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Any understudies in Sweeney yet?

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Any understudies in Sweeney yet?#0
Posted: 12/9/05 at 1:31pm
Hmmm?
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re: Any understudies in Sweeney yet?#1
Posted: 12/9/05 at 1:33pm
No idea, but the correct term would be standby since understudies are traditionally in the show (usually in the Chorus).
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re: Any understudies in Sweeney yet?#2
Posted: 12/9/05 at 2:07pm
They are technically "standbys."(although to be fair, Cerveris also called them understudies on the radio. re: Any understudies in Sweeney yet?)

According to the interview with Cerveris on New York public radio earlier today none of them have gone on yet.

He also anwered the oft asked question of the instruments.

Since his standby (Merwin Foard) does not play guitar, if he were out his Foard would play the instruments he knows, and another standby, (I can't remeber which) would also be onstage to do the guitar parts.
It would work that way with any of them.
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re: Any understudies in Sweeney yet?#3
Posted: 12/9/05 at 2:12pm
Wow. That could get really tricky.
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re: Any understudies in Sweeney yet?#4
Posted: 12/9/05 at 2:12pm
I would love to see Merwin Foard do Sweeney. I love Cerveris, but I also think Foard has a lovely voice and could truly be great in the role.
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re: Any understudies in Sweeney yet?#5
Posted: 12/9/05 at 2:24pm
Believe it or not, and I may have mentioned it before, but I actually know Merwin. I believe that he was actually TAUGHT how to play percussion while the show was in rehearsals. According to his wife, Becky Baxter, whom I'm a student of, it is hard!
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re: Any understudies in Sweeney yet?#6
Posted: 12/9/05 at 2:27pm
Cerveris is such perfection as Sweeney though, I am getting chills thinking about his performance as I sit here.

I'd love to see every possibility for this show though, and Merwin should be great.
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re: Any understudies in Sweeney yet?#7
Posted: 12/9/05 at 2:39pm
penguin, you're killing me! I'm about to scream at work because I haven't seen this show yet! Aaaargh!
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re: Any understudies in Sweeney yet?#8
Posted: 12/9/05 at 2:39pm
Seriously, penguin. January 26, 2006. We're there. For real. re: Any understudies in Sweeney yet?
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re: Any understudies in Sweeney yet?#9
Posted: 12/9/05 at 2:43pm
I REALLY hope there are no understudies/standbys on this weekend. I'm seeing it front row on Sunday. I've never seen Patti live, never seen Sweeney and I'm DYING to see this show. I hope that not only does blood get on the cello, but that a little splatters on me, too.

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re: Any understudies in Sweeney yet?#10
Posted: 12/9/05 at 2:50pm
Hanna, you are going to have so much fun! The show is wonderful from anywhere in the theatre, but there's nothing like sitting that close and being able to see every facial expression.
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re: Any understudies in Sweeney yet?#11
Posted: 12/9/05 at 2:52pm
Please -- I'll be so close I can look up Patti's miniskirt. I hope she has on clean undies!!!!!

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re: Any understudies in Sweeney yet?#12
Posted: 12/9/05 at 2:53pm
As long as Patti's understudy plays the tuba...the best moment in the show is when she's running around with that tuba.
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re: Any understudies in Sweeney yet?#13
Posted: 12/9/05 at 2:58pm
Patti's stand-by does NOT play tuba, though. I think she plays clarinet, orchestra bells, and percussion. (Incidentally, I always though that orchestra bells were percussion.)
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re: Any understudies in Sweeney yet?#14
Posted: 12/9/05 at 3:04pm
This sounds like rehearsing for this show could get really confusing....

and if Doyle's "Company" is also a success, we could be seeing a lot of this style of show.
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re: Any understudies in Sweeney yet?#15
Posted: 12/9/05 at 6:07pm
No one has been out yet. And I was told that the 4 standbys can only really cover one person. Like if Donna Lynne is out then someone has to play Pirelli and do her blocking and 2 others sit on the chairs and play her instruments. They're getting more standbys soon so there's more flexability.

But it's cool that no one wants to be the first one out. Both Patti and Mano were sick a couple weeks ago but they stuck it out.
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re: Any understudies in Sweeney yet?#16
Posted: 12/9/05 at 7:34pm
Donna Lynne's standby also has to conduct....

Patti's only contracted absences are in mid-February.
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re: Any understudies in Sweeney yet?#17
Posted: 12/9/05 at 7:40pm
I was wondering if they standbys all played the same instruments...I guess not. What a tricky situation! I guess they've got it all worked out though...
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re: Any understudies in Sweeney yet?#18
Posted: 12/9/05 at 9:16pm
It's crazy. Donna Lynne plays the accordion, flute, and keyboard. Her standby would play DL's keyboard parts, Lauren's standby would play the accordion and none of the standbys play the flute. What a crazy show to cast!
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re: Any understudies in Sweeney yet?#19
Posted: 12/10/05 at 12:26am
i think one of the cast members described the show as a giant jigsaw puzzle that they were trying to put together in the show.

All the intrument work is very tricky, I'm amazed at how well they handle it.
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re: Any understudies in Sweeney yet?#20
Posted: 12/11/05 at 2:39pm
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