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Top Gun! The Musical

Top Gun! The Musical

Victoria, Australia

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TOP GUN! THE MUSICAL
Book and Lyrics by Denis McGrath, Music by Scott White
Inspired, in part, by "Top Gun" Screenplay by Jim Cash & Jack Epps, Jr.

Singing. Satire. Subtext. All at Mach 3! If you see only one musical comedy about mounting a mega-musical based on the movie Top Gun, make it Top Gun! The Musical. You'll laugh. You'll hum. You'll believe a jet can fly!

For anyone who's ever cringed through Cats, felt the need for speed, or wondered "who thought that would be a good idea?", comes this new satirical musical. Writer Billy Palmer is about to crash and burn. His musical adaptation of Top Gun is going off the rails and he really needs a hit ... especially after the debacle of Apocalypse Wow! Instead, he's saddled with a quarrelling cast, a shady ex-Special Forces producer, and a bit of bad luck. Now if only everyone would stop singing!

Top Gun! The Musical originally premiered during the Toronto Fringe in 2002 and was nominated for multiple Dora Awards, including Outstanding New Musical. At the time it premiered in New York in 2004, it was still the most successful production in Toronto Fringe History.

In 2004, Top Gun! The Musical was selected to be part of the Inaugural New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF – “NYMF was honored with a 2013 Drama Desk Award recognizing its first decade of creating and nurturing new musical theatre, ensuring the future of this essential art form”.) The first season of NYMF featured new musicals by Stephen Schwartz, Avenue Q's Marx and Lopez and Chicago's Kander and Ebb - Top Gun! The Musical was in with the best. It was remounted in 2012 in Toronto and ran once again in the US in Florida and in Texas.

Following successful runs in North America, Salty Theatre is bringing the show back to life and to Australia for the first time ever, premiering at Chapel Off Chapel as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival! Salty Theatre is a new Melbourne based company, co-founded by Melbourne theatre, dance and cabaret veteran Sarahlouise Younger and Canadian theatre and screen vet Ashley Taylor. Their first production, the Australian Premiere of People Suck: A Musical Airing of Grievances, had a hilarious and successful first run at The Butterfly Club this past March.

PLEASE NOTE
The nature of the backstage setting of the show means that each of the actors is playing both the comic-book, TOP GUN! Larger than life version of their characters from the show-within-the-show, and the actor that plays them in the ensemble.

All actors must have terrific comedic timing and strong voices. Note that this production will be accompanied by piano only, as part of the show-within-the-show, and actors WILL NOT BE MIC’D. Note that in terms of the music in the show, the style is very much musical comedy. The actors in the Top Gun! show (within the show) work very hard at all times to make it as awesome as possible, but the reality is it’s a bad show so some of the musical numbers are ‘bad’ musical numbers executed with great fervor and passion. They are trying their damndest to make it good!

Auditions will be held from 10am to 6pm on Sat 8 June in Hawthorn

Please select two musical theatre songs, one must be comedic. Please bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. Please do not bring a backing track. You may be asked to read from the script on the day.

We are looking for strength of comedic acting first and foremost, we can make adjustments for vocal stylings so if you're unsure about vocal ranges but you feel the role is right, please go ahead and submit.

Top Gun! The Musical will run for two nights only, Sat 21 Sept and Sun 22 of Sept, as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival as an Australian premiere and test run for the show. Dependent upon the success of the run, we will look at the possibility of mounting the show again at a later date.

Creative Team
Produced by: Salty Theatre
Co-Directors: Sarahlouise Younger and Ashley Taylor
Musical Director: David Youings

Audition / Rehearsal / Production dates

Rehearsals begin July 15

Mon & Wed 7:00pm to 10:30pm

Sundays 9am-1pm on July 21, 28 August 4

1pm -5pm on August 11, 18, 25 September 1, 8, 15

Performances: 7:30pm Sept 21 & 6:30pm Sept 22

Job payment

This job is unpaid - This production is a profit share so unfortunately we cannot guarantee any pay at this time.


"Maverick"

Any ethnicity. The actor who will be playing Maverick in the musical version of Top Gun! His real name is Chad. He prefers being called Maverick both on and off stage. As the actor in the ensemble, he is dumb, a bit slow on the uptake, simple and sweet. As Maverick in the Top Gun! scenes he is a confident, cocksure pilot. Must have great comedic timing and strong vocal ability. Must be able to move. Written for high Baritone/Tenor but submit regardless if you feel the role is right for you.

Males, aged 20 to 40 from Victoria, Australia

  • Accents: USA California

Billy Palmer

Any ethnicity. The writer and director of the TG! musical adaptation, Billy is hanging on by a thread, desperate for a hit after his last musical debacle, Apocalypse Wow! He tries and fails to keep his cast in order, can’t stop ogling “Charlie” and is oblivious to Wendy’s affection, despite the fact that he would crash and burn without her help. Must have great comedic timing and strong vocal ability. Written for high Baritone/Tenor but submit regardless if you feel the role is right for you.

Males, aged 25 to 45 from Victoria, Australia

  • Accents: USA California

"Goose"

Any ethnicity. The actress who will be playing Goose in the musical version of Top Gun! An actress struggling to connect with her part. No one, not seems to realize that it’s important to help “Goose” properly portray a man. She feels out of her depth. Humour helps her survive the utter lack of creative direction during rehearsals. Must have great comedic timing, strong vocal ability. Must be able to move. Written for alto, but submit regardless if you feel the role is right for you.

Females, aged 20 to 35 from Victoria, Australia

  • Accents: USA California

"Iceman"

Any ethnicity. Again, the actor who will be playing Iceman in the musical version of Top Gun! We never learn his actual name. Super macho and a Type A leader in the scenes in the show-within-the-show but offstage is clever, sly, gay and a huge fan of sexual innuendo as he consistently and playfully hits on “Maverick”. Must have great comedic timing and strong vocal ability. Written for high Baritone/Tenor but please submit regardless if you feel the role is right for you.

Males, aged 20 to 40 from Victoria, Australia

  • Accents: USA California

"Charlie"

Any ethnicity. The actress who will be playing Charlie in the musical version of Top Gun! Oozes sex appeal in the show-within-the-show but offstage she hides desperation behind bravado. Used to being The Ingénue, she was adored. At forty, she has lost a bit of her luster. She works hard to keep herself looking sexy and does what she needs to do to get what she wants. Must have great comedic timing and strong vocals. Written for mezzo, high mix to G, but submit if role is right for you.

Females, aged 30 to 45 from Victoria, Australia

  • Accents: USA California

The General

Any ethnicity. Ex-Special Forces, the producer of TG!TM. Representing the Armed Forces, on a mission to create a musical to ramp up support in the military services and show the world that “might is right”. He has no idea how to produce a show and hasn’t even secured proper rights to Top Gun! He loves America. Loves musicals. Loves the ladies. And loves being in charge. Must have great comedic timing and strong vocal ability. Written for baritone but submit regardless if role is right for you.

Males, aged 35 to 60 from Victoria, Australia

  • Accents: USA California
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Listing created: 21 May 2019
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