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What is a Swing?

J. Austin Eyer

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. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Lyndy Franklin Smith

Lyndy Franklin Smith is an Instructor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at University of Kentucky, Artistic Director of The Lexington Theatre Company, and a professional Director/Choreographer. She performed on Broadway in A Chorus Line and The Little Mermaid; Tours of Fosse and White Christmas and NYC’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Broadway Swings : Covering the Ensemble in Musical Theatre

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...The History of Swings In the earliest days of Broadway, the use of Swings was not common. The run of a show (the number of performances from Opening to Closing) was not nearly as long as it is today...

Swings in Rehearsal

J. Austin Eyer

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. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Lyndy Franklin Smith

Lyndy Franklin Smith is an Instructor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at University of Kentucky, Artistic Director of The Lexington Theatre Company, and a professional Director/Choreographer. She performed on Broadway in A Chorus Line and The Little Mermaid; Tours of Fosse and White Christmas and NYC’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Broadway Swings : Covering the Ensemble in Musical Theatre

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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... of having to learn so much material so quickly. A thought from Lyndy We definitely employed Swing teamwork on A Chorus Line. In fact, on one of the first days of rehearsal, Jeffrey Schecter...

On with the Show

J. Austin Eyer

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. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Lyndy Franklin Smith

Lyndy Franklin Smith is an Instructor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at University of Kentucky, Artistic Director of The Lexington Theatre Company, and a professional Director/Choreographer. She performed on Broadway in A Chorus Line and The Little Mermaid; Tours of Fosse and White Christmas and NYC’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Broadway Swings : Covering the Ensemble in Musical Theatre

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...Opening Night And finally, the big day arrives. It is Opening Night on Broadway! A Broadway Opening is like no other night for a performer. The excitement has been building for weeks. The dressing rooms...

Swinging On

J. Austin Eyer

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. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Lyndy Franklin Smith

Lyndy Franklin Smith is an Instructor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at University of Kentucky, Artistic Director of The Lexington Theatre Company, and a professional Director/Choreographer. She performed on Broadway in A Chorus Line and The Little Mermaid; Tours of Fosse and White Christmas and NYC’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Broadway Swings : Covering the Ensemble in Musical Theatre

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...So, where do we swing from here? Will Swings start to gain more respect from audiences (and Producers/Management)? We hope so! Will Swings advocate for more advances and protections for themselves in the Production Contract? We hope so...

Closing Time

J. Austin Eyer

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. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Lyndy Franklin Smith

Lyndy Franklin Smith is an Instructor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at University of Kentucky, Artistic Director of The Lexington Theatre Company, and a professional Director/Choreographer. She performed on Broadway in A Chorus Line and The Little Mermaid; Tours of Fosse and White Christmas and NYC’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Broadway Swings : Covering the Ensemble in Musical Theatre

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...Like all good things, Broadway shows do come to an inevitable end. Handling the closing of a show is another interesting journey for the Swing.If the Company is lucky enough to get advance notice of their closing (more than a couple...

The Next Step

J. Austin Eyer

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. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Lyndy Franklin Smith

Lyndy Franklin Smith is an Instructor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at University of Kentucky, Artistic Director of The Lexington Theatre Company, and a professional Director/Choreographer. She performed on Broadway in A Chorus Line and The Little Mermaid; Tours of Fosse and White Christmas and NYC’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Broadway Swings : Covering the Ensemble in Musical Theatre

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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... be in rehearsal clothes, but this will be the closest chance they get to their own Tech process. A thought from Lyndy I remember just dying to get on the floor during rehearsals for A Chorus Line. Our team of Swings and Understudies...

Selecting the Swing

J. Austin Eyer

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. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Lyndy Franklin Smith

Lyndy Franklin Smith is an Instructor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at University of Kentucky, Artistic Director of The Lexington Theatre Company, and a professional Director/Choreographer. She performed on Broadway in A Chorus Line and The Little Mermaid; Tours of Fosse and White Christmas and NYC’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Broadway Swings : Covering the Ensemble in Musical Theatre

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...Now that we have covered the basics of what Broadway Swings do, let’s discuss the life of a Swing, from Audition to Closing Night. Getting the Job It is not always easy being hired as a Swing, especially the first time. MEREDITH AKINS...

Swings as Dance Captains

J. Austin Eyer

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. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Lyndy Franklin Smith

Lyndy Franklin Smith is an Instructor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at University of Kentucky, Artistic Director of The Lexington Theatre Company, and a professional Director/Choreographer. She performed on Broadway in A Chorus Line and The Little Mermaid; Tours of Fosse and White Christmas and NYC’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Broadway Swings : Covering the Ensemble in Musical Theatre

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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... was covered, before they step onstage for the evening’s performance. Lyndy’s List Here are some thoughts and suggestions from my time as a Dance Captain. Position of service—I think it’s crucial to think of the Dance Captain’s job...

Thoughts from the Creative Team

J. Austin Eyer

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. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Lyndy Franklin Smith

Lyndy Franklin Smith is an Instructor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at University of Kentucky, Artistic Director of The Lexington Theatre Company, and a professional Director/Choreographer. She performed on Broadway in A Chorus Line and The Little Mermaid; Tours of Fosse and White Christmas and NYC’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Broadway Swings : Covering the Ensemble in Musical Theatre

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...Susan Stroman When did you first discover the value of a Swing? I would say it wasn’t until I did The World Goes ’Round, which is a show I created Off Broadway with Scott Ellis...

Swing Stories

J. Austin Eyer

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. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Lyndy Franklin Smith

Lyndy Franklin Smith is an Instructor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at University of Kentucky, Artistic Director of The Lexington Theatre Company, and a professional Director/Choreographer. She performed on Broadway in A Chorus Line and The Little Mermaid; Tours of Fosse and White Christmas and NYC’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Broadway Swings : Covering the Ensemble in Musical Theatre

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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... on that note, we have compiled our favorite Swing stories. From awe inspiring to embarrassing or just downright hilarious, these delicious memories of swinging on Broadway deserve to be told! Lyndy Franklin Smith LYNDY FRANKLIN...