Copy
Can't see the images? View this email in your browser

AUGUST 22, 2022


VACCINATION RULES FOR AUDITIONS


Now that you know how to submit for auditions from our How to Self Tape pages on Answers4dancers, you’ve landed an in person callback! And you need proof of vaccination. Now what?

Vaccination requirements for auditions are evolving and not every production has the same rules. But chances are you’ll need to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to attend any in-person audition or callback.

Here’s a typical vaccination post for in person auditions:

Requirement for proof of vaccination/negative test. Everyone entering the audition venue (i.e., venue employees, Equity members, non-members, casting personnel, creatives, producers, musicians, COVID Safety Managers, etc.) will be required to undergo a symptom check and provide one of the following prior to entry into the venue:

Proof of full vaccination. ‘Fully vaccinated,’ as defined by the CDC, is more than 14 calendar days following receipt of a final dose of an FDA or World Health Organization authorized or approved vaccine.

Two-ply cloth face masks, surgical masks, singer’s masks and respirators (N95, KN95, or KF94) will be allowed for face coverings. Single-ply face masks, gaiters, and bandanas are not acceptable face coverings. Everyone in the holding room and audition room must wear a face covering as described above, except when they are actively auditioning.

The time spent unmasked should be as minimal as possible. Face coverings must be worn correctly (covering the nose and mouth). Singer’s masks can be found at www.broadwayreliefproject.com/singersmask.

We encourage members to prepare for their audition at home, to the extent that they can (e.g., get dressed, hair/make-up, etc.) to avoid crowding in bathrooms and dressing rooms.
 

Some auditions include a blanket statement such as: Fully vaccinated company. Proof of vaccination required.

Most cruise ships have required all guests and talent to be fully vaccinated to board a ship, but there’s word that beginning next month, the vaccine requirements will also be loosened for cruises.

Knowing what to expect for in person callbacks before you submit for any audition is important. A4D will continue to provide updates, but for now, be sure to have current vaccination records for any auditions so you can book that job!


SELF TAPE PERFORMANCE TIPS >

SELF TAPE TIPS 4 BEGINNERS >
 

STEPHANIE J. BLOCK, SEBASTIAN ARCELUS, MONTEGO GLOVER, KRYSTA RODRIGUEZ & MORE TO JOIN BROADWAY’S INTO THE WOODS
The revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods extended its Broadway run at the St. James Theatre with additional casting for the eight-week extension. Lear deBessonet directs the Broadway transfer of the Encores! staging with Lorin Latarro choreographing and Rob Berman serving as music director. Tony winner Stephanie J. Block will join the production as the Baker’s Wife with real-life husband Sebastian Arcelus portraying the Baker. Tony nominee Montego Glover will play the Witch Tuesdays through Thursdays, Patina Miller will perform as the Witch Fridays through Sundays. Krysta Rodriguez will take on the role as Cinderella with Katy Geraghty as Little Red Riding Hood and Jim Stanek as the Steward. They all begin performances on September 6. Current cast members Gavin Creel and Joshua Henry will continue as as Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince and Rapunzel’s Prince. Three-time Tony nominee Andy Karl will play the role of the Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince from September 6 through September 15 while Creel fulfills a prior commitment. Creel returns on September 16. Aymee Garcia will continue as Jack’s Mother through September 25, with Ann Harada reprising her role of Jack’s Mother from the City Center Encores! production on September 27. Original cast members Sara Bareilles, Brian d’Arcy James, Phillipa Soo, Julia Lester, and David Turner will take their final bows on September 4. Block won a Tony Award for her leading performance in The Cher Show. She was nominated for her featured performance in Falsettos and leading performance in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Arceuls starred on Broadway in Rent, Wicked, Elf, Jersey Boys, and more. A Tony nominee for her starring role in Memphis, Glover’s Broadway credits include The Color Purple, Les Misérables, and It Shoulda Been You. She played Angelica Schuyler in the Chicago production of Hamilton. Rodriguez’s Broadway credits include Spring Awakening, First Date, The Addams Family, In the Heights, and more. Geraghty has been seen in Broadway’s Groundhog Day. Stanek has eight Broadway credits including Fun Home, Little Women, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, and more. Karl is a three-time Tony nominee for his work in Rocky, On the Twentieth Century, and Groundhog Day. This marks the third revival of Into the Woods and its first time back on Broadway in 20 years. A movie adaptation was released in 2014.


