“Philly” Virtual Auditions

Starting DateApril 27, 2020

Ending DateMay 18, 2020

Event Description

Auditions for “Philly,” book by Kevin Coughlin and John Cal, with lyrics and music by John Cal, will be held virtually via video and audio submissions from April 27 – May 18  for a production September 18 – October 4 . Callbacks will be held the week of June 8. Stipends will be provided by Philly Developmental LLC.  


Rehearsals will be held Sunday – Thursday evenings beginning July 26. Nine performances will be given September 18 – October 4 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2:30 p.m.


Actors should submit a resume and headshot along with a video which includes a 1-minute monologue and 1 1/2 minutes of a pop/rock song. An accompanist will be provided at live callbacks. Please send submittals to phillythemusical@gmail.com. Show information can be found at www.phillythemusical.com .



Synopsis:  It’s 1979. The bright lights of the Big Time are seemingly unattainable from the low-income neighborhood of Yonkers, NY, but that doesn’t stop Johnny from dreaming. Johnny believes he has what it takes to be a songwriter, but after four years of college, he’s back working at the family store. Then, at a very unusual demo session, a gregarious hairdresser with a special voice lets go. Musical sparks fly and Johnny sees it all: his songs, her voice, and an incredible band named after the singer who he thinks could be a star … Philly.  


But no one gets out of the neighborhood without a connection. And Johnny finds one – his mom’s high school friend – a legitimate businessman who’s also a high-level collector for the mob. Johnny’s Nana warns everyone that the seedy world of the mob brings all kinds of trouble, and she’s right. What starts out as “all about the music,” becomes terribly complicated for all. The good news is what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger; the bad news is not everyone survives. 


Read all character descriptions here.



Director Rebecca Rizzio seeks a large cast, ages 18 – 65. An extensive vocal, dance, and movement production with 26 musical numbers, “Philly” is filled with an array of both serious and comedic characters. A list of all character descriptions is attached.


Rizzio previously directed “Annie” and “White Christmas” for Lyric Arts; “Singin’ in the Rain,” “The Producers,” and “The Miracle Worker” for The Phipps; “Nest” for Table Salt Productions; as well as “Girl Group,” “The Anastasia Trials in the Court of Women,” and “Expecting Isabel” for Theatre Unbound.


Natalia Peterson, served as the music director for “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Fiddler on the Roof” at The Phipps as well as dozens of shows in the Twin Cities area over the past 20 years. She recently arranged and played piano for Park Square’s “Marie & Rosetta.”


Choreographer Kirsten Nelson has extensive experience with the Flagstaff Light Opera Company as well as Woodbury Community Theatre, Ashland Productions, and Lakeshore Players.


For further information, contact phillythemusical@gmail.com. 

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