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Cedar Valley College Family Music Theater

Directed by Dr. Sam Germany

Announces Open Auditions by appointment only
(Go to external site http://www.familymusictheatre.org/vanilla to make an appointment.)
for its Summer 2014 Production:

42nd Street

Auditions: Monday-Tuesday, May 5-6, 2014 7:00 p.m.
CVC Performance Hall
*Reservations are required*
To reserve an audition spot, go to http://www.familymusictheatre.org/vanilla
Rehearsals begin Friday, May 9, 2014

Performances: June 20-21, 26-28, 2014
Special Thursday performance June 26, 7:30 p.m.
Fridays-Saturdays 7:30 p.m. Saturday Matinees, 1:30 p.m.

Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Book by Michael Stewart & Mark Bramble
Based on the Novel by Bradford Ropes
Original Direction and Dances by Gower Champion
Originally Produced on Broadway by David Merrick
The use of all songs is by arrangemnent with Warner Bros., the owner of the music publishers' rights.
42md Street is presented by special arrangement with, and the music and dialogue material furnished by, TAMS-WITMARK Music Library Inc., 500 Lexintgon Avenue, New York, NY 10022

Audition Information

  • Cast Requirements: Large Cast: 30-40 (see detailed Character List)
    • Singer/Dancer/Actors (Peggy, Billy); Character singer/actors who move (Bert, Maggie); Strong singer/actors (Dorothy, Julian, Pat); Non- or light-singing roles (Abner, Mac, Andy); other named supporting roles
    • Strong Dancing/Singing chorus required for large, show-stopping production numbers. (Tap!)
  • Audition Requirements:
    • Sing best 16 bars of broadway song with piano. Accompanist provided. Please bring sheet music. No soundtracks. A capella not preferred. Selections from classic Broadway musicals pre-1960 era.
    • Cold readings from script, if considered for principal role.
    • Participate in essential movement audition, and extensive tap audition if considered for dancing principals or Dancing Chorus. Bring appropriate footwear (tap shoes, jazz shoes). Come dressed to move.
  • Auditionees will be required to fill out an audition form upon arrival including previous theatre experience, conflicts during the rehearsal period, and contact information.
  • Auditionees must guarantee no conflicts in final rehearsal period (June 9-19) and all performances.

Great songs: Shuffle Off to Buffalo, Lullaby of Broadway, 42nd Street, You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me, We're in the Money.

Audition sign up at www.familymusictheatre.org.
Phone: 972-860-8134      email: sgermany@dcccd.edu

42nd Street has been described as the definitive backstage musical - a show about a show. It focuses on the efforts of a famed Broadway director, Julian Marsh, to mount a successful musical stage production at the height of the Great Depression. Journeys of the established star Dorothy Brock and the young aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer crisscross as the show is in the works. It is a timeless tale of dedication, hard work, talent and being in the right place at the right time. Add a little romance, some fabulous tap dancing, great music, and you've got a winner. Winning Best Musical in its original 1980 production and Best Revival in 2001, this show never ceases to please with its great score including "Lullaby of Broadway," "We're in the Money," "Shuffle Off to Buffalo," "You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me," and the title song "42nd Street."

The show opens in New York 1933 with auditions underway for top director Julian Marsh's latest show "Pretty Lady". Peggy Sawyer arrives from Allentown hoping to audition, but misses out because she has been outside summoning up the courage to come in. Her quirkiness catches the eye of Billy Lawlor, juvenile lead, who agrees to try and get choreographer Andy Lee to audition Peggy anyway, but to no avail. Julian hires the chorus line and discusses his concerns with Maggie Jones and Bert Barry, the writers, about the casting of Dorothy Brock as the leading lady. Dorothy is a prima donna who is past her prime and she is very demanding. It transpires that she has only been cast because of her relationship with wealthy beau Abner Dillon who is financing the show. Despite this knowledge Julian exerts his directorial rights and insists that Dorothy tries out one of the songs, much to her indignation and Abner's. Meanwhile Maggie and some of the chorus girls (Anytime Annie, Phyllis and Lorraine) have found Peggy. They take pity on her and ask her to join them for lunch and some career advice. They encourage her to show them a dance routine where they discover that she is actually a real talent. This routine is witnessed, by chance, by Julian who decides there might be room for one more chorus girl after all. Later during rehearsal Peggy faints and is put in Dorothy's dressing room by a concerned Billy to recover. Hiding in the dressing room is Dorothy's real lover Pat Denning. When Dorothy arrives she finds Pat comforting Peggy and gets very annoyed, the commotion draws the attention of Julian who realizes that Dorothy and Pat's relationship could put his show in jeopardy, especially if Abner finds out. As the cast set off to open in Philadelphia Julian hires some thugs to convince Pat to break up with Dorothy. Opening night arrives and Peggy trips and accidentally crashes into Dorothy, knocking her over and the show has to close. Julian is furious and fires Peggy on the spot.

As Act 2 begins we discover that Dorothy's ankle is broken, and the show may have to close permanently. Annie is certain that Peggy could fill the lead role, finds Julian and tell him that Peggy can sing and dance circles around Brock. Julian decides it is worth a shot and rushes off to the train station to catch her and apologizes before she departs back home. Peggy is disheartened and takes some persuading but eventually she agrees. Back at the theatre she is forced to learn the part in two days and is on the verge of a nervous breakdown when she has an unexpected visit from Dorothy. Dorothy has been watching the rehearsals and realizes now that she is getting old and it is time to let the youngsters to take over. She has also realized that Peggy herself is really good and so she offers a little friendly advice on how to perform the last song. Julian has been pushing Peggy really hard and through his gruff exterior we see he is falling for her; this is sealed when he has to help her with the kissing scene! The show, with Peggy as lead, opens and we see a comedy number involving Bert, Annie and the dancers as well as the 42nd Street ballet. As you will have guessed the show goes on to be a resounding success catapulting Peggy to stardom. The cast decide to throw a house party in her honor with everyone chipping in and Billy is excited to take her, as he too is in love with her. However, the writers are also throwing a party in her honor at the Ritz. Peggy decides she would rather be with her friends and tells Julian this, leaving him to reflect on what a special girl she is.

Poster advertising auditions for 42nd Street.  Contents are reproduced elsewhere on thie page.
Printable Audition Poster

For more information, please contact Dr. Sam Germany
Cedar Valley College
3030 North Dallas Avenue
Lancaster, TX 75134

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