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Production: 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' (See all 6 roles)

Levee (Supporting)

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Casting "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom."

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Male, ages 30-40, African Descent, African American

Role Description

Levee: (Supporting) youngest member of the band and unapologetically arrogant. His flamboyance is sometimes subtle and sneaks up on you. His temper is rakish and bright. Intelligent and calculating--able to shift control of the situation to his grasp. He plays trumpet. His voice is strident and dependent on manipulation of his breath. Not above selling his soul and his "history" to the devil to get ahead. He is less interested in blues and the past and more interested in moving to the future--jazz and pomp and city life. He can write music but is not interested in being a sideman--wants to be a band leader. Plays trumpet in Ma's band--music will be recorded, but skill in this instrument would be a plus. Needs to have rhythm and be able to dance--his character sings, but more early jazz than straight blues.


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