A young Shirley MacLaine got her start as an ensemble member and understudy in The Pajama Game
Cortney H.: Best standby/understudy for a leading role...they never seem to get enough credit
Sandra MacDonald Adams: Best understudy in a leading role. They are usually amazing AND perform in the ensemble every single night. I say no to "best ensemble." The Tonys would turn into "everybody on stage deserves a trophy" attitude. Sort of like children's sports awards....where we are all winners type of attitude.