Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

Hello and welcome from Marriott Theatre!

Please read all audition information before submitting!

Click the character name(s) to view all scenes and music. These will be due by Saturday, December 31st by 11:59PM CST. Late submissions will be considered up until Wednesday, January 4th by 11:59PM CST. Please submit via our google form: for EPA: https://forms.gle/i3ME8ihuJjQopgY68 and for ECC: https://forms.gle/bAEp4rpf3S4WSW3e9. Videos must be received as an unlisted Youtube link or Vimeo link. We are looking for understudies for every role.

In-person callbacks will be in Lincolnshire, IL during the days of Monday, January 30th, 2023. Please indicate on the form if you are not available during those days. All cast members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to appear at an in-person callback and be cast in the show.  “Fully vaccinated,” as defined by the CDC, is more than 14 calendar days following receipt of a final dose of an FDA or World Health Organization authorized or approved vaccine.

If you have questions, please email Sana Selemon at Sana.Selemon@MarriottTheatre.com.

First day of rehearsal: June 1st, 2023 (rehearsals are typically Mondays-Saturdays, 10am to 6pm, six days a week)

First Preview: June 21st, 2023

Opening: June 28th, 2023 (Show schedule: Wednesday-Sunday with two shows on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday)

Closing: August 13th, 2023

Director: Amber Mak

Musical Director: Matt Deitchman

Artistic Director: Peter Marston Sullivan

Executive Producer: Peter Blair

Artistic Assistant: Sana Selemon

DIRECTOR NOTE:

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story is a high-energy, fast paced show honoring the story and legacy of the prolific, young singer/songwriter Buddy Holly told through the lens of a radio show, honoring the young star.  He was ahead of his time in many ways and his legacy lives on in Rock ‘n’  Roll. He made history performing at the famous Apollo Theatre in 1957. He was determined and passionate and when he knew what he wanted in music or love, he went after it, no matter what barriers existed.  Uncompromising in his beliefs and music, his passion drove him to stardom. 

This version of the show will be performed without an intermission and we will build the show around the talents of the performers. Each person should be an excellent musician but most importantly, an excellent collaborator, as we will work to create this ensemble show together and honor the legacy of Buddy Holly. 

There will be doubling of certain characters, however, what is listed in the breakdown is a suggestion of how that doubling could work. We are open to building different tracks based off of the talent and instruments of the performers. 


MUSIC DIRECTOR NOTE:

While this show is about real musicians that had their own unique style, we don't want you to feel tied to imitating original recordings of material. We encourage you to stay true to general rockabilly vocal stylings in your submission. Actors of all vocal ranges are welcome to submit for any role.

A note about casting (adopted from language with consent originally created by Kevin Kantor and Emily Trarquin of Actors Theatre of Louisville):

Most characters we encounter currently are on the binary and are written with he/him or she/her pronouns and you will see that in the following character descriptions. However limiting the descriptions are, our casting seeks to be inclusive as possible and we invite gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender, and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with. We will also list race/ethnicity when specific to the character but are otherwise seeking all races and ethnicities. Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or if there are any accommodations we can provide.

 We are currently not able to transpose audition music at the moment but are open to performers singing the role that they’re most vocally comfortable with. If the song doesn’t showcase you at your best, you can submit another song in the world of the show.

We also welcome performers with disabilities to submit. Please reach out to Sana Selemon at Sana.Selemon@MarriottTheatre.com or 847-465-1326 ex. 1 if you have any questions or access needs. 

 

ROLES (if you do not have access to a reader, please submit a monologue in the style of the show)

All sides located here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/s6r9xjbkyg50pyy/AAADrhvZ6HFIIy7uXONubM9Ya?dl=0.

AUDITION MUSIC FOR ALL ROLES:

Please submit a brief (60 seconds) cut of an early rock & roll/rockabilly song of your choice, accompanying yourself if possible. If you don't have your own song or don't play a rhythm section instrument, please feel free to sing the provided cut of 'Oh Boy' in your preferred key. Additionally, if you play any non-rhythm section instruments (or if your audition song doesn't show full skill level), please include any additional short clips (30 seconds or less) demonstrating proficiency.

