We are pleased to announce open auditions for our upcoming production of Crazy For You, a romantic comedy musical with a book by Ken Ludwig, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and music by George Gershwin. Billed as “The New Gershwin Musical Comedy”, it is largely based on the Gershwin’s 1930 musical Girl Crazy, but also incorporates songs from several other productions. Crazy For You won the Tony Award, the Drama Desk Award and the Olivier Award for Best Musical in 1992.
Auditions will be held May 28 from 10am-12pm and March 29 from 2-4pm. Callbacks will be Tuesday May 31 from 7-9. All auditions will be held at the Hilliard Civic and Cultural Arts Center, 5425 Center Street, Hilliard Ohio, 43026. Auditions must be signed up for in advance at our audition registration site.
There are leading and featured roles for 7 men and 4 women as well as a variety of supporting roles plus a large dance corps/chorus. Tap dancing experience is a plus. The show will be cast without consideration of the actor’s ethnicity, skin color, or body type. Character descriptions can be found below.
Please bring a completed audition form as well as a photo and theater resume/CV (if you have one). A downloadable audition form as well as other important audition information can be found on our audition page. Planned rehearsal conflicts may be accommodated depending on the role cast. Please bring known absences during the rehearsal period to your audition.
Auditions will consist of a cold reading from the show, performance of 16-32 bars of a song of your choice that shows off your range and a dance audition. An accompanist will be provided. Acappella or use of karaoke tracks are acceptable (please bring a device to play the track). For those that can not attend the scheduled audition dates, video auditions will be accepted via email no later than 5pm on Sunday, May 29.
There will be 4 performances on Friday July 15, Saturday July 16 and Sunday July 17.
POLLY BAKER – Leading Lady, mezzo, aged 20 – 30. Polly is the only female living in Deadrock. Needs to be a good tapper, soft shoe and ballroom dancer with a strong voice
LOTTIE CHILD – Non singing female role aged 45 – 60. Lottie is Bobby’s controlling mother. She is a very bossy and overbearing woman
IRENE ROTH – Supporting mezzo role, aged 25 – 33 . Bobby’s domineering fiancée engaged to him for 5 years. She has to change and become a seductive vamp in her number
TESS – Female follies dance director aged 22 – 30 who is pursued by Zangler even though he is married. Tess sings and dances with the other follies girls so must be a good tapper
PATSY – Female follies girl aged 18 – 30, “dumb” blonde role . Patsy has a high pitched speaking role and sings and dances with the other follies girls. Also needs to be a good tapper
PATRICIA FODOR – Eugene’s English sister, cameo role soprano, aged 32 – 50 and fellow tourist. Also needs to be able to move well
FOLLIES GIRLS – 8 or 10 strong singing and tapping girls including Tess and Patsy. All must be good singers and dancers
FEMALE ENSEMBLE – General chorus of New Yorkers and Backstage workers
BOBBY CHILD – Leading Man, baritone, aged 25- 35. Bobby is a New Yorker in love with musical theatre. Needs to be a strong singer, actor, tapper and ballroom dancer for his “Fred and Ginger” type numbers with Polly
BELA ZANGLER – Male supporting role, baritone, aged 35 – 55 with a Hungarian accent. Zangler is an established New York musical producer. Needs to be a good comedy character actor and singer
LANK HAWKINS – Supporting male role, aged 30 – 45, Rather gruff owner of the Deadrock Saloon. Sings in many of the chorus numbers. Good mover would be useful
EVERETT BAKER – Male baritone, Polly’s father, aged 48 – 60. Small amount of singing and movement
EUGENE FODOR – Male baritone, cameo role, aged 40 – 55, an English tourist. He needs to be able to move well
MOOSE, MINGO, SAM – All aged 18 – 35, all have small dialogue and form the Cowboy Trio. Good dancing/movement
JIMMY,BILLY, WYATT, JUNIOR—all aged 18 – 35. All these men have lines of dialogue and need to be tappers and dancers to partner the follies girls.
MALE ENSEMBLE – General chorus of New Yorkers, Backstage workers and Citizens of Deadrock
13 thoughts on “Crazy For You Auditions”
Do the members of the female ensemble also tap, or only the Follies girls?
Hi Irene, thank you for your message and interest in Crazy For You. I am told by the creative team that Follies girls are the tappers in this show. We hope this answers your question and also hope to see you at auditions!
Perhaps I have missed something, but what is the rehearsal schedule? Also, will the ensemble do ANY dancing? I love this show, but I’m definitely stronger in the dancing than singing.
Your best bet for dancing will be to audition for one of the follies girls, but there should be some level of dancing for the general ensemble.
as for rehearsal schedules, details will be shared at auditions. in general, someone will be rehearsing mon through thursday evenings as well as sat morning and sun afternoon, but your call dates and times will be dependent on what role you are cast – especially in the earlier weeks of rehearsal. hope this helps!
I’m trying to move some things around so I can sign up for a Sunday time, but if I need to submit a taped audition what should it include?
We have forwarded your email address and question on to the Director, Robin Brenneman. She will be following up with you to provide a detailed answer. Thanks for your interest in Crazy For You!
– Hilliard Arts Council
Could you share what a typical rehearsal schedule would be like?
Thanks so much!
kathy, sorry for the delayed response. a more detailed rehearsal schedule will be available at the auditions but even then the schedule will depend on what role you are cast in. You can generally count on the notion that someone will be rehearsing monday through thursday evenings, saturday mornings and sunday afternoons. some rehearsals will be dance corp, some will be learning music, some will be blocking, etc so it will vary, especially in the early weeks. The last 2 weeks leading up to the opening will be pretty much all hands on deck. Hope this helps and hope to see you at auditions!
Are you auditioning for pit orchestra members?
Hi Henri, Thank you for your note and for your interest in Crazy For You. Don’t believe there are formal auditions per se, but will as the conductor to contact you to establish if your skills line up with any open parts he may have at this point!
“Bring a completed audition form.” Where can I find the form to complete for you?
Nevermind, I found the link!
Great – See you at Auditions!!