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Work With Baz Luhrmann and 3 More Acting Gigs

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The Get Down”Who’s excited for Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix music drama? The director needs nonunion actors for background work in the New York City-based show. The shoot, which is a paid gig occurs Feb. 11 with a Feb. 8 fitting, and possible ongoing work throughout filming is available. This could be a huge opportunity for NYC performers. After all, look at the actor who was bumped from extra to main role! “Hamlet”Nuance Theatre Co. is seeking talented thespians to bring life to one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved tragedies. The John DeSotelle Studio And Theatres will play host to the kings, queens, ghosts, and vengeful princes of Denmark in June. Speak the speech, I pray you! And trippingly on the tongue! “Bad Moms”Attention, all New Orleans-based kid actors! Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Christina Applegate need young co-stars for their new feature film “Bad Moms,” a Stx Entertainment production. »

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Watch: Jonah Hill Gets Emotional With Jimmy Fallon

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Everyone’s raving about Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Revenant” performance being a masterclass in acting, but we say look no further than Jonah Hill! The “Hail, Caesar” actor stopped by “The Tonight Show” on Thursday and was quickly forced to flex those Academy Award-nominated acting chops with host Jimmy Fallon. The game, aptly called “Emotional Interview,” had Hill jumping from one emotion to the next. With the ding of a bell, he and Fallon went from condescending (hilarious) to blessed to be alive (even funnier) to... allergic to words with the letter “e” in it? It’s as impossible as it sounds!  How would you fare with the goofy acting games? Check out the spot for a quick laugh below. Inspired by this post? Check out our audition listings! »

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Watch: Channing Tatum Talks His Worst Audition

4 February 2016 3:00 PM, PST

Even one of Hollywood’s leading men is known to have a bad audition every now and then. Channing Tatum revealed his worst audition experience on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” last night. “That was ‘Fast & Furious 3: Tokyo Drift,’ ” Tatum said. “I wanted to go to Tokyo very badly. I wanted to drift Tokyo.” The actor admitted he gave up before the audition had even finished. “I stopped in the middle of the audition and I was like, ‘I think we are done, right?’ This is just terrible,” he said, laughing. But the actor did something right as he’s currently starring in the new Joel and Ethan Coen comedy, “Hail, Caesar!,” out in theaters Feb. 5. The film also stars George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, and Jonah Hill. Watch Tatum explain his terrible audition below! Want to see famous actors audition for their best known roles? Check out “9 Great Actors’ Audition Tapes! »

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PBS Examines Carole King and Youth Theater in New Docs

4 February 2016 2:00 PM, PST

Two premieres. One big night. “American MastersCarole King: Natural Woman” and “Stargate Theatre: A Defining Act” are two singular documentaries observing two very different sets of performers. “American MastersCarole King: A Natural Woman” examines the life and career that inspired the Tony Award-winning musical about the singer-songwriter, “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” The PBS documentary includes an exclusive new interview with King, and weaves in previously unseen and rare performances from the musical icon. King is a four-time Grammy Award winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, recent Kennedy Center Honoree, and the first woman awarded with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The film celebrates the 30th anniversary of the “American Masters” series, as well as the 45th anniversary of King’s “Tapestry” album, which produced several hits, including “So Far Away,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” and “It’s Too Late. »

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L.A. Now Casting ‘Underground’ and Other Projects

4 February 2016 1:30 PM, PST

Film and TV work are not hard to come by in California. Check out these three audition opportunities, including one to play a henchman! “Underground”THIRTY90NE is casting the feature film “Underground,” a gritty, modern-day drama about a young man who becomes entrenched in the dark world of underground boxing. Casting seeks two leads, including a role for one male and one female. There are additional supporting roles left to cast as well. The film rehearses this spring in L.A. and shoots in Iowa over the summer. Film pays $250 (flat fee), plus travel and a back-end percentage between 1.5–4 percent. There is nudity present in the film and may be required. Untitled Adventure SHOWCasting director Lindsay Spaulding seeks background actors for an untitled adventure show shooting Feb. 5–8 at the beach, while driving around L.A., and in downtown L.A. or Hollywood. Talent must be available for at least one of the days. »

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3 New Casting Calls for Disney and Royal Caribbean