Actors of all vocal ranges are welcome to submit for any role.

All music located here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2ykns9tv4ip44hv/AABuDXsv_t6CIW6RFGk87VpJa?dl=0.

EPA

Buddy Holly

Singer-songwriter and star from Lubbock, Texas. Buddy is intelligent, charismatic, with an insatiable drive and passion. Must play guitar, sing, and act and have a feel for Rock n’ Roll. Must play an instrument at an expert level.

Instrument(s): Guitar

Ritchie Valens/Decca Producer/Radio Engineer

Latinx. Baritenor. Singer/actor/musician with great energy to carry the song “La Bamba” as well as ensemble roles throughout the show. Ritchie Valens was only 17 years of age when he performed on the night of the plane crash.

Instrument(s): Must play electric guitar expertly. Additional interest in horns (trumpet, trombone, alto, or tenor sax). 

Joe Maudlin

Double bass player from Lubbock, Texas. Serious, square young man with musical ability. Must be able to sing and act.

Instrument(s): Electric and upright bass expertly

Jerry Allison

Irrepressible, cheeky guy with musical ability. Must be able to sing and act and play the drums at an expert level.

Instrument(s): Drums 

Hipockets Duncan/Big Bopper

Hipockets: An exuberant hometown radio DJ from Lubbock, Texas with an air of authority and a keen sense of humor. Must be able to sing and have the ability to play a musical instrument at an expert level.

Big Bopper: Baritone. A former DJ, he is a Texan with an irrepressible larger-than-life character. Must have the ability to play a musical instrument at an expert level.

Instrument(s): Particularly interested in horns (trumpet, trombone, alto or tenor sax). Guitars are also of interest.

Norman Petty/Murray Duetch/MC/English DJ

A record producer from Clovis, New Mexico with a business-like manner and a love of making records. Must be able to act and have the ability to play a musical instrument at an expert level.

Instrument(s): Particularly interested in horns (trumpet, trombone, alto, or tenor sax).

Vi Petty/Hayrider/Jingles Singer

The wife of Norman Petty. Vi must be able to sing and act, and have exceptional Rock ‘n’ Roll keyboard ability.

Instrument(s): Must play piano expertly.

Maria Elena Santiago/Hayrider/Jingles Singer

Latinx. Independent and strong, she is classy and well-educated. Must be able to sing, act, and play an instrument at an expert level.

Instrument(s): Particularly interested in violin or guitar, but horns (trumpet/trombone/alto sax/tenor sax) also an option.

ECC

Jack Daw/Hayrider/Decca Producer/English DJ/Other Ensemble Roles/Guitar Tech/4th Cricket 

Mostly playing roles under the age of 25. Must be able to sing and have the ability to play a multitude of roles and musical instruments. The show will be defined around the talent which is available and cast. 

Instrument(s): Must play either electric guitar or acoustic bass at an expert level.

Shirley/Hayrider/Jingles Singer 

Must be able to sing and have the ability to play a multitude of roles and musical instruments. The show will be defined around the talent which is available and cast. 

Instrument(s): Must play an instrument at an expert level. Particularly interested in violin or guitar, but horns (trumpet/trombone/alto sax/tenor sax) are also an option.

Apollo Singer/Jingles Singer

Black Woman. Must have the ability to hold the stage on her own. Key song “Shout”. Must have good comic timing and be able to act, and the ability to play a musical instrument at an expert level.

Instrument(s): Particularly interested in horns (trumpet, trombone, alto, or tenor sax). 

Apollo Singer/Denzel/DJs

Black Man. Must have the ability to hold the stage on his own. Key song “Party”. Must have good comic timing and be able to act, and the ability to play a musical instrument at an expert level.

Instrument(s): Particularly interested in horns (trumpet, trombone, alto or tenor sax). Guitars are also of interest.

Seeking understudies for all roles with the following skills:

Must play an instrument at an expert level: Electric Guitar, Electric and Acoustic Bass, Drums, Piano, Violin, Horns (trumpet/trombone/alto sax/tenor sax).

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