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The Musical Comedy Murders Of 1940-Washington, DC - Casting ID # 1569278
Project Type Live Event Submission Type Open Call
Location Washington, DC Union Non-union
Rate/Pay n/a Release Date 03-29-18
Audition Date 06-24-18 Submission deadline 06-23-18
Casting Category Theatre - Non-Equity
Midnight, 1940. A snowstorm encroaches upon the estate of a wealthy philanthropist, a patron of the arts, who has called together a famous songwriting team, an iconic director, a Broadway producer, and a pair of theater wannabes. They think that they are pitching the next musical extravaganza when, in fact, they have been summoned in order to discover the “Stagedoor Slasher,” a madman (or madwoman) who killed three chorus girl dancers, and just might kill again. Throw in some Nazi spies, cross-dressing psychopaths, and a bumbling police detective, and you have a murder-mystery-comedy with a vintage flair to boot. An ingenious and wildly comic romp which enjoyed a long and critically hailed run both on and Off-Broadway. Poking antic fun at the more ridiculous aspects of “show biz” and the corny thrillers of Hollywood’s heyday, the play is a non-stop barrage of laughter as those assembled (or at least those who aren’t killed off) untangle the mystery. those who aren’t killed off) untangle

Role # 1 Helsa Wenzel
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

The German Maid. Helsa is the maid of the Grossenknueten estate. A humorless woman later discovered to have an interesting secret. Must be strong in physical skills.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 20 to 36

Role # 2 Elsa
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Elsa Von Grossenknueten, The Host. Elsa is the owner of the mansion and is the financial backer of many musicals. She is extremely eccentric, and thinks that the idea of chasing after a killer is great fun.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 47 to 49

Role # 3 Nikki Crandall
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

An Actress. Nikki is considered a typical chorus girl-but she is eventually revealed to be much more. Must sing and move well.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 20 to 29

Role # 4 Marjorie Baverstock
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

The Producer. Marjorie is a Broadway producer. She constantly flatters everyone around her, and speaks in elevated language; her “new word” is “divoon.”


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 50 to 60

Role # 5 Bernice Roth
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

The Librettist. The perpetually thirsty lyricist, she is Roger’s partner. Bernice is very odd and emotional, frequently losing her composure and screaming.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 30 to 50

Role # 6 Michael Kelly
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

The Law. Sergeant Kelly is a New York City police officer-Irish, of course. Kelly’s tough, no-nonsense attitude puts him at odds with the zany Elsa and the dramatic types that visit.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 30 to 49

Role # 7 Patrick O’Reilly
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

An Actor. O’Reilly claims to be an Irish tenor, but he is very suspicious, He has a physical brawl with Helsa. Must sing and be able to do broad Irish, Bronx and German dialects!


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 40 to 49

Role # 8 Ken De La Maize
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

The Director. Ken is a “typical” director, speaking of theater as a “pure art.” He has an annoying habit of name-dropping, constantly citing the various celebrities he has worked with over the years. Eccentric, affected.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 40 to 60

Role # 9 Eddie McCuen
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

An Actor. Eddie is the out of work comedian with an endless supply of bad jokes. He is attracted to Nikki, but fumbles when he tries to talk to her. Must sing and move well.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 20 to 39

Role # 10 Roger Hopewell
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

The Lyricist. Roger is the composer for “White House Merry-Go-Round”, and Bernice’s partner; the two have had a string of Broadway hits. Roger enjoys teasing Ken about his artistic ways, but flares up whenever someone insults his musical style. Eccentric.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 30 to 50