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Audition to Dance in Walt Disney World and 4 More Projects!

27 May 2016 11:00 AM, PDT

Celebrate this holiday weekend with some new opportunities. Below are five upcoming auditions in New York, Los Angeles, and beyond! Walt Disney World 2016 Holiday SEASONCalling all Equity dancers! Auditions are June 29 in New York City for the upcoming holiday season at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Two shows, “A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas” and “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration,” are seeking performers. Check out the casting notice here! “Love = Drugs”One secondary part and five supporting slots are being cast for this musical short film set to be distributed via YouTube. Lip syncing in Brooklyn will be required. “No Way Jose”This independent feature about a high school graduate who begins a romantic relationship with his former teacher is seeking 10 actors to play various leading and supporting roles. “No Way Jose” is set to shoot this summer in Austin, Texas. Norwegian Cruise LINESDancers and singers are being cast for a »

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8 New Series Coming to Amazon Prime

27 May 2016 10:00 AM, PDT

Amazon Prime customers will once again have a hand in deciding which of Amazon Video’s 2016 pilots get signed to full series. The streaming service’s new pilot season will debut two new hour-long dramas (“The Last Tycoon” and “The Interestings”) and six children’s programs, including the live-action “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters,” on June 17. Audiences are then invited to review the series and help decide which shows we’ll be seeing more of later this year—a focus group-like process that has helped sustain such award-winning shows as “Transparent” and “Mozart in the Jungle.” “We’re focused on bringing customers compelling, must-see TV and we accomplish this by going directly to them for input,” Digital Video and Amazon Studios Vice President Roy Price said in a statement. “Their feedback has helped create series that have become fan favorites among critics and customers.” So get ready for the latest from Matt Bomer, »

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1 Great Fellowship for the Actor-Writer

27 May 2016 9:45 AM, PDT

Looking to create your own vehicle to success? Tangerine Entertainment, a production company founded to support women in film, is now accepting applications from female actor-writers for the Tangerine Fellowship until the regular deadline on July 1 and the last-minute deadline on August 1. Recipients will receive one full year of mentorship, a ticket to the 2017 Spring Writers’ Retreat, a free copy of Final Draft 9—the industry standard for screenwriting—and more. This season’s mentors include Austin Chick (“Xx/Yy”), casting director Ellen Parks (“Secretary,” “Sideways”), Parts & Labor development executive Lauren Haber (“Adventureland”), award-winning creative and executive producer Paul Miller (“Lone Star”), and producer and production counsel Jonathan Gray (“The Birth of a Nation”). “We are pleased to expand our work with Stowe Story Labs and offer this important opportunity to emerging women writers,” said Tangerine partner and creative producer Anne Hubbell in a statement. “The Labs and Retreat help emerging »

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4 Exciting Acting Gigs That Belong on Your Radar

27 May 2016 9:30 AM, PDT

A short film, Web commercial, new play, and feature horror film are on the docket for today over at Backstage’s casting listings. Check them out! “P-town”A new short film from Metis Productions called “P-town” needs two lead and one supporting actor for a shoot at the end of July in Brooklyn, New York. Drawing from Richard Linklater, Woody Allen, and Xavier Dolan, the film is about two male friends in a green-card marriage attempting to salvage their relationship. Web COMMERCIALSJosh Berry Films is producing a series of commercials for the Web on June 12. If you’re a Los Angeles-based actor looking for a quick and easy gig, check out this casting notice for details on available roles! “Dream Ticket”Ready for FringeNYC 2016? Playwright Ryan Bernsten and director Kristin Skye Hoffmann of Theatre for America are casting “Dream Ticket,” a new play about two very different politicians competing for the presidential nomination, »

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Texas Now Casting: ‘Fallacy’ and Other Exciting Projects!

26 May 2016 1:00 PM, PDT

Shooting begins July 19 for “Fallacy,” a short thriller coming out of Dallas, Texas. Seven actors are being cast to tell the story of a man who believes he’s lived a good life—until he has a conversation with a mysterious man who goes simply by Mr. D. Credit copy and meals will be provided. Click here for the full casting notice, and be sure to have your headshot at the ready as it’ll be required! Plus, don’t forget to check out our Texas audition listings! »

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Now Casting: Disney World’s ‘Finding Nemo’ and 3 More Gigs!

