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re: Does a standby have to attend each peformance?
Last Edit: whereismikeyfl 07:35 am EDT 07/03/22
Posted by: whereismikeyfl 07:34 am EDT 07/03/22
In reply to: re: Does a standby have to attend each peformance? - mikem 04:57 pm EDT 07/02/22

We are going back a few years, but the stand-bys I knew did not have to be present in the building. Part of being a standby is that they get more notice (a few hours) than an understudy would.

The point of a standby is to have an actor of note so that when Venessa Redgrave or Brian Dennehy could not go on, the audience will not be as disappointed. The trade off is they get more notice and can be at home. Usually understudies cover a number of roles and might not be someone who would play Mary Tyrone, Hickey, Hamlet, etc. For this reason, there is an understudy on hand if there is an immediate emergency. The stand-by is someone who might be cast in the role--if not on Broadway then off-Broadway or in a major regional house.

Although on friend did describe getting a call close to curtain and asked is she would go on instead of the understudy. She lived in close enough that she could do it without them holding the curtain too long. She used to joke that if she lived in Brooklyn the understudy might have gotten a big break.
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