Joy Dewing Casting
New York, NY 10019
Rent National Tour - Open Call for Singers
Non-Equity National Tour
Producer: Work Light Productions LLC
Composer/Lyricist: Jonathan Larson
Book: Jonathan Larson
Director: Evan Ensign
Based on Original Direction by Michael Greif
Choreographer: Marlies Yearby
Music Supervisor: Tim Weil
Associate Choreographer: MiRi Park
Casting: Joy Dewing Casting
First Rehearsal o/a August 14th, 2017
Opening o/a September 19th, 2017
Contracted through June 2018
Salary: Minimum $550/ensemble and $650/principals + per diem, housing and travel for all.
Open Calls for Singers:
Monday, March 6th
519 8th Avenue, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Tuesday, March 7th
500 8th Avenue, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10018
PLEASE SIGN UP FOR A TIME SLOT HERE. NO UNOFFICIAL LISTS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Please arrive at 15 minutes prior to the start of your time slot to check in. If all slots are filled, please arrive by 9AM on the day of the audition and sign up on the official alternate list.
NOTE: RENT is a rock opera set in New York’s Lower East Side “amid poverty, homelessness, spunky gay life, drag queens and punk” in the shadow of AIDS in the late 80s/early 90s. We are seeking raw, quirky, interesting rock singers who can channel both punk rock rage and open-hearted Bohemian love.
SEEKING SINGERS/ACTORS TO PLAY THE FOLLOWING ROLES AND ENSEMBLE MEMBERS TO COVER THE FOLLOWING ROLES:
[ROGER] Any ethnicity, male, 20s to early 30s. Rock & Roll grunge voice, like Eddie Vedder or Kurt Cobain. Leader of a rock band. He is able to project raw pain with charisma. Playing guitar a plus. Strong tenor.
[MARK] Caucasian, male, 20s to early 30s. Baritone/second tenor. Underfunded, underground filmmaker, he has turned his back on his affluent upbringing. Likable, if occasionally high-strung, he is almost the narrator of the show
[COLLINS] African-American, male, mid 20s to mid 30s. Low baritone, bluesy, gravelly voice. Philosopher, teacher, anarchist, AIDS activist. Sings a HUGE emotional gospel style ballad.
[BENNY] Any ethnicity, male, 20s to early 30s. Baritone/second tenor, can handle pop ballads. A striver, up from the projects to the Ivy League, wants to be the next Quincy Jones. Slick and cocky, a smooth operator.
[ANGEL] Any ethnicity, non-Caucasian, male presenting, late teens to early 30s. High tenor with falsetto. Actor must be willing to play drag. A fun guy with lots of style. Extremely warm, loveable and nurturing. Playing drums a plus. Interested in seeing transgender actors
[MIMI] Latina, female, to play 19. Raw Rock & Roll voice with a high belt, Shakira with a touch of Ciara. Sexy and of the streets, with some dark secrets. Must convey innocence and vulnerability while being VERY savvy at the same time. Fragile drug addict.
[MAUREEN] Caucasian, female, 20s to early 30s. Huge, versatile rock & roll sound. Sexy, funny, attractive and wild; a tacky Jersey girl turned East Village performance artist.
[JOANNE] African-American female, 20s to early 30s, great pop belt. Wry humor and sardonic wit, politically connected, a Harvard Graduate.
[ENSEMBLE & SWINGS] All ethnicities, all genders, 20s to 30s. Must be great pop/rock singers and actors to play various characters throughout the show, including homeless people on the Lower East Side and parents of Mark, Roger, Mimi, Joanne, etc. Must move well. Seeking quirky, offbeat, interesting people of all types. Most will cover principal roles.
For more information please visit www.joydewingcasting.com
August 14, 2017 - June 30, 2018
2017-03-06 10:00 : Pearl Studios 519 8th Ave, 12th Floor
2017-03-07 10:00 : Pearl Studios 500 8th Ave, 4th Floor
Pearl Studios (519 on Monday 3/6; 500 on Tuesday 3/7)
PREPARATION: Please prepare 16 bars of a pop/rock, soul, or R&B/gospel song that reflects the style of the show and the style in which that character sings. (Example: Roger—90s grunge rock; Mark – 90s alt-pop; Mimi – Rock or R&B; Collins—gospel ballad; Maureen—Blue-eyed Soul). Absolutely NO MUSICAL THEATRE (i.e., songs written for a musical). Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key—an accompanist will be provided. Bring a headshot and resume stapled together.
BEFORE AUDITIONING, READ OUR TIPS ON HOW TO CRAFT A SUCCESSFUL RENT AUDITION HERE: http://joydewingcasting.com/blog.php
Please note: If you have a disability and would like to request reasonable accommodations, please let us know prior to the auditions.