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This edition: Waiting in the Wings

Episode Details

Original tape date: March 26, 2010.

First aired: May 2, 2010.

Their roles as understudies on Broadway was the focal point for this panel of actors - Tony Carlin (”Lend Me A Tenor”), Bryan Fenkart (”Memphis”), Corinne Melançon (”Mamma Mia”), Jay Russell (”Our Town”) and Paul A. Schaefer (”The Phantom of the Opera”) - as they discussed the first time they went on as an understudy; what kind of preparation is involved for their roles; the differences of understudies, swings and stand-bys; whether or not they continue to audition for other roles; how they handle stepping into a role mid-performance and covering for a “name” performer; and how much of their own voice is given to a character when they perform the role.

Guest List

Tony Carlin Actor

Bryan Fenkart Actor

Corinne Melancon Actress

Jay Russell Actor

Paul A. Schaefer Actor

Howard Sherman Moderator, American Theatre Wing