For Broadway audiences, there might not be anything more disappointing than an announcement that one of the main cast members of the show you’re seeing has been replaced for the performance you are seeing. It’s particularly frustrating when the cast member being replaced is the major star that convinced you to buy the ticket in the first place.
“You just need to be on,” explained the all-star understudy in a segment for NBC New York’s In the Wings. She took a week to learn each female role in the show, which has become one of the biggest Broadway hits of all-time since opening in 2005.
“The whole second act has been rewritten and there are new songs.”