Celebrate National Swing Day With A Look At Broadway's Current Swings!
It's time to celebrate the people who keep so many shows afloat with their work ethic, adaptability and brains full of choreography: swings! As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Actors' Equity is celebrating its fifth annual Swing Day today, January 15, honoring the hard-working performers who stay ready to go on at a moment's notice, for multiple roles. We're getting in on the celebration by highlighting some of the swings that are lighting up the stage both on Broadway and on national tours. Take a look below to see these hardworking cast members from Moulin Rouge, Hamilton, Mean Girls, and more!
A swing is a special member of the ensemble who learns multiple parts, or tracks, and is ready and able to cover for multiple members of the chorus. Depending on the last-minute need of a show, a swing could go on for any number of tracks, including those written for other genders, ages, or even more than one track at once!
"Swings are an indispensable part of a show's cast," said Jennifer Cody, Actors' Equity Association's Second Vice President and Chair of the Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs (ACCA). "They're like the first responders of the theatre: On call, and ready to save the day at a moment's notice."
S W I N G S & understudies are the superheroes in any Broadway production. It's all guts and no glory. I'm proud to be in the trenches @moulinrougebway with these two super swing wonder women. I love you, chickens @karlidinardo @amberardolino •???• #swings #broadway #moulinrouge #understudies #moulinrougebway #moulinrougemusical #moulinrougebroadway
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Being a swing has been one of the hardest and most terrifying things I've ever done, but it's also been more rewarding than I could have ever imagined. So much love for my Treehouse fam and the people at North Shore for always having my back ♥i???? #NationalSwingDay #SwingNation #MeanGirlsBway
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So much love and gratitude for this incredible #teamdance and #swingnation !!! A gorgeous first preview here at @myfairladybway tour!!!! So thankful to be a part of the magic aoe?aoe?aoe??#nationaltour #myfairlady #ontheroad #swingnation #teamworkmakesthedreamwork
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All swings on deck for the matinee @aladdin ! ? Love my swing team! ? • • • • • #aladdin #aladdinbroadway #musicaltheatre #theatre #actor #actresslife #actorlife #singer #theatrelife #bway #broadway #swing #swinglife #understudy #musicals #musical #actress #backstage #backstagephoto #newyorkactor #broadwaymusicals #acting #singing #dancing #music #musicals #tonys #teatro
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A post shared by Sareen Tchekmedyian (@sareentchek) on Nov 17, 2019 at 10:09am PST
Being a swing has been the greatest gift and has taught me the most important life lessons. Do the work. Leave your ego at the door. You can be vulnerable & strong at the same time. Admit when you're wrong. Celebrate when you are right. Take up space. Make a mess. Celebrate others. Laugh at yourself. Never laugh at others. It's not that deep, but also remember to lock your tables & couches so no one gets hurt. You know more than you think you do, trust yourself. Take one day at a time. Be present. Keep showing up, it will get easier. Mad gratitude for this job, the lessons it keeps teaching me, and the people it has brought into my life. ???aoe? #equityteamswing #nationalswingday #meangirlsbroadway #meangirlstour
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Ixchel Cuellar - Mean Girls Tour
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Bronwyn Tarboton - Frozen