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N.Y.C. Now Casting: Reenactors for ‘Human Body’ + 2 More Gigs

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Today’s casting roundup has an interesting opportunity for NYC actors to reenact scenes in an upcoming documentary program for Japanese television. There is also an opening for a young, headstrong female actor to play the lead in an indie roller derby music video, and a role in a dark, comedic thriller! “Human Body”“Human Body,” a special documentary program by Cinemic, is seeking actors for reenactment scenes. A male actor ages 18–39 is needed to portray a former professional cyclist in a four to six-hour shoot (access to own road bike is a plus). There is also a role for a male actor ages 41–61 to be filmed jogging and stumbling during a one to two-hour shoot. The production shoots July 9 in NYC. Pay is $200–$300, depending on the role. Indie Pop Music Video, Female LEADThe Duby Scoop is casting young female talent to lead an indie pop music video “in which »

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Now Casting: Fox’s ‘Empire’ Background Roles + 3 More Gigs

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Don't forget to thank your Cookie for today’s casting roundup. Fox’s hit hip-hop melodrama “Empire” is looking for background actors for its upcoming season! You can also stray into the classical side of the industry to play a background role in Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle.” There are also opportunities available for a San Francisco-based tech musical and an upcoming Amazon series! “Empire”Join the Fox hit series “Empire” this summer as a background actor in the upcoming series. The show is looking for male and female talent from Chicago aged 18 and older to portray several roles, including detectives, security, and musicians. There is also a role available for a male actor ages 20–39 who is also real massage or physical therapist. Shoot dates are Tbd the week of July 6–14 in Chicago, Il. Pays $250 for eight hours for the masseur/therapist role and $88 for eight hours for all other roles. »

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Hugh Jackman Becomes ‘The Greatest Showman’ in First High-Flying Trailer

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Look out, ’cause here they come. In the hotly anticipated “The Greatest Showman,” which just released a first trailer, Hugh Jackman will portray P.T. Barnum, who famously founded the Barnum & Bailey Circus. The musical film will feature a score from the Tony- and Oscar-winning team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“Dear Evan Hansen,” “La La Land”), and will hit theaters on Christmas Day. In addition to Jackman, the high-flying feature will star a roster of heavy-hitters from all realms of entertainment including Zac Efron, Zendaya, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, and Keala Settle. Michael Gracey will direct the feature, from 20th Century Fox.  Inspired? Check out Backstage's film audition listings! »

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Kids Now Casting: Lead + Supporting Roles in ‘On The Way Home’

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Casting is currently underway for “On The Way Home,” a production from Wsc Picture House about three eighth graders who face obstacles on the way home from school and “what it means to be loyal to your friends and true to yourself.”  Three young male actors ages 11–21 are sought to play the three lead and supporting characters, Jerome, Rahmel, and Lou. The production is also seeking a male actor ages 14–24 to play a teddy bear-ish character with a reputation for being a bully, and an adult female actor to play Jerome’s mother.  The production shoots in New York, dates are not yet announced. Pay is $100 per day.  Join the pack and apply directly at Backstage here! Check out Backstage’s kids auditions! Save »

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Playing On Air Is a Must-Listen for Theater Artists

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The era of podcasts and audio storytelling is upon us, and it’s about time that theater got into the game. Playing On Air, a series of one-act plays by accomplished playwrights read by some of the industry’s top actors, was launched onto the airwaves in 2014 by theater producer Claudia Catania. As creator, artistic producer, and host of each episode, Catania was inspired during a reading of a short play, at which everyone was gathered informally in folding chairs. “I had been to one too many readings where there’s a cast of actors knocking one’s socks off and thought, Wait a minute—why don’t we bring the folding chairs to millions of people?” she told Backstage. Since audio podcasts can be distributed to a wide audience inexpensively, she reached out to a radio producer, then to writer Christopher Durang—the first of many artists who agreed »

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‘In the Envelope’: Acting Advice From 9 Emmy Contenders

