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Posted: 8/19/15 at 6:24pm

Celia played Clara in Chicago and was quite lovely. Kelli took over in New York. 

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Posted: 8/19/15 at 6:31pm

Nikki Snelson from WONDERLAND (Guess she actually should count it as a blessing), in order to bring Linda Eder on board (who didn't want to do the Tampa 2011 "try-out"Actors being fired / replaced. Kate Shindle eventually got the role. 

 

Stark Sands was not fired from Bonnie & Clyde - as mentioned, he was involved with American Idiot (already on Broadway), though I think the critics/audience agree Jeremy was better. Stark has performed at a few Frank Wildhorn & Friends concerts since.

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Actors being fired / replaced#78
Posted: 12/22/15 at 3:40pm

Any ideas as to why Ben Vereen was replaced by Nipsey Russell in the film version of The Wiz?

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Posted: 12/22/15 at 4:19pm

Not mentioned before in this thread, I don't think -- Sebastian Arcelus was promoted to full-time Roger in Rent after Manley Pope left, and then abruptly demoted.

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Posted: 10/9/17 at 2:42am

Sorry to bump this thread but does anyone have more information about why Carolyn Mignini was fired from the 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls? I'm just really curious 

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Actors being fired / replaced#81
Posted: 10/9/17 at 6:58am

"Sorry to bump this thread but does anyone have more information about why Carolyn Mignini was fired from the 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls? I'm just really curious"

Carolyn read as older than the other three leads, which she indeed was.  

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Posted: 10/9/17 at 7:01am

Tony Curtis was fired from I Ought To Be In Pictures and replaced by Ron Liebman.

Shia LeBouf was fired from the revival of Orphans and replaced by Tom Sturridge.*

*Correction.  He was replaced by Ben Foster

Updated On: 10/10/17 at 07:01 AM
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Posted: 10/9/17 at 10:45am

IslandBoy27 said: "Gregory Treco who created the role of Zanna in ZANNA DON'T back in 2003 and whoI thought was unbelievable and got great reviews, was replaced by Jai Rodriguez for the commercial off-Broadway run. He becamethe swing when they opted for the bigger star Jai who was Angel in Rent and unavailable during the initial workshops of the show. Jai went on to get Queer Eye for a Straight Guy a week after the opening and Greg did 4 out of the 8 shows a week until the closing due to Jai's filming. He's since quit the business I think.
 

I laugh at this post a bit now because Treco went on to be one of the "super swings" in the Broadway production of Hamilton and is now leading as Burr in the Chicago company.

 

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Posted: 10/9/17 at 12:17pm

The Other One said: ""Sorry to bump this thread but does anyone have more information about whyCarolyn Mignini was fired from the 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls? I'm just really curious"

Carolyn read as older than the other three leads, which she indeed was.
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It makes sense I guess. One would think they would have noticed that when she was cast. Did anyone see the previews of guys and dolls? How was Carolyn?

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Posted: 10/9/17 at 12:32pm

One of books of Broadway anecdotes recounts the story about Carolyn Mignini being let go from GUYS AND DOLLS.  Carolyn and Jerry Zaks had appeared as performers together in "Tintypes" and she was a sentimental favorite of his and he cast her against best wishes of the producers who thought she wasn't a good fit. It became clear during previews that the performance wasn't working, particularly with the much younger Peter Gallagher as her love interest and so Zaks gave in, acknowledging that her dismissal was entirely 'his fault' as a director.

 

That's more or less the story as I remember reading it.

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Posted: 10/9/17 at 12:33pm

They probably did have some idea she was older or looked older when casting her, but things change. You may think "oooh it'll be interesting if Sarah is much older" but when you see it on stage it may not work.

Not saying that's what happened, but things like that are often the case and it's not always the performers fault.

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Posted: 10/9/17 at 12:52pm

Yes - I don't think her dismissal really had anything to do with Carolyn's skills or abilities.It sounds like Jerry's judgement was just clouded a bit by his friendship during the casting process. That revival was also 'in the works' for many years and so its possible that Carolyn was attached (at least in Jerry Zak's mind) for a long time and by the time the production was up and running and the other pieces had fallen into place, she just wasn't the right casting choice any more.

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Posted: 10/9/17 at 12:54pm

QueenAlice said: "One of books of Broadway anecdotes recounts the story about Carolyn Mignini being let go from GUYS AND DOLLS. Carolyn and Jerry Zaks had appeared as performers together in "Tintypes" and she was a sentimental favorite of his and he cast her against best wishes of the producers who thought she wasn't a good fit. It became clear during previews that the performance wasn't working, particularly with the much younger Peter Gallagher as her love interest and so Zaks gave in, acknowledging that her dismissal was entirely 'his fault' as a director.



That's more or less the story as I remember reading it.
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Interesting. If you can think of the book name let me know! 

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Posted: 10/9/17 at 6:22pm
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Posted: 10/9/17 at 9:23pm

I know the original Franklin Shephard was fired from the OBC of Merrily We Roll Along during previews and replaced with his understudy.

