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2019 Casting Breakdown

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PRODUCER: Ellen Engle




COMPOSERS: Lin-Manuel Miranda

LYRICISTS: Lin-Manuel Miranda

BOOK: Quiara Alegria Hudes



OPENING: 6-21-19

CLOSING: 7-14-19


USNAVI DE LA VEGA (20-30 Latino Male) Owner of the neighborhood bodega, he is the eyes and ears of his neighborhood in Washington Heights. Youthful, awkward, sincere. From the Dominican Republic. Urban, articulate, funny, harbors a crush on the girl who works in the salon next door. Not a “cool stud.” Narrator. Must sing very well, be an excellent rapper and move very well.

NINA ROSARIO (20-25 Latina Female) Fresh, smart college student going to Sanford. Brave and strong but emotional and conflicted. She isl the “star” of the neighborhood and the daughter of Kevin and Camilia Rosario. Nina is the only member of her family and friends who made it to college. She represents the opportunity outside of “the heights.” Demanding role vocally.  Strong belt/ mix to an E. Must be an excellent mover.

KEVIN ROSARIO (40-50 Latino Male) Owner of Rosario Car and Limousine, Kevin is a husband to Camilia, father to Nina and was born in Puerto Rico. Traditional, hard-working Latin father, over-protective, loving, but also has a temper and can be quick to act without thoughts of repercussions. Must be a strong singer and excellent actor.

CAMILIA ROSARIO (40-50 Latina Female) The smart, caring “business” half of the Rosarios. She takes care of the bills and business, is cool headed and has a subtle but strong leash on her husband. Dynamic singing actress who moves well.

BENNY (20-30 Non-Latino Male, preferably African American) Strong, smart, masculine and works at Rosarios Car and Limo. Very ambitious, urban, and full of big dreams. Handsome, bright, and harbors a crush on the “boss’s daughter.” Must be a strong singer, good dancer and strong actor/rapper

VANESSA (20-30 Latina Female) Sexy, hardened, stylist at the local salon. Has a troubled home life, wishes to get out and into something better. Tired of all the whistles and catcalls, looking for a true love. Beautiful, ethnic, but definitely American. Strong belt/ mix to an E. Must be strong dancer.

SONNY (18-25 Latino Male) Young, smart-alecky, wise-craking cousin to Usnavi. Tough and smart Dominican, has big plans for himself and his neighborhood. Passionate to solve the social and economic problems of the city, he is someone that needs guidance or risks ending up a street punk. Strong comic actor, must be a good rapper and a strong mover. Must be able to play a youthful teenager.

ABUELA CLAUDIA (50-60 Latina Female) Sweet, caring, and supportive Cuban matriarch of the neighborhood. Takes care of all the young people, and regularly plays the lottery. A wise woman with strength, passion, and a long memory. A powerful actress, singer and story-teller. Strong belt to a C.

DANIELA (25-40 Latina Female) Sassy Puerto Rican owner of the local hair and nail salon. Loves to gossip, has a tough exterior, but enjoys being “The Boss.” Her salon rent keeps going up, so, sadly she is moving to the Bronx. Great comedy chops and timing. Think Miranda Priestly meets Sofia Vergara. Must be a strong actress.  Must move well.

CARLA (20-30 Latina Female) Bubbly, funny, side-kick to Daniela. Very sweet and religious. Supportive friend to the salon trio. She is a pure, sweet, innocent, and loving woman who is devoted to her family and friends though she is easily taken advantage of because of her naivety. She and Daniela are best friends. Strong belt mix. Should be an excellent dancer and will be part of the ensemble

GRAFFITI PETE (20-30 Any ethnicity Male) Young, urban, slick graffiti artist of the neighborhood. Slightly shady, but with a good heart. He doesn’t see his “art” as a bad thing, wants to make a difference while making a living. Must be an excellent hip-hop or break dancer. Acro a plus and must sing well. Will also be part of the ensemble.

PIRAGUA GUY (20-25 Any ethnicity Male) he walks the hot and humid streets of Washington Heights selling piraguas (flavored ice shavings) to earn a living. He represents a rhythm of the islands in the big city. Bright, soaring tenor. Must also dance well and part of the ensemble

(20-40, Any ethnicity) Interesting, diverse and well-rounded people of the community. All shapes and sizes. As important as any of the principals, these people have stories of their own. Bring your strength, your vulnerability, your history, your humor and your love and pride from your ancestors. Must be excellent part singers and be able to dance hip-hop/contemporary styles. Acrobatics are a plus.



PRODUCER: Ellen Engle

DIRECTOR: David Alpert

BOOK: Paul Slade Smith



OPENING: 8-2-19

CLOSING: 8-10-19


Eric Sheridan (Male, 25-35) A bookish, even-keeled police officer who's thrown into some difficult situations--while not wearing any pants.

