Seeking musical theatre and rock singers for the Concept Cast Recording of MAD! This is a PAID, non-union/non-equity recording.
ALL AGES, RACES, AND TYPES ARE ENCOURAGED TO AUDITION.
Audition & Production Details
All performers are PAID. Amounts to be negotiated. Non-union/non-equity.
Recordings will take place in Houston, Texas. Out-of-area performers may need to travel to Houston or may be able to work with a professional studio local to them.
Due to concerns over COVID-19, all auditions have been moved online. Please submit a video or audio recording of one or two songs. See notes above about rep (most singers should submit a legit and a modern – pop or rock-influenced – musical theatre song). Please sing to an accompaniment or karaoke track or perform with a pianist/guitarist. Audio or video auditions should be uploaded to YouTube, Google Drive, or Dropbox. Then, fill out this form to submit your video links (be sure to set it to be viewable to anyone with the link) and information:
Deadline & Submission Issues:
Auditions recordings are being accepted through January 31, 2021. We may open another round of auditions for select roles after that if we are still searching for additional singers/actors for specific roles. Anyone who needs a slight extension on audition submission should contact us.
If you have trouble with the form, please email the links to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audition for these roles with a legit and a contemporary (pop-influenced) musical theatre song. Some roles require certain voice types, as noted below, so those interested in those roles should choose songs that reflect their abilities in those styles.
- BARKER – male, any age, a hard rock or heavy metal voice with flexibility to sing in a contemporary musical theatre style too
- HENRY – male, 20s-30s
- MABEL – female, 20-30s
- CASSANDRA – female, 30s-40s
- DR. SMITH – male, 30s-60s
- MRS. CRAGSMAN – female, 30s-40s
- HIGH INQUISITOR – male or female, 40s-70s
- BABOO – male, 30s-60s
- HENRIETTE – female, preteen
- DR. MOUNTEBANK – male, 30s-60s
- ENSEMBLE – all voice types
Vocal ranges are somewhat flexible, as some songs can be transposed to fit the singer. Ranges indicated are for the songs as originally composed. Parenthetical notes show optional extensions of the range, where that note is written, but there are alternate options in the score. (Male voices would sound, as usual, an octave lower than written.)
Use rhythmic speech (e.g., “Your Fault” from Into the Woods) or musical theatre rap (e.g., rapped portions of Hamilton) to show facility with rhythmic speech. Rap songs may also be used if they showcase acting abilities.
- JOHNNY – male, preteen (voice actors of any sex/age can audition if they can sound like a preteen boy), part is rhythmically spoken (use rap or musical theatre rap to audition for this) – see “Content Warning” below.
- DR. RORSCHACH – speaks in rhythm (use rhythmic speech for this
Callbacks will be on the songs from the show. Those selected for a callback will be sent a vocal score, rehearsal track, and backing tracks to prepare. For some roles, tracks can be requested in different keys.
The DSM is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the so-called Bible of Psychiatry. In this post-apocalyptic world, all books have been destroyed, but inhabitants of the world have managed to assemble from the fragments the complete first and second editions of the DSM (books originally published in the 1950s-1960s). In this world, the two volumes of the Deus M, as they call it, are holy texts, where the more diagnoses you have (the madder you are), the higher your caste. Young people are IQ (Insanity Quotient) tested to determine their worth, and if they turn up neurotic, schizoid, or even gay – anything listed in the DSM II – you can ascend to a higher caste.
The musical follows four stories as they make their way through this world:
THE YOUNG SAVANT
Young Johnny Cragsman is IQ (Insanity Quotient) tested and isn’t mad at all (he’s a “normie”). His mother, Mrs. Cragsman, determined to get her son a better life, works with a crooked doctor to dose her son with psychotics. The drugs work a little too well, and Johnny’s madness threatens to rival that of Baboo, the craziest man alive, who travels the world with his hype man, the Barker, in a spectacular and lucrative show.
THE HOPEFUL COUPLE
Henry has too low an IQ (Insanity Quotient) for Mabel to date him. Henry decides to go to gay conversion therapy to become gay, so that his IQ will go up. But when he’s retested, he far outstrips Mabel’s IQ, granting him access to Menta, the elite society for the most insane.
THE TRUE BELIEVER
Dr. Smith, a Psychiapriest, works tirelessly to assemble the third edition of the Deus M, only to find his path to sharing the completed volume blocked by the High Inquisitor. This leaves him questioning everything he believed to be true.
THE NIGHTCLUB SINGER
Cassandra, a singer in a nightclub for normies, lost her son when she tried to dose him to improve his IQ (Insanity Quotient). She makes it her mission to prevent other families from making the same mistake, if only someone will believe her.
The musical takes place in a dystopic world where all religious belief, prejudice, and caste are centered around the celebration of insanity, as defined in the first two editions of the DSM. The musical contains sexually explicit content, expletives, and content that could be perceived as mocking Judeo-Christian religions (since, to the inhabitants of this world, the Bible and the stories it contains would sound quite foreign and strange). You will be able to indicate on the audition form if you’d like to not be considered for roles where either of these could be an issue.