AUDITIONS A RED, HOT & COLE
TBR’s YAP will be doing a one-night benefit staged reading of RED HOT & COLE in our Studio on April 18th at 7:30pm, to celebrate the life and Music of Cole Porter, alongside our Capital Series production of ANYTHING GOES.
Red Hot & Cole celebrates the life of one of the great songwriting masters of this century. This two-act revue traces Cole’s career from Indiana to the world stages of New York, London, Paris and Venice, through his marriage, his friendships with the greats of his age and the tragic riding accident that crippled him in mid-career, physically, but not artistically. The show features over 25 Cole Porter standards, including “Night And Day”, “I Love Paris”, “Anything Goes”, “Let’s Do It”, “Miss Otis Regrets”, “Just One Of Those Things”, “In The Still Of The Night” and “My Heart Belongs To Daddy”
Actor 1: Cole Porter: Yearns for career success, weary of growing old. The life of the party. Elfin, rich, and eternally youthful. A lush who loves and revels in fame and fortune. Vocal Range Top: A5; Vocal range bottom: F
Actor 2: Paul: Cole’s caretaker and nurse after he is crippled. Obedient and polite. Young and attractive. Vocal range top: G5; Vocal range bottom: B
Actor 3: Clifton: A humorously cynical friend of Cole’s and an actor in Cole’s first Broadway show. George Kaufman: The famous playwright. Grumpy and anxious. Sam Katz: A crass Hollywood movie producer at MGM. Noel Coward: Famous playwright of the time and as much of a lush as Cole. He is good friends with Cole. Sophisticated and classy. Vocal Range Top; Vocal range bottom: B3
Actor 4: A photographer, theatergoer, and party guest. Vocal Range Top: D5; Vocal range bottom: B3
Actor 5: Moss Hart: A young composer who becomes a lifelong friend of Cole Porter. Not shy, but certainly more reserved than the others. Vocal Range Top: F5; Vocal range bottom: B3
Actor 6: Monty: Cole’s old friend from college. Loves to be the star of the party. Goetz: A theatre producer from New York who enlists Cole to write music for a new show. Vocal range top: F5; Vocal range bottom: B3
Waiter: A young and attractive waiter, he appears throughout the entirety of the revue serving the many party guests.
Actress 1: Elsa: A brassy, staunch force to be reckoned with. She is quick-witted. Huge supporter of Cole and his career. Ethel Merman: The infamous Broadway belter with a big personality and an even bigger voice. Feisty, sharp, and firm. Vocal range top: F5; Vocal range bottom: A3
Actress 2: Irene Castle, a party guest, and a theatergoer. Vocal range top: F5; Vocal range bottom: B3
Actress 3: Sara: A cynical friend of Cole’s in the early days in Paris. She dislikes Linda. Hedda Hopper: The nosey, blabber-mouthed Hollywood gossip columnist. Friendly and insincere. Bella: A charming, but tough as nails, producer who insists that Cole write the music to her new Broadway play. Vocal Range Top: B5: Vocal range bottom: B3
Actress 4: Linda: A rich Southern belle and socialite who falls in love and marries Cole. She is strong and can hold her own. Naturally beautiful and sophisticated. Vocal range top: F5; Vocal range bottom: F3
Actress 5: Bricktop: A delightful, young black actress and singer who Cole befriends. She is very talented and passionate about life. Vocal Range Top: G6; Vocal range bottom: G3
Actress 6: A Hollywood starlet, ballet dancer, and partygoer. Vocal Range Top: F5; Vocal range bottom: B3