We are pleased to introduce you to this month's Dancer To Watch, GREGORY OMAR OSBORNE.
Gregory laughs. A lot. A big, easy, un-selfconscious laugh that's contagious. He is one happy guy. And he has every reason to be. Gregory has steered his way to a career that's taken him to multiple cities, states, and countries.
Working non-stop since he left college, Gregory's made a steady living on cruises, regional and Equity theaters around the country, and professional dance companies. He's a self-starter who loves his life and his work. He almost makes it all seem easy, but that's the beauty of Gregory. He's put in the work to make it all happen.
We invite you to read Gregory’s story. Find out how he auditioned for a show on his cell phone from inside a New York City hotel elevator that he and his friend stopped on the 5th floor while he bellowed out his audition. Gregory’s story is funny and inspiring and a must read for anyone trying to find their way in the biz.
50 NEW AUDITIONS ADDED TO ANSWERS4DANCERS.COM! March is coming in like a roaring lion with 50 new auditions added to our Auditions Calendar this week! NYC leads the way with 21, followed by States with 17, and International has 4. There are also 8 Dance Company opportunities. Members have access to all these auditions along with complete details, while non-members have 2 free postings available to view on A4D's Free Auditions page at www.answers4dancers.com.
PREMIUM OPPORTUNITIES In the East, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical seeking m/f AA Equity ensemble dancers, all characters in the dancing ensemble are African-American, ages 20s to mid 30s, women, heels and jazz shoes, men, character/jazz shoes, Production (League) $1917/wk min. An American in Paris seeking m/f Equity technical dancers and singers who move well for ensemble and featured chorus parts, prepare 16 bars of up-tempo or ballad in style of the Great American Songbook (Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, Kern, etc.), Contract: Production (League) $1917/wk min. Kinky Boots first national tour seeking m/f Equity dancers who sing very well for ensemble and Angels, be ready to dance with comfortable clothing and kneepads, women and men bring flats and heels, Production (League) Tiered Tour Cat. D; $1188/wk min.
In the West, 5th Avenue 16-17 Season seeking strong singers, actors, and dancers for all roles, women please wear character heels, men tap shoes and jazz shoes or sneakers, by appointment only, details provided with appointment, Contract: WCLO $1087/wk min. Le Rêve – The Dream (Las Vegas) is currently seeking generalists, synchronized swimmers and dancers, female dancers wear heels and clothing to show leg lines, male dancers wear clothing to show build, all bring swimsuit and goggles, professional pay. For complete details on all these auditions and access to plenty more opportunities, visit the Member Audition Pages at www.answers4dancers.com.
Looking for nearby audition opportunities? Our list for next week offers 15 different locations:
In addition to New York City and Los Angeles, our list includes auditions in London, UK; Linz, AS; Ostrava, CZ; Innsbruk, AS; Austin, TX; Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL; Paris, KY; Redebeil, GR; Lexington, KY; Usti Nad Laem, CZ; Washington, DC; and Columbia, SC. Be sure to check the auditions postings often. New opportunities are added all week long!
CARNIVAL AUDITIONS NEW YORK CITY
MARCH 7, 2016
Chelsea Studios 151 W 26th Street New York, NY 10017
SINGERS WHO DANCE 9:30AM: Start | 9:00AM: Sign-In DANCERS WHO SING 2:30 PM: Start | 2:00PM: Sign-In
Performers who are at least 18 years of age are invited to our open calls. Keep in mind we are looking for high quality triple-threat performers with contemporary vocal and dance experience. You do not need to apply or register in advance for open call auditions. Singers Who Dance and Dancers Who Sing candidates will have to prepare for both vocal and dance sessions. - Click here for more details.
DANCERS - Seeking dancers with strong technique; experience in multiple dance styles. You’ll learn a variety of combinations, may be asked to tap. Females: lean silhouette. Males: strong physique; able to perform shirtless when required. Gymnastics, aerial training, tumbling & partnering skills are a plus!
SINGER / DANCERS - Singer-Dancers should attend the Dance Call. Some dancers may be asked to sing based on dance audition performance.
