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Favorite West End understudies?

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Favorite West End understudies?#1
Posted: 7/30/10 at 6:07pm
Mine would be Sarah Earnshaw as Glinda (Wicked) and Lucy Tapp as Killer Queen (WWRY).
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Favorite West End understudies?#2
Posted: 7/30/10 at 6:11pm
Caroline O'Conner for Diane Langton in 'The Rink'. She literally sold out every single matinee in the shows short 5 week run.
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Favorite West End understudies?#2
Posted: 7/30/10 at 6:18pm
Jonathan Williams, the current First Cover Valjean - he's awesome!
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Favorite West End understudies?#3
Posted: 7/31/10 at 3:02pm
Tam Mutu - Phantom in LND
Sabrina Carter - Nancy in Oliver
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Favorite West End understudies?#4
Posted: 7/31/10 at 6:26pm
I've heard nothing but good things about Sabrina Carter in Oliver!
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Posted: 7/31/10 at 7:34pm
This isn't West End, but Luke Kempner, understudy to Gareth Gates as Marius in the 25th anniversary tour of Les MisÚrables...better than Gates himself!
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Favorite West End understudies?#6
Posted: 8/2/10 at 5:53am
Jill Martin for Julia MacKenzie in the London Follies. A more than worthy understudy.
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Posted: 8/5/10 at 8:39am
Amy Lennox as Elle in Legally Blonde. Her vocal is outstanding compared to Sheridan, and her acting is far more believable allowing you to emphasise with the characters a lot more.

Hopefully with the Cast Change she will be promoted from her usual role of Margot into a full time Elle.
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Posted: 8/6/10 at 3:09pm
Interesting you mention Jill Martin, I thought she was a rather good alternate/understudy Norma Desmond, too.
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Posted: 8/15/10 at 3:20am
Katy Treharne is fantastic as Christine in Phantom, even though she's an understudy. I've seemed to love the London understudies: Sofia Escobar, Katie Hall, and now Katy Treharne. Fantastic, blooming voices.
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Posted: 8/15/10 at 5:23am
I have seen lots of understudies and they are almost always fantastic. I love it the most when they are wrong for the role or totally different from the normal lead.
I saw Spamalot twice when Sanjeev Bhaskar was playing King Arthur part time and the understudy was much younger but amazing. I also saw a very young Mrs Tottendale in Drowsy Chaperone. In Wicked I loved seeing Cassidy Jansen as Elphaba and Annalene Beechey as Galinda. The were both amazing in their roles.
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Posted: 8/16/10 at 11:06am
Also loved Lucy Tapp as the Killer Queen in WWRY! Some people don't like her but I only have Brenda Edwards to compare her too so. .
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Posted: 9/7/10 at 4:28pm

Alexis Owen-Hobbs as Roxie.
Great Dancer, singer and actress.
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Favorite West End understudies?#13
Posted: 9/7/10 at 5:55pm
Suzie McAdam as Vivienne in Legally Blonde.
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Favorite West End understudies? #14
Posted: 9/4/11 at 6:32am
Have to add Philippa Stefani as Molly in GHOST. It was her first time on yesterday and you have NEVER guessed it. Her nerves didn't show and she knocked every song out of the ball park. An amazing amazing voice!
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Favorite West End understudies? #15
Posted: 9/4/11 at 6:46am
Neil Ditt as understudy gilbert in BBE so much better than reece
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Favorite West End understudies? #16
Posted: 9/4/11 at 7:12am
Agreed!
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Favorite West End understudies? #17
Posted: 9/4/11 at 4:11pm
Spencer Stafford - He's been excellent the 2 times i have seen him go on in different shows. it seems he is working constantly and hopefully he'll get a decent break soon.
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Favorite West End understudies? #18
Posted: 9/4/11 at 5:13pm
Jason McCann for Glenn Carter in Whistle Down The Wind
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Favorite West End understudies? #19
Posted: 9/4/11 at 6:01pm
Sandra Marvin as Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray
Tom Oakley as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys
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Favorite West End understudies? #20
Posted: 9/5/11 at 2:10am
"Katy Treharne is fantastic as Christine in Phantom"

Having now seen Katy I can wholeheartedly agree! She performed Christine so well (acting and singing perfect) that I can't imagine Sofia being better!

Must be something to do with the fact that Katy was in the Welsh National Youth Opera and trained at Royal Welsh Favorite West End understudies?