BET Hosting Boston Casting Call for New Edition Miniseries
This post originally appeared on Vanyaland.
BET Networks are hosting an open casting call this weekend to fill lead roles in its upcoming mini-series on New Edition. And fittingly enough, auditions will take place in the R&B group’s hometown of Boston.
Those who look like a young Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Ronnie DeVoe, Ralph Tresvant, Michael Bivins, or Johnny Gill are invited to Boston Casting to show off their stuff this Saturday, January 16. Boston Casting is located at 129 Braintree St., Suit 107, in Allston.
And it helps if you’ve got talent, according to the flyer. Those interested in auditioning are asked to bring a current photo of themselves, and be prepared to either bust out a minute-long monologue, sing a New Edition song, or possess some kind of dance skill. It helps if you can do all three, according to the call.
Last year, it was reported that BET was producing the three-part New Edition television series with producer Jesse Collins (Real Husbands Of Hollywood) and input from each of the group’s members. Johnny Gill, Tresvant, DeVoe, Bivins, and Bell will serve as consultants and executive producers. It’s expected to air later this year.
“Now that we have signed the deal, New Edition’s journey will be captured in a three night miniseries to tell our life story through our very own eyes,” New Edition said in a joint statement back in August. “From our beginning in the Orchard Park Projects in Boston to Hollywood and everything in between, just like The Temptations and The Jackson Five—we are ready to retrace our footsteps and show everyone how we got here. For the fans all over the world, this one’s for you.”
New Edition gained international fame in the ’80s with a string of r&B hits that crashed the mainstream, including “Candy Girl,” “Cool It Now,” and “Mr. Telephone Man.”
But before you start working on your rendition of any of those certified jams, take note of the casting call’s fine print: “If you are not local and/or do not fit the description, do not apply”.