SINGERS - Seeking diverse performers with strong vocal abilities and dynamic personalities for R&B, Pop/Rock Performances and Contemporary Musical Theatre. Prepare 16-32 bars of two contrasting vocal selections. Bring sheet music in the proper key for the provided accompanist. If called back to dance, please wear form fitted dance attire, as you will be learning a short dance combination. Must be 18 years old to apply. Audition details here.
THIS WEEK'S FEATURED STORY!
Are you confused by the process of auditioning for an agency? Check out ’40 Agent Turn Ons’ for the inside scoop into what agents are looking for. Find out which agent scans the room to see who's focused and watches how dancers carry themselves, are they warming up or clowning around? Before anyone dances a step, they can tell which ones will take their careers seriously. Use the image below to read the full story.
13-YEAR OLD MADDIE ZIEGLER TO JOIN JUDGES PANEL ON SYTYCD: THE NEXT GENERATION Award-winning dancer Maddie Ziegler will join Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation. Ziegler will lend her expertise as a young dancer to critique the contestants. The new season will feature a younger generation of dancers between the ages of 8-13, who are skilled in various dance styles, such as contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation or breaking. The dancers will be paired up with All-Stars to compete for the title of America’s Favorite Dancer. Ziegler is best known for starring in the award-winning reality series Dance Moms. She has gone on to star in singer-songwriter Sia’s music video trilogy. She has appeared on Saturday Night Live, the Grammy Awards (2015), The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Dancing with the Stars, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. She has also appeared on Pretty Little Liars, Austin & Ally and Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn. She will be making her big screen debut in the upcoming feature The Book of Henry, starring opposite Naomi Watts. SYTYCD: The Next Generation premieres Monday, May 30 on FOX.
DANCING WITH THE STARS ANNOUNCES FIRST CONTESTANT & ENGAGEMENTS GALORE! Fuller House star Jodie Sweetin has revealed that she’s the first cast member to join Dancing With the Stars Season 22. She’ll be partnered with dance pro Keo Motsepe. Jodie played Stephanie Tanner on the original hit showFull House and is reprising her role as an adult on the new show. And oh, so many wedding bells are ringing... Pro Kym Johnson and her billionaire Shark Tank partner, Robert Herjavec are now engaged. Pro Mark Ballas is also engaged to his long-time girlfriend and bandmate DC Jean (née Brittney Jean Carlson). Former Pro and sometimes judge Maksim Chmerkovskiy revealed on Twitter on December 5 that he’s engaged to fellow pro Peta Murgatroyd. The romantic moment took place at the end of a Sway performance. Sway, starring the Chmerkovskiy brothers, Murgatroyd, and DWTS pro Tony Dovolani also features DWTS alums Meryl Davis and Rumer Willis. We’ve also learned that two-time champ and judge Julianne Hough will not return this season as former judge Len Goodman is returning. Finally, Derek Hough is not returning as he has signed for Singin’ In The Rain on Broadway. The full season 22 cast will be revealed on Good Morning America on March 8 and the competition begins on March 21.
USHER, SIA, QUEEN LATIFAH & MORE SET FOR HAMILTON MIXTAPE Hamilton headliner and maestro Lin-Manuel Miranda has tapped some of his super starry Hamilfans for his latest project: The Hamilton Mixtape. The Atlantic Records album, which is currently looking at a fall release, will feature Usher, Sia, Queen Latifah and more on variations of tunes from the hit musical. The Hamilton Mixtape, a somewhat post factum concept album, will feature both covers and remixes. “Half the songs are cover versions of songs in the show, and the others are interpolations—we’ll take some of this, some of that, and make something new out of it,” producer Questlove (Roots) told Vanity Fair. As for Miranda, the Tony, Grammy and Emmy winner will stay on the other side of the recording booth for this one. “I’m not going to be on it,” he said, “because for me, the goal is to keep this inspired by the original.
