Tootsie — 1st National Tour – Non-Equity Virtual Open Call
Rockville, MD 20850
Due to Covid-19 restrictions and the health and safety of our creative team and actors, we are holding a virtual open call for the non-Equity national tour of Tootsie and accepting video submissions in lieu of in-person auditions.
We strongly encourage the submission of actors from all cultural backgrounds.
Producer: TROIKA Entertainment
General Manager: Brian Schrader
Book: Robert Horn
Music & Lyrics: David Yazbek
Casting: Binder Casting/Chad Eric Murnane, CSA
Flat. $600 p/w
Min. $850 p/w – Lead
Max. $850 p/w – Principals
Flat. $600 p/w – Featured Ens./Ens.
+0.2% of Producers share of overages following the first week post recoupment.
Producers will provide Actors with travel & double occupancy housing in addition to full health insurance coverage. Plus, weekly per-diem of $280 upon departure from NYC through tech and the remainder of the contract
No housing, or per diem will be provided during the New York City rehearsal process.
1st Rehearsal: o/a 8/31/20 in NYC
Travel to Tech: o/a 9/23/20 in Buffalo, NY
Press Opening: o/a 10/6/20 in Buffalo, NY
End of Contract: o/a 10/3/21 (52 perf. weeks)
[MICHAEL DORSEY/DOROTHY MICHAELS] Male, All Ethnicities, 30s-40s. MICHAEL DORSEY is an actor’s actor. A focused perfectionist, outspoken, stubborn, abrasive and at 40 – frustrated at where his career hasn’t taken him. He’s myopic when it comes to his work, non-committal and flirtatious when it comes to women and exasperating to all when it comes to something he wants. Highly intelligent and desperate to do the one thing he loves more than life itself… act. When Michael realizes that he can no longer book work after an audition goes poorly, he reinvents himself as actress, Dorothy Michaels, and wins the part. DOROTHY MICHAELS is strong willed, understanding, humorous, playful and always speaks her mind. She can talk to people in a way Michael can’t. She’s slightly coy, slightly vein and completely lovable. She’s Michaels better half, and sometimes, his better whole. Strong comic chops are needed. Baritenor (A2-G4/Bb4) with either a very strong high falsetto/mix or a high tenor belt. LEAD
[JULIE NICHOLS] Female, All Ethnicities, 30s. An actor at a crossroad in her life. Focused, self-aware and self-assured. She has an organic beauty and heartfelt humor – which she uses to avoid what she’s really feeling. She masks her pain and longs to connect. Kindhearted and modest, she gets the joke, is grateful for what she’s been given, but is not ready to demand what will make her happy. She won’t give her heart easily, but when she does, it’s completely. Mezzo with a strong mix/belt. PRINCIPAL
[SANDY LESTER] Female, All Ethnicities, mid to late 30s. She’s neurotic, pessimistic, self-deprecating, childish and easily flummoxed. She is her own worst enemy – second-guesses her third guesses, can’t let anything go and literally created a yoga position called ‘The Downward Spiral.’ She thinks the world is out to get her, wallows in self-pity. She makes her anxieties known incredibly loudly and really just wants to be happy. She’s got a big heart, which always gets broken. Any voice part, mix or belt up to C5, highest note is E5. PRINCIPAL
[JEFF SLATER] Male, All Ethnicities, 30s-40s. A sardonic realist who lacks the ambition and drive to live up to his potential. The voice of reason that swirls just outside the eye of Michaels chaos. Jeff sees the humor of situations and has no reluctance to point out people’s flaws – even his own. His self-awareness and observations make him Michaels sounding board and conscience, as well as best friend. A lethargic ball of moderate enthusiasm, Jeff has a motto: “Seize the day!” – He sees the day, then goes back to bed. Baritone/baritenor with a little falsetto. PRINCIPAL
[MAX VAN HORN] Male, All Ethnicities, 20s-30s. Self-obsessed, with a limited wit. A firm believer in his own hype, he’s a ‘personality’ who measures his appeal through artificial adulation… and can’t imagine anyone not being attracted to him. Welcoming any opportunity to take off his shirt, he thinks the world revolves around him. He never gets the joke and is sure he’s deeper than he is. Tangled earbuds are his Rubik’s Cube. Baritone/baritenor, range from C3 to G4. PRINCIPAL
[RON CARLISLE] Male, All Ethnicities, 40s-50s. An incredibly successful director – just ask him. He demands respect and is often disrespectful in return. His ‘creative well’ does not go that deep, but he knows what sells. He has little patience, and even less vision. Loves an argument as long as he wins it and manages to work his accomplishments into EVERY conversation. He’s the first to tell you that he’s damn good at being humble. Baritone, but material is in a comfortable mid-range for most voices. PRINCIPAL
[RITA MARSHALL] Female, All Ethnicities, 50s-60s. Levelheaded, experienced and the voice of sanity and reason in a swirling pool of crazy. She is always a beat ahead of everyone and is very New York. Alto/mezzo, but material is in a comfortable low range for most voices. PRINCIPAL
[STAN FIELDS] Male, All Ethnicities, 50s. Michael’s overworked agent. Always to the point, he plays the game, but hates it. He knows how to talk around any subject. He’s put upon, exasperated and has been around the block… more than once. Perhaps it’s because he refuses to pay for parking. This role does not sing. PRINCIPAL
[MALE ENSEMBLE – DANCERS WHO SING] Male, All Ethnicities, late 20s–30s. Seeking excellent dancers and strong singers. Looking for charismatic, unique performers with a great sense of humor. Partnering is a plus. Ensemble will understudy lead/principal roles.
