PHOTO CALL: Katie Finneran, Ben Crawford, Cady Huffman and More at "The Standbys" World Premiere

By Matthew Blank
14 May 2012

The 2nd Annual Tony Awards Film Series kicked off May 12 at 2 PM with the world premiere of Stephanie Riggs' "The Standbys."



The documentary "takes a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of performers rarely glimpsed by audiences. These performers, known as 'standbys,' remain backstage, prepared to go on at a moment's notice. In this evocative behind-the-scenes documentary, the at times heartbreaking and hilarious lives of Broadway's understudies and standbys are finally brought into the spotlight. [The film] follows three undiscovered performers for several years through their ups and downs, struggles and triumphs, onstage performances and private lives. When these standbys are finally given the chance of a lifetime, anything can — and does — happen."



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Ben Crawford, AlÚna Watters and Merwin Foard
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN



The screening was followed by a talk-back panel including Tony winners Cady Huffman and Katie Finneran; "The Standbys" director, Stephanie Riggs; and film cast members Ben Crawford, Merwin Foard and Aléna Watters.