On The Town Character Breakdown

All roles are open and unpaid. In partnership with RMT’s diversity consultant, the production team is committed to identity- and color-conscious casting in order to assemble a group of performers of diverse races, ethnicities, gender identities, and body types. RMT is committed to engaging with production teams who reflect our values and seek to include artists with diverse lived experiences. The production team for On The Town has experience working with performers of diverse body types, skin tones, hair textures, ages, disabilities, and skill levels and seeks to create a welcoming environment for every artist who enters the space.
Specific questions regarding casting and audition procedures can be directed to ottproductionteam@r-m-t.org
Gabey
18-25; all types. Idealistic, hopeless romantic, naïve. Falls in love with a picture of Ivy Smith and is determined to meet her; he spends the night in search of a perfect moment with Ivy as he imagines her to be. Must be likeable in spite of his naivete. Vocal requirement: Baritone (Bb2-G3). Dance requirement: minimal; if actor is a dancer then he will be heavily featured in dance numbers.
 
Ivy
18-25; all types. Prematurely world-weary; has lofty goals but is unsure how to attain them. Works as an exotic dancer while studying performing. Won the Miss Turnstiles competition for the month of June; desperately wants to live up to her public image. Must be charming and warm. Vocal requirement: Mezzo-Soprano (C4-G5). Dance requirement: Very advanced in ballet and musical theater styles. Heavy solo and partner work – this is primarily a dance role. 
 
Ozzie
25-35; all types. Worldly and filled with unearned confidence. Fun-loving, excitable, and loyal; gets carried away easily. Spends the day with Claire as they evade her fiancé. Must be able to maintain high energy. Vocal requirement: Baritone (F2-G3). Dance requirement: minimal; typical musical theater movement. 
 
Claire de Loon
30-40; all types. Extremely bright; working on an anthropology text for a museum. Single-minded; at times her laser focus is centered on men. Engaged to Judge Bridgeworth in a “purely intellectual relationship” as she unsuccessfully tries to tame her inner urges. Nerdy but fun-loving.  Must be able to play dry comedy. Vocal requirement: Soprano (C4-C6). Dance requirement: minimal; typical musical theater movement.
 
Chip
22-30; any race. Preferably smaller build. Inexperienced and small-town; experiencing a city for the first time. Woefully unprepared for urban experiences. Kind-hearted and easily swept off his feet by Hildy, with whom he spends most of the night canoodling. Strong physical comedic ability required. Vocal requirement: Baritone (Bb2-G3). Dance requirement: decent mover; must be excellent with physical comedy.
 
Hildy
25-30; any race. Larger build; full-bodied. Strong, confident, and sexy. A terrible cab driver. Low-brow, flies by the seat of her pants; impulsive. She knows what she wants and how to get it. Must have excellent comic timing. Vocal requirement: Mezzo-Soprano (A3-G5). Dance requirement: decent mover; must be excellent with physical comedy.
 
Judge Pitkin W. Bridgeworth
40-60; all types. Generous to a fault; compassionate and understanding; spends most of the show allowing himself to be Claire’s doormat. Straight-laced and seemingly incapable of indiscretion. Vocal requirement: Bass A2-D3. Dance requirement: Minimal to none.
 
Lucy Schmeeler
30-50; all types. Easily bossed around by roommate Hildy; doesn’t pick up on social cues. Easygoing. Spends the evening trying unsuccessfully to join in the fun. Requires great comic delivery. Vocal requirement: Minimal to none. Dance requirement: Minimal to none.
 
Madame Dilly/Diana Dreams/Dolores Dolores
45-70; all types. Bitter, washed-up alcoholic and totally incompetent singing teacher to Ivy. Moonlights as a lounge singer at local dive bars. Manipulates Ivy for money. Must have excellent comedic instincts. Vocal requirement: Mezzo C4-E3 Dance requirement: Minimal to none.
 
Emcee
Any age, any gender, all types. Strong presence and command of the stage. Ability to bring life to narrative dialogue. Strong speaking voice. Plays a number of different announcer/emcee characters throughout the show. Vocal requirement: Minimal to none. Dance requirement: Minimal to none.
 
Mr. Uperman
Any age, all types. Hildy’s fussy boss at the cab stand. Ensemble acting feature. Vocal requirement: Minimal to none. Dance requirement: Minimal to none.
 
Waldo Figment
60+, all types. Curator of the Museum of Natural History. Perpetually exasperated. Ensemble acting feature. Vocal requirement: Minimal to none. Dance requirement: Minimal to none.
 
Little Old Lady
65+, all types. Extremely sensitive to destruction of public property. Ensemble acting feature. Vocal requirement: Minimal to none. Dance requirement: Minimal to none.
 
Flossie and friend
20-35, all types. Gossipy types who work in an office. Ensemble acting feature. Vocal requirement: Minimal to none. Dance requirement: Moderate.
 
Featured dancers
Various ensemble roles which will be heavily featured in pas de deux choreography, solo moments, and/or small group featurettes. Vocal requirement: Varied. Dance requirement: Very advanced ballet and musical theater styles; comfortable working with a dance partner. 
 
Featured vocalists
Various ensemble roles which will be featured in quartets, solos, and/or small groups. Vocal requirement: Varied strong singers. Dance requirement: Varied.
 
Ensemble
Various roles as denizens of Manhattan and Coney Island, characters in Gabey’s dreams, performers at Carnegie Hall, showgirls at clubs classy and not-so-classy, waitstaff, bartenders, police, etc. Ensemble is featured throughout the show with a great deal of stage time. Vocal requirement: Varied. Dance requirement: Varied.