Understudies from Shrek, Wicked, Hair, Rock of Ages to Stand in the Spotlight

By Andrew Gans
22 Feb 2010

At This Performance, the ongoing salute to Broadway and Off-Broadway standbys and understudies, will continue Feb. 28 and March 1.



Presented by Musicals Tonight!, the 8 PM concerts will be held at Off-Broadway's McGinn/Cazale Theatre. Casting director Stephen DeAngelis will host the evenings, which will feature musical direction and piano accompaniment by Eugene Gwozdz.

Among the performers who will sing and share anecdotes about their experiences on Feb. 28 are Joe Abraham (Understudy for the roles of Scuttle and Chef Louis in Little Mermaid), Brad Bass (Understudy for the role of Huey in Memphis), Jeannette Bayardelle (Understudy for the role of Dionne in Hair), Elizabeth DeRosa (Understudy for the role of Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins), Sara Jean Ford (Understudy for the role of Sharon McLonergan in Finian’s Rainbow), Kaitlin Kiyan (Understudy for the role of Crissy in Hair), Mark Ledbetter (Understudy for the role of Bert in Mary Poppins), Melissa Lone (Understudy for the role of Winifred Banks in Mary Poppins) and James Romick (Understudy for the roles of The Phantom, Monsieur Andre, Monsieur Firmin and Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera).

The March 1 line-up comprises Ryan Duncan (Understudy for the role of Donkey in Shrek the Musical), Taylor Frey (Understudy for the role of Woody Mahoney in Finian’s Rainbow), Nina Hennessey (Understudy for the role of Gloria Rasputin in Bye, Bye Birdie), Carly Hughes (Understudy for the role of Sarah in Ragtime), Jeremy Jordan (Understudy for the role of Drew, Franz and Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages), Benjamin Schrader (Understudy for the role of Mother’s Younger Brother in Ragtime), Stephanie Torns (Understudy for the role of Elphaba in Wicked) and Tommar Wilson (Understudy for the role of Hud in Hair).

The McGinn/Cazale Theatre is located at 2162 Broadway, Broadway at 76th Street on the 3rd Floor. Tickets, priced $25, are available by calling (212) 579-4230 or by visiting www.iseats.com.

For more information visit www.musicalstonight.org.