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

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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, Aléna Watters and Merwin Foard
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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.