Casting Call: Auditions to Be Held for New Grateful Dead Musical

by Steve Spohn
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JerryStealYourFace SongMango.comWhat will they think of next? A Grateful Dead musical? According to Broadway World, it’s already in the works:

The untitled project is described as: “a new musical comedy, featuring the music of THE GRATEFUL DEAD – a semi-fantastical and immersive Americana tale of the Jones family in 1920’s Cumberland, Maryland, as they con, swindle and gamble their way into riches.”

Sugar Magnolia Productions LLC will oversee the project. Musical direction will be handled by keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, who is currently out on tour with Dead & Company. Jeff also played keys for the Grateful Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” shows in 2015.

The Actors’ Equity Association posted a June 5th casting notice, seeking actors to play characters including Mick (aka “the Candy Man”) and Bertha (a feisty mandolin player with a “Janis Joplin/Etta James vocal quality”). Here’s more from the official casting notice:


Musical Director Jeff Chimenti

We are assembling a company of musician actors who represent our global community. All must work and play well together and must be superior musicians.

Production requires strong musicians/actor/singers who possess proficiency on any of the following instruments: electric and acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, accordion, upright bass, electric bass, fiddle, percussion/drums/drumkit, keyboard/piano, jugs, washboard, harmonica, who are able to improvise musically. Strong harmony singing is a must.

Here’s what you’ll be payed (if you pass the audition):

Staged Reading Contract Weekly salary is $500/week (there is an additional $25 payable per choreographed number for up to 3 musical numbers).

June 16, 2017
9:30 am – 5:30 pm (EDT)
Lunch 1 to 2

Pearl Studios NYC (500)
500 8th Avenue, 4th floor
New York, NY 10018-6504

Please bring a hard-copy photo and resume.

Check out the full casting notice here. Read the full article from Broadway World here.

Steve Spohn is a former Saturday Night Live and Nickelodeon Television executive. Growing up near Princeton, NJ, led to a musical addiction, with WMMR in Philly and WNEW in NYC providing the daily dose. When not attending or planning to attend Bruce Springsteen concerts, he's plugging away as a screenwriter in Beverly Hills. Reach Steve at