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Broadway Swings : Covering the Ensemble in Musical Theatre (Paperback) (J. Austin Eyer)
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What is a Broadway Swing? Eyer and Smith delve deep into the responsibilities and rigors, joy and turmoil of performing this very difficult job. The position of a Swing (Understudy for the Ensemble) on Broadway is examined from every angle, showing just how vital Swings are to the success of any Broadway production. Eyer and Smith finally give Swings their voice, literally, by printing their own words and stories about the glories and hardships of their lives as Swings. The men and women waiting in the wings finally get their chance to stand in the spotlight. For anyone who is interested in becoming a Swing, or about to start their first job as a Swing, the "how-to" portions of this book and behind-the-scenes-insight will prove invaluable.
Part history and part how-to, this book traces the entire journey of a Swing's life on Broadway, from auditions and how Swings are selected to the ups and downs of rehearsals and performances. Over 100 Broadway pros and Swing veterans have been interviewed alongside many Stage Managers, Casting Directors, Choreographers and Directors to gain their perspective on what it takes to be a good Swing. Notable people interviewed include Rob Ashford, Susan Stroman, Jerry Mitchell, Larry Fuller, Tony Stevens, Beverley Randolph and Frank Dilella of NY1's Onstage.