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You Can Be Robin Williams' Broadway Understudy

Robin williams on broadway Comedian Robin Williams will make his Broadway acting debut next year in the title role in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. And you can audition to be his Broadway understudy!

The production requires a middle-aged man to understudy Robin Williams as the Tiger, who is described as "scrappy, ragged, and tired, but still frightening and dangerous. His better years are long gone. Underneath the rough exterior, there is a deep sadness and a satirical wit and humor."

Set during the early days of the Iraq War after the fall of Saddam Hussein, the new play by Rajiv Joseph is a dark and violent drama that "throws two homesick soldiers, a tormented Iraqi, and a brooding tiger together into a revelatory situation that is both hysterical and macabre, soul-wrenching and lyrical."

Auditions will be held Dec. 17 in NYC. Read the casting notice for Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo below or online at BackStage.com, or pick up a copy of this week's upcoming Dec. 9-15 print issue of Back Stage for more info. (Only members of Actors' Equity may attend these auditions.)

'BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO,' B'WAY

MelCap Casting is casting understudies for Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. Robyn Goodman, Kevin McCollum & Jeffrey Seller, prods.; Rajiv Joseph, writer; Moises Kaufman, dir. Rehearsals begin Feb. 14, 2011; runs March 11-July 2011 on Broadway in NYC.

Seeking—Tiger Understudy: male, mid-40s to early 60s, scrappy, ragged, tired, but still frightening and dangerous, his better years are long gone, underneath the rough exterior there is a deep sadness and a satirical wit and humor, understudy covers Robin Williams; Musa/Uday/Iraqi Man Understudy: male, 30s, one actor covers this track including Musa, former Iraqi gardener turned war translator, innately humble, honest, with a kind spirit, his anger and thirst for justice over the horrors that have befallen his family threaten to shatter his seemingly unbreakable patience and tolerance, Uday, Saddam Hussein's cocky and heartless son, and Iraqi Man, level-headed Iraqi citizen who allows himself to be submissive and compliant to save his family. Note: Most positions have been cast with performers who participated in a previous production; seeking actors for the above available understudy positions.

Equity principal auditions will be held Dec. 17, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. & 2-6 p.m. at Pearl Studios NYC, 500 Eighth Ave., 12th fl., NYC. Sides will be provided at the audition. Bring pix & résumés, stapled together. $1,653 min./wk. Equity Broadway/Production Contract.

Bengal tiger at baghdad zoo_poster (Sorry, no details are available as to whether actors must be as hairy as Mr. Williams.)

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo opens March 11, 2011 on Broadway. The play first ran at the Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles, and was a Pultizer Prize finalist. Moisés Kaufman, who directed those premiere productions in L.A., returns as director of the Broadway production.

-- Daniel Lehman

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