4 February 2016 12:30 PM, PST

Disney Parks Talent Casting and Royal Caribbean Productions are now casting male and female performers for their cruise lines. Check out some of Backstage’s latest cruise line listings below! Disney Cruise Open Call in Salt Lake City, UtahActors, vocalists, dancers, and animated character performers are needed for full-scale musical productions aboard three Disney Cruise Line ships. Numerous roles are available, from the perky, playful Peter Pan to stoic ice queen Elsa. Auditions will take place Feb. 11 and 12. Disney Cruise Open Call in St. Louis, MissouriAnother open call for vocalists looking to join in the Disney magic! This open call takes place on Feb. 8. Performers must prepare 16 bars of a musical selection and bring sheet music. Callbacks will be held on Feb. 9. Royal Caribbean Productions Character Casting Call in Orlando, FloridaThe Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is seeking actors to perform as DreamWorks costumed characters. Union and nonunion contracts are offered, »

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Kids Now Casting ‘Freaky Friday’ and Other Opportunities

4 February 2016 11:36 AM, PST

Freaky Friday,” a new musical comedy, is looking for the third iteration of Jodie Foster and Lindsay Lohan’s Ellie Blake, a 15-year-old girl who magically switches bodies with her mother, Katherine Blake—to hilarious effect. “Set in the present day, ‘Freaky Friday’ features a tuneful pop-rock score, befitting a work that has effortlessly updated throughout its several iterations,” director Christopher Ashley said in a statement. The Arlington, Vermont production out of the Signature Theatre begins previews on Oct. 4 and pays $799 per week. Auditions are being held Feb. 16 in Arlington, Virginia. For more information, check out the full casting notice for “Freaky Friday” here. And for more kid actor casting notices, visit the rest of our audition listings, which you can sort by age! Before you head in to audition, take a look at Backstage Expert Denise Simon’s advice on how child actors can survive the “awkward teen years” below. »

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Texas Now Casting ‘Rumors’ and Other Auditions

4 February 2016 11:30 AM, PST

United Talent Agency is now casting the student film “Rumors.” The plot centers on Jessica, a popular girl with a secretive side. Her love for her best friend drives her to sabotage his new girlfriend through the power of social media. Filming will take place the week of March 14 in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, mostly in and around Arlington, Texas. Compensation will be provided for major roles, which are still available. For more details, see the full casting notice for “Rumors” here, and don’t forget to check out the rest of our Texas audition listings! »

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‘Rent’ and 5 Other Musicals We Want to See Live on TV

4 February 2016 11:02 AM, PST

Live TV musicals are all the rage lately, and we’re all for it! Since 2013’s “The Sound of Music Live!” with Carrie Underwood on NBC, the peacock network has been dishing out musicals annually with “Peter Pan” and “The Wiz.” And now Fox joined the fun with “Grease: Live.” Who knows what's next?! We drummed up some of our dream stage-to-screen adaptations below. What’s on your list?  “Rent”Between the 2005 Chris Columbus film adaptation and the 2009 final Broadway bow DVD recording, this record-breaking rock musical from the late Jonathan Larson has already been exhaustively adapted for the screen. But wouldn’t it be great to see today’s buzziest young stars take on pop rock classics? Rachel Bloom as Maureen? Chris Colfer as Angel? 5 Seconds of Summer star Luke Hemmings for Roger? Sign us up! “Aida”This ancient Egypt-set musical about star-crossed lovers often flies under the radar, »

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Watch: Don Cheadle Jazzes Up ‘Miles Ahead’

3 February 2016 2:00 PM, PST

Don Cheadle takes center stage as legendary jazz musician Miles Davis in a new trailer for the feature “Miles Ahead.” “Miles Ahead” is not a typical musical biopic in the vein of “Ray” or “Walk the Line.” Instead, the film focuses on Davis’ life in the 1970s as the musician tries to jumpstart his career. Flashbacks weave in and out of the film, filling the gaps of Davis’ early success. Ewan McGregor co-stars as Rolling Stone journalist Dave Brill, who approaches Davis for an article highlighting the icon’s return to the spotlight. Emayatzy Corinealdi also stars as Davis’ first wife Frances Taylor. This is a passion project for Cheadle. The actor not only stars, but directed, co-wrote, and co-produced the drama that closed the New York Film Festival last fall and recently played at the Sundance Film Festival. The film is set for release April 1. Inspired by this post? »

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Now Casting ‘The Rockettes N.Y. Spectacular’ and Other Projects

