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Seeking actors for Equity Principal Auditions of “Rent”

Rent- Equity Principal Auditions
Production Contract Tour / Tier C $1,008/week minimum + $770/week per diem.

Collins: African American man, mid 20s – mid 30s. Philosopher, teacher, anarchist, AIDS activist. Sings a HUGE, emotional gospel-style ballad. Low baritone; bluesy, gravelly voice.

Benny: African American man, 20s – early 30s. A striver, up from the projects to the Ivy League. Wants to be the next Quincy Jones. Slick and cocky; a smooth operator. Baritone/second tenor; can handle pop ballads.

Maureen: Caucasian woman, 20s – early 30s. Sexy, funny, attractive and wild; a tacky Jersey girl turned East Village performance artist. Huge, versatile rock ‘n’ roll sound.

Mimi: Latina. Seeking actress to play age 19. Sexy and of-the-streets, with some dark secrets. Must convey innocence and vulnerability, while being VERY savvy at the same time. Fragile drug addict. Raw rock ‘n’ roll voice with a high belt; Gloria Estefan with a touch of Sinead O’Connor.

Angel: Character is a Latino, Asian, or Caucasian man, late teens – early 30s. Actor must be willing to play in drag. Angel is a fun guy with lots of style. Extremely warm, lovable and nurturing. High tenor with falsetto.

Joanne: African American woman, 20s – early 30s. Wry humor and sardonic wit. Politically connected; Harvard graduate. Great pop belt.

As of this casting notice’s posting date, the following two roles are cast. Auditioning performers will be considered as possible replacements, should any become necessary.

Roger: CAST, Adam Pascal. Caucasian man, 20s – early 30s. Leader of a rock band. Able to project raw pain with charisma. Playing guitar a plus. Strong tenor. Rock ‘n’ roll grunge voice, like Eddie Vedder or Kurt Cobain.

Mark: CAST, Anthony Rapp. Caucasian man, 20s – early 30s. Under-funded underground filmmaker; has turned his back on his affluent upbringing. Likable, if occasionally high-strung, he is almost the narrator of the show. Baritone/second tenor.

Equity Principal Auditions:
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
10 AM – 6 PM both days.
Lunch from 1:30 – 2:30.
Telsey + Company
315 West 43rd Street, 10th Floor

Please prepare a brief, contemporary rock, pop or gospel song. No musical theatre material. Bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. Dress casually.

Please bring a picture and resume, stapled together.

Producers: Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, and Allan S. Gordon
Book/Music/Lyrics: Jonathan Larson
Director: Michael Greif
Music Supervisor: Tim Weil
General Manager: John Corker
Casting: Telsey + Company

1st rehearsal: December 8, 2008.
Note: The Producers and Equity have agreed that the week ending December 28, 2008 will be an unpaid layoff week; however, the partial rehearsal week ending January 4, 2009 will be paid at full rehearsal salary. Per diem will begin once the actor is required to be away from NYC, which is currently estimated to be on or about January 1, 2009 in Cleveland, OH.
1st performance: January 6, 2009, in Cleveland. Tour currently scheduled to run through August 30, 2009.

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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