26 May 2016 12:35 PM, PDT

Want to be a Disney World performer? The resort is casting its completely original stage production of “Finding Nemo” and needs you! Or you can star in a short film or a political satire! Disney’S “Finding Nemo”Walt Disney World Entertainment is casting its Equity production of “Finding Nemo,” an original musical theater show based on the hit animated film. Five of your favorite roles—including Nemo, Marlin, and Dory—are being cast, as well as the entire ensemble! Auditions will be held June 30 in New York City, and the production will run at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida! “Dream Ticket”Seven roles are being cast for this play, a political satire following populist Becky Roberts and maverick Les Sugarman as they compete for their party's presidential nomination. Rehearsals will begin July 11 for this FringeNYC production, and it will run Aug. 12–28.   “Haze”The horror/comedy feature film »

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Kids Now Casting: ‘Les Misérables’

26 May 2016 11:00 AM, PDT

Is your kid or teen actor a rising star? Director Sophie Taillefer’s take on “Les Misérables” is hitting the Scottish Rite Hall in Bordentown, New Jersey, for this Rising Stars Voice Studio production of the classic musical. Based on the novel by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo, this all-sung musical is set during the French Revolution and follows Jean Valjean, a peasant turned on-the-run slave and community leader who’s forever tracked by the hound-like Inspector Javert. All lead roles are up for grabs, including the iconic Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert, and they all call for young male actors aged 15–21. Fantine and Cosette, among others, are also looking for female actors of the same age. The role of Éponine is seeking actors as young as 12. This nonunion paid gig is scheduled to run July 30 and July 31 and rehearse four times per week (Monday–Thursday) until then. For »

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The 2016 Tony Nominees: Actors in a Play

26 May 2016 8:00 AM, PDT

The 2015–16 season saw several newcomers and veterans alike working at the top of their game—and on Broadway, the highest platform a theater star can reach. Get to know the 20 brilliant Tony-nominated actors in this year’s plays below. And be sure to check out the nominees from this year’s musicals! Leading Actress In A Play Jessica Lange, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”How strange that this big-screen legend has only appeared onstage a handful of times in her career. Even though Mary Tyrone is one of the most intimidating and complex roles in the American theater canon, Lange proves fearless in taking her on, tracing the character’s tragic descent back into morphine addiction with despair, denial, and occasional venom. Laurie Metcalf, “Misery”It takes a true master to slowly but surely convey a character’s insanity. In the theatrical adaptation of Stephen King’s classic tale of fandom gone too far, »

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The 2016 Tony Nominees: Actors in a Musical

26 May 2016 8:00 AM, PDT

Sure, the Tony Awards’ musical categories are always competitive. But for the 2015–16 season, the four acting categories seem more crowded with brilliant contenders than usual. Get to know the 20 nominated actors in this year’s Broadway musicals below. And be sure to check out the nominees from this year’s plays! Leading Actress In A Musical Laura Benanti, “She Loves Me”Benanti usually excels at playing tough, from Gypsy Rose Lee to the resilient Candela in “Women on the Verge,” so it was as wonderful a surprise to find her as good at playing heart-meltingly sweet as it was delightful to hear her wrap her voice around those gorgeous Bock-Harnick songs. Now, who wants a scoop of vanilla ice cream? Carmen Cusack, “Bright Star”Plenty of this year’s nominees made smashing Broadway debuts, but Cusack stands out—and not just because she’s a relative unknown. The clarity she »

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Check Out ‘The Bert Stern Story’ and 3 More Acting Gigs!

