A magical singing voice? Dodgers want you for audition Saturday
It isn't just player talent that new Los Angeles Dodgers ownership will see in the coming days. Fans who think they deserve a shot at standing on Dodger Stadium grass can head to the ballpark Saturday for an audition. Yet there won't be any need for a glove, as the organization, now to be led by a group with Magic Johnson at the helm, is strictly looking for those who can stretch out their vocal cords.
This weekend, the Dodgers will hold auditions to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before a 2012 home game. A singer will be needed for a game as soon as April 3, when the Dodgers come home for a pre-Opening Day exhibition game against inter-league rivals the Angels.
Auditions start promptly Saturday (March 31) at 9 a.m. and run through 6 p.m. Those hoping for a shot must be at the stadium before 11 a.m., and singers will perform on a first-come, first-serve basis. Bring a resume, a DVD of your performance and be prepared to sing a few bars a capella, begining with "rockets' red glare."
No doubt this will be prime time for some spotting of former contestants on "American Idol" and "The Voice." Also, expect a crowd. The Dodgers warn that "based upon attendance, not all performers will have the chance to audition before 5 p.m., in which case, singers will be considered based upon their DVD submission." Auditions are open to all ages.
On Tuesday night, it was revealed that a group including Magic Johnson will buy the Los Angeles Dodgers for about $2 billion. Times sports columnist T.J. Simers, however, writes that the news may not be so good for those who prefer their baseball music to be of the more traditional sort. Simers writes that Magic's agent Lon Rosen once worked for the Dodgers under Frank McCourt and was responsible for "scaling back" the organ work of Nancy Bea Hefley.
Previous national anthem performers for the Dodgers have included Plácido Domingo, Slash, actress-singer Demi Lovato, a Dodgers Twitter contest winner and Javier Colon of "The Voice."
-- Todd Martens
Photo: Dodger Stadium in 2011. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times