re: Do actors prefer specific performance days?
Last Edit: WaymanWong 01:15 pm EST 02/09/24
Posted by: WaymanWong 01:06 pm EST 02/09/24
In reply to: re: Do actors prefer specific performance days? - dbg 12:38 pm EST 02/09/24

I, too, want to commend the stars who are dedicated to 8 shows a week, especially in this era of COVID, etc. As of last weekend, ''Merrily We Roll Along'' will have played 20 previews and 136 performances on Broadway, and I believe that Jonathan Groff and Daniel Radcliffe have done every show. (I also never heard of them missing any ''Merrily'' shows Off-Broadway either.) The two have some scheduled absences in the spring: Groff (April 16-17) and Radcliffe (April 2-3, May 30-June 2), but that kind of valiant attendance is worth noting. Groff has rarely called out in the past. And when Radcliffe did ''How to Succeed in Business'' (2011-12), he never missed a show during his entire run, playing all 30 previews and 315 regular performances.

Another champion in attendance is Aaron Tveit. Karen Olivo and Natalie Mendoza racked up