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Backstage has taken actors and couch potatoes to the frontlines of the 2017 Emmy Awards race—on the airwaves! “In the Envelope: An Awards Podcast” features interviews with award-winning TV talent, including the nine contenders below who dispensed actorly wisdom to those wondering how to nail an audition and eventually win an Emmy statue themselves. Tune in to the HBO-sponsored podcast for free on SoundCloud, Google Play, iTunes, or YouTube for Backstage’s look at the buzziest contenders for the small screen’s biggest award. Your Official 2017 Emmy Awards Calendar Thandie Newton (“Westworld,” HBO)“Write, get your friends together, get your iPhones and start filming. If you can save up a bit of money to get an editing app, use it. It’s a whole new frontier and people have access now to the tools that can make movies, if that’s what you like. If you want to perform and you want an audience, »

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Audition for B’way’s ‘The Portuguese Kid’ Starring Jason Alexander

27 June 2017 1:00 PM, PDT

Welcome back to our guide for what’s casting in New York City! As usual, we’ve scoured the landscape to bring you information on all the best projects in film, theater, and television, sourced with information from the most reliable sources. This is show business we’re talking about, though, and as quickly as a play can bring down its curtain, a project can end before it’s even begun; that said, here’s what you can currently look out for!  Listen up, Equity actors! Manhattan Theatre Club is casting actors “of supreme comedic ability” for its upcoming Broadway production of “The Portuguese Kid,” a world premiere comedy starring “Seinfeld” star, Jason Alexander. Under the casting direction of David Caparelliotis, the team will hold Equity Principal Auditions on June 28, beginning at 9:30 a.m., at the Actors’ Equity New York Audition Center (165 W 46th St.).   Actors are needed to »

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Now Casting: ‘We Are New York’ Lead + 3 More Gigs

27 June 2017 11:30 AM, PDT

There are few international communities as great as the one in NYC, and today’s casting roundup has an opportunity to help build that even further! The Emmy Award-winning series “We Are New York,” created to help immigrants practice their English, is looking for actors to fill several roles. There are also roles available in a workplace web series, a low-budget feature, a short film! “We Are New York,” Emmy Award-winning Show“We Are New York,” the Emmy Award-winning TV series from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs created to help immigrant New Yorkers practice English while informing of the city’s resources, is casting several roles. Male and female talent aged 20–79 is sought to fill a wide variety of lead, supporting, and day player characters, including the lead Rolando. There is also a supporting role available for a young male actor ages 5–10. All characters will speak English in their native accents. »

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L.A. Now Casting: ‘Tribes’ Seeks Its Lead + More Gigs

27 June 2017 10:30 AM, PDT

A Drama Desk award-winning play about the importance of community is looking for actors for a West Coast production this fall.  “Tribes,” written by Nina Raine, is about Billy, the only deaf child in a hearing family who is introduced to the deaf community by Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of losing her hearing. The Anaheim, California production is currently seeking male and female talent aged 20–30 to play several principal roles, including Billy and Sylvia. The actor playing Billy should be a deaf actor with fluency in American Sign Language. There are also two supporting roles available for a male actor and a female actor, both ages 50–70 to play Billy’s mother and father, respectively.  There is an open casting call on July 5 and July 6 in Anaheim, California. Rehearsals begin Aug. 8 and the show runs Sept. 30–Oct. 22 at Chance Theater. Pay is $600 for the total production run of 16 performances. »

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Your Official 2017 Emmy Awards Calendar

27 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT

Is it ever too early to get ready for a big awards show? Don’t be silly—of course not! Although the Television Academy won’t present its 69th annual Emmy Awards until September, contenders for the small screen’s biggest prize have already been promoting their work for months in what has been deemed one of the most exuberant awards campaigns in recent memory. The 2017 Emmys’ eligibility period was June 1, 2016–May 31, 2017, meaning network, cable, and streaming series whose episodes fell within that time frame are eligible for nominations. Decided upon by over 20,000 Television Academy voting members within 28 different industry peer groups, the Emmys span drama, comedy, miniseries, TV movies, and more, recognizing programs, individual achievements, and performers. Check out Backstage’s picks for the best new comedies, dramas, and miniseries of the year! As you can see from the handy calendar below, voters have just recently finished casting their nomination-round votes via online balloting. »

