Understudies—Including Tell Me On a Sunday's Kritzer—Enter Broadway Spotlight Feb. 3

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Last month, Leslie Kritzer was Alice Ripley's standby for the role of English hat designer Emma in the Kennedy Center's production of Tell Me on a Sunday. Although she never had the chance to perform the role, the young singer-actress will get to perform a few of the Andrew Lloyd Webber tunes in the latest Broadway Spotlight concert Feb. 3.

Kritzer is just one of the many understudies who will get the chance to shine in the spotlight at the 8 PM concert at the Ars Nova Theater. Hosted by Seth Rudetsky, who will also serve as the evening's musical director, the concert will feature understudies who will sing the signature songs of their respective productions. As of press time, the line-up includes Hairspray's Katy Grenfell, who understudies the role of Tracy Turnblad; Man of La Mancha's Aldonza and Sancho understudies, Natascia Diaz and Jimmy Smagula; Thoroughly Modern Millie's alternate Millie, Catherine Brunell; Oklahoma!'s Curly understudy, Aaron Lazar; and the Amneris understudy, Darcie Roberts, and the Aida understudy, Schele Williams, for Disney's Aida. The relatively new Broadway Spotlight series presents concert evenings with stars of the Broadway stage. Others who have taken part in the series include Hairspray's Shoshana Bean, Into the Woods' Chad Kimball, Aida's Felicia Finley and former Renters Anthony Rapp and Idina Menzel. Gordon Greenberg, artistic director of the Spotlight Series, recently explained, "This is an incredible opportunity to see some of Broadway's most exciting young talent as individual performers in an up close and personal environment.  For about the cost of a movie, audiences get a completely original evening with a major talent.  We are committed to offering this sort of an intimate platform to performers, composers and lyricists who wish to explore new material in a comfortable setting."

The Ars Nova Theater is located at 511 W. 54th Street in New York City. Tickets are priced at $12 and may be purchased through SmartTix (www.smarttix.com) and by phone at (212) 206-1515.

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