Seeking musical theatre singers for the Concept Cast Recording of The Great White Way: the Bert Williams Musical. ALL AGES AND RACES ARE WELCOME TO AUDITION.
- BERT WILLIAMS – black or mixed race male, 30s-40s, baritenor
- GEORGE WALKER – black male, 30s-40s, baritone
- CHARLIE FIELDS – white male, 20s-40s, tenor*
- YOUNG BERT – black or mixed race male, late teens, tenor
- IDA B. WELLS-BARNETT – black female, mezzo-soprano (possibly soprano)
- FOLLIES SINGER – white male, 20s-40s, baritone or tenor*
- LOTTIE WILLIAMS – black female, soprano
- ENSEMBLE – Seeking all ages and types for the ensemble
*While these characters are white, non-white singers may also audition for these roles on the recording.
PAYMENT: All performers are paid. Amounts to be negotiated.
LOCATION: Recordings will take place in Houston, Texas.
AUDITIONS by Audio or Video Recording
Due to concerns over COVID-19, all auditions have been moved online. Please submit a video or audio recording of both a legit and a modern musical theatre song. You can perform an excerpt (at least 16 bars) or the song in its entirely. Please sing to an accompaniment or karaoke track or perform with a pianist/guitarist accompanying you. Audio or video auditions should be uploaded to YouTube, Google Drive, or Dropbox. Then, fill out this form to submit your video links (be sure to set it to be viewable to anyone with the link) and information (if you have trouble with the form, please email the links to email@example.com instead, with a headshot and résumé attached, if available):
CALLBACKS (in person)
Callbacks will be on the songs from the show. Those selected for a callback will be sent a vocal score, rehearsal track, and backing tracks to prepare. For some roles, tracks can be requested in different keys. Some actors may also be asked to read prepared sides for dialogue that will be included in the CD release.
VOCAL RANGES (adjustable)
Vocal ranges are somewhat flexible, as some songs can be transposed to fit the singer. Ranges indicated are for the songs as originally composed.
The Great White Way is the story of the great comedian, Bert Williams, Broadway’s first black star. His life in comedy, set against a time of anti-black race riots throughout the United States, tells the story of the man WC Fields called “the funniest man I ever saw and the saddest man I ever knew.”
This musical contains depictions of violence and racism. The lead role, Bert Williams, is a historical black performer who performed in blackface, including performing racist songs depicting the contemporary (late 19th/early 20th century) stereotypes of African Americans.