Book by Peter Colley.
Music & Lyrics by Robert Creighton & Christopher McGovern.
Directed by Bill Castellino
The award-winning musical follows the life of the legendary James Cagney from the streets of New York to his rise as one of the brightest stars of Hollywood, from a vaudeville song-and-dance man to the cinema’s original tough guy.
The Lifespan of a Fact
By Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell
Based on the essay/Book by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal
Directed by Wes Grantom
A demanding editor has given an eager young fact checker a big assignment: apply his skill to a groundbreaking piece by an unorthodox author on a sensitive subject. The resulting conflict between fact-checker and author casts a comic light on the intersection between truth and art.
PTC does not accept video/online submissions
Friday, May 31 st , 2019, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
· Cagney auditions are 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (Actors’ Equity Association members only.)
· The Lifespan of a Fact auditions are 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Actors’ Equity Association members only.)
· Callbacks will be determined at a future date, by invitation only.
· There is no open call for Cagney.
August 12 – September 19, 2019 (Rehearsal)
September 20 – October 5, 2019 (Performance)
The Lifespan of a Fact
October 7 – October 31, 2019 (Rehearsal)
November 1 – November 16, 2019 (Performance)
Babcock Theatre at Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre
300 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Audition Sign Up:
Callboard in Room 325 of Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre.
Sign-up sheet will be posted on May 24 th , 2019.
All roles listed in character breakdown below are available.
Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to audition.
A headshot and resume are recommended.
Please only prepare 16 bars in the style of the show you are auditioning for.
An accompanist is provided.
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Cast break down for Cagney
JACK WARNER (40’s/50’s): GOOD MOVER. NO DANCING REQUIRED.
Plays the charismatic head of Warner Brothers Studios and others. Great comic timing, ruthless with a big smile. Bari-tenor with a strong F-sharp (negotiable). An F is non –negotiable. Shyster, fast talker, in charge type. Think Jerry Orbach in Chicago.
BILL CAGNEY (30’s/40’s): GREAT TAP DANCER
Plays the brother of James Cagney and Cagney’s level-headed business manager and other roles (including a foreman, a screenwriter, a vaudevillian, a contract player for Warner Bros. etc.) Bari-tenor to an F.
BOB HOPE (30’s/40’s): GREAT TAP DANCER
Plays the famous comedian and song and dance movie star and others (including a Congressman, a screenwriter, a studio contract player, etc.) Tenor to a G.
MA CAGNEY (40’s/50’s) GOOD MOVER. NO DANCING REQUIRED
Plays James Cagney’s Irish mother – no nonsense matriarch, making the most of the challenging immigrant life. Great Mezzo Soprano.
JANE (30s/40s): GOOD DANCER
Jack Warner’s smitten secretary. Also plays others (including a screenwriter, a Congressperson, etc.) Great comic character with terrific timing. Strong belter with head voice.
WILLIE CAGNEY (early to late 30’s): GREAT TAP DANCER
Plays James Cagney’s loving beautiful wife. Also plays others (including a Congressperson, a screenwriter, etc.) First seen as a sensational tap-dancing vaudeville ingénue. Very strong singer: mix to a D flat with a strong head voice above. Being 5’5” or under is a plus.
CHARACTER MAN (30s/40s): GOOD MOVER / TAP DANCING NOT REQUIRED.
Plays a variety of comic character roles: an immigrant Jewish construction work, a vaudeville comedian, a film director, etc. Great comic character with terrific timing and a good singing voice.
CHORUS / TWO MEN & TWO WOMEN: (20s/30s): TERRIFIC TAP DANCERS to perform on all the Vaudeville and USO production numbers and as dancers on the set of “Grand Old Flag” and “Yankee Doodle.” Terrific singers.
The role of James Cagney has been cast
Cast break down for The Lifespan of a Fact
JIM: (30s) A fact checker. Very smart, earnest, well-intentioned and tireless. He does things to the letter of the law and is driven by rules, protocols, and facts. He has a confidence that he draws from knowledge and facts. Any ethnicity.
JOHN: (Late 40s) One of the world’s greatest living essayists. Highly intelligent and wants things the way he wants them. He doesn’t suffer fools and value beauty and creativity above all else. Any ethnicity.
EMILY: (50s) Editor-in-chief at a prestigious Manhattan magazine. Her great ambition is to achieve cultural relevance and commercial success. She’s relentless in her professional pursuits, it’s all or nothing. Any ethnicity.