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‘Bubbling Brown Sugar’ – auditions at New Ballet Ensemble

Memphis Black Arts Alliance will hold auditions for “Bubbling Brown Sugar,” a musical revue show from Harlem’s golden days of black entertainment on Friday and Saturday, March 18-19. Memphis Black Arts Alliance will hold auditions for “Bubbling Brown Sugar,” a musical revue show from Harlem’s golden days of black entertainment on Friday and Saturday, March 18-19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and with callbacks on Sunday, March 20, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The location for auditions is New Ballet Ensemble, 2157 York Ave. Call 901-948-9522 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Those auditioning should be prepared to sing and dance and should wear dance attire to the audition.  Although there is tap dancing in the show, it is not necessary to know how to tap, but you must be able to move well enough to pick up tap dance steps. Ensemble cast members will also play multiple acting roles throughout the show.  Local celebrities will be asked to participate in walk-on roles.

Main Characters: John Sage/Rusty, African American, middle aged; Irene Paige, African American, middle aged; Checkers, African American, middle aged; Carolyn/Gospel Lady/Nightclub singer, African American; Jim, any ethnicity, 20’s-30’s; Ella, any ethnicity, 20’s-30’s; Charlie, Caucasian, 20’s-30’s; Judy, Caucasian female, 20’s-30’s; Ensemble, 4 men, 4 women, any ethnicity, various ages: teens-plus.

Those auditioning should choose a song from the show to sing for the audition -16 bars of an up-tempo and 16 bars of a ballad.  A partial song list includes: “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” / “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” (spirituals); “Sophisticated Lady” (Duke Ellington); “Stormy Monday Blues” (Earl Hines and Billy Eckstine); “Sweet Georgia Brown” (made famous by Count Basie); “Honeysuckle Rose” (made famous by Louis Armstrong); “I Got It Bad” (Duke Ellington); “God Bless The Child” (Billie Holliday); and “It Don’t Mean A Thing” (Duke Ellington).

Rehearsals will begin Saturday, March 26.  The Memphis Black Arts Alliance’s production of “Bubbling Brown Sugar” will be presented May 13-15 at the Evergreen Theatre located at 1705 Poplar Avenue.  Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

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