[FEMALE ENSEMBLE – DANCERS WHO SING] Female, All Ethnicities, late 20s–30s. Seeking excellent dancers and strong singers. Looking for charismatic, unique performers with a great sense of humor. Partnering is a plus. Ensemble will understudy lead/principal roles.
[MALE ENSEMBLE – SINGERS WHO MOVE] Male, All Ethnicities, late 20s–40s. Seeking excellent male singers who move well. Looking for charismatic, unique performers with a great sense of humor. Ensemble will understudy lead/principal roles.
[FEMALE ENSEMBLE – SINGERS WHO MOVE] Female, All Ethnicities, late 20s–40s. Seeking excellent female singers who move well. Looking for charismatic, unique performers with a great sense of humor. Ensemble will understudy lead/principal roles.
What to Expect:
Since remote auditioning is ever evolving and a new way of doing things for all of us, we are asking for self-tapes from all actors that feel they fit the character description(s) listed on the project breakdown. Some actors may be asked to re-tape certain sides or songs with adjustments from the director or creative team. It is likely that there will also be a remote work session/callback in mid-summer with any final candidates. Depending on what the quarantine restrictions are in late July, there may even be an in-person final callback.
What to Expect:
Since remote auditioning is ever evolving and a new way of doing things for all of us, we are asking for self-tapes from actors that feel they fit the character description(s) listed on the project breakdown. If there is interest in initial tapes, some actors may be asked to re-tape certain sides or songs with adjustments from the director or creative team. It is even likely that there will be a remote work session/callback in mid-summer with selected candidates. Additionally, depending on what the quarantine restrictions are in July, there may even be an in-person final callback.
What to Prepare
Audition materials can be found on this Dropbox link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qw5gmim32jdrazi/AADYDmscYWjA44BNUqDnI2H4a?dl=0
Ensemble roles: No ensemble sides to prepare.
Singers who move: please prepare (2) 32-bar contrasting cuts, in the style of the show, in addition to the character’s packet for a role you can understudy.
Dancers who sing: please include (2) 32-bar contrasting cuts, in the style of the show, in addition to providing a dance reel. Dancers must include a dance reel to be. considered.
Actors need to prepare all appropriate sides in their character’s packet. Certain roles include music in multiple keys. If your packet includes songs in different keys, pick the key that best suits your voice. Most song keys are adjustable, should you be cast. Accompaniment tracks are provided – please use the accompaniment tracks when taping. Actors should be extremely familiar with audition materials. Holding sides is absolutely fine, as long as actor is not glued to the pages.
**Everyone should also include a slate at the top of their video, with their full name, height, the role they wish to be considered for, where they are based and a full body pan.
Please double check sound and light are good before submitting and be sure to record your video horizontally. For more info on how to self-tape, click here: https://www.playbill.com/article/watch-binder-casting-directors-share-how-to-make-an-awesome-self-tape
Tapes will not be accepted if they do not include all of the requests mentioned above.
How to Submit
Please double check the project details listed before submitting a tape. Actors must be fully available for all dates.
Please use this open call link to upload self-tapes: https://breakdownservices.com/index.cfm/opencall?oc=9bef2
The link above will direct actors to submit via their Actors Access account. This is the only way we are accepting self-tapes. Please do not send any materials directly to our emails or call the office for questions. Thank you.
All tapes are due by 5/15/20 at 5PM EST. Due to the incredible amount of coordinating it takes to make this remote auditioning process successful, no extensions will be given and late tapes will not be considered.