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The Producers

Book by Mel Brooks and
Thomas Meehan
Music and Lyrics by
Mel Brooks

Original Direction and choreography by Susan Stroman
By special arrangement with StudioCanal

Based on the 1968 Film

Director Dan Posluns
Music Director Josh Pulley
Choreographer Elizabeth Posluns

Audition Dates
Sunday, January 26, 2020 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm and Monday, January 27, 2020 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.

Audition Location
The Wade James Theatre located at 950 Main Street, Edmonds

Callbacks (By invitation only)
Saturday, February 1, 2020 between the hours of 1:00 and 8:00 pm.

Rehearsal Dates
February 10 – April 16, 2020.
Monday through Thursday evenings from 7:00 – 10:00 pm and one weekend day TBD.

Performance Dates
April 17 – May 10, 2020 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm, Sunday at 2:00pm) for a total of 15 performances.

SYNOPSIS
Holding the record for the most Tony Awards for a musical, The Producers is Mel Brooks’ groundbreaking and subversively dark comedy about two men attempting to pull off Broadway’s biggest con. When washed-up producer Max Bialystock finds out from fledgling accountant Leo Bloom that a Broadway flop can make more money than a hit with the right bookkeeping, the two set out to produce the worst play they can possibly find. Their search ultimately leads them to German loyalist Franz Liebkind and his tribute to the Nazi regime, Springtime for Hitler. Their frequently crass and crude adventure is forever immortalized in one of Broadway’s most brutally iconic spectacles.

AUDITION REQUIREMENT

Song: Prepare 32 bars (no longer than a minute) of a song from a comedic, big-Broadway musical (think Guys and Dolls, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) that shows your strongest vocal and character range. Don’t be afraid to make strong choices- the show is very spectacle-heavy, so be big!

Note for actors auditioning for Leo and Ulla: on top of this, please prepare 16 bars from a softer ballad in case we need to hear more.

Note - an accompanist is provided. Please bring in sheet music clearly marked. No recorded music please.

Monologue: prepare a monologue that is two minutes or less, and not from The Producers. Contemporary monologues are preferred. Comedic monologues are welcome but not required.

Dance: no dance at the initial audition, but both tap and jazz combinations will be taught at the callback for ensemble and most principal roles.

Headshot and Resume: please bring one copy of each.


CASTING

The following character descriptions and breakdowns are obtained from the licensing agency for the play, and do not necessarily reflect how decisions will be made in casting. Actors of all ethnicity, gender and identity are encouraged to audition. Age ranges are a guideline only; however, it is recommended that actors be 18 years of age or older if auditioning.

Max Bialystock
The consummate con man. Naturally animated and bombastic, he is never at a loss for charm and manners. Typically conspires with Leo.
Gender: Male
Age: 40 to 55
Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: A2

Leo Bloom
An accountant. Boring and mousy, he is a hesitant optimist who longs for something more. Dragged into a scheme by Max.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: A2

Franz Liebkind
German loyalist playwright. From his lederhosen to his pigeon, Adolph, his love for the motherland is unmistakable. He is imposing yet tender.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 55
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: F2

Rogers Debris
New York's most famous and flamboyant stage director. Surrounds himself with deliciously beautiful clothing, people, and possessions. In a crowd, it would be impossible to miss him.
Gender: Male
Age: 50 to 60
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: G#2

Carmen Ghia
Roger Debris' faithful assistant. Carmen is severe in looks and passion for Roger. He may appear younger than he actually is thanks to skilled surgeons.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Ulla Inga Hansen Benson Yonsen Tallen-hallen Svaden-svanson
A young and hopeful actress. Though her beauty might eclipse her talent, Ulla is passionate about life and art. Quite a clueless seductress in some ways.
Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Ensemble
Accountants; Bavarian Peasants; Convicts; First Nighters; Little Old Ladies; Storm Troopers; Chorus Girls; Girl Prisoners; Usherettes

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