Uptown Players announces auditions for the regional premiere of End of The Rainbow, which runs April 1 through 17, 2016 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater.
Written by Peter Quilter, End of the Rainbow is a musical drama of Judy Garland's "come-back" concerts during December 1968. With a six week booking at London's Talk of the Town, it looks like Judy Garland is set firmly on the comeback trail. The failed marriages, the suicide attempts and the addictions are all behind her. At 46-years old and with new flame Mickey Deans at her side, she seems determined to carry it off and recapture her magic. But lasting happiness always eludes some people, and there was never any answer to the question with which Judy ended every show: "If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why, oh, why, can't I?" End of the Rainbow is a savagely funny drama featuring a glorious ensemble of Judy Garland hits and infused with the glamour and the melancholy of stardom. This production will star Janelle Lutz (The Boy from Oz) as Judy Garland.
The following non-singing roles are open to both equity and non-equity actors. There are two LOA/LORT principle equity contracts available for this production. The production is under the direction of Cheryl Denson, with music direction by Adam C. Wright.
Mickey Deans is Garland’s manager and much younger husband-to-be (her fifth). He is American and in his early 30s. Mickey is an ambitious pretty boy from New York, and the latest (and last) in a succession of exploitative mates, exasperated men who don’t quite know how to love her. Deans, a former club owner, who is trying, and failing, to keep Garland sober and drug free, but grows exasperated by her antics and scared for their financial future.
Anthony is her admiring pianist. He lives in the England countryside and is 50s-60s. He is engaged to play for her on this trip even though there is unfortunate history. Anthony, a transplanted Scot, who stands in here for all the gay fans who worshiped and identified with Garland, thinks he knows exactly how to love her. It is Anthony who is horrified by the Garland he sees and offers to whisk her to a simpler life, which is at best, a Sunday kind of love. (NOTE – the actor playing Anthony DOES NOT have to play piano)
A 3rd male actor-late 30s - early 50s plays a variety of characters all with English accents:
Radio Interviewer, Porter, ASM
Auditions will be held by appointment on Sunday, January 10 from 12n to 3pm at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Boulevard (@ Blackburn), Dallas TX 75219. For an audition appointment, call 214-219-2718. Auditions will consist of reading selections from the script. The script is available at S.T.A.G.E. and at the Uptown Players Box office during box office hours. Audition sides will be posted on the Uptown Players website audition page by January 5. A headshot and resume are required at auditions. Callbacks will take place on Sunday, January 10 at 815pm.
Rehearsals will begin the week of March 7. The production runs April 1 through 17 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. For additional information, visit www.uptownplayers.org.