Off the Record XV would like to make your musical theater dreams come true. All you have to do is say, “Sure.” Or “OK.” We’ll even accept a nod that translates to, “Sign me up.”
As most of you know, this annual musical satire is co-produced by the Newspaper Guild and SAG-AFTRA, the two unions that report the real news but on this occasion spoof the news and newsmakers of the past year. It’s sort of like gridiron shows in other cities. Beneficiaries include the Guild scholarship fund but mainly the Food Bank, for whom we’ve raised more than $400,000 in 14 years.
This year’s show takes off from “Birdman,” but in ” ‘Burgh Man,” it’s the mayor who meets his wacko alter ego and the two then bumble through this city we love. The songs are based on familiar show and pop tunes. All the writing is by Guild members and the major roles are played by professional actors, but we need others for the smaller roles and the ensemble, which always has a lot to do. Last year’s cast included David Shribman, Hugh McGough and half of City Council. Click here to see past performances.
Did I say it’s fun? It is. Rehearsals are weeknights starting Sept. 8, with an Oct 7 preview and Oct. 8 performance. You don’t have to be able to act, sing and dance – a small amount of any one is sufficient.
If you’re interested, talk to Sharon Eberson (firstname.lastname@example.org, Greg Victor (email@example.com), or founders Gary Rotstein (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Chris Rawson (email at email@example.com, not PG email).