'MAGIC BIRD,' B'WAY
Tony Ponturo & Fran Kirmser (prods.) are casting Magic Bird. Eric Simonson, author; Thomas Kail, dir.; Maggie Brohn/Bespoke Theatricals LLC, general mgr.; Telsey + Company, Will Cantler, Karyn Casl, casting. Rehearsals begin Jan. 23, 2012; previews begin Feb. 27, 2012; open-ended run at a Broadway theater TBA in NYC.
SeekingóLarry Bird: male, late 20s-30s, Caucasian, an athlete, fiercely competitive, uncompromisingly honest, says what he thinks and wastes no words, despite international success he has a small-town suspicion of strangers and loyalty to friends, his laconic Southern farm boy demeanor conceals an intelligent man with a killer instinct, taller is good; Earvin "Magic" Johnson: male, late 20s-30s, African-American, an athlete, charismatic, energetic, and the life of the party, fiercely competitive, outgoing, gregarious, and a friend to everyone he meets, this man could sell ice cubes to the Eskimos, unlimited ambition, ego, and charm all in one package, taller is good; Red Auerbach/Tommy: male, late 40s-late 50s, Caucasian, one actor plays two roles including Auerbach, legendary Celtics coach and manager, tough and shrewd, born and raised in Brooklyn, with a cigar in his mouth, a raconteur, and Tommy, blue-collar sports-bar owner from Boston, obsessive sports fan; Frank/Cooper: male, late 20s-late 30s, African-American, one actor plays two roles including Frank, affable, smart, well-read Boston firefighter and sports fan, and Cooper, professional NBA player for the Lakers, one of Magic's best friends, a good guy, a smart player, and a family man, taller is good; Georgia Bird/Shelly: female, mid-40s to early 50s, Caucasian, one actor plays two roles including Georgia, Larry's mom, irresistibly honest, blunt, and charming, loves family, God, and basketball, has a wry wit, and is a fanatic about stats, and Shelly, working-class Boston bartender, tough and funny, some sex appeal, also seeking understudy for this role; Understudy for Johnson/Frank/Cooper/Willy/Baxter: male, late 20s-late 30s, to cover African-American characters, versatile, athletic, charming; Understudy for Bird/Auerbach/Tommy: male, 30s-early 40s, to cover Caucasian roles, versatile, athletic, gritty. Note: The following role is cast; auditioning performers will be considered as possible (emergency) replacements, should any become necessaryóWilly/Baxter: male, late 20s-late 30s, African-American, one actor plays two roles including Willy, fanatic Boston sports fan, except that he's a Magic fan (and a bit too loud about it when he's drinking), and Baxter, shrewd sports agent to Magic Johnson.
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