Understudies from Next to Normal, Shrek, Hair, West Side Story Set for At This Performance

By Andrew Gans
April 16, 2009

At This Performance, the ongoing salute to Broadway and Off-Broadway standbys and understudies, will continue April 19 and 20.



Presented by Musicals Tonight!, the 8 PM concerts will be held at Off-Broadway's McGinn/Cazale Theatre. Casting director Stephen DeAngelis will host the evenings, which will feature musical direction and piano accompaniment by Eugene Gwozdz.

Among the performers who will sing and share anecdotes about their experiences on April 19 are Jimmy Ray Bennett (understudy for the role of Applegate in Damn Yankees), Jennifer DiNoia (standby for the role of Elphaba in Wicked), Lorin Latarro (understudy for the role of Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls), Michelle Lookadoo (understudy for the role of Ariel in The Little Mermaid), Kyle Dean Massey (understudy for the role of Fiyero in Wicked), Kat Nejat (understudy for the role of Maria, Rosalia and Anita in West Side Story), Erin Leigh Peck (understudy for the roles of Sarah and Mayor in The Toxic Avenger) and Kristen Beth Williams (standby for the roles of Missy, Cindy Lou and Suzy in The Marvelous Wonderettes).

The April 20 line-up comprises Michael Berry (understudy for the roles of Dan and Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine in Next to Normal), Holly Ann Butler (standby for the roles of Gina and Cindy in Happiness), Haley Carlucci (standby for the role of Maria and understudy for the roles of Fernanda and Rosalia in West Side Story), Ben Crawford (standby for the role of Shrek in Shrek The Musical), Meghann Fahy (standby for the role of Natalie in Next to Normal), Jay Armstrong Johnson (understudy for the role of Claude in Hair), Joshua Lamon (understudy for the roles of Margaret Mead and Dad in Hair), Ryan Link (understudy for the roles of Berger and Woof in Hair), Elise Santora (understudy for the roles of Abuela Claudia, Camila and Daniella in In the Heights), Alena Watters (standby for the role of Anita in West Side Story) and Timothy Young (understudy for the roles of Henry and Gabe in Next to Normal).

The McGinn/Cazale Theatre is located at 2162 Broadway, Broadway at 76th Street on the 3rd Floor. Tickets, priced $20, are available by calling (212) 868-4444 or by visiting www.smarttix.com.

For more information visit www.musicalstonight.org.