25 May 2016 11:00 AM, PDT

A famous celebrity photographer and Marilyn Monroe are just two of the many roles available now in Backstage’s casting notices! “The Bert Stern Story”Writer-director Sam Thorn of Star Productions is casting a docudrama based on a true story. Celebrity photographer Bert Stern was, as the notice says, “a brooding introspective artist with flashes of manic energy”; that role and several others—including Marilyn Monroe!—are available now for a New York City shoot in August. “Dancers In Public Space”Calling all NYC-based dancers! This gig needs contemporary and pointe dancers for a photo shoot, which will involve posing in public spaces. Warm up those limbs and get ready for photographer Sharmila Narwani’s shoot, to take place July 9–13 in the Big Apple. Independent Psychedelic Musical MELODRAMAThis musical melodrama from Tapedeck Productions follows a man, newly arrived in New York, in pursuit of his former love. “As he tries »

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11 Tony Award Records to Beat

25 May 2016 8:00 AM, PDT

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway phenomenon “Hamilton,” the hip-hop retelling of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s life, became the most nominated production in Tony history May 3 with a whopping 16 nods. While it’s deservedly the talk of the town, we mustn’t forget Broadway’s other record-holding musicals, plays, and the performers who made them great. We’ve rounded up some of the Great White Way’s reigning winners and record holders. MusicalsIt was certainly springtime for “The Producers” when it and Mel Brooks walked away with a record 12 Tonys in 2001, including best musical, best actor for Nathan Lane, and best direction and choreography for Susan Stroman. For most Tony nominations ever, “The Producers” and “Billy Elliot” are now tied for second place with a formidable 15 nods. PlaysWith a 2007 Broadway debut after a West End transfer, Tom Stoppard’s “The Coast of Utopia” was nominated for a record-tying 10 Tonys and took home seven, »

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Gina Rodriguez Advises Actors to ‘Love Yourself First’

25 May 2016 8:00 AM, PDT

Jane The Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez visited New York City’s Sva Theatre May 19 for her SAG-aftra Foundation panel, moderated by Backstage Editor-in-Chief Mark Peikert. The Golden Globe winner discussed her CW series’ Season 2 cliffhanger, how she chooses film and TV roles, and reinterpreting what it means to be a woman in 2016. Sporting a new haircut for her current project (the sci-fi film “Annihilation” from “Ex Machina” director Alex Garland), Rodriguez got candid about her journey to success, talking about the days when she would sustain herself on little more than ramen while working as an extra and later as a guest star on shows like “Happy Endings.” “They say you’re a master after 10 years? I say give it a lifetime,” she told the audience of actors. “You never know when your story’s going to be ready to be told, and more important, when you’re going to »

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Star in an Emmy Winner’s Spin on ‘Alice in Wonderland’

24 May 2016 12:30 PM, PDT

Today’s top casting notices could have you center stage at the Wyoming Theater Festival, starring in a new comedic television pilot, or in a techy online commercial. Everywhere you look, you’re a star! “Alice Formerly Of Wonderland”Following the true story of Alice Liddell, the inspiration behind author Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland,” this new play from seven-time Emmy winner Mark Saltzman (“Sesame Street”) is seeking submissions for its lead, Alice (aged 18–25), and supporting role Queen Victoria. The play will be staged at the Wyoming Theater Festival this summer; rehearsals run July 4–29. Travel, housing, and pay will be provided. “The Uncle Gerry Show”Executive producer Peter Ferriero and director Clarke Mayer are seeking New York City and Montclair, New Jersey–based talent for this new comedic pilot. Set in the 1970s, the series centers on a fictional late night talk show with three supporting roles (all aged »

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Kids Now Casting: A Ford Mustang Commercial and More!

24 May 2016 9:00 AM, PDT

If you or your child actor feel the need for speed, this Ford Mustang spec commercial casting out of Los Angeles may be for you! Director Brian McAllister and Note to Self Films are seeking two nonunion actors to portray a woman and girl. The spot shows a woman reminiscing about her childhood, which sparks a newfound passion in the present day. Per the casting notice, “The director wants to focus on performance from actors, so this will be a great opportunity to get high quality material for your reel.” The ideal candidate for the girl role is a sporty and active actor aged 8–12. She must be comfortable on a swing set and doing many takes of jumping off the swings into sand. This job is filming May 29 between Malibu and Los Angeles and pays talent $50, plus meals. For more information on this Ford Mustang spec, check out the full casting notice here. »

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Off-b’way and Beyond: Obies Honor ‘Eclipsed’ and ‘The Humans’

