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i seemed to have opened a can of worms here, sorry!hey everyone- remember me?
we're still home from China with SOM, and i've decided to spend what little money i have going to see shows, using student, rush, and lottery tickets. actually, i NEVER win lottery, so probably only rush and student that you buy when the box offices open.
i was wondering, box offices tend to open at 10am. does there generally seem to be lines by then?
also, i know there's a website somewhere out there that has the understudy schedule for kids on broadway, does something like that exist for adults? either a compiled site, or on a show by show basis?
From working in education for so many years, I tend to hear the same question over and over again and by millionth time it kills me! lol... I always try to remind myself that while it was the millionth time I heard it, it was the first time that child ASKED it. That always helps my to keep my cool so to speak in those situations...I agree it isn't an insult. It is just shocking to a young performer or any performer. They work so hard at their role and they get called upon to go on and be the best they can be and the some patrons in the audience responds in a negative matter. Yes, when they go on - the deliver and are amazing and I do believe that the audience is happy with the show. We all know that there isn't just one person that can play any role. How many little girls have played the part of Annie, not just on tour, but in Community Theater shows everyone. Each one of them doing a great job. I was just commenting on the responses from the audience. If it had happened once - I wouldn't have said anything, but I heard something every time they announced that Grace Etzkorn would be playing the role of Annie and that Sunny Naughton would be playing Kate. It was like some people felt they were getting a lesser show and if they really wanted to see Amanda as Annie, perhaps they weren't getting what they wanted, but no one walked out that I know of and the show was always wonderful when any of the understudies performed.
Another interesting story is the red hair. Grace wore a wig, so when she went outside the stage door, the fans there didn't know who Annie was, so they would have to ask, Who was Annie? One little girl as cute as cute can be once said to Grace, "Your not Annie, you don't have red hair!". Grace tried to tell her that she wore a wig. There was no way this little one was believing that this girl with long brown hair was Annie. She wanted Annie! Grace & I still laugh about that. We almost bought a wig at a wigstore once just for fun. Many of the cast wear them in between the matinee and the evening show so they don't take their pincurls out. Never did find the right wig. Back to what started this is I am so glad to have the list - we plan to go to New York this summer to see shows. There are so many we haven't seen. We can't wait, we hope to get understudies!
i'm glad. i certainly didn't want to cause an issue. sometimes it's hard to tell what people are writing online and what they mean.Hi there...
Glad to read your post... No need to apologize. I don't think you opened a can of worms at all. Just initiated a good conversation. I don't think that anyone got upset by the direction of the conversation nor do I think that anyone meant to offend anyone by what anyone else said... It was a good topic of conversation.
Hey, I was just wondering, Lisa Brescia was credited as a standby, and I know there was also a standby for Glinda. There were also understudies for these same roles. Is a standby someone who just practices the role more and has no other part, or is there another difference. I don't remember ever seeing this term in shows before, I'm assuming it's because Wicked is so popular and the roles are so demanding, but does anyone else have any insight?My daughter and I saw Wicked on Broadway in February. It was AMAZING! And that is an understatement! We are DYING to see it again!!! We saw Annaleigh Ashford and Stephanie J Block. They were so good...
Also, as far as the "If the understudy is that good..." thing... I'm not sure why that would be taken as an insult. The way I "hear" that statement (in my mind) it is really a compliment to the actors abilities... I take it to mean that they thought the performance by the understudy was so good, they completely believe you as the lead... Isn't that what you would want as an actor? I'm not an actress, so I don't know, maybe that's the case with actors? Woud you actors out there be insulted by that statement?
I'm not saying that to be mean or rude, I'm just really curious if that is how most actors percieve it... Because I have said that, but never to mean it as an insult what-so-ever... Only as the highest compliment.