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Understudies Spring Awakening#1
Posted: 1/1/09 at 9:32pm
Who are your fav understudies on broadway and tour.
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re: Understudies Spring Awakening#2
Posted: 1/1/09 at 9:43pm
I personally loved when Matt Doyle understudied Melchior. I've seen him featured in three roles (Otto, Hanschen, and Melchior) and was most impressed with his Melchior.
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re: Understudies Spring Awakening#2
Posted: 1/1/09 at 9:55pm
Jenna Ushkowitz (sp) went on for the role originated by Remy Zakin and I thought she was AMAZING
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re: Understudies Spring Awakening#3
Posted: 1/1/09 at 9:57pm
I've only ever seen the show twice, but te first time Matt when on as Melchior and it was amazing!

Morgan Karr went on for Georg the second time, and while his voice was outstanding, he didn't really stand out.
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re: Understudies Spring Awakening#4
Posted: 1/1/09 at 9:59pm
Jeena Ustwitz

Jenna Ushkowitz.

And to actually answer the question, I really enjoyed Matt Shingledecker's performance as Melchior.
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re: Understudies Spring Awakening#5
Posted: 1/1/09 at 10:50pm
definitly agree with matt doyle as melchior. he was really good.

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re: Understudies Spring Awakening#6
Posted: 1/2/09 at 8:06am
I really want to see Matt Doyle or Jesse Swenson's Melchoir performance (I don't know if Jesse Swenson is still with the show, but I did want to see his rendition). I was at Matt Shingledecker's first performance and wasn't overly impressed, but thought he did a good job for his first time as Melchoir.
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re: Understudies Spring Awakening#7
Posted: 1/2/09 at 11:04am
The best understudy performance, in my honest opinion, is Eryn Murman as Ilse.
A complete and total breath of fresh air in the role.

I also really enjoyed Gerard Canonico's Moritz, before he blew out his voice from smoking (and before he was bumped up to full time). Same goes for his Ernst.

And Matt Doyle is amazing as Melchior. My favorite one, and I have seen every Melchior on Broadway and on tour (as the tour Melchior's appeared on Broadway, too)
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re: Understudies Spring Awakening#8
Posted: 1/2/09 at 11:10am
Jesse Swenson as Melchi. My favorite Melchior including J. Groff!

Also loved Morgan Carr's Ernst. Delightful.
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re: Understudies Spring Awakening#9
Posted: 1/2/09 at 11:12am
Jennifer Damiano as Ilse.
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re: Understudies Spring Awakening#10
Posted: 1/2/09 at 11:29am
Zach Reiner-Harris as Ernst and Hanschen.
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re: Understudies Spring Awakening#11
Posted: 1/2/09 at 11:32am
I second Jenn Damiano as Ilse. It was one of her first performances in the role and she blew me away. I also really liked Gerard Ganonico as Georg.
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re: Understudies Spring Awakening#12
Posted: 1/2/09 at 11:58am
Eryn as Martha was great..and although i have never seen this..i've been told Eryn's Wendla rocks
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re: Understudies Spring Awakening#13
Posted: 1/2/09 at 12:05pm
How could I forget Krysta Rodriguez as Ilse. Sublime.
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re: Understudies Spring Awakening#14
Posted: 1/2/09 at 12:20pm
Krysta Rodriguez as Wendla. It was her first show on as Wendla, she was great.
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re: Understudies Spring Awakening#15
Posted: 1/2/09 at 12:51pm
does anyone know how old Krysta is....?..she has played a ton of roles..and i can't seem to figure out how old she is...20s? maybe?
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re: Understudies Spring Awakening#16
Posted: 1/2/09 at 1:17pm
I think she's 26, not 100% sure.
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re: Understudies Spring Awakening#17
Posted: 1/2/09 at 1:41pm
Morgan Karr was excellent when I saw him as Moritz.

Also, Phoebe Strole's Wendla is still my favorite interpretation of the role with Alexandra coming in as a very close (VERY close) second. Eryn and Lea never did much for me.
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re: Understudies Spring Awakening#18
Posted: 1/2/09 at 2:10pm
phoebe strole never did anything for me period...out of the 4 times i saw the show with her in it..one of those four times it look like she cared..the other times...she was just there...gave nothing in her performance as Anna...Blake Daniel too...although many people will disagree with me...he gives nothing..but then again..his role is so small and has no real story
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re: Understudies Spring Awakening#19
Posted: 1/2/09 at 2:46pm
I liked Lea and really love her work but Alexandra was far superior IMO.
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re: Understudies Spring Awakening#20
Posted: 1/2/09 at 3:22pm
To be honest...I've seen both Alexandra and Lea in the role...both of them were magnificant and both brought something new to the role....so i just can't say who i like better..too hard for me
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re: Understudies Spring Awakening#21
Posted: 1/2/09 at 3:36pm
"I also really enjoyed Gerard Canonico's Moritz, before he blew out his voice from smoking (and before he was bumped up to full time). Same goes for his Ernst."

Really!? I thought he was the best one in the show when I saw him. Maybe he was having a really good night when I saw him or vice versa with you. *shrugs*

Jesse Swenson went on as Hanschen when I saw Matt as Melchior and he was...bad. He had no chemistry with Blake and he wasn't a strong enough singer for the small solos he had.

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re: Understudies Spring Awakening#22
Posted: 1/2/09 at 5:50pm
i've heard Jesse's Hanschen was horrid...but never witnessed it myself.

I also agree that Socha rocks Wendla...even before she took over the role. She and Jesse together were insane.

Eryn's Wendla did NOTHING for me although the cast seems to adore her in that role.
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re: Understudies Spring Awakening#23
Posted: 1/2/09 at 6:18pm
I only saw one understudy in my 2 times of seeing the show and the was Eryn as Ilse. I loved her in that role.
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re: Understudies Spring Awakening#24
Posted: 1/2/09 at 6:59pm
Gerard just doesn't do it for me as Moritz...maybe becuase I've seen Blake the 4/5 times i've seen the show and i saw Gerard the 5th time...But gerard seems good..but Blake is EXCELLENT!