24 May 2016 8:44 AM, PDT

It was Off-Broadway’s night on May 23 as the Obie Awards dished out recognition for some of the season’s top productions. The Danai Gurira–penned, Tony-nominated “Eclipsed,” which transferred to the John Golden Theatre from the Public Theatre earlier this year, took the best ensemble award while the star of the production about the wives of a Liberian Civil War rebel officer, Lupita Nyong’o, took best actress. Playwright Lucas Hnath took home Obies for both “Red Speedo” and “The Christians,” as did Stephen Karam for his work on “The Humans,” another 2016 Tony nominee that transferred to Broadway. The Tony-nominated actor Jayne Houdyshell, who plays the matriarch in the the latter eerie Thanksgiving eve family drama, won for her performance, as did Georgia Engel (“John”), Khris Davis (“The Royals”), Tamara Tunie (“Familiar”), Ben Platt (“Dear Evan Hansen”), Lucas Caleb Rooney (“Red Speedo”), Emily Donahoe (“The Christians”), and “Guards at »

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Now Casting: ‘Wolverine 3’ and Other Exciting Projects

23 May 2016 2:31 PM, PDT

Looking to be in the same space as Hugh Jackman? Casting directors at Twentieth Century Fox are seeking actors for an upcoming shoot date. Also looking for players are a web series about a self-centered rabble rouser and two short films—one about college kids concerned with their future, and another about a stolen screenplay. “Wolverine 3”New Orleans–based men ages 21–49 are being cast for this feature film starring Hugh Jackman and following the comic book lore of the taloned hero. Candidates playing military special forces must be physically fit, over 5’11”, and available for a wardrobe fitting on May 24. The scene shoots June 3. “The Miracle Of Betrayal”Lead and supporting roles are being cast in this short film about a young writer whose best friend steals his brilliant screenplay. The production is set to shoot out of New York City in early June. “Bella”Creators for this new web series »

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4 Pieces of Must-Know Casting News

23 May 2016 2:30 PM, PDT

Own’s mega writer-producer-actor Tyler Perry is out to develop for another network’s drama ranks: Perry is developing the first scripted drama for TLC. The series serves as new territory for TLC as it attempts to shift its reality television focus. The network, which has been home to some oddball reality series, has seen its share of controversy over the last couple of years. Perry will remain in full control of the series, “Too Close To Home,” as a writer, director, and executive producer. The cast for the up and coming show has yet to be announced, but plot details tell of a young woman who leaves her modest upbringing only to find herself in a Washington D.C.–style scandal. When she returns home to her trailer park roots, she’s greeted by her past and must navigate an increasingly complicated future. Kim Coleman will cast the drama »

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‘Hamilton’ Takes 2 Top Drama League Honors

23 May 2016 1:15 PM, PDT

Just when you thought “Hamilton” and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda couldn’t ride into this year’s Tony Awards with more promising prospects, they go ahead and take two top honors at the 82nd Annual Drama League Awards. Miranda took the trophy for the League’s distinguished performance award—an honor that is culled from a list of 50 nominees and can only be received once in a lifetime. Based on the year this certified genius has been having, however, we wouldn’t put it past Manuel to figure out a loophole for another statue. (We kid!) “Hamilton” also won outstanding production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway musical. Hosts Zachary Levi and Megan Hilty (both 2016 Tony nominees for “She Loves Me” and “Noises Off,” respectively) hit the Mariott Marquis Times Square on Thursday to round up the year’s best in theater. The rest of the evening’s winners were “The Humans »

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Atlanta Now Casting: ‘Henry VI’ and More Auditions

23 May 2016 8:30 AM, PDT

Atlanta Shakespeare Company, led by casting director Drew Reeves, is seeking talented thespians based in Georgia to play the members of King Henry VI’s court. William Shakespeare’s “Henry VI, Parts 1–3” is a sweeping epic of political intrigue, and a guaranteed way for actors to spread their wings onstage. The Equity audition for this production will be held June 4 in Atlanta. Rehearsals will begin Aug. 9; the three plays will rotate in repertory through Nov. 27. For more information, check out the full casting notice here, and don’t forget to scan the rest of our Atlanta audition listings!  »

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