Returning to Broadway in David West Read's The Peformers, Winkler will play Chuck Wood—the hardest working man in the business.
Preview performances for the Performers begin October 23rd and the official Broadway opening at the Longacre Theatre is slated for November 14th.
The original casting notice—now, of course, inactive—with the character breakdowns follows. The only disapointment is the last line* in the official posting:
'THE PERFORMERS,' B'WAY
Robyn Goodman, Scott Delman, & Amanda Lipitz (prods.) are casting The Performers. David West Read, writer; Evan Cabnet, dir.; Cindy Tolan, casting dir.; Adam Caldwell, casting assoc.; Stephen Kocis, Aged in Wood Management, LLC, general mgr. Runs in NYC (rehearsal and performance dates TBA).
Lee: male, 20s-early 30s, any ethnicity, Mandrew's high school friend, a journalist doing an article for the NY Post on Mandrew and the Adult Film Awards, smart, witty, self-conscious, tightly wound, an academic who is incredibly uncomfortable around the porn stars but also thrilled by their inhibitions, actor must have incredible comic timing;
Sara: female, 20s-early 30s, any ethnicity, Lee's fiancée and high school sweetheart, a third grade teacher with big student loans, self-assured, sharp and dry, her intellect and wit have always been her strengths, appealing, and though she might be attractive, she wouldn't ever flaunt her sexuality like the porn stars or consider herself traditionally beautiful, though liberal and open about sex, she's judgemental of the porn world, actor must have incredible comic timing;
Sundown: female, 20s, any ethnicity, a rising porn star who was always hot, but now that she's gotten a boob job she's ridiculously sexy, a bombshell who means well, so dim that she can barely understand what's going on around her, actor must have incredible comic timing;
Mandrew: male, 20s-early 30s, any ethnicity, a rising porn star, attractive, charismatic, joyful, appealing, exuberant, sexy and comfortable in his body, but somehow still feels wholesome and innocent, a man-boy, may be intellectually challenged, but his enthusiasm, sincerity, and optimism are infectous you can't help but like him, actor must have incredible comic timing;
Peeps: female, 20s, any ethnicity, a rising porn star whose official name is Pussy Boots, Mandrew's wife, outwardly confident, sexy, attractive, but wildly insecure, passionate, impulsive, temperamental, has no emotional or sexual inhibitions, which can be hilarious and also endearing, actor must have incredible comic timing;
Chuck: male, 50s-late 60s, any ethnicity, an aging porn star with a happy-go-lucky attitude, thrilled to be playing a young man's game and playing it better than most young men, his confidence is attractive and seductive, suave, charming, studly, actor must have incredible comic timing.
Equity principal auditions will be held June 19-21, 2012, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. & 2-5:30 p.m. at the AEA Audition Center, 165 W. 46th St., 2nd fl., NYC. EPA rules are in effect; Equity monitor will be provided. Prepare a contemporary comic monologue, two minutes or less. Bring pix & résumés, stapled together. $1,703 min./wk.Equity Production (League) Contract.
Catagories: Union, stage
Production: David West Read, writer; Evan Cabnet, dir.; Cindy Tolan, casting dir.; Adam Caldwell, casting assoc.; Stephen Kocis, Aged in Wood Management, LLC, general mgr.
Pay: Union, professional, male, female
Age range: Young adult (18-29), Thirties (30-39), Older (50-65)
The Performers is a romantic comedy about two high school friends (Cheyenne Jackson and Daniel Breaker) -- and the women in their lives (Ari Graynor and an actress to be announced) -- who reconnect at the Adult Film Awards in Las Vegas. When the night takes an unexpected turn and relationships are threatened, Chuck Wood (Henry Winkler), the hardest-working man in the business, steps in to lend a hand. Sex, love and Barry Manilow intersect in this comedy about the ups and downs and ins and outs of love.
Starring in the cast are: Cheyenne Jackson, Ari Graynor, Daniel Breaker, Jenni Barber and Henry Winkler. Cast list was announced by the play's producers Robyn Goodman, Scott M. Delman
Break a leg, Mr. Winkler. We're all—if you get my drift—pulling for you.