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Is It True?

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Is It True?#0
Posted: 1/15/04 at 11:32am
that on weekdays most of broadway performers are to be at their theater around 5:30ish? I forgot where i heard this from, i doubt it's true, but i figured i'd ask because everyone on here seems to know a lot. My friend is Nuts over Micky Dolenz as i am over Michelle Williams, but she asked me if we could goto the theater before the show just so she could see him in person, but i really dont have a clue when he arrives? I really dont wanna stand there from 4:00 to showtime just to see him. - Jay -
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re: Is It True?#1
Posted: 1/15/04 at 11:34am
Equity rules that a performer can come as late as half an hour before curtain. Of course, many go much farther in advance to warm up, get their hair, costumes and makeup and to have some down-time before curtain, but technically they don't have to be there until 7:30.

A word of caution, however. When people are going INTO the theatre, the last thing they want to do is an autograph session. Your best bet is to wait at the stage door after the show when they come out.
Updated On: 1/15/04 at 11:34 AM
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re: re: Is It True?#2
Posted: 1/15/04 at 11:37am
Never heard of that one.
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re: re: Is It True?#3
Posted: 1/15/04 at 11:38am
of course! i had no intentions on asking for autographs or pictures, but thanks for the response:)
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Posted: 1/15/04 at 11:52am
I've worked with/know Equity actors and very rarely do they take advantage of that ruling, mostly as they generally need half an hour to warm up. I've only seen it happen once where a performer came in at 7:30, but an emergency had come up and caused a delay.
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Posted: 1/15/04 at 12:08pm
i dont know about those people but i know that when matt morrison was in hairspray didnt go to the theater until like 2-2:30 on sunday shows. and marissa goes in like 1:30
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Posted: 1/15/04 at 12:12pm
I have seen actors use the 1/2 rule when they have 2 shows a day but normaly most of the actors are there before the 1/2 hour mark.
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Posted: 1/15/04 at 12:17pm
I know this isn't exactly the topic of the post, but since it was brought up.... I have never seen or heard of a performer having a special objection to being approached prior to a show. In fact, I've seen some of the most generous & patient meet & greets before the show. Of course, everyone is an individual & preferences vary, but I'm just speaking in generalities.

I agree, BTW, that you rarely see performers coming in as late as half-hour.
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Posted: 1/15/04 at 12:29pm
Yes, something might come up to cause a delay, but a good performer gets to the theatre at least a hour and a half before curtain. I do have a question...does all the cast warm up together? Or do the leads do that alone and the ensemble does it together? Just wondering.
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Is It True?#9
Posted: 1/15/04 at 12:39pm
It actually all depends on who the actor/actress is what time they show up. I know an actress who shows up an hour and a half to curtain... and I know another actress who typically shows up 20 minutes (sometimes less) to curtain.... Is It True? Runs the gamut. It also depends how difficult their makeup and costumes are... ie: how much preperation time they need
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Posted: 1/15/04 at 12:40pm
Some actors have a later call than others depending on their entrance. If a character doesn't appear until 30 minutes into the show, they may have a call 30 minutes later than other cast members.
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I believe Gavroche is allowed to come in shortly before intermission for Les Miserables.
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Harvey and Idina are probably the two performers on Broadway that arrive the earliest!
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yeah harvey goes in 2.5 hours before
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