October 1st, 2009

Life as a minor Broadway performer

Setting: USA, 1972

Hey! andersonmom was in here the other day asking about Broadway actors, but she seemed to be mainly interested in lead actors. I, however, have a character who can sing and dance very well but isn't so great an actor, and therefore-- while he can get a pretty steady line of roles-- they're all in the chorus, or bit characters at best.

What input can you offer on what this would be like for him, little_details, just in general? Would he need a theatrical agent to get auditions? (I've been assuming yes, but comments to andersonmom's post suggest not). Do auditions work the same way for chorus parts as for named characters? Would he be union? How good a living would he make doing this? Anything else I ought to keep in mind?

Also, suppose the guy is injured-- not a dancing injury, if that matters, he's hit on the head during a mugging-- and requires time off. My guess is that, as a member of the chorus, he'd be pretty easily replaceable in that case; would he be able to return to that show at the end of the time, or need to go auditioning again?

Thanks :D

Experiences with The Green Man pub in London

Setting: urban fantasy set partly in modern day London; my characters can cross between the mortal world and the otherworld, and the doorway to the otherworld needs to be in the City of London, near the original site of the Mithraeum.

I've already decided that the doorway is in The Green Man pub in No. 1 Poultry, and I've found a bit of information on the pub itself and a few reviews, but not enough to flesh out the little details. Has anyone ever been to this pub, particularly at lunchtime on a weekday? What is the clientèle like? Mostly business people? What kind of food would they serve?

I'd really appreciate any information on The Green Man, or failing that, any pub in the City of London. Having never been there myself, I'm not entirely sure what the experience is like.

I also read that an older pub used to stand on that corner, also called The Green Man. I'm having trouble finding any information, though, on when that pub was built and what was there before it. Does anyone know, or can you point me toward a source that might help?

Thanks in advance!
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