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Best understudy you've ever seen?

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Best understudy you've ever seen?#126
Posted: 1/8/19 at 11:09pm

Loren Lott as Ti Moune was absolutely phenomenal - although I'm not sure that counts, as I saw Once On This Island during the 2 months that Hailey was out due to her injury, so Loren was playing the role full time then. I was really bummed to miss seeing Hailey but Loren was just as amazing!

Also the understudy for Annette/Beverley (I forget her name) when I saw Come From Away in Toronto was fantastic.

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Best understudy you've ever seen?#127
Posted: 1/10/19 at 2:48am
Loren Lott as Ti Moune (that girl has some serious pipes.)
Laurel Harris in Wicked (I do not know why she hasnt been promoted to lead on broadway. Shes THAT good.)
Jevon McFerrin in Hamilton, standby for Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson. He was great.
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Best understudy you've ever seen?#128
Posted: 1/10/19 at 9:04am
Laurel is amazing! I saw her with Lindsay K. Northen (u/s Glinda), Tess Ferrell (u/s Nessarose), and Kyle Dean Massey who was filling in as Fiyero. Hands down my favorite Wicked performance by FAR.
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Best understudy you've ever seen?#129
Posted: 1/10/19 at 9:29am

September 1980. The first Broadway revival of WEST SIDE STORY at the Minskoff Theatre. The revival’s Tony, Ken Marshall, was on leave making a film so his understudy Brent Barrett was on for several performances. He would go on the have a lucrative career on Broadway. What ever happened to Ken Marshall?

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Best understudy you've ever seen?#130
Posted: 1/10/19 at 11:12am

Stephanie Torns when she was t/r Jenna

Loren Lott - Ti Moune and Andrea

Darlesia - Erzulie and Mama Euralie 

Cassondra James - Erzulie

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Best understudy you've ever seen?#131
Posted: 1/10/19 at 11:52am

I was so obsessed with Kim Blanck in the most recent Shaina Taub Twelfth Night that I god mad when she wasn't on the cast recording. I mean, Nikki's great. But I love love loved Kim Blanck.

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Best understudy you've ever seen?#132
Posted: 1/10/19 at 12:49pm
Wonza Johnson as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson in the Phillip tour of Hamilton. I really wanted to see Kyle Scatliffe but Johnson proved that you cant go wrong with understudies
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Best understudy you've ever seen?#133
Posted: 1/10/19 at 8:07pm

bwayphreak234 said: "- Analisa Leaming as Anna in the King and I revival


She is near perfection as Molloy in the Nat’l  tour of Dolly, so i can image she was terrific as Anna.

Bryan Batt forever changed my feelings about understudies when he went on as Albin in La Cage (Gary Beach was filming the Producers at the time)  He was just fabulous. i ended up watching 6 seasons of MadMen because i surfed past it one day and went “its that guy who was so great in La Cage!  I should check this out”

 

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Best understudy you've ever seen?#134
Posted: 1/11/19 at 3:14pm

I saw an Asian girl play Ellen during the UK tour of Miss Saigon last year. It added so many levels to the character and made her incredibly sympathetic. Going forward I'd always cast Ellen as an Asian character.

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Best understudy you've ever seen?#135
Posted: 1/17/19 at 7:57am

Last night Erika and Barrett were out at Mean Girls and Gianna and Becca were on as Janis and Cady, respectively. I thought they were both fantastic! Gianna absolutely NAILED I'd Rather Be Me, and I loved seeing Becca grow as the show went on. I think maybe understudying Regina kind of worked to her advantage during the scene after her party with Janis and Damien. She had that harshness that was needed to show just how much she had changed since joining The Plastics. Overall very thankful that I had the opportunity to see them! Don't be disappointed if you see them and not Erika or Barrett because either way, you'll be treated to amazing performances. 

 

On another note, which show do you think has the best understudies? Like no matter who's out, you're always happy to see their name on the board, or their name listed on those "At This Performance" sheets that some shows have?

I've never been disappointed with understudies at Frozen, personally. Waitress also has incredible people standing by for the leads. I've never been disappointed. particularly if the actress playing Jenna is out and someone like Stephanie Torns is on. NEVER disappointed. 

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Best understudy you've ever seen?#136
Posted: 1/17/19 at 1:49pm
Norbert Leo Butz when he understudied Roger in RENT. Hands down my favorite understudy experience.