Terrence, a gull and aspiring dancer from Manhattan Beach, CA, lost out on a part in what would have been his first Broadway production due to his overuse of jazz hands.
“Look, he’s a good dancer, and I think he has the emotional range to pull off the part,” said producer Jessa Fleur, “But his moves are just really old school.”
According to Fleur, the bird was actually among the final five to receive a second round of call-backs, but ultimately they decided to go with a Chickadee from upstate New York whose audition struck a more modern tone.
“Terrence is amazing,” said Alan Wit, who worked with the bird during his run as an understudy for the off-Broadway hit show STOMP. “He’s going places, for sure. But, does his repertoire need updating? Sure, I could see that.”
Representatives for the bird said in a statement that Terrence was “disappointed” but would “keep working hard at his craft.”