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Songs for a New World

By Jason Robert Brown

Directed by Christopher Faison

Songs for a New World is a great way to bring the next generation into the theatre. This contemporary song cycle weaves characters and history together, illuminating the timelessness of self-discovery. It's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice... or take a stand... or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today, the Songs for a New World. The first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County), this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices that we make.

Audition Info:

Sunday, July 9 2017 3pm - 5pm &
Callbacks Sunday, July 16, 2017

Auditions will take place at

Chestnut Street Playhouse
24 Chestnut St
Norwich, CT 06360

All actors auditioning will be asked to prepare and present a brief of their choosing. Bring sheet music in correct key, NO acapella or backing tracks

Performance Info:

Performance dates and times are:
Aug 31 - Sep 10
Thurs - Sat, 7:30pm
Sun, 2:00pm

Character Descriptions:

* MAN #1 - African American age 17-21. He is the youngest person on the voyage but he is also the Captain. He finds himself in the New World wrongfully imprisoned.
Sings D to High C
(Callback song King of the World)

* MAN #2 - Any Ethnicity age 40-50. He is the eldest on the ship but the most unstable. He has made mistake after mistake and is seemingly unlucky in love. Sings Low F - High A flat
(Callback song She Cries)

* WOMAN #1 - Any ethnicity age 20-25. Newly pregnant, she tackles the gut wrenching moments of the show. She is the voice of NOW. Sings Low G - High F (2 octaves)
(Callback song Christmas Lullabye)

* WOMAN #2 - Any ethnicity age 50-60. She is the maternal one of the group although she is just as misguided as everyone else. Low F - High F (2 octaves) (Callback song: Surabaya Santa)

About the director: Christopher Faison, a native of Norwich turned New Yorker, returns to the CSP in his directorial debut. Faison is an accomplished award winning singer/actor whose credits include The Book of Mormon, (Ensemble) and Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas). He was last seen on the CSP stage in his self-contained cabaret Next Year, Baby.





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