Hello and welcome to one of our shoutouts for projects casting around the UK. As always, there’s a mix of opportunities for all ages, abilities, and locations, but do remember to check if you fit the bill before applying. Although we make every attempt to verify castings before we hit publish, please ensure that you do your own research before firing off those headshots and Backstage links.
“Heart-scorching” musical Dear Evan Hansen has been winning over audiences and critics on Broadway, and it’s coming to London in 2019 and is casting now. Telling the story of a high school kid who has a tough time connecting before inadvertently becoming a social media sensation, the musical premiered in 2015 and moved into Broadway just a year later. The team are running two open calls ahead of opening at the Noel Coward, looking for talented actors with trained voices. Here’s a breakdown of the roles:
Leading role Evan Hansen is for a male actor of any ethnicity with a playing age of 17. He’s a smart, sincere yet cripplingly self-conscious high school senior. He’s afraid to step into the spotlight and risk ridicule or – worse still – not be noticed at all. Pop Tenor G2–B4 (bottom G to top B).
Alana Beck is for a female actor of any ethnicity with a playing age of 17. Earnest to a fault, prone to melodrama, Alana disguises her loneliness behind an aggressive friendliness. Pop Soprano F3–E5 (bottom of F to E two above middle C).
Connor Murphy is for a male actor of any ethnicity with a playing age of 17. An angry, disaffected loner, he’s an enigmatic troubled kid. Pop Bari/Tenor G2–G4 (bottom G to top G).
Zoe Murphy is for a female actor of any ethnicity with a playing age of 16. Sophisticated, with a sharp sense of humour, she couldn’t care less about high school popularity but feels a terrible ambivalence over her brother’s death. Pop Soprano F3–E5 (bottom F to E two above middle C).
Jared Kleinman is for a male actor of any ethnicity with a playing age of 17. Jared hides his insecurity with sarcasm and swaggering. Pop Tenor A2–B4 (bottom A to top B).
Rehearsals for Dear Evan Hansen start September 2019, with a first preview in November at the Noel Coward Theatre in London. All performers must be over 17 to audition.
The casting team are holding open auditions on 4 February in London and 18 February in Manchester.
Think you’re perfect for a role? Head over to the casting notice for more information and to apply now.
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