PHOTO CALL: Understudies from Big Fish, Cinderella, First Date, Book of Mormon and More Stand in the Spotlight at Half Hour 4 Concert

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02 Dec 2013

Understudies from the 2013 Tony-nominated revival of Cinderella, Big Fish and First Date stood in the spotlight at the Half Hour 4 concert Nov. 24 at the Laurie Beechman Theatre.

The 9:30 PM concert included performances from Eric Ankrim (First Date), Preston Truman Boyd (Big Fish), Caitlyn Caughell (Newsies), Brandon Ellis (Once), Kendal Hartse (Cinderella), KJ Hippensteel (The Book of Mormon), Dan Horn (Cinderella), Adam Jepsen (Cinderella), Synthia Link (Big Fish), Christopher Rice (The Book of Mormon), Tally Sessions (Big Fish), Sydney Shepherd (First Date) and Billy Tighe (Pippin).

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Eric Ankrim with Taylor Aldrich and Sydney Shepherd
Photo by Amanda M. Pinto

According to press notes, " has once again invited some of Broadway's most talented understudies to the stage of the Laurie Beechman Theatre to share their rare talent — the ability to perform at a second's notice. Half Hour 4: A Last Minute Concert, a show where even they don't know what they'll be singing before they step up to the microphone. The audience will get to vote on what song each performer will sing."

The concert was produced by Shoshana Feinstein with musical direction by Benjamin Rauhala.

Feinstein and Karen Marshall started as a way to aggregate and celebrate the performances of Broadway's most under-appreciated talent: the understudy.