Working In The Theatre: Swings, Standbys, and Understudies

What happens when the show can’t go on? It does. In the case of “Wicked,” when Glinda or Dr. Dillamond goes on vacation, it’s the understudies, standbys and swings’ job to step in and not miss a beat. We go backstage to meet some of the unheralded heroes of “Wicked” in this all access edition of Working In The Theatre. (2014)

American Theatre Wing’s Working in the Theatre documentary series features the most fascinating people on the stage, behind the scenes, and in the audience. From Tony Awards® and Obie Awards® winning artists to the next generation of theatre makers, we capture theatre’s inner-workings, industry luminaries, and unique stories that surround important work.

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