When it comes to Broadway shows, we tend to remember and admire the original cast, but changing cast members is critical to the longevity of a show. Finally, there are those who take the torch in their hands and fill the big shoes, and it is the so-called “original casting” that achieves the effect and usually wins prizes. Meet the best cast replacements on Brodway!
Sandy Duncan as Roxie Hart in “Chicago“
When we talk about longevity, the first thing that comes to mind is Chicago, and a lot of it is down to successful replacements. Here are some of the best cast changes on Broadway, with a look back at the most successful cast changes in Broadway history.
Hardcore fans have seen actresses like Bebe Neuwirth and Ann Reinking, but Sandy Duncan seems to be one of the most successful cast replacements on Broadway in recent history. Duncan’s ability to play a young housewife went wrong, and from jail to court, Duncan did everything he could to turn a blind eye. In fact, she demanded more and seemed content with her performance in the role, even after the death of her husband.
Their dancing and singing are wonderful and expressive, but they seem to overtake them with a kind of demonic obsession. She’s a great performer and she’s one of the best acting performances on Broadway in recent years, especially for a woman her age.
Andrew Barth Feldman as Evan Hansen in “Dear Evan Hansen“
Following in Ben Platt’s footsteps is depressed and socially anxious Evan. But he takes the job with confidence and is expertly played by a young Andrew Barth Feldman.
After all, young Andrew is a Jimmy Award winner, so that brings youth, and it’s a great opportunity to see how a real teenager would develop.
Austin Scott as Alexander Hamilton in “Hamilton“
He behaves like a young lad and cannot be forgiven for committing the folly of youth. He gives a profound performance in this piece and his raw, heartbreaking performance captures the hearts of all in the audience.
He brings legitimate vocal power to the beloved ALW score and again the audience takes their breath away. Meghan has had a solid career, making her one of the most memorable in Christendom. It’s hard to imagine a better choice for the role than her as the title role in this opera.
A young Austin Scott has managed to shake off his role as the title character in the Broadway version of the opera. He has become memorable, bringing a much-needed swag to a character who needs it.
Reneé Rapp as Regina George in “Mean Girls“
The young Renee Rapp has made the world burn with her role as the title character in the Broadway version of her first Broadway musical. Her singing talent has taken the role to a new level, and she has also become popular as one of the most popular characters on Broadway.
In her Broadway debut, she was one of the most popular cast replacement roles in the history of Broadway musicals, as well as in many other Broadway productions.
The young woman was a real favourite, and many compared her to the lioness who was slashed in the throat in the original Broadway production of George Lucas’s The Lion King. How did the fans think the real Regina would look and behave, or what would have been compared to her?
Replacing a superstar is a tough task, but if the show goes on, someone has to do it, even if it’s only for a few weeks.
It’s not hard to see that many of us are associated with superstars, and that’s why there are some of the best performances on Broadway. Some of these young talents are just coming through their phases and putting their best foot forward.
Well, we met the cast replacements on Broadway. What about the original cast?