Auditions will be held the week of January 9th (roles are described below). One musical will have its first reading March 9 and 11, the other in July, both at 1st Stage in McLean (Tysons Corner area), VA. Levowitz plans to premiere the musicals in 2013.
The reading is non Union, unpaid. Prepare a song that best shows your voice, Broadway or Pop. Auditions are open. Rehearsals and performances are in the DC area in Feb. If interested, send headshot, resume and sample mp3 (if available) to [email protected]
Buddy Drew – The Musical is based on the real life story of Drew Brown III. Buddy Drew – The Musical is a coming-of-age tale about a black kid from Harlem raised by his white, Jewish grandparents in Brighton Beach during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. His father, Bundini Brown, a street hustler from Harlem and also the corner man for the heavyweight champion of the world Muhammad Ali, married Rhoda Palestine, a nice Jewish girl from Brooklyn who reveled in the sights and sounds of the Harlem nightlife that Bundini reigned over. Growing up with a life as shaky as a yarmulke on an Afro, Buddy Drew must contend with an absentee father who spent the better part of his life fostering the career, affection and respect of his “other” son, Muhammad Ali. In the musical, Buddy Drew finds himself sparing with the world’s greatest boxer for the love of his father.
Galactic Cigarettes Present: It’s Your World is a musical satire of two supposedly moral Americans who become contestants on a 1950s quiz show with a bizarre twist.
Buddy Drew – the Musical
Seeking black actors with strong voices to fill principal and chorus roles. Also need actors of all races for principal and chorus parts.
BUDDY DREW: Black male. Good looking, charismatic, educated and street smart, cocky but with a soft side
LAURIE: Black female. Drew’s beautiful wife. Sophisticated and smart.
BUNDINI BROWN: Black male. Buddy’s Father, equally as good looking, charismatic, street smart
RHODA PALESTINE: White female. Buddy’s Jewish mother. Sexy, beautiful and little off beat yet sophisticated in her own way
MILDRED PALESTINE: White female. Buddy’s Jewish grandmother, tough and loveable.
POPPA JACK PALESTINE: White male, Buddy’s Jewish grandfather. Very smart, kind and gentle.
“THE CHAMP”: Black Male – Boxer
ENSEMBLE: Buddy’s Relatives & Friends, An eccentric collection of real life people.
Galactic Cigarettes Present: It’s Your World!
The musical takes place in New York City in the mid 1950’s. All cast members except SNAP SAWYER must be excellent singers.
BRYAN STANLEY (MALE, EARLY THIRTIES), an earnest looking New York City junior high school Social Studies teacher with an open, intelligent face, is married with one child, has been worn down by the buffets of life, could really use the huge money prize awarded by the TV quiz show.
HARRISON BROWNING (MALE, MIDDLE-AGED), TV quiz show producer, sophisticated, smart, charming, can be a mesmerizing con-man or everyone’s favorite uncle whichever will best suit his purpose.
SNAP SAWYER (MALE, THIRTIES), TV quiz show host, the American Dream incarnate, good looking, brilliantined, wholesomely, toothfully, WASPishly, almost embarrassingly American. Non-singing role.
JENNY WILSON (FEMALE, LATE TWENTIES), smart, pleasant looking but rather mousey and perhaps pudgy typist, feels trapped in her job and in her life, could really use not only the prize money but the confidence-building fame being a television quiz show contestant could bring her.
MARTY CONRAD (FEMALE, THIRTIES), TV quiz show talent coordinator, funny, warm, urban career woman, energetic, fast talking, good with people, an Eve Arden type.
CLARA WILSON (FEMALE, FIFTIES), widowed mother of JENNY, unhappy in her life, often takes it out on her daughter for whom she rarely has a good word, has a dream of the romantic life she might have lived if only things had been different.
SUSAN STANLEY (FEMALE, EARLY THIRTIES), attractive but sharp-tongued, unhappy wife of BRYAN, is tired of living on a shoestring as a school teacher’s wife, encourages, almost threatens him to audition for the quiz show as a possible way of changing their lives.
ENSEMBLE: Good looking men and women who are excellent singers, can move well and will play a variety of smaller roles of different ages and types.