NEW CAST MEMBERS JOIN ANDREW LEVITT IN HAIRSPRAY NATIONAL TOUR
New cast members are joining the national touring production of Hairspray, starring Andrew Levitt a.k.a. RuPaul’s Drag Race favorite Nina West as Edna Turnblad. Helmed by Jack O’Brien and Jerry Mitchell, the tour will relaunch at the Carson Center in Paducah, Kentucky before visiting over 55 cities. During its first touring season from November 12, 2021 through July 3, 2022, the production played 210 performances in 61 cities in 30 states. New principal cast members include Charlie Bryant III as Seaweed J. Stubbs, Ralph Prentice Daniel as Wilbur Turnblad, Brayden Krikke as Link Larkin, and Joi D. McCoy as Little Inez. In addition to Levitt, returning cast members include Niki Metcalf as Tracy Turnblad, Sandie Lee as Motormouth Maybelle, Billy Dawson as Corny Collins, Ryahn Evers as Amber Von Tussle, Addison Garner as Velma Von Tussle, and Emery Henderson as Penny Pingleton. Hairspray, which features a Tony-winning score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and a Tony-winning book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, is the story of teen Tracy Turnblad in 1960s Baltimore as she sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world?

ADI ROY & SENZEL AHMADY TO LEAD THE NATIONAL TOUR OF DISNEY’S ALADDIN
Casting is here for the national touring production of Disney’s Aladdin set to launch in Schenectady, New York from October 11 through October 23. It will play 36 cities during the 2022-2023 season. The production will star Adi Roy as Aladdin, who made his Broadway debut in Jagged Little Pill. The show will also star Senzel Ahmady as Jasmine, Marcus M. Martin as Genie, Anand Nagraj as Jafar, Aaron Choi as Iago, Sorab Wadia as Sultan, Ben Chavez as Omar, Jake Letts as Babkak, Colt Prattes as Kassim, and Dwelvan David as the standby for Genie, Aladdin, the hit musical based on the Academy Award-winning animated film, opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre on March 20, 2014. The North American tour will be one of six productions including shows on Broadway, Tokyo, the Netherlands, Mexico City, and Germany. Aladdin has welcomed more than 14 million people worldwide. A previous North American tour of Casey Nicholaw’s Broadway production played 1,201 performances in 41 cities seen by over 2.7 million.

NICK CARTELL & PRESTON TRUMAN BOYD TO RETURN TO THE NATIONAL TOUR OF LES MISÉRABLES
Casting for Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony-winning musical Les Misérables has been announced. The show will relaunch its national tour this October at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio and will play more than 60 week-long and multi-week engagements through the next several years. Nick Cartell and Preston Truman Boyd will return to portray Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert. They are joined by Matt Crowle, Christina Rose Hall, Haley Dortch, Devin Archer, Christine Heesun Hwang, Gregory Lee Rodriguez, and Addie Morales. This epic story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Boublil and Schönberg’s score includes the songs I Dreamed a Dream, On My Own, Bring Him Home, Do You Hear The People Sing?, One Day More, Master of the House, and many more.

DONNA McKECHNIE ANNOUNCED AS PORCHLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE 2022 ICON AWARD RECIPIENT

Award-winning Porchlight Music Theatre has announced this year’s recipient of the ICON Award is one of Broadway’s foremost singing and dancing leading ladies; Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie. Ms. McKechnie will be performing, joining journalist Paul Lisnek for an intimate on-stage conversation and accepting the ICON Award, in-person, at Porchlight’s signature fundraising event. The ICONS Gala, chaired by Joe Higgins and Scott Hoesman, will be Friday, September 23 at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago. It will also feature the presentation of The Luminary Award to Dan Ratner and The Genevieve and Daniel Ratner Foundation. The ICONS Gala was launched in 2012 and has honored Hal Prince, Elaine Stritch, Bob Fosse, Ethel Merman, and Fred Astaire among others. In 2020, The ICON Award, celebrating a notable artist who has made an indelible contribution to American entertainment through our art form of music theatre, was established and presented to living legends Joel Grey and, most recently, Chita Rivera.

tidbits250




Two-time Tony winner Viola Davis is joining Lionsgate’s Hunger Games prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes as Volumnia Gaul, the head gamemaker of the tenth annual Hunger Games; a cruel and calculating adversary to a young Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth). West Side Story breakout stars Rachel Zegler and Josh Andres Rivera will play Lucy Gray, the girl tribute from impoverished District 12, and Sejanus Plinth, a close friend of young Snow… 

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR SIX’S SECOND NATIONAL TOUR
Six is launching a second national tour. Known as the Boleyn Tour, it will begin performances at the Smith Center in Las Vegas on September 20. The musical’s first touring production, the Aragon Tour, is currently performing at the National Theatre in Washington, DC. This cast features Gerianne Pérez as Catherine of Aragon, Zan Berube as Anne Boleyn, Amina Faye as Jane Seymour, Terica Marie as Anna of Cleves, Aline Mayagoitia as Katherine Howard, and Sydney Parra as Catherine Parr. Written by Tony winners Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, and directed by Moss and Jamie Armitage, the musical centers on the six ex-wives of King Henry VIII, who headline an electrifying pop-concert spectacle—flipping the narrative of the one-sided story from the history books. Carrie-Anne Ingrouille choreographs the production. Six is currently running at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

MARVIN GAYE MUSICAL IN DEVELOPMENT FROM LEGEND’S SON MARVIN GAYE III & Je’CARYOUS JOHNSON
A musical about Motown legend Marvin Gaye is in the works. The late Grammy winner’s son Marvin Gaye III is teaming up with playwright and producer Je’Caryous Johnson for the project, which is aiming to premiere in 2023. The show will trace the singer’s trials, triumphs, and tragedies as he ascends from a preacher’s son to a local pop singing sensation to an international superstar. Known as the Prince of Soul or Prince of Motown, Gaye was instrumental to America’s music movement, lending his voice to chart-topping hits like Sexual Healing, which earned him two Grammy Awards in 1983, as well as Let’s Get It On, I Heard It Through the Grapevine, I Want You, How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), What’s Going On?, and more. Following his death in 1984, he received a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award as well as inductions into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

GRAMMY & OSCAR WINNER MELISSA ETHERIDGE TO PLAY SOLO SHOW OFF-BROADWAY IN OCTOBER
Rock and LGBTQ+ icon Melissa Etheridge is bringing her solo show Melissa Etheridge Off Broadway: My Window – A Journey Through Life to off-Broadway’s New World Stages in October. The Grammy and Oscar winner will begin performances on October 13 for 12 performances only. The production is written by Etheridge with additional material by Linda Wallem-Etheridge. Amy Tinkham directs. It will be an evening of storytelling of her life and music. Etheridge is a two-time Grammy Award winner with 15 nominations. She won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for I Need to Wake Up from the film An Inconvenient Truth. She made her Broadway debut as St. Jimmy in American Idiot. Her hits include Bring Me Some Water, I’m the Only One, Come to My Window, Foolish Games, and more.

tidbits250






Stage and screen star Anne Heche has died due to a severe brain injury she sustained from a fiery car crash on August 5. She was 53. In 2000, Heche made her Broadway debut in David Auburn’s Tony-winning Proof. She took over the lead role of Catherine from Mary-Louise Parker, who won a Tony for her performance. Heche garnered a Tony nomination for her turn as Lily Garland in 2004’s Twentieth Century, which marked her final Broadway appearance. She is also known for Men in Trees, Hung, Save Me, Aftermath, The Brave, The Legend of Korra, and more. She also competed in the 29th season of Dancing with the Stars...

         
       
Copyright ©2022 Answers4Dancers, All rights reserved. 
Please update your newsletter proflle to include your first name. You can click here to update it.
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list