Tuesday July 23, 2019

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Broadway Hopefuls Using Online Audition Tapes to Attract Casting Directors

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Actors with dreams of performing on the Broadway stage can now get their chance from all over the world, as more casting directors are accepting audition tapes via YouTubeSkype and other video platforms.  Though formal online casting calls are still rare and a breakout star has yet to be discovered online, more directors have been looking online for new talent.  For the upcoming 2012 Broadway revival of “Annie,” 320 actresses have auditioned by video, 20 of which have been selected by casting director Bernard Telsey for in-person auditions, according to The New York Times.

Director of the “Annie” revival, James Lapine, told the Times that the videos are helpful because many young actors are nervous when performing at live auditions.  Some, like Bartlett Sher, director of the upcoming “Funny Girl” revival, is skeptical of the videos.  “You just don’t know how many takes the performers did to get their perfect audition tape,” he said.

The New York Times