3 February 2016 1:00 PM, PST

Regardless of the medium you’re seeking, from theater to screen work, there are roles out there for you! Check out the four below! “The Rockettes New York Spectacular”Auditions are Feb. 23 for the 2016 cast of the legendary Rockettes at Radio City Musical Hall. Contracts run April through mid-August. “The Civilians”Photos and résumés are currently being accepted for current and future productions in New York City. Actors of color are of particular interest. This notice expires March 3 so be sure to apply before then! “Underground”This Los Angeles feature film about the gritty world of underground boxing is casting leading and supporting roles for male and female actors. Submissions out of L.A.; Chicago; Iowa City and Des Moines, Iowa; and Omaha, Nebraska will be accepted. The Theater Barn 2016 Summer SEASONIt’s time to get in the spirit of Summer Stock! New Lebanon, New York’s Theater Barn is »

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Whoopi Goldberg and Nathan Lane to Perform One-Actor Show, Unrehearsed

3 February 2016 11:07 AM, PST

Do you ever have those nightmares where it’s opening night, you’re backstage, and you haven’t had a minute of rehearsal time? You don’t know your lines? You don’t even know what play you’re doing? You wake up in a sweat, laughing at yourself because it was just a dream. Well, with the upcoming New York run of “White Rabbit Red Rabbit,” actors like Whoopi Goldberg and Nathan Lane won’t awake with a pinch.  They’re just two of the many performers already signed on for the acclaimed one-actor play by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour, which over the course of several Monday evenings beginning March 7, will have each actor perform the play separately without a single rehearsal, director, or set. Such restrictions on the actor—and always having a different actor as the play’s singular star—is a structure to show solidarity for the writer, »

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Dissect Sexism in Cinema at the Alamo

3 February 2016 10:11 AM, PST

A monthly film series examining sexism in cinema kicks off tonight at the Alamo Drafthouse in Lubbock, Texas. The theater is partnering with the Texas Tech University’s Women’s Studies Program to bring four films spanning the last three decades to audiences, and supplement them with a mini-lecture that “promotes critical engagement with popular films,” according to a statement from Elizabeth Sharp, associate professor at the College of Human Sciences. Leading the discussions will be Texas Tech faculty members and guest speakers. The series kicks off Feb. 3 with the Jennifer Lawrence–starring “Winter’s Bone,” followed by “The Color Purple,” (which is currently enjoying a Broadway revival) on March 2. The 1985 film about the zombie apocalypse “Day of the Dead” will screen on April 6, and “Bridesmaids,” starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Oscar-nominated Melissa McCarthy, and Rose Byrne, will round out the series on May 4. All films feature female protagonists and »

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This Spring’s 15 Must-See B’way and Off-b’way Plays

3 February 2016 9:00 AM, PST

Sure, mainstream musical theater is alive and thriving, but with Jeff Daniels, Saoirse Ronan, and Jessica Lange taking the Broadway stage and world premieres from the likes of A. Rey Pamatmat dominating Off-Broadway, it’s a very good time to see plays in New York City. Check out the highlights below. “Thank God For Jokes” at the Lynn Redgrave Theater (Opens Feb. 11)Mike Birbiglia’s third acclaimed stage work arrives Off-Broadway soon, and comedy fans and solo artists alike are lining up to see it. The Seth Barrish–directed show dubs itself a journey “through the minefield that is joke-telling.” “Buried Child” at the New Group at the Signature Center (Opens Feb. 17)This revival of Sam Shepard’s harrowing family drama—perhaps America’s most harrowing family drama?—positively oozes talent, with Scott Elliott directing Taissa Farmiga, Ed Harris, Rich Sommer, and Nat Wolff. And it’s already been extended! »

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5 Pieces of Must-Know Casting News

3 February 2016 8:00 AM, PST

Broadway wants to make a match with its new Dolly Gallagher Levi. Bette Midler is taking on the famed role in the upcoming revival of “Hello, Dolly!,” about a grumpy bachelor’s matchmaker. Telsey + Company is sifting through potential actors for the remaining roles. The show will begin previews March 13, 2017, ahead of an April 20 opening in a yet-to-be-named theater on Broadway. Jerry Zaks will direct the musical that is set to begin rehearsals later this year. Hugh Laurie is ready to step back into his medical scrubs, but this time he’s forgoing the cerebral Dr. House and taking on a literary doctor with a serious case of mistaken identity. “Chance,” Hulu’s new series pickup, will take the veteran actor into the realm of neuropsychiatry in its adaptation of Kem Nunn’s book. The series will follow the dramatic happenings of Eldon Chance as he navigates a divorce, a teenage daughter, »

