OPEN CALL AUDITION Added| Happy Days — A New Musical | Monday, May 7

Starting DateMay 7, 2018

Ending DateMay 7, 2018


Event Description

OPEN CALL auditions for “Happy Days – A New Musical,” with the book by Garry Marshall, the creator of the “Happy Days” TV series, and music and lyrics by Paul Williams, a Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer, will be held Monday, May 7, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., prior to the start of callbacks, at The Phipps.

Director Joe Hendren, music director David Alstead, and choreographer Chris Adam are looking for additional men, age 18 and older, and women, age 40 and older. Those auditioning are asked to prepare 16-32 bars of a song that best displays their range and ability. An accompanist will be provided. Those auditioning are asked to bring sheet music in the appropriate key. They will also learn a dance routine, so they should dress for movement. Actors should also bring a list of all conflicts from May 7-August 5. A resume and headshot are appreciated, but not required.


Rehearsals are expected to begin the week of May 20 and will generally be five nights a week, between Sunday and Friday evenings, meaning some weeks may be Sunday-Thursday and some weeks may be Monday-Friday, depending on cast availability. Twelve performances are scheduled July 13-August 5 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

Based on the classic television series, this musical comedy faithfully reintroduces audiences to familiar characters: Howard, Marion, Richie, and Joanie Cunningham, Potsie, Ralph Malph, Chachi, and, of course, The Fonz. The setting is 1959 Milwaukee. Richie and the gang are getting ready to graduate from high school. Meanwhile Fonzie’s old flame, Pinky Tuscadero, arrives back in town and Arnold’s malt shop is in danger of being demolished. “Happy Days – A New Musical” is high-energy, chock-full of nostalgia, and features a great musical score.

Hendren’s directing credits include “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” for Theatre Uncorked and Chameleon Theatre, “A Man for all Seasons” at Open Window Theatre, “Antigone” at Hamline University, “Of Thee I Sing” at Lakeshore Players, “Happy Days” for Minneapolis Musical Theatre, and dozens of others.

Among Alstead’s past music direction credits are “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at the Old Log Theater, “Of Thee I Sing” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” at Lakeshore Players, “The Wizard of Oz:” for Rosetown Players, and many others.

Adam previously choreographed “Once Upon a Mattress” for The Phipps. He also choreographs for University of Wis.-River Falls Dance Theatre and teaches group fitness for the YMCA.

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