New Jersey Stage

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Phoenix Productions announces open auditions for Sweeney Todd

(RED BANK, NJ) -- Open call auditions for Phoenix Productions' November show, Sweeney Todd, will take place at the Count Basie Theatre's 2nd floor dance studio in Red Bank on Saturday, August 27th from 2pm to 5pm, and on Tuesday and Thursday, August 30 and September 1 from 7pm to 9pm.

There will also be an open call audition in New York City on the 16th floor of Ripley Grier Studios on Tuesday, September 6th, from 12pm to 3pm. All roles are open and will remain so until the end of auditions.

Callbacks will be held Wednesday, September 7th in Red Bank. Performances will run from November 11th to November 20th at the Count Basie Theatre.

Director Tom Frascatore aims to recreate a stark London with a full orchestra and a cast that can demonstrate what "cutting edge" theatre is all about. "Sweeney Todd redefined American musical theater as we know it," commented Tom Frascatore. "Before Sweeney, you went to the theater safe in the knowledge that you'd see two acts in three hours with a lush score, some excellent ballads and a plot that didn't make you think too much. Then Sweeney opened -- deep, dark, dangerous -- practically ripping out the proscenium and dropping the show in your lap."

More information such as character descriptions and how to prepare for auditions can be found at www.sweeneyauditions.com. Further questions may be directed toward Tom Frascatore at tfrascatore@hotmail.com.

Phoenix Productions, founded in 1987, is a non-profit community theatre organization based in Red Bank that has produced more than 100 revivals of hit Broadway musicals. More information is available at www.phoenixredbank.com.