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Spend Summer Working in Alaska and 3 Other Job Opportunities

2 February 2016 2:23 PM, PST

Spend a summer in Alaska as a luxury brand spokesmodel or join the murderous shenanigans of “Devious Maids” in Georgia with today’s top casting notices. Check them all out below! Luxury Brand SPOKESMODELSSpectrum Casting is seeking submissions from around the globe for male and female luxury spokesmodel positions. Job prospects aside, this gig for a line of fine jewelry and exotic gems in Alaska sounds like the opportunity of a lifetime; hired talents will spend summer 2016 (May 1 through Sept. 29) in Alaska (travel and housing both provided) on top of getting paid $3,000 per month. According to the casting notice, CD Scott Andrews is looking for presentable and professional men and women of all ethnicities aged 21–55. ‘The Get DownBaz Luhrmann’s hotly anticipated musical Netflix series, “The Get Down,” is looking for high school aged actors of African-American, Native American, Latino, and Middle Eastern descent to play background talents in »

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‘School of Rock’ to Host Open Call for Kid Rockers

2 February 2016 12:30 PM, PST

Attention all child rockers: “School of Rock: The Musical,” is holding an open casting call on Friday, Feb. 26, for young performers and musicians with dreams of the stage! Currently shredding it up on the Great White Way, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical is the story of Dewey Finn, a down-on-his-luck rocker who schemes his way into becoming a private school substitute teacher. From there, he concocts the greatest kid rock band of all time. And while Alex Brightman gives a star-making performance as the show's central man-child, the true stars of “School of Rock” are its ensemble of memorable, scene-stealing students. The February open call is for girls who play bass and boys who play drums, piano, and/or guitar. Auditions to cast these roles will begin at 10 a.m.; and child actors and their guardians can sign in beginning at 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Talents needed »

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Kate Winslet Names Names on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

2 February 2016 11:30 AM, PST

Kate Winslet knows her characters like the back of her hand. The actor played the game “Name That You!” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” last night, where the late night host challenged Winslet to name several characters she’s portrayed throughout the years. Winslet correctly named every role throughout the game, including Joanna Hoffman (“Steve Jobs”), Rose DeWitt Bukater (“Titanic”), Hanna Schmitz (“The Reader”), Marianne Dashwood (“Sense and Sensibility”), Jeanine (“Divergent”), Dr. Erin Mears (“Contagion”), Clementine Kruczynski (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”), and Rita from the animated film “Flushed Away.” Lastly Kimmel flashed an image of Chewbacca from “Star Wars” on screen. “That’s my mother!” Winslet joked. Winslet’s career spans more than three decades with over 30 films on her résumé. The Oscar winner is nominated for an Academy Award for the seventh time this year for her performance in “Steve Jobs.” Watch Winslet master her memory below. Inspired by this post? »

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Kids Now Casting Seattle Commercial and Other Acting Opportunities

2 February 2016 10:24 AM, PST

A Seattle, Washington commercial is now seeking submissions from child actors ages 5–15 to portray a “hopeful foster child” in a local ad supporting Sleep Train Foster Kid charity drives. The nonprofit organization helps foster children in need both locally and around the country. The shoot, which pays $50, takes place Feb. 16 and requires its young actors to be in front of the camera for 15–20 minutes while repeating back a few simple lines. The day will be divided into three three-hour time slots for actors, who must be accompanied by an adult, to sign up and come in to film. For more information on this acting opportunity, check out the full casting notice here.  And for more kid actor casting notices, visit the rest of our audition listings, which you can sort by age!  »

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Broadway Green Alliance to Hold E-Waste Drive

2 February 2016 9:45 AM, PST

Wondering what to do with that old computer keyboard? Or your out-of-date smartphone? Considering it is illegal in the state of New York to dispose of any items classified as electronic waste—which contain dangerous toxins—you should definitely consider recycling them instead.  Thanks to the Broadway Green Alliance (Bga), New Yorkers with old electronic equipment and appliances can safely and legally clear their conscience. The ad hoc committee (comprised of the Broadway League and part of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ programming) will partner with Lower East Side Ecology Center (Lesec) for an e-waste drive on Feb. 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Duffy Square in New York City. Members of the theater community and other New Yorkers will gather to properly donate their e-waste to the recycling process, helping to keep the Big Apple green. “We are pleased to work with Lesec on the theatre »

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