Broadway Swings: Covering the Ensemble in Musical Theatre by J. Austin EyerBroadway Swings: Covering the Ensemble in Musical Theatre by J. Austin Eyer

Broadway Swings: Covering the Ensemble in Musical Theatre

byJ. Austin Eyer, Lyndy Franklin Smith

Paperback | October 22, 2015

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In this textbook for performers, the position of a Swing-an Understudy for the Ensemble-on Broadway is examined from every angle, showing just how vital Swings are to the success of any musical theatre production. Authors J. Austin Eyer and Lyndy Franklin Smith draw on their own experiences as performers, and gather first-hand stories from other Swings about the glories and hardships of their industry. The book features interviews with over 100 Broadway pros-Swing veterans, Stage Managers, Casting Directors, Choreographers, and Directors-including Rob Ashford, Susan Stroman, Jerry Mitchell, Larry Fuller, Tony Stevens, Beverley Randolph, and Frank DiLella. Broadway Swings is the ideal guide for anyone considering a career in this most unique of positions, or anyone curious about what really goes on, behind-the- scenes, in a long-running show.
J. Austin Eyer is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at The Pennsylvania State University. He also serves as the Head of Musical Theatre for Musiktheater Bavaria in Germany. He has performed on Broadway in Evita, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Billy Elliot, The Little Mermaid, Curtains and The Secret Garden Lyndy Fra...
Title:Broadway Swings: Covering the Ensemble in Musical TheatreFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:October 22, 2015Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1472590015

ISBN - 13:9781472590015

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Table of Contents

Preface by J. Austin Eyer and Lyndy Franklin Smith Foreword by Susan Stroman Acknowledgments Introduction Some Terms to Know 1 What is a Swing? 2 Selecting the Swing 3 Swings in Rehearsal 4 The Next Step: Tech Rehearsal and Previews 5 On with the Show 6 And the Show Goes On . . . and On . . . and On . . . 7 Closing Time 8 So You Think You Can Swing? 9 Swings as Dance Captains 10 Swings beyond Broadway 11 Swing Stories 12 Thoughts from the Creative Team 13 Swinging On Appendix A: Meet the Swings Appendix B: Sources/Further Reading

Editorial Reviews

Austin Eyer and Franklin Smith are both experienced [swings] and take the reader through the background to the swing concept, rehearsing as a swing, dealing with whatever you have to do in the show and what happens at the end of it. There's a lot of practical advice about learning songs and dancing routines, and combining it - if required - with the role of dance captain. A useful and accessible book about a subject which really needed spelling out clearly. Yes, it's about Broadway but nearly all the advice and examples are applicable wherever musical theatre is being staged.