Billie Dwyer (Female, 20-35) A police officer. Eric's partner. Although she seems to lack every skill needed for police work, she is enthusiastic and eager to succeed.

Karen Brown (Female, 25-40) An accountant who usually has a very professional demeanor, but seems unable to keep herself in control today.

Mayor Meekly (Male, 50-70) A sweet, gentle fellow, who seems very Innocent (with a capital I)

Agent Frank (Male, 25-40) Town Hall head of Security. Although he can seem confident and even gruff, in moments of crisis he is easily reduced to a very frightened man

Todd: Male (40-50) Speaks with a pronounced Scottish accent. A professional hit man whose accent gets thicker the angrier he gets, until he's completely indecipherable.

Mary Meekly (Female, 50-70) The Mayor's wife. Small statured, she seems very sweet natured, and a good match for her husband the mayor.



PRODUCER: Ellen Engle


MUSIC DIRECTOR: Brendon Hollins

COMPOSER: Steven Lutvak

LYRICISTS: Robert L Freedman and Steven Lutvak

BOOK: Robert L. Freedman



OPENING: 8-16-19

CLOSING: 9-1-19


THE D’YSQUITH FAMILY (30s – mid 50s Male) Must be an experienced, skilled, and transformational comedic actor who has a superb grasp on British farce. Physical comedy and stamina is a necessity. Needs to be a decent singer, but more importantly must be able to carry a musical comedy without an ounce of hesitation. Plays all 8 characters from the same family, ranging from an off-kilter priest to a closeted bee enthusiast to a lowly custodian (each of them intrinsic “English types”).
MONTY NAVARRO (Mid 20s – 30s Male) Handsome and effortlessly charming, clever and charismatic, vulnerable and endearing, with a highly developed appreciation for life’s ironies. Monty is the engine of the plot; must be able to command attention and draw the audience in. While he is intent on killing off the entire family tree, he must have a winning charm that would garner anybody’s trust. High baritone with a strong top; solid low A to high A.
SIBELLA (20s – mid 30s Female) Sexy, flirtatious, narcissistic, willful, calculating, and irresistible. A social climber, yes, but also truly loves Monty, and in the end would do anything to protect him. Tremendous wit and high style.  Strong mover. Character mezzo, low F# to high A, belting not required.

PHOEBE (Early 20s – early 30s Female) Beautiful, virtuous, forthright, romantic, comically earnest, with a backbone of steel. She is not your typical ingénue. Actress must have a sense of irony and humor, in addition to a youthful innocence behind her sophistication. Coloratura soprano up to a high sustained C# with an optional high Eb. Very flexible and agile, B below middle C on the bottom.

WOMAN #1 (30s – 50s Female)Plays MISS SHINGLE, a Cockney housekeeper/governess who has served a wealthy, titled family for 30 years. Storytelling is paramount for her role.  Also plays TOUR GUIDE, as well as PUB OWNER’S WIFE, MRS. PEBWORTH, 3RD NEWSBOY. Seeking a character woman. Mezzo soprano, G to high A.
WOMAN #2 (30s – late 40s Female) Plays LADY EUGENIA, an unhappily married countess. Overbearing and mean spirited at times, but comically so. Must be highly adept at the biting quip and the withering glare. Also plays MISS HETHERINGTON, and 4TH NEWSBOY. Low F# to high A.
WOMAN #3 (Mid 20s – mid 30s Female) Plays MISS BARLEY, an alluring artist model. Also plays SIBELLA’S MAID, HYACINTH COLLEAGUE, PHOEBE’S MAID, HILDA. Covers SIBELLA and PHOEBE. G to high C.
MAN #1 (20s – mid 30s Male) Appealing and attractive. Plays TOM COPLEY (aka FARMER), as well as 2ND CLERK, HYACINTH COLLEAGUE, 2ND NEWSBOY, ACTOR, ANCESTRAL BUST, DR. PETTIBONE, and GUARD. High baritone with a strong top; solid low A to high A. This actor covers MONTY.
MAN #2 (Early 30s – 40s Male) A versatile and appealing character man. Plays DETECTIVE PINCKEY, who has a featured number. Also plays 1ST CLERK, PUB OWNER, MR. CROSS, 1ST NEWSBOY, 1ST ACTOR, PHYSICIAN, and 2ND ANCESTRAL BUST. Bass, low C to high G#. This actor will be a cover for THE D’YSQUITH FAMILY.
MAN #3 (Mid 20s – 40s) A character man. Plays THE MAGISTRATE, as well as MR. GOODSALL, ACTOR, and MR. GORBY. THE MAGISTRATE has a featured number with DETECTIVE PINCKEY. True tenor. B flat to high B flat.