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

By Playbill Staff
22 Feb 2014

Sean MacLaughlin

Sean MacLaughlin
I would have to say that "MAGNETIC PORTCULLIS" at the end of Final Lair in Phantom of the Opera was pretty stand out. I was playing Raoul, and for those of you who know the show, the Phantom is supposed to place a noose around Raoul's neck.

Well, that night the noose didn't quite work and the Phantom had to throw me against the portcullis and magically hold me there with a Darth Vader force hold for ALL of the final lair scene.

Unfortunately, for me, when I hit the portcullis, I had to pretend that I was stuck there on contact (why I thought that is beyond me) and I stayed in a one-legged position for THE WHOLE SONG. Yes. Magnetic Portcullis. Almost as good as Poison Boot.

Jonny Orsini
My pants ripped wide open in a show in college, but my character was hammered drunk so I rolled with it and it worked out well.

Ellyn Marie Marsh
This is hilarious. And it JUST happened. At the top of the show [Kinky Boots], I take 13 pairs of shoes off a conveyer belt and place them on a shoe rack. Okay. So one day. Said shoe rack? Not there.

But that conveyer belt was flying. So I start grabbing them trying to manage. 13 pairs of shoes... that's TWENTY SIX shoes. Imagine "I Love Lucy" with men's shoes. I was trying to stop them with my body, all the while actually crying with tears of laughter.

But the awesome thing is? I have a rock solid company that I can always turn to in times of need. Oh no wait, they were all pissing themselves laughing. Finally I chuck a handful to Andy Kelso then run stage left and load them off with Rich, our props master. It was not only my funniest moment, it was the world’s. The world’s funniest moment on stage.

Krystal Joy Brown
Oh god! I once said pretty much every word wrong in a song from the show Falling For Eve. It was kind of coherent kind of gibberish… eh, it happens! I'm still sorry for that.