CUE & A REVISITED: What's Your Worst Flubbed Line/Missed Cue/Onstage Mishap?; Over 90 Actors Respond

By Playbill Staff
22 Feb 2014

Jake Epstein

Jake Epstein
When I was on tour with Spring Awakening, I played Melchior opposite Taylor Trensch as Moritz. During the "Touch Me" scene, Melchior explains an essay he wrote about sexuality to Moritz, his best friend. Moritz has trouble pronouncing the word "genitalia" and Taylor used to say, with a hard G, “geni… geni…” and I would correct him, (with the soft G), “genitalia.” One show, Taylor tried something new and said with a soft G, “geni… geni..” and I proudly corrected him, with a HARD G: “genitalia!”

He looked at me… and you know when you’re looking at a friend, and you have to be serious, and yet you’re holding in the biggest laugh in the world? We were scrunching our faces, our shoulders started dancing up and down, and Taylor (the bastard) got to run off and I was left alone on stage, with more to say. And I just broke down laughing.

This was terrible and so unprofessional! The worst worst worst part of this is that somehow it was videotaped, and it’s on YouTube!

Bruce Vilanch
My skirt fell off on stage during a performance of Hairspray on Broadway, revealing my fat suit over my own natural fat suit. I turned to the audience and said, "Now you know why I spent six years in a square."

Caroline O'Connor
Some years I was meant to sing a duet with a friend at a charity concert and I forgot to come on. I had already sung one song and was headed back to the dressing room. He stood onstage terrified for the entire intro. When I heard the music I freaked and ran back to the stage. I was so out of breath I could barely sing a note.