Audition Information




February 9 & 10

6:30pm -8:30pm


Auditions By Appointment Only:  Email with your name, phone number and preferred role to schedule an audition time.  Walk-ins will be auditioned only if extra time is allotted.

All actors auditioning must prepare a song from “Merrily We Roll Along” and also a song from another Stephen Sondheim musical.  Please bring (2) copies of your resume and headshot. 

Auditioners may be asked to stay for dancing or readings/improve, etc.

Auditions are open to both AEA/Non-Union actors.

All ethnicities are encouraged to audition

Cast size: Large between 18-22 actors

Flexible Cast Type: Ensemble Cast - Many featured roles, Star Vehicle - Male, Strong/Large Chorus

Dance requirement: Standard (Musical Staging/Some Dance)


Character Breakdown


Franklin Shepard:
Mid 30s-early 40s. Charming, very appealing, gifted composer. People are immediately drawn to him. As we travel back in time, it is no surprise that he is revealed as obsessively ambitious. He is swept up by his success, and subsequently alienates his closest friends and his wife. Charismatic leading man-type. Ability to play the piano is a plus, but not absolutely necessary. Natural-sounding high baritone, up to F#.

Mary Flynn:
Mid 30s-early 40s. Franklin and Charlie’s closest friend. Mary had the talent to be a great novelist; however, her insecurities and lack of self-esteem turn her into a bitter, overweight, acerbic drunk. She has been in love with Franklin from the beginning, but quietly suppresses her feelings until they can no longer be ignored. As we travel back in time, we see the warmth, care and loving dedication she had for her best friends, and the slimmer, attractive girl she once was. Role for an appealing character actress. Weight can be added through costuming at the beginning of the show. Two-octave range, from F below middle C, to the F two octaves higher.

Charley Kringas:
Mid 30s-early 40s. Franklin’s closest friend, his lyricist and collaborator. Idolizes and loves Franklin, but he is not a man who will compromise art on the altar of commercial success. Sees Franklin’s tunnel vision for success above all else as the ultimate betrayal, and it irreparably severs their friendship. As we travel backwards in time, we see he is shy and easily agitated. Appealing character actor-type, but not necessarily a nerd. Natural-sounding high baritone, up to G.

Gussie Carnegie:
Early - mid 40s. She is a complete invention. She was Shirley Molinsky when she first went to work for producer Joe Josephson as his part-time secretary to pay for acting classes. Marries Joe, becomes one of the great Broadway musical stars. The first mature and sexual woman that Frank has met. Ultimately breaks up Frank’s first marriage and marries him. When we first meet her in 1976 California, she seems out of place in Hollywood, and realizes that Frank is, indeed, now having an affair with his young starlet. Actress must have glamour, wit, sexuality and must move very well. Broadway belter.

Joe Josephson:
Late 40s-Early 50s. Quintessential New York Broadway producer. While a bit crass, he has a big heart and sense of humor, and is well-meaning. Drawn to conventional musical theater, he ultimately realizes how gifted Frank and Charley are and produces their first hit, starring his wife Gussie. Knows he is losing her to Frank, and becomes a broken man. Baritone.

Beth Spencer:
Late 20s-early 30s. Young aspiring singer/actress; meets Frank while auditioning for his revue. Winning, fresh, enthusiastic and talented. Very appealing and attractive. When we first meet her in 1967, she has discovered that Frank has been having an affair with his producer’s wife Gussie, and Beth and Frank are going through a traumatic divorce. Not only are they in a custody suit over their eight-year-old child, but -- because of Frank’s fame -- the entire event has turned into a horrifying media circus. Must have great chest mix sound. Sings “Not A Day Goes By”. 

Frank Jr.:
Age 9. Frank and Beth’s son, a great and good-natured kid. Loves his parents dearly. Unchanged voice.

MEG KINCAID: Female, 18-25 yrs old  Starry-eyed starlet who is naive and ambitious. At the start of the show, she is Frank's newest fling. Range: D4 - Gb5

ENSEMBLE, All types; all ages.  Must sing well and move well.  Be willing to move scenery.  The following cameos will be cast from the ensemble:

K.T. Lewis  female30 – 45 the “soon to be Barbara Walters”, supporting role

Tyler  male Frank’s Greenwich Village friend.  He invented the answering machine

Scotty  female  Frank’s agent

Ru  male21 – 35 Handsome party guest  He is the screenwriter of “Darkness Befor Dawn”

Jerome  male30 – 50 Frank’s lawyer

Bunker  male


Terrymale obvious homosexual

TV Newswoman

TV Newsman

Makeup Artist

Mr. Spencer  male45 – 55 Beth’s father



Mrs. Spencer  female45 – 55 Beth’s mother

Minister  male

First Girl  female terrible singer

Evelyn  female  Mary’s roommate, Charlie’s wife

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