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Posted: 10/9/17 at 9:41pm

The Other One said: "Tony Curtis was fired from I Ought To Be In Pictures and replaced by Ron Liebman.

Shia LeBouf was fired from the revival of Orphans and replaced by Tom Sturridge
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Ben Foster replaced Shia.

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Posted: 10/9/17 at 9:41pm

The Other One said: "Tony Curtis was fired from I Ought To Be In Pictures and replaced by Ron Liebman.

Shia LeBouf was fired from the revival of Orphans and replaced by Tom Sturridge
"

Ben Foster replaced Shia.

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Posted: 10/10/17 at 1:56am

poisonivy2 said: "I know the original Franklin Shephard was fired from the OBC of Merrily We Roll Along during previews and replaced with his understudy."

James Weissenbach was replaced by Jim Walton, yes.  Jim was playing Jerome the lawyer but wasn't covering Franklin, though, David Cady was.  Guess the producers just had a hunch Jim could do it. 

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Posted: 10/10/17 at 7:29am

little_sally said: "The Other One said: "Tony Curtis was fired from I Ought To Be In Pictures and replaced by Ron Liebman.

Shia LeBouf was fired from the revival of Orphans and replaced by Tom Sturridge
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Ben Foster replaced Shia.
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Thank you.  I will correct my post.

 

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Posted: 10/10/17 at 1:32pm

Andrew Lloyd Webber saw Martin Smith (a replacement for the title role in the London production of Phantom) and basically fired him during intermission. 

Another Phantom, a standby named Nigel Richards, was fired for not listening to the resident director who had curious ideas like "The Music of the Night" being a music lesson... that resident director has since been responsible for the new touring productions of Phantom, Les Mis and Miss Saigon. Another Phantom directed by him left the new US tour under suspicious circumstances.

 

 

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Posted: 10/11/17 at 1:39am

Actress Melissa Errico was replaced in the role of Clara in the 2013 off broadway revival of PASSION.

I remember there was some back and forth between Errico and the Classic Stage Producers with saying something of their side of the story. Rebecca Luker stepped in last minute to record the cast recording. 

Wasn't there stories that a couple were replaced or some left during Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark?

Could be wrong here I seem to recall Joan Jett being replaced in the Broadway revival of Rocky Horror Show too.

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Posted: 10/11/17 at 1:49am

The whole thing with Errico and CSC is well-documented on Errico's blog, or at least her side of it is. From what I gathered, she missed a lot of performances due to illness and vocal problems, and her contract stipulated she could only miss a certain number of performances during the run and she was let go. 

When Spider-Man was rewritten, the actors playing the "Geek Chorus" left the show as the characters had been cut entirely. T.V. Carpio, who had originally been part of the Geek Chorus, had already replaced Natalie Mendoza as Arachne.

Also, wasn't Joan Jett not allowed to participate in the Rocky Horror cast album due to a conflict with her record label? I don't recall hearing anything about her being fired. 

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Posted: 10/11/17 at 2:06am

I remember seeing Joan Jett first time I went on see Rocky Horror Show.

I remember getting  a cd at the theater for free promotion of the songs. Later on the cast released the cast recording and on my second trip I got my recording signed by the cast except Joan Jett who had left the production was replaced by her understudy who sadly I've forgotten her name but I do remember her being quite good. 

Another time I went to see the show to find Dick Cavett, Lea Delaria, Alice Ripley, fine actor who played Brad were not there. Actors I saw that I remember were Ana Gasteyer as Colunbia; an ensemble actor in the role of Eddie and Dr. Scott. Sally Jesse Raphael as Sally Jesse Raphael and Luke Perry as Brad Majors (a**hole) hahahahahahahahahahaha Brings back some great memories :)

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Posted: 10/11/17 at 2:18am

brox22 said: "I remember seeing Joan Jett first time I went on see Rocky Horror Show.

I remember getting a cd at the theater for free promotion of the songs. Later on the cast released the cast recording and on my second trip I got my recording signed by the cast except Joan Jett who had left the production was replaced by her understudy who sadly I've forgotten her name but I do remember her being quite good.

Another time I went to see the show to find Dick Cavett, Lea Delaria, Alice Ripley, fine actor who played Brad were not there. Actors I saw that I rememberwereAna Gasteyer as Colunbia; an ensemble actor in the role of Eddie and Dr. Scott. Sally Jesse Raphael as Sally Jesse Raphael and Luke Perry as Brad Majors (a**hole) hahahahahahahahahahaha Brings back some great memories :)
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Joan Jett left RHS for the same person who made Sherie R. Scott's life utterly miserable during ReNt: Kristen Lee Kelly. 

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Posted: 10/11/17 at 2:50am

Sorry to hear about Joan Jett left RHS due to that. I thought she was good and I've always thought she was on the recording doing some of the guitar riffs on the soundtrack. 

I believe I saw RHS with Kristen Lee Kelly as Janet (sl*t). I thought she was good. I thought she worked well with Luke Perry, Sebastian Lacause, Dalphe Rubin-Vega, Ana Gasteyer, Tom Hewitt and rest of the cast but she was no Alice Ripley. 


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