A lot has been said about those many shows with kids above the title - the adorable and plucky protagonists, imploring us to give them just a little more so the sun will come out tomorrow- but what about their onstage classmates/friends at the orphanage/sidekicks?
It's TONY SEASON, you guys! And we don't know about you, but we are SUPER excited to cheer everyone on during Broadway's biggest night! Of course, since this is The Ensemblist, you know we're not taking the Tonys at face value- we wanted to dig a little deeper and find out how the pressures of awards season affected the nominees' understudies.
On this episode of The Ensemblist, we spoke to three Broadway actors who covered Tony nominated roles during awards season. We found out how they became understudies, what it’s like to understudy a nominee while the whole community is watching, and how that experience affected their performances in the roles they eventually took over.
Shoshana Bean (Hairspray, Wicked)
Andy Kelso (Mamma Mia!, Kinky Boots)
Kenita Miller (The Color Purple, Xanadu)