Yesterday was a pretty fantastic day here as we celebrated Grover Dale's milestone 80th birthday. Personal messages from A4Ders and colleagues were turned into a digital flipbook and posted on social networks. What an amazing compilation it turned out to be! Among the reactions, this one from Carri Burbank Glen on Facebook sums it up.
You can read Grover's Birthday Book by clicking here, or you can click on the cover image above. Enjoy the read and many thanks to everyone who so graciously contributed!
52 NEW AUDITIONS ADDED TO ANSWERS4DANCERS.COM! During the week of Grover Dale's birth, 52 new audition opportunities for dancers were added to the site. States lead the way with 28, NYC has 8, LA has 5, and Internationals have 2. Dance Companies have 7, Choreography and International each have 2, and Teaching has 1. Members have access to all these auditions, while non-members have 2 new postings available to view on A4D's free Homepage at www.answers4dancers.com.
PREMIUM OPPORTUNITIES In the East, Wicked seeking Elphaba understudy plus dancers who sing for ensemble, prepare ‘The Wizard and I’ from bar 117 to end, Equity and non-Equity encouraged to attend, Contract: Production (League); $1861/wk min. The Book of Mormon seeking Equity ensemble dancers who sing, seeking Caucasian Mormon males, m/f African Villagers, bring jazz and tap shoes, prepare 16-32 bars of a contemporary musical theatre or pop song, Contract: Production (League); $1861/wk min. Tuck Everlasting seeking m/f Equity ensemble singers with versatile vocal range who move well, all ethnicities, prepare a 16-bar cut of fairly contemporary musical theatre song, Contract: Production (League); $1861/wk min.
In the West, Norwegian Creative Studios is casting Legally Blonde and Swing!, seeking true triple threats for all principal roles plus ensemble, seeking strong dancers and fantastic singers, all ethnicities, lead $1000/wk min, ensemble $850/wk min. Rock of Ages seeking upcoming and future replacements for principal roles, actors who sing and move well, prepare 16 bars of any 80s pop/rock songs only, audition materials available by email request, Contract: Special Agreement; $829/wk min. For complete details on all these auditions and access to plenty more opportunities, please visit the Member Audition Pages at www.answers4dancers.com.
Looking for nearby audition opportunities? Our list for next week offers 20 different locations:
In addition to New York City and Los Angeles, our best options for you are located in San Diego, CA; Camarillo, CA; Buffalo Grove, IL; College Park, GA; Catania, IT; Jacksonville, FL; Berkeley, CA; Clearwater, FL; Las Vegas, NV; Roanoke, VA; Thousand Oaks, CA; Riverside, CA; Fort Worth, TX; White Plains, NY; Winter Haven, FL; Hackensack, NJ; Fountain Valley, CA; and Cary, NC. Be sure to check the auditions postings often. New opportunities are added all week long!
Screenland Studios • 10501 Burbank Blvd • North Hollywood, CA
Our own Kate Harpootlian made it safely through to next week, avoiding the bottom three! We're so proud of Kate and would love your support for her as she continues in the competition. Kate has a tremendous sense of humor and she's an expert at social media. She shares some great videos on her Twitter account and gives us insider info on behind-the-scenes fun! Subscribe to Kate's Twitter @Kateharpootlian!
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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE RECAP -THE FIRST ELIMINATIONS In a bittersweet ending for two dancers, the first week of eliminations is always especially hard. The bottom 3 Team Stage dancers were Darion, Derek and Moises. For Team Street, the bottom 3 dancers were Ariana, Lily and Neptune. But there was also some great news as the show's eight Emmy nominations were announced including a nomination for host Cat Deeley and three choreography nods for Travis Wall, Sonya Tayeh and Spencer Liff. Plus the show itself has been nominated for Outstanding Reality Competition Program. All of the contestants performed in various styles and at the end of the routine’s critique, they learned if they were safe or in danger based on last week’s votes. But all was not lost because the Twitter Fan Save would ultimately determine the outcome. In the end, we had to say goodbye to two excellent dancers, Team Stage’s Darion Flores and Team Street’s Lily Frias.
SYTYCD CELEBRATES 10 YEARS AND 8 EMMY NOMINATIONS It’s time to celebrate 10 years of SYTYCD since it first premiered July 20, 2005. The series has had 227 contestants, 13 winners, 53 Emmy Award nominations and 13 Emmy Awards to its credit. So You Think You Can Dance has been a launching pad and propelled dancers into the spotlight in music, television and film. Appearing on the show has paved the way for contestants to appear in 10 Broadway shows including Newsies, The King and I, On the Town, and Finding Neverland. They have appeared in multiple movies including the blockbuster sequel Magic Mike XXL, as well as over 16 television shows including Glee, American HorrorStory and Bones. Some of the biggest names in music had their television debuts on the show including Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, One Republic and Florence and the Machine. The dancing on this special was nothing short of breathtaking when the judges, along with America’s Vote, brought back encore performances of many favorites over the years including Hok and Jaimie’s Flower and the Hummingbird routine choreographed by Wade Robson. If you missed the show, it’s well worth the effort to find it online. It was an hour of dance perfection!
