Music and Lyrics by various writers of Whitney Houston’s hit songs
Book by Alexander Dinelaris based on the screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan

Director: Frank Portanova
Musical Director: Stephen Ferri
Choreographer: Daniel Gold

CONTRACT: $455/week for AEA actors + Pension/Health  (LORT-LOA CONTRACT) Non-union performers: $1,000-$1,400 (based on role) + EMC Points

IMPORTANT DATES:

1st Reh: April 8, 2019 (rehearses in NYC) 

Tech: April 20 – 25 (in White Plains late afternoon through evening)

Shows: April 26-28, May 2-5, May 8-12 (3-4 shows/week – 11 total)

AUDITION DATES & TIMES

Auditions (Equity AND non-Equity) by APPOINTMENT

Wednesday, February 27 (10 am – 4 pm)
The Growing Studio
344 West 38th Street, 4th Floor

-Dancers who sing sign up for a time between 10 am – 1 pm (Studio 2)

-Singers who move etc. sign up for any times throughout the day. If you are only interested in the leads do NOT sign up for the dance call.


Auditions (Equity AND non-Equity) by APPOINTMENT

Friday, March 1 (10 am – 4 pm)
The Growing Studio
344 West 38th Street, 4th Floor

-Dancers who sing sign up for a time between 10 am – 1 pm (Studio 2)

-Singers who move etc. sign up for any times throughout the day. If you are only interested in the leads do NOT sign up for the dance call.


Equity Performer Auditions (EPA) by APPOINTMENT

Monday, March 4 (10 am – 6 pm)
White Plains Performing Arts Center
11 City Place White Plains NY 10601 (3rd floor)

*Please note all who attend the WPPAC call WILL be seen regardless of union status.


See all appointment-making & preparation instructions below.

SEEKING

Seeking both AEA & Non-Union performers for the Regional Premiere of THE BODYGUARDLooking for a MULTI-ETHNIC cast of men and women with fantastic singing, acting and dancing abilities to play principal and supporting roles.

NON-TRADITIONAL CASTING is strongly encouraged. Please see CHARACTER BREAKDOWN below for more information.

Please note there is NO housing for this production.

REHEARSAL INFORMATION

Rehearsals will begin in NYC then transfer to the venue for tech week. Rehearsals are within the 10am-6pm range USUALLY, but some nights may be scheduled throughout the process in place of days. Tech week will switch to late afternoon/evenings. Please bring any and all conflicts to the auditions and note that the rehearsals times may vary.

SYNOPSIS

Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller and West End smash hit, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including “Queen of the Night,” “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – “I Will Always Love You.”

APPOINTMENT-MAKING INSTRUCTIONS

READ CAREFULLY!!!

For an appointment:

Dancers who sing (ensemble roles) please use this sign up:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044AABAA2FA2FF2-bodyguard

Singers who also move use this sign up:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044aabaa2fa2ff2-bodyguard1

Please put in your name, email and then your union status in the comment section. DO NOT SIGN UP FOR MORE THAN ONE SLOT.

Any questions or concerns please email auditions@wppac.com or call 914 328 1600.

Video Submissions: Please note we will accept video submissions from actors who can not attend the audition dates. You must be available by the first week of rehearsal to be considered for the show. Those who attend in person will be given priority for all roles. Videos must have you singing with accompaniment ideally from the show. Send to auditions@wppac.com.

WHAT TO PREPARE

Please prepare 16 bars from the show (preferred) OR a Broadway song in the style of the show/composer that can be fully interpreted with strong acting choices. Make sure the song shows vocal range! Must bring sheet music in the correct key. A piano accompanist will be provided but will not transpose. Charts are NOT acceptable, NO cd’s and NO unaccompanied singing.

If auditioning for the role of “Frank” please prepare a 45 sec. monologue instead and be prepared to sing 16 bars of a song if asked.

Please bring a picture & resume, stapled back-to-back.

CASTING NOTE

“Because of the short, intense rehearsal schedule, we are open and interested in seeing performers who may have done the show before. But it is NOT a requirement.”

CALLBACKS

Monday, March 11th. Callbacks are by invitation ONLY. Actors will be notified via email, after ALL auditions have completed, if they are expected to return for callbacks.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Rachel Marron (Female, 28-35)

A famous singer/actress who is at the top of her game! Sexy, confident and self-sufficient. Must be an EXCEPTIONAL powerhouse singer (Whitney Houston).  G3 to F5 (belt) should be very comfortable with riffs, r&b, gospel and pop/rock. ETHNICITY: African American

Frank Farmer (Male, 35-45)

A former C.I.A. agent, physically fit, lithe and athletic; sharp witted and instinctive; handsome and charismatic. He radiates a silent strength, an American alpha man type. Frank sings one song in a karaoke style and does not need to be a major singer, just have the confidence to sing in front of a theatre audience. ETHNICITY: Caucasian

Nicki Marron (Female, 25-35)

Rachel’s sister, a very talented singer who has taken a back seat to her sister’s rising star. Quiet type but attractive. Must be a very strong singer. Nicki must have a very soulful, gospel-tinged voice. She sings ballads in the show and should have a warm resonance, excellent pitch and an ability to riff. Range from G below middle C to E at top of staff. ETHNICITY: African American

Bill Devaney (Male, 40-55)

Rachel Marron’s long-standing Manager/Guardian Angel. He has looked after her from the start and runs her life. A kind and loyal man who always has Rachel’s best interests at heart. ETHNICITY: All Ethnicities

Tony (Male, 30-40)

Rachel Marron’s security, broad shoulders, narrow hips, classic bouncer physique. He is fiercely protective of Rachel and would do anything for her. A kind man. ETHNICITY: All Ethnicities

Sy Spector (Male, 35-50)

Rachel’s publicist, deeply ambitious and doesn’t suffer fools or indeed anyone who isn’t doing exactly what he wants; bullish and quick. His belief is that the whole Oscar nomination for Rachel is because of his hard work and his alone! He believes he is her driving force. ETHNICITY: All Ethnicities

Stalker (Male, 21-35)

Rachel Marron’s stalker, military type, weird, outcast; should be able to sing comfortably in a tenor range. Must be in GREAT shape. ETHNICITY: All Ethnicities

Fletcher (Male, 8-12)

Rachel’s son. Must be a good singer. ETHNICITY: African American
*This role will be double cast and is an unpaid position

Ensemble (Male/Female, Age 25-30)

Athletic dancers with strong voices that have proficiency in multiple styles (including Contemporary and Hip Hop). Tumbling/Partnering experience is a plus but not required.

Pit Singers (Male/Female)

Singers who have exceptional voices familiar in the style of gospel, pop rock etc. These positions will have a travel stipend with EMC points.