New Book BROADWAY SWINGS Released This Week
Broadway veterans J. Austin Eyer and Lyndy Franklin Smith's have written a new book, BROADWAY SWINGS: COVERING THE ENSEMBLE IN MUSICAL THEATRE. Bloomsbury Publishing will release the title on October 22, 2015.
BROADWAY SWINGS is a comprehensive guide on how to be a Swing (understudy of the ensemble) in musical theatre. This position is examined from every angle, showing just how vital Swings are to the success of any musical theatre production.
Authors J. Austin Eyer and Lyndy Franklin Smith draw on their own experiences as performers, and gather first-hand stories from other Swings about the glories and hardships of their industry. The book features interviews with over 100 Broadway pros-- Swing veterans, Stage Managers, Casting Directors, Choreographers, and Directors- including Rob Ashford, Susan Stroman, Jerry Mitchell, Larry Fuller, Tony Stevens, Beverley Randolph, and Frank DiLella.
Eyer and Franklin Smith are hosting two events in New York City, in conjunction with the release of the book.
The first is the "How to be a Swing Workshop," to be held Saturday October 24th from 11:00am-2:00pm at CAP21 Studios (18 West 18th Street, 6th floor, Room 606). Eyer and Franklin Smith will host a Q&A session and walk participants through the life of the Swing and how to prepare for this monumental job. In the second half of the workshop, participants will learn a short combination and practice Swing skills while learning to swing in and out of a production number. All levels of dancers are welcome to attend! To attend, participants must make a reservation by emailing the title of the workshop (How to be a Swing Workshop) and their name to BroadwayDonation@gmail.com. There is a suggested donation of $20 to attend. (Event Sponsored by Broadway Donation.)
The second event will be the "Broadway Swings Launch Celebration." Swings, swings-to-be and anyone interested in the book is welcome to attend. The authors will be celebrating the release of the book and the over 100 artists who help contribute to its content. The event will be held on Sunday October 25th from 11:00am-1:00pm at CAP21 Studios (18 West 18th Street, 6th Floor studio 606.)