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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, January 13, 2012

Open Casting Call for “Hello! My Baby”

Open auditions will be held for actors from the Santa Barbara and Ventura area who are character types between the ages of 18-60 years, of all ethnicities, with strong musical theater skills.


From Golden Globe and Emmy-Award winning and Tony nominated writer Cheri Steinkellner, award-winning composer Georgia Stitt, and a dream-team of great American songwriters comes Hello! My Baby, a riotous new-fashioned musical comedy that reboots Berlin, Gershwin, Kern and a score of others; smartly weaving their updated hits into a timely romantic farce for all ages. Set on the sidewalks of New York in the 19-teens, young Mickey McKee, King of the Song-Pluggers, dreams of writing the next Tin Pan Alley million-selling hit song. Only problem is Mickey can’t write a note - until he meets Nelly Gold, a teenaged factory girl with a talent for tunes and moxie to spare. Mickey and Nelly make beautiful music together until she puts on the trousers she once sewed, calls herself Ned, and becomes the new King of the Pluggers, and Mickey’s arch-rival. These mismatched young lovers and their unlikely friends sing, dance, bicker, and coo from Debutante Balls to Delancey Street, confronting class struggles, social reform, gender-swapping, street-thugs, and a whole lot of ukuleles, as they sell the songs we’re all still humming a hundred years later.

The show is generously sponsored by Anne and Michael Towbes and Janet and Mark Goldenson and co-sponsored by Loretta and Mike Merewether and Sheeler Moving & Storage.

  • Book and New Lyrics by Cheri Steinkellner
  • New Music and Arrangements by Georgia Stitt
  • Music and Lyrics by: Berlin, Gershwin, Kern, Gilbert & Sullivan, Blake Whiting and other existing material from the Tin Pan Alley era
  • Director: Brian McDonald

Hello! My Baby will play at Rubicon Theatre, Ventura from March 21, 2012 to April 15, 2012 (with a possible two week extension) and then at the Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara from May 1 to 6, 2012.

The show was work-shopped originally with young artists in Santa Barbara and Ventura.

Rehearsals will take place from February 28, 2012 with the first two weeks in North Hollywood.

AUDITIONS FOR LOCAL ENSEMBLE:

Actors needed from the Santa Barbara and Ventura area who are character types between the ages of 18-60 years, of all ethnicities, with strong musical theater skills.

In addition, casting will also take place for a supplemental chorus for the Santa Barbara engagement only.

Auditions will be held on Monday, January 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Lobero Theatre – 33 E Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Please enter via stage door located down the brick paseo walkway to the side of the building, before the parking garage.

THIS IS AN OPEN CALL. APPOINTMENTS ARE PREFERRED BUT WALK-INS ARE ACCEPTED.

To obtain an appointment, please email: sswan@rubicontheatre.org or call Sacheen at 805-667-2912 ext 225.

Please prepare 16-32 bars of an American standard up-tempo song or ballad for the audition and bring sheet music with you. An accompanist will be provided. If you have them, please also bring two headshots and resumes with you to the audition and if not, an information form will be provided for you to complete and a digital photograph will be taken.

Call backs will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 and will be by invitation only.

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