Xanadu – Seeking Danny Maguire (Zeus) understudy

  • Non-Equity
  • Anywhere

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Pay Rate: Rehearsals – $600 Flat rate (External understudies). Show(s) – $55 Per show(s) performed; 22 shows total. Travel stipend applications available.
Audition Date and Time: By digital self-tape until role is filled.
Audition Location: Online audition submissions. Performance Location: Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell Street, Arlington Heights, IL 60005; www.metropolisarts.com. Accessible from the Metra UPNW Line; located a few blocks from the Arlington Heights stop. For directions and parking: www.metropolisarts.com/directions-parking
Contact Person Email: casting@metropolisarts.com

Metropolis announces auditions for the understudy role of Danny Maguire (Zeus) for Xanadu, book by Douglas Carter Beane and music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar. Xanadu will be directed by Kevin Wiczer (he/him), music directed by Bryan McCaffrey (he/him), and choreographed by Kristine Burdi (she/her). Seeking a fully vaccinated adult non-Equity actor/singer/dancer.

Xanadu Description: Xanadu is all at once romantic comedy, celebration of ‘80s kitsch and a ridiculously moving, endlessly fun tale. This Tony Award-nominated, hilarious musical about following your dreams took audiences and critics by surprise when it transformed a cult classic movie, starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, into the hottest comedy on Broadway. Xanadu follows the journey of a mythological muse, Kira, who descends from Mt. Olympus on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – a roller disco – hey, it’s 1980! When Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds. With its score of pop gems and a script that celebrates musical theatre satire, Xanadu is a sparkling adventure that will roll into your heart.

Material to Prepare:

To submit a self-tape, please email casting@metropolisarts.com with XANADU in the header. Include the following:
• Headshot & resume
• Any conflicts with the production
• Dance & tap reel or any video of dance & tap experience – Please make sure your resume includes a description of any dance, tap, or movement training/experience (styles, years of training, etc.).
• Additional links of your work are also welcome.
• Audition self-tape including:
- A slate with your name, pronouns, height, vaccination status, and location (local or out of town w/ local housing).
- 32 bars of a contemporary song (non-musical theatre preferred) in the style of the show to be sung with accompaniment or tracks.
- 1 minute comedic monologue.

Please let us know if we can assist with any accessibility accommodations or questions to facilitate the casting process.

Time Commitment:

Production Dates:
Please note: We are asking about your conflicts for wider range of availability than may actually be used for rehearsals.

Rehearsals – Mon 6/5– Thu 6/29/23: Weekly rehearsals will be the following times: 6-10pm Mondays-Thursdays and 10am-6pm Sundays. Exceptions – no rehearsal Mon 6/19 & added rehearsal Fri 6/23, 6-10pm. The other Fridays and Saturdays will be the designated days off each week prior to tech and previews. There will be one Understudy rehearsal on Wed 7/19, 5-10pm.

Tech Rehearsals – Sun 7/2–Thu 7/13/23. Schedule is as follows: Sun 7/2, 5-10pm; Mon 7/3, 5-11pm; Wed 7/5-Fri 7/7, 5-11pm; Sat 7/8, 12-5pm & 6-10pm; Mon 7/10-Wed 7/12, 6-11pm; TBA Thu 7/13, 4-6pm; TBA Sat 7/15, 12-2pm. No rehearsals on Tue 7/4 & Sun 7/9.

Previews & Performances – Thu 7/13–Sun 8/19/23. Standard performance schedule includes 7:30pm shows on Thu, Fri, & Sat; 3pm matinees on Sat & Sun. *Please note there are no 3pm matinees on Saturdays 7/29-8/19. Also note that the final weekend is a TBD extension weekend including shows only on Thu 8/17/23 at 7:30pm & Sat 8/19/23 at 7:30pm.

Character Type/Restrictions:

Xanadu Character Description: Seeking an actor who demonstrates the ability to portray the character with distinctive traits combined with a feeling of authenticity to the story moment and honesty in intentions.

  • Danny Maguire (Zeus): (50s-60s) A real estate magnate and owner of the Xanadu theater. He should be a malleable actor who can evolve from being guarded about protecting the theater to becoming partners with Sonny and then betraying him. Danny should be an experienced actor/singer with decent dancing and tapping abilities. Does not roller-skate.

Metropolis’ Health Standards & Procedures: The health and safety of our performers, creative staff, crew, and patrons are our first priority. As such, the Metropolis Theatre HVAC systems have been sanitized and upgraded to MERV 13 filtration levels. Prior to any in-person auditions, callbacks, rehearsals, and performances, performers, creative staff, and crew will need to be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine. Under the policy, all persons must show proof of vaccination with a matching I.D. at their time of entry into the Metropolis Theatre complex spaces. “Fully vaccinated” means a person’s date of entry into the theatre must be at least 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or at least 14 days after a single dose COVID-19 vaccine.

Metropolis’ Commitment: Metropolis PAC stands against systemic racism, hatred, and violence. Metropolis strives to ensure our theater is a safe space and secure environment, free of harassment or intimidation. We acknowledge that lack of action is harmful. Toward long-term and sustainable change, Metropolis has implemented and will continue to take specific, actionable steps. To read our pledges and Land Acknowledgement, go to: https://www.metropolisarts.com/about-metropolis-performing-arts-centre/

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.

To apply for this job email your details to casting@metropolisarts.com