CHRISTIAN BORLE SET FOR WORSHOP OF RICK ELICE'S THE BRITISH INVASION DIRECTED BY JERRY MITCHELL Something Rotten! Tony winner Christian Borle put his British accent to good use and led a workshop on July 22 for a new tuner, working title, The British Invasion Musical. The show will be set in the 1960s and follow the wave of British pop groups that invaded America. Penned by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), the husband of the late Roger Rees, and helmed by Jerry Mitchell, The British Invasion Musical will follow the story of Herman's Hermits’ Peter Noone (Borle). The tuner will feature some of the Hermits’ hits including Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter and I’m Henry VIII, I Am, as well as other songs from the period.
BROADWAY LOVES THE SMALL SCREEN! TONY AWARDS, STAGE FAVORITES AMONG 2015 EMMY NOMINEES Broadway fans have reasons to celebrate as the 2014 Tony Awards telecast, Peter Pan Live! and Live from Lincoln Center’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street picked up nominations, as did several Tony winners and stage favorites, including Alan Cumming, Jane Krakowski and Darren Criss. NBC's Peter Pan Live! received three nods: Outstanding Production Design for Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Programming, Outstanding Music Direction for David Chase and Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Limited Series, Movie or a Special. The 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Andy Samberg, will air September 20 on Fox.
LESLI MARGHERITA, JOHN BOLTON, MARA DAVI & MORE BOARD BROADWAY BOW OF DAMES AT SEA A list of Broadway faves will appear in the new Dames at Sea musical beginning September 24 at the Helen Hayes Theatre with an official opening on October 22. Margherita will play Mona Kent. She received an Olivier Award for her performance in Zorro in the West End. Bolton will appear as The Captain/Hennesey and recently appeared on Broadway in A Christmas Story. Davi will play Joan and made her Broadway debut as Maggie in the 2006 revival of A Chorus Line. Gardner will play Lucky and appeared in the City Center Encores! presentation of Lady, Be Good!. Randy Skinner will direct the musical, which features a book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller with music by Jim Wise.
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OSCAR WINNER MARLEE MATLIN WILL LEAD SPRING AWAKENING REVIVAL ON BROADWAY Tony and Oscar and Golden Globe winner Marlee Matlin will headline the Broadway revival of Spring Awakening. Matlin will play Adult Woman. She won the Oscar and Golden Globe for her film debut in Children of a Lesser God and was nominated for Emmys for Seinfeld, Picket Fences, The Practice and Law and Order: SVU. Additional screen credits include The West Wing, Glee, Family Guy and Switched at Birth. This will mark Matlin's Broadway debut. This production will feature choreography by Hedwig’s Spencer Liff and be performed both in American Sign Language and English.
DANCING WITH THE STARS WINNER RUMER WILLIS WILL RAKE IN THE CHIPS IN CHICAGO ON BROADWAY Rumer Willis will make her Great White Way debut in Chicago as Roxie Hart. She will begin performances on August 18 and will play an eight-week limited engagement at the Ambassador Theatre through October 11. Willis is the winner of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars season 20. She began her acting career as a child starring opposite her mother Demi Moore in the films Striptease and Now and Then. Her stage credits include off-Broadway's Love, Loss and What I Wore. Her screen credits include House Bunny, Sorority Row, Diary of Preston Plummer Workaholics, and Pretty Little Liars.
ORIGINAL SOUND OF MUSIC & LEGENDARY FIDDLER ON THE ROOF STAR THEODORE BIKEL DEAD AT 91 Oscar and two-time Tony nominee Theodore Bikel, who created the role of Captain Von Trapp in the original production of The Sound of Music on Broadway and played Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof more than 2,000 times, died aged 91 on July 21. The theater marquees will be dimmed in his memory on July 24 at 7:45pm for one minute. In 1958 he received his first Tony nod for The Rope Dancers. His second Tony nomination came in 1959 for The Sound of Music. Bikel first played Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof in 1967, and appeared in the role more than any other actor, even stepping into the North American tour in 2010 at age 86. He wrote and starred in Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears, which had its world premiere in Washington in 2008. Oscar nominated for 1958’s The Defiant Ones, his numerous film credits include the Hungarian phonetics expert in My Fair Lady. Bikel served as president of Actors Equity from 1973-82.
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