Broadway Understudies

Dedicated to the performers whose job it is to be ready to jump into a role (often many) whenever needed, often last minute. This website is not meant to discourage patrons from attending shows in which an understudy is performing, but rather to allow fans the opportunity of seeing what may be a once in a lifetime performance. So join us in a tribute to Broadway's hardest working actors, and catch an understudy at a theater near you!


Check out the Broadway Understudies Calendar!

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Are you an understudy going on? Contact us with your dates at contact@broadwayunderstudies.com!

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Understudy Justin Patterson when he went on as Chad in ALL SHOOK UP on Broadway!
Besides being a great singer/dancer/actor, Justin is also an accomplished photographer. Check out Justin Patterson Photography, where you might see photos of some of your favorite understudies and performers!

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Understudy Justin Patterson when he went on as Chad in ALL SHOOK UP on Broadway!

Besides being a great singer/dancer/actor, Justin is also an accomplished photographer. Check out Justin Patterson Photography, where you might see photos of some of your favorite understudies and performers!

A big happy opening to ALADDIN and its understudies, swings and standbys!

Mike Faist and Adam Kaplan (of NEWSIES) | “Anything You Can Do..” from ANNIE GET YOUR GUN | Half Hour 3

Holy cow, are these guys hot!

Check out Time Out New York's feature on the hottest chorus men and women hitting Broadway this spring. Favorite understudy faces we see include Half Hour alum Dan Horn and the gorgeous Amanda Kloots-Larsen.

Fun fact: Amanda's photo in the article was taken by another Broadway understudy, Justin Patterson!

Have you seen The Standbys yet?

The fantastic documentary about Broadway’s covers is playing this week at the Quad Cinema on West 13th Street (through February 27th) and it’s fantastic. Starring Alena Watters (Anita standby in WEST SIDE STORY), Merwin Foard (who stood by for Nathan Lane in THE ADDAMS FAMILY and will be a standby in the upcoming ALADDIN), andBen Crawford, (standby in SHREK: THE MUSICAL and, of course, BIG FISH, where he went on for Norbert Leo Butz), the film depicts the hardships and frustrations of waiting in the wings.

If you love Broadway Understudies, you will love this movie! We wholeheartedly endorse this film and hope you see it in theatres, or check it out on DVD or on-demand in the weeks to come.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
So if Alessa Neeck is leaving Cinderella, who's playing Ella when Carly isn't there now? Jessica Hershberg or a new cast member?
broadwayunderstudies broadwayunderstudies Said:

We’re not sure just yet! We’ll let you know if we hear.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Any news or dates for Jessica Hershberg as Ella in Cinderella?
broadwayunderstudies broadwayunderstudies Said:

Not yet!

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Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of this day of love, we’re flashing back to a musical that’s all about it, currently in previews on Broadway: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY.

In its pre-Broadway world premiere engagement at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Elena Shaddow played the role of Francesca Johnson during the entire run, and received fantastic notices. Elena now stands by for the role on Broadway.

Upcoming Christine dates for PHANTOM OF THE OPERA’s Elizabeth Welch!

Cassie Silva will be on as Sherrie in ROCK OF AGES tonight, February 4th, at 7pm!