OLIVER NOMINEE NICOLE SCHERZINGER, ABC’S SARAH HYLAND & BILLY DEE WILLIAMS BOARD DIRTY DANCING Olivier nominee Nicole Scherzinger, formerly of the Pussycat Dolls, will head to the small screen for ABC’s remake of Dirty Dancing. She’ll take on the role of Penny Johnson, Johnny’s initial dance partner. The role was played in the 1987 film by Cynthia Rhodes. Scherzinger recently appeared as Grizabella in the London revival of Cats and is rumored to reprise her role on Broadway later this year. Also joining the cast is ABC is Modern Family star Sarah Hyland in the the role of Lisa Houseman, sister of 'Baby.’ The role was played by Jane Brucker in the original 1987 film. Also cast is Star Wars' Billy Dee Williams who will portray the 1960's Catskill Mountain resort's bandleader, Tito. The TV event (not a live telecast) will be directed by Wayne Blair and choreographed by Hamilton’s Andy Blankenbuehler.
TICKETS FOR CATS' BROADWAY RETURN NOW ON SALE Tickets are now available for the Broadway return of Cats. Performances begin on July 14 at the Neil Simon Theatre, where the musical will open officially on August 2. Cats, featuring a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by T.S. Eliot, Trevor Nunn and Richard Stilgoe, ran for 21 years in London and 18 years on Broadway. It won seven Tony Awards in 1983, including Best Musical. This production will be the first Main Stem revival of the tuner. Original director Trevor Nunn directs the staging, which will feature choreography by Hamilton’s Andy Blankenbuehler. No word yet on casting, but Lloyd Webber hopes Nicole Scherzinger will headline the show in New York.
Fun Home, theTony Award-winning Best Musical, becomes the first Broadway show to participate in Spotify Sessions, the music services' streaming program of intimate in-studio performances and conversations, on March 4. Fun Home was recorded in front of a live audience on January 19 in NYC...
DEREK HOUGH SET FOR BROADWAY BOW OF SINGIN' IN THE RAIN Derek Hough will star in the Broadway production of Singin’ in the Rain. Producer Harvey Weinstein made the announcement at his annual pre-Oscar dinner, where Hough performed a couple numbers. The tuner is eyeing a January 2017 Broadway bow. Robert Carsen directs the production, which premiered at Paris’ Théâtre du Châtelet in 2015. Stephen Mear choreographs. Hough is a record-making six-time winner of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars; he’s won two Emmy Awards for his choreography for the show. He was seen on the New York stage last year in Radio City Music Hall’s New York Spring Spectacular. His additional credits include Burn the Floor on Broadway, the 2006 West End production of Footloose and ABC’s Nashville.
CHITA RIVERA & MORE JOIN BROADWAY BACKWARDS LINEUP Chita Rivera will pay a visit to this year’s Broadway Backwards, benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Center. The Broadway legend, alongside her Edwin Drood co-star Stephanie J. Block, The Color Purple’s Danielle Brooks, Finding Neverland star Laura Michelle Kelly and Tony nominee Tony Sheldon, join a starry lineup that includes the previously announced Tony Yazbeck, Tituss Burgess, Beth Malone, Telly Leung, Brad Oscar and more. Tony winner Julie White will host this year’s concert, which is set for March 21 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.
ACTORS FUND GALA TO HONOR ESTAFANS, NICHOLAW & MORE This year’s annual Actors Fund gala will honor Oscar winner Michael Douglas, Emilio and Gloria Estefan (whose bio-musical On Your Feet! is currently playing at the Marquis Theatre), Tony-winning director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw, who will have four shows on Broadway once Tuck Everlasting opens this spring, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt, and prima ballerina Cynthia Garegory. They each will receive the Fund’s Medal of Honor at the ceremony, which is set for April 25 at the Marriott Marquis. A roster of special guests and performers will be announced at a later date.
On Your Feet! recorded a cast album on March 2... alum and Emmy nominee Michael C. Hall married Morgan Macgregor on February 29 at New York City Hall… George Kennedy, the actor who won an Oscar for his role in the movie Cool Hand Luke, has died at age 91... Jack F. Lee (born John Francis Lee), beloved musical director of both stage and screen, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2016 at the age of 86. Mr. Lee was one of Broadway's leading conductors and musical directors. He worked with composers/lyricists John Kander & Fred Ebb, Richard Rogers, and Stephen Sondheim... Actress Louise Plowright, known for her role as Madame Morrible in Wicked, has died at 59...