Non-Traditional casting, Expandable casting, Features Children, Flexible casting, Local Celebrity Cameo, Multicultural casting, Room for Extras, Parts for Senior Actors
Cast can expand up to 25 males and 16 females. It is the author's intent that actors from ethnic minorities are cast whenever possible.
SINGERS - Wide open but a few considerations follow. All should be comfortable performing in pop styles. This version indicates 4 SINGERS. The piece has been performed with a different singer or group performing each song, making for a total of 18.
JUDITH - Soprano. BUD's sister, so those roles need to be co-ordinated.
DOUG - Baritone. Has traditionally been black.
BRIAN - Tenor. Should be believable as RAY's friend.
ANGELA - Alto. CLAUDIA's secretary. Has often been black.
PATRICK - A man in his 30s or 40s (old enough to have achieved success as a designer). Important that the actor can find the humor in the monologue.
BILLY - Young, early 20s, a typical all-American mid-Western boy.
MITCH - Any type, traditionally has been costumed in leather.
JOSH - A clown and ring-leader of the group of friends (the first four characters plus DOUG).
TIM - A teenager who can find the laughs in this. The younger and more energetic the better.
TRACEY - Young, gorgeous, sexy and spoiled. She should find the laughs and stay away from pathos.
CHARLOTTE - A young, tough drug-abuser.
FRANCIS - A gentleman of a certain age. Outrageous.
RAY - A regular guy, party animal, athletic. His friendship with BRIAN should be easily accepted.
PACO - An hispanic teenager, the younger the better.
SALLY - Many possibilities as long as she's not too old to have recently given birth.
ORVILLE - Middle-age, middle-class, "an ordinary Joe."
NICK - Drop-dead gorgeous, traditionally costumed in a towel, so a great body is a plus. The audience should be seduced by his charm and beauty.
PATRICK - Could be any type who can play comedy.
DWIGHT - A typical, young, Broadway-chorus-boy type, Southern accent can work.
REBECCA - Mid-Western, typical housewife.
CLAUDIA - A high-power corporate executive. A contrast to her secretary, ANGELA, is helpful. British accent can work.
ROSCOE - A big old drag queen.
HELEN - A typical grandmother.
WALTER - Old enough to attend a high school reunion, different somehow (ethnic? heavy? off-beat?) so we can see why he was something of an outcast.
LAMAR - A black, street-hangin', story-tellin' drug abuser. Essential that the actor find the humor here.
RAFAELLA - A very young hispanic mother.
NANCY - Wide open as to age and type, but a no-nonsense kind of woman.
KHADIJA - Experience has proven that small, eight-year-old girls work best. Younger is heart-breaking but often includes projection problems. An ethnic minority is highly preferable.
PAUL - A strong, leading man type with a great speaking voice. Old enough to have served in Vietnam (though he could have died from AIDS in the early 80s. He should be at least in his 30s).
NAT - A fire and brimstone orator, traditionally costumed as a priest or minister. Should be at least 50 or preferably even older.
JOANNE - Best comedienne available.
BERTHA - Preferably black, middle-aged.
BUD - Believable as JUDITH's brother.
JOE - A comedian of any type or age, as long as he can get the laughs.
GRACE - A professor type, strong dramatic actor. Often played by a man (GRANT), but now prefer a woman.
MILES - Should be believable as DOUG's lover. Often cast with a black actor.