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Ben Platt Hosts 9th Jimmy Awards, Honoring the Best in High School Theater

27 June 2017 8:15 AM, PDT

The National High School Musical Theatre Awards, affectionately nicknamed the Jimmy Awards after producer James M. Nederlander, returned to New York City’s Minskoff Theatre for its ninth annual ceremony on June 26, honoring the brightest young stars in musical theater from across the country. This year’s show, hosted by Ben Platt, who is fresh off his 2017 Tony Award win, saw 74 high school students from 37 regional programs around the U.S.—the largest pool of competitors to date—vying for the coveted titles of best performance by an actor and actress. The evening kicked off with a celebration of all things theater, featuring each young hopeful in a medley of tunes from current Broadway hits, including “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Hello, Dolly!,” and “Come From Away” (“Welcome to the Rock” was fittingly transposed with “Welcome to New York”). Additionally, competitors sang excerpted solos before eight finalists were selected. Ultimately, top honors »

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2 Netflix Projects Begin Casting for Supporting Roles

27 June 2017 8:00 AM, PDT

Stay in the loop on industry and casting news with our write-up on who’s been slated for recent film and television roles! “The Happytime MurdersMelissa McCarthy may have proved a difficult officer to work with in “The Heat,” but the actor is looking to team up and fight some crime with an old puppet pal for her next film, “The Happytime Murders.” The project, which hearkens back to Jim Henson’s heyday, will pair humans with puppeteers in a time when Earth finds itself inhabited by both. Often at odds with one another, two detectives from either side of the human-puppet fence will have to team up to stop a series of mysterious murders occurring on a popular children’s television show. While McCarthy is the only human talent currently attached, McCarthy/Abellera Casting has its work cut out for it with finding both actors and puppeteers to fill the various roles. »

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5 Projects Looking for Actors Around the U.K.

27 June 2017 5:30 AM, PDT

Hello and welcome back to our weekly roundup of what’s casting! As usual, we try to bring you the biggest and best castings from around the U.K, from theatre to feature film with some telly thrown in for good measure. We do our best the source this information from the most reliable places and, what’s more, to confirm it for ourselves. But sometimes even the experts get it wrong. We try to verify, verify and verify again but we do suggest that you take the time to get to know the project you’re applying for as well as confirm for yourself before firing CVs, headshots and prospective emails into the ether. “Lightning”A romantic short film about an unexpected friendship between Sean, a quirky musician who’s just moved to London, and Summer, a deaf girl with dreams of becoming a pilot, the short will be »

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Now Casting: Share Your Story For a Snack Brand Video + More

26 June 2017 11:30 AM, PDT

If you consider yourself “an optimist who lives a vibrant, active lifestyle,” today’s casting roundup has a big opportunity for you! A major snack brand is seeking health enthusiasts, travelers, and more for a series of lifestyle web videos. There are also opportunities for principal roles in a web series, a child lead in a family musical, and a political short film! Major Snack Brand Lifestyle Videoa major snack brand is looking for health enthusiasts, travelers, home entertainers, and hobbyists to appear in lifestyle web videos. Male and female actors aged 30–54 who are optimists and live a “vibrant, active lifestyle” are needed. The production shoots July 17 in New Jersey or New York. Pay is $1,000. “The Anthony Project”The upcoming web series “The Anthony Project” is currently casting several principal roles. Male and female talent 21–40 are sought to fill a variety of roles, all connected to the eponymous Anthony. The production shoots Nov. »

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SAG-aftra Moves Toward Strike as Negotiations With Studios Fail

