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Broadway Cast Replacements

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Broadway Cast Replacements#0
Posted: 2/19/06 at 6:00pm
Something just occured to me while reading a review of the new cast members in Broadway's "Doubt": Who directs and prepares these replacements in the weeks leading up to their stage debut in the roles? Surely someone guides them to achieving an essence and mood that is coherent with the work in progress, and it would seem to me that the original director is the one to do this. But is this always the case? I know that many directors shift immediately from one project to the next, and often shuffle multiple productions at once. So in this respect, who is available or eligable to provide replacements with guidance? Just curious.
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re: Broadway Cast Replacements#1
Posted: 2/19/06 at 6:38pm
Sometimes the original director rehearses new cast members, but far more often, it is either a team of artistic assistants (i.e. Assoc Dir, Assoc Chor) or the Production Stage Manager and Dance Captain.
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re: Broadway Cast Replacements#2
Posted: 2/19/06 at 7:04pm
In the case of Doubt (an entirely new company), Doug Hughes directed them, as he did with the original cast.

When Diana DeGarmo went into Hairspray, according to Broadway.com's piece, the stage manager and dance captain (Michelle Kittrell) rehearsed her.
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re: Broadway Cast Replacements#3
Posted: 2/19/06 at 7:25pm
Have their been any reviews of Jonathan Pryce in DRS?
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re: Broadway Cast Replacements#4
Posted: 2/19/06 at 7:27pm
I wonder if they'll invite the critics. They were pretty mixed when DRS opened, so i doubt they'll want to risk similar reviews. With York and Pryce, I'd assume so, but who knows...
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re: Broadway Cast Replacements#5
Posted: 2/19/06 at 7:34pm
You're right - I'd forgotten that. The people loved it while the non-people (critics) didn't.
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re: Broadway Cast Replacements#6
Posted: 2/19/06 at 7:58pm
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is reinviting critics, with an opening during the second week of March.
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re: Broadway Cast Replacements#7
Posted: 2/19/06 at 8:15pm
Thank you!
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