tight harmonies.”

Woman 1: African American characters, 40s. Requires a strong mezzo able to sing deep Blues songs. Seeking a bold actress who is able to create characters and alternately plays sassy, coquettish, brassy and saintly. Nell Carter-type.

Woman 2: African American characters, 25 – 40. Requires a glamorous performer with a strong presence. A strong belter in solo numbers, she also sings the soprano parts in all ensemble numbers.

Auditions: Wednesday, July 15, 2 PM – 6 PM
York Theatre Company
619 Lexington Ave

(Enter via St. Peter’s church on the south side of 54th St, just east of Lexington; go past the reception desk; take elevator to the theatre level “L”.)

Notes/What to bring: Please prepare a brief song in the style of the show (blues, gospel, R&B) that shows off range and personality. Bring sheet music in the appropriate key; accompanist provided.
Please bring a picture and resume, stapled together.

Producing Artistic Director: James Morgan
Associate Artistic Director: Brian Blythe
Co-Creator/Co- Producer: Alan Govenar
Director/Co- Creator: Akin Babatunde
Music Director: Alisa Peoples Yarbrough
Casting Director: Geoff Josselson

Equity has granted an auditions concession to the producer. Equity Members may request a copy of the concession’s full text from the Equity Auditions Department.

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