26 June 2017 10:30 AM, PDT

Leaders of SAG-aftra, the union representing onscreen performers, unanimously voted on June 25 to send strike authorization ballots to its members unless a new deal is reached by Friday, June 30, when the current contract expires.  The decision follows a month of unsuccessful negotiations with studios, represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, in response to what the union’s national board has called “outrageous rollbacks that cut to the core of our basic terms and conditions.” “Your SAG-aftra negotiating team has been hard at work bargaining with the major studios and networks represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers for a new three-year contract covering motion pictures, television, and new media,” said Gabrielle Carteris, the guild’s president, and David White, its national executive director, in a statement released on the guild’s website. “We had hoped to be sharing the good news that we »

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Atlanta Now Casting: ‘The Cornell Case’ Day Player + More Paying Gigs

26 June 2017 10:30 AM, PDT

Casting is underway for “The Cornell Case,” an upcoming footage horror film by Shadow 9 Productions. Described as a fresh take on the genre, the feature follows the Cornells, a newlywed couple, as “strange, inexplicable things begin to happen” after they move into their perfect home.   A female actor ages 18–24 is needed to fill a day player role. Talent should have improvisation skills using a set of dialogue parameters and be able to display a range of emotions.   Rehearsals begin in early July and the production shoots July 20–22 in Cumming, Ga. Pay is $100 for the role.   If you’re ready to apply, do it directly at the casting notice here! Check out Backstage’s Atlanta audition listings! »

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‘In the Envelope’ Podcast Episode 6: Freida Pinto, Amy Brenneman, and Jay Duplass

26 June 2017 9:00 AM, PDT

“In the Envelope: An Awards Podcast” features interviews with award-winning actors and other creatives. Join host and Awards Editor Jack Smart for a front row seat to the industry’s biggest awards races! Brought to you by HBO. Emmy nomination voting ends today, June 26! As we wish good luck to all of this year’s contenders and prep for the big nominations announcement July 13, Backstage completes this run of podcast episodes by interviewing three talented contenders from the 2017 Emmy race. Indian actor Freida Pinto is perhaps best known for her on-screen breakout in the Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire,” an international phenomenon that catapulted her to international superstardom in 2008. After being thrust into the limelight she has sought to challenge both audiences and herself as an actor. Nowhere is this more true than in Showtime’s mini-series “Guerilla,” created by John Ridley and co-produced and co-starring Idris Elba. The politically charged drama »

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Swim the City + More London Events This Week 6/26-7/2

26 June 2017 8:30 AM, PDT

It is hot in the city, hot in the city tonight—and actually, all week—so why not give yourself a break and kick back a little? Acting can be a tough business, you deserve a little RnR in the sunshine. From x to x, London has gone summery and as every Londoner knows you’ve got to get out there while it lasts!   Experience some late-night Bard.Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre takes advantage of the long summer nights with a midnight matinee of “Romeo and Juliet”. Starting at 23.59, theatregoers are promised a unique performance under the stars in the place where it all began. A magical night for Bard fans. (Tickets: From £5)     See East End art.Art Night, London’s annual contemporary arts festival, turns this year’s focus on East London. For one night only on July 1, the East End will be transformed by leading UK artists like »

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Edinburgh is Under Way + More U.K. Entertainment News

26 June 2017 6:30 AM, PDT

Hello and welcome back to our roundup of news stories from theatre, film, and television. Film Glastonbury has barely begun but already the bands have been overshadowed by Johnny Depp’s mention of an assassination attempt on U.S. President Donald Trump. The actor was introducing a screening of his film “The Libertine” when he asked, “Can you bring Trump here?” After boos from the crowd, he said, “You misunderstand completely. When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” Alluding to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by the actor John Wilkes Booth in 1865, Depp acknowledged at the time that this might get him in hot water with the press, especially back home. We’ll have to see what the media fallout is but, after the reputational damage of his recent marriage breakdown, chances are that news outlets won’t give him an easy ride. From one festival to another now, »

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