[CASTING] Seeking  API and South Asian Legit Musical Theater Performers for “La Cage Aux Folles”

East West Players, the longest running theater of color in the US is seeking Asian, Pacific Islander, South Asian, legit musical theater performers for LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Harvey Fierstein.

This Tony Award winning musical is about a gay couple; Georges, a suave owner of a glitzy drag club, and Albin, his high-strung star performer, whose charmed lives turn upside down when George’s son, Jean-Michel, turns up with his fiancée, Anne. Cultures collide as Georges and Albin are introduced to Anne and her parents, members of the conservative party, Traditional Family Values Coalition, in this jubilant musical that inspired the movie, The Birdcage.

Directed by Tim Dang, musical direction by Marc Macalintal, and choreography by Reggie Lee. Rehearsals begin April 12, 2016.

Previews begin May 12, 2016, opening Wednesday May 18 for a six week run (5 performances a week) through June 26, 2016.

AEA SPT Cat. 5 Contract ($382 per week plus benefits). Also seeking non-union performers ($150 honoraria per week).

Principal Roles:

ALBIN: To play Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander Male 45-55 (Range: Baritone, A#2-G4)
A performer of star quality; mature; great powerhouse of a Broadway voice; fine comic actor. Must be willing to shave face and body for role.

GEORGES: To play Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander Male, 50’s (Range: G2-F4)
A star; mature and attractive; good singer; energetic, charming, loving and caring; must move well

JEAN-MICHEL: To play Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander Male, 20 (Range: Baritone, A#2-G4)
Handsome; masculine, well-mannered, educated; desperately in love with his fiancée, Anne; acts, sings, and moves well

JACOB: To play Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander Male, Early 20’s-30s (Range: Bb2-Ab4)
Male butler/maid; brilliant comedian who sings and moves well. Must be willing to shave face and body for role.

ANNE: To play Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander Female, 18-21 (Range: Ensemble, Part Flexible) Jean-Michel’s fiancee; lovely to look at; spunky; a superb dancer who acts well

EDOUARD DINDON: To play Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander Male, Early 50’s (Range:Bb2-Eb4) Anne’s father; right-wing radical politician; pompous; quirky; must sing, move well, and be a fine comedian. Also plays RENAUD: Male, middle age, mature, male friend of Georges and Albin; owns a small café.

MARIE DINDON: To play Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander Female, Late 40’s (Range: F4-A5) Anne’s mother; 48-52, shy, retiring, sexually repressed and sex-starved; good singer and actress who moves well; must look great in a leotard for the finale

JACQUELINE: To play Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander, female, 30s (Range: B3-F5)
Female friend of Georges and Albin; owns a chic restaurant; attractive, charming; very theatrical. Also plays Madame Renaud and other smaller roles.

FRANCIS: To play Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander, Male, 30’s
Male stage manager in Georges’ club; strong actor/dancer/singer, muscular, partial nudity, must be able to do lifts. And be comfortable doing male/male dance movements. Also part of the ensemble. Must be willing to shave face and body for role.

Ensemble Male Dancer/Singer: To play Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander, Male 30’s
Strong actor/dancer/singer, muscular, partial nudity, must be able to do lifts male/male dance movement. Clean shaven face and body. Part of the ensemble.

THE LES CAGELLES (Range: Ensemble, Parts Flexible)
To play Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander, multi-racial, urban cosmopolitan, ethnically ambiguous. Six males 18-30 who can pass for women (top model types), excellent dancer/singers. Dance tricks, gymnastics, and other naughty talents are helpful. Must be able to dance in heels and be comfortable in women’s clothing and wig/makeup. Must be willing to shave face and body for role. Must also be comfortable with female/female dance movement.
Specific Cagelles names (some roles have been combined): Chantal – must have an operatic soprano voice, Hanna – must be able to handle a bull-whip, Bitelle, Phaedra, Mercedes/Babette.

Agent and Personal submissions may be made through Actors Access and Breakdown Services.
Or send electronic submissions with role to be considered for to casting@eastwestplayers.org

Vocal video submissions will be considered for the first round. Please send to casting@eastwestplayers.org. Callbacks must be in person in Los Angeles.
Or send via postal mail your recent photo, resume, and role to be considered for:
Casting: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
East West Players
120 Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Submissions for appointment Vocal Auditions will be accepted through February 20, 2016
Principal Vocal Appointments, February 29 – March 1, 2016
Preparation – Please prepare one song, legit musical theatre that is character appropriate for Role you are submitting for.  Please have your sheet music marked as you would like it to be played. Also bring your book in case we ask for variation.

Equity Chorus Dance Call, Saturday March 5, 2016,
Madilyn Clark Dance Studio A, 10852 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
Signups 11:30 for 12pm Call
Preparation – Please Bring 2 copies of your Headshot and Resume and come dressed in body conscious attire that you can move in.  Please be ready to move in heels if you have them.

EPA Open Call, Monday February 29, 2016, 12-4pm
Union Center for the Arts, 120 Judge John Aiso St Los Angeles, Ca 90012
Signups 11am for 12pm Call
Preparation – Please Bring 2 copies of your Headshot and Resume and Please prepare one song, legit musical theatre that is character appropriate for Role you are submitting for.  Please have your sheet music marked as you would like it to be played. Also bring your book in case we ask for variation.

Dance and Vocal Callbacks March 5 & 7, times and locations TBA

PLEASE no telephone calls or personal deliveries.