During WWII the Army commissioned a series of Broadway-style musicals called the Blueprint Specials. Designed for soldiers to put on in the field to boost morale, it was created by a virtual Who’s Who of American entertainers, including composer Private frank Loesser, writer Private Arnold M. Auerbach and choreographer Private Jose Limon. As such, it is a document of considerable historical importance, yet it remains virtually unknown and unperformed. This winter, Waterwell is reviving the series as a joint venture between artists and veterans and presenting it in the hangar of the USS Intrepid, a US Navy aircraft carrier that served during WWII. This will be its first staging since 1945 and first ever for the American public. Tuneful, subversive and disarmingly witty, the Blueprint Special offers a fresh and surprising look at the intersection of conflict and culture.
Waterwell is seeking Ensemble - strong singers and dancers to play soldiers, WACs, civilians, society ladies, gentlemen, cowboys, showgirls, Caribbean dancers and Olympian gods. All ethnicities. Featured roles include George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, General Pershing, nagging mothers, feckless suitors, jitterbug dancers, etc. Skilled comic actors and physical comedians especially sought. Veterans and active military strongly encouraged to try out.
Auditions are October 19, 1-9pm at CAP21. Prepare a 16-bar cut of song in the style of a Frank Loesser show/Golden Age American musical and bring a picture/resume if you have one. Email to schedule an audition.
Rehearsals December 12 - January 5, 2017; performances January 6 - January 13.
Producer: Waterwell (Arian Moayed & Tom Ridgely, Artistic Directors) in association with the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and Center for american Military Music Opportunities (CAMMO)
Director: Tom Ridgely
Music Director: Sonny Paladino
Choreographer: Patrick McCollum
Music & Lyrics: Frank Loesser
Book: Arnold M. Auerbach
Original Choreography: Jose Limon
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