Every actor dreads being asked to do a cold read during an audition. To prove that even the biggest stars struggle with this task, we asked three Broadway guests on a recent episode of The Broadway Cast to cold read lyrics from a number of hit musicals.
Watch how they fared in the video above, and see if you can name all of the songs and shows?
On the August 14 episode of The Broadway Cast, Playbill welcomed Tony nominee Shalita Grant, most recently seen on the Delacorte stage in The Public Theater’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, and on television in NCIS: New Orleans; Henry Lewis, star and co-writer of The Play That Goes Wrong, now playing on Broadway; and Alison Wright, most recently seen on Broadway in Sweat, and onscreen in The Americans and Feud.
The actors chat about the moments that inspired them to pursue acting, their training, some of the differences between performing for the stage and screen, and what’s up next for each of them.
Listen to the episode below: