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.
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?
Stephanie Torns when she was t/r JennaLoren Lott - Ti Moune and AndreaDarlesia - Erzulie and Mama Euralie Cassondra James - Erzulie
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.
bwayphreak234 said: "- Analisa Leaming as Anna in the King and I revivalShe 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”
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.
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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