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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Auditions: Neil Simon’s ‘45 Seconds from Broadway’



Bergen County Players (BCP) of Oradell,  one of America's foremost theater groups, will hold open auditions for Neil Simon’s "45 Seconds from Broadway," which will have performance dates from October 25 to November 15. Auditions will take place at the Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, NJ on July 7 and 8.

Directed by Iris Weinhouse, "45 Seconds from Broadway" is Neil Simon’s
affectionate look at the “Polish Tea Room”, the nickname the Broadway
community has given to the thoroughly unpretentious coffee shop of the Hotel Edison, with outlandish characters interacting throughout numerous hilarious plotlines that are woven together with Borscht Belt Humor.

Open Auditions (in order of arrival):
Monday, July 7 at 7:30pm
Tuesday, July 8 at 7:30pm
Callbacks (by invitation only):
Thursday, July 10 at 7:30pm
Performance Dates October 25 thru November 15, 2014
Bergen County Players 298 Kinderkamack Rd, Oradell, NJ 07649

Please note: The age ranges listed are the characters' ages, not necessarily the ages of the actors.
Mickey Fox - 60ish, vigorous and alert - Jewish Comedian with strong
New York accent – always “on”
Andrew Duncan - 50-60 – British theatrical agent who adores Mickey –
British accent
Bernie – 70+ owner of the coffee shop – Polish/Yiddish accent - good
natured – schmoozer – but don”t fool with him
Zelda – 70 – his wife – Polish/Yiddish accent – big hearted - always
trying to help starving actors – loves to cook
Megan Woods – 20’s - fresh from the Midwest to make it big on
Broadway. Sweet and very naïve
Solomon Mantutu – 20-30 African American – South African accent – shy
and deferential – hoping to be a playwright
Rayleen – 50s+  -  thinks of herself as the “Grand Dame” (think Norma
Desmond) – lives is in a different world
Charles – 60s her husband – very quiet – but understands his wife’s problems
Arleen and Cindy 40-50 – typical suburban housewives – come into the
city to enjoy the theatre but they are like a Greek chorus commenting
on the state of the theater. Need good comic timing
Bessie – 40+ - African American – warm - an old “friend “ of Mickey”s
– has been around the theater for a long time but is passionate about it
Harry Fox – 60s – Mickey’s older brother – New York accent - tired of
living in Mickey’s shadow.

If you have any difficulties with these dates, want more information about the roles or need a copy of the script, please contact the producer, Paul Reitnauer III at

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