A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Book and Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman
Music and Lyrics by Steven Lutvak

The Play

London, 1909. When the low-born Monty Navarro finds out that he’s eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D’Ysquith family, he figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slight and sets off down a far more ghoulish path. Can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives without being caught and become the ninth Earl of Highhurst? And what of love? Because murder isn’t the only thing on Monty’s mind … A murderous romp filled with unforgettable music and non-stop laughs, this delightfully deadly show won the Tony® Award for Best Musical in 2014.

AUDITIONS
August 26 and 27, 2019

Auditions will be held at the Players Guild of Dearborn, 21730 Madison, Dearborn, Michigan 48124.

Registration opens at 6:30 p.m. Auditions will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Registration closes at 7:30 p.m.

You must be registered to audition.

It is highly recommended to complete the audition form and conflict calendar, found by clicking the links below, before arriving. Please list all actual and all possible conflicts.

Audition Form Conflict Calendar

PRODUCTION DATES
November 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, and 29-December 1, 2019

Produced in Cooperation with Music Theatre International

The Crew

Co-Producers: Richard Moore and Loretta Bullock
Director: Michael Moseley
Assistant Director: John Sczomak
Music Director: Steve Woznicki
Choreographer: Janeen Bodary
Production Assistant: Diane Cliff

Audition Information

FROM THE DIRECTOR

There are 5 principal acting roles, 2 male, 3 female. The production will also feature an acting ensemble of 6-8 consisting of at least 3 males and 3 females who will play many supporting and cameo roles. See the following descriptions for more information about these roles. Actors of any ethnicity or gender are encouraged to audition. Age ranges are for performance purposes. This is a high-style, English romantic farce set in the Edwardian era. It requires actors who sing beautifully with a legit sound and have great comic skills. All roles are similar stylistically to characters in Oscar Wilde plays. English accents are required for all roles.

All auditionees will participate in a movement (i.e. not a traditional dance) audition. There is a lot of physical comedy in this show and actors who are cast will need to be comfortable with choreographed movement.

Readings will be cold. Audition music cuts are available by contacting the Music Director, Steve Woznicki at swoznicki@att.net or the Production Director, Mike Moseley at moseley724@gmail.com

Due to audition dates being moved, if you are out of town and unable to make the new dates and would like to audition, we will work to accommodate your schedule. Please contact Mike Moseley to schedule a different time.

THE LEADING MEN

Montague “Monty” Navarro – (Mid 20s – 30s) Handsome and effortlessly charming, clever and charismatic, vulnerable and endearing, with a highly developed appreciation for life’s ironies. Monty is the engine of the plot; must be able to command attention and draw the audience in. While he is intent on killing off the entire family tree, he must have a winning charm that would garner anybody’s trust. High baritone with a strong top; solid low A to high A.
AUDITION SONG: “Sibella” ms. 58 to end

The D’Ysquith Family – (played by one actor, 30s-50s) Must be an experienced, skilled, and transformational comedic actor who has a superb grasp on British farce. Physical comedy and stamina is a necessity. Does not necessarily need to be a phenomenal singer but must be able to carry a musical comedy without an ounce of hesitation. Plays a full range of characters from the same family, ranging from an off-kilter priest to a closeted bee enthusiast to a lowly custodian (each of them intrinsic “English types”).
AUDITION SONG: “Lady Hyacinth Abroad” ms. 142–169

THE LEADING WOMEN

Sibella Hallward – (late 20s – mid 30s) Flirtatious, sexy, willful, calculating, and irresistible. The girl that Monty loves. A social climber, yes, but also truly loves Monty, and in the end would do anything to protect him. Tremendous wit and high style. Strong mover. Character Mezzo, low F# to high A, belting not required.
AUDITION SONG: “That Horrible Woman (Part 2)” ms. 1–16

Phoebe D’Ysquith – (early 20s – early 30s) Beautiful, virtuous,forthright, romantic, comically earnest, with a backbone of steel. She is not your typical ingénue, though. Actress must have a sense of irony and humor, in addition to a youthful innocence behind her sophistication. Coloratura soprano up to a high sustained C# with an optional high Eb. Very flexible and agile, B below middle C on the bottom.
AUDITION SONG: “Inside/Out” ms. 51–79

Miss Shingle – (late 40s – mid 60s) A Cockney housekeeper/ governess who has served a wealthy, titled family for 30 years. She informs Monty that he is indeed a D’Ysquith. Confident character voice with a superb ability to draw in the audience through storytelling. While she is forthright, there is a touch of mystery and cunning about her. Excellent vocal technique is not necessary. Mezzo soprano, G to high A. Should be comfortable with music hall style singing.
AUDITION SONG: “You’re A D’Ysquith” ms. 85–100

THE ENSEMBLE (any age, from 18-99)

The ensemble for A Gentleman’s Guide … is not a typical musical “chorus.” This ensemble is a group of strong and dynamic musical theatre performers who all play multiple featured roles. These actors will play 40+ roles including: Lady Eugenia, Miss Barley, Tom Copley, Detective Pinckney, The Magistrate, various clerks, newsboys, ancestors, maids, actors and many others. All Ensemble members are expected to be comfortable with some movement. Expected to work with the directing team to create dynamic characters. Please be prepared to read for all ensemble roles.

Woman #1 – Plays TOUR GUIDE, as well as PUB OWNER’S WIFE, MRS. PEBWORTH, 3RD NEWSBOY. Seeking a character woman. Mezzo soprano, G to high A.
AUDITION SONG: “The Last One You’d Expect” (13H) ms. 35–48 (top line of women’s ensemble part)

WOMAN #2 – Plays LADY EUGENIA, an unhappily married countess. Overbearing and mean spirited at times, but comically so. Must be highly adept at the biting quip and the withering glare. Also plays MISS HETHERINGTON, and 4TH NEWSBOY. Low F# to high A.
AUDITION SONG: “The Last One You’d Expect” (13H) ms. 35–48 (top line of women’s ensemble part)

Woman #3 Plays MISS BARLEY, an alluring artist model. Also plays SIBELLA’S MAID, HYACINTH COLLEAGUE, PHOEBE’S MAID, HILDA. G to high C.
AUDITION SONG: “The Last One You’d Expect” (13H) ms. 35–48 (top line of women’s ensemble part)

Man #1 – Plays TOM COPLEY (aka FARMER), as well as 2ND CLERK, HYACINTH COLLEAGUE, 2ND NEWSBOY, ACTOR, ANCESTRAL BUST,DR. PETTIBONE, and GUARD. High baritone with a strong top; solid low A to high A.
AUDITION SONG: “The Last One You’d Expect” (13H) ms. 35–48 (top line of men’s ensemble part)

Man #2 A versatile and appealing character man. Plays DETECTIVE PINCKEY, who has a featured number with THE MAGISTRATE. Also plays 1ST CLERK, PUB OWNER, MR. CROSS, 1ST NEWSBOY, 1ST ACTOR, PHYSICIAN, and 2ND ANCESTRAL BUST. Bass, low C to high G#.
AUDITION SONG: “The Last One You’d Expect” (13H) ms. 35–48 (top line of men’s ensemble part)

Man #3 A character man. Plays THE MAGISTRATE, who has a featured number with DETECTIVE PINCKEY. Also plays MR. GOODSALL, ACTOR and MR. GORBY. True tenor. B flat to high B flat.
AUDITION SONG: “The Last One You’d Expect” (13H) ms. 35–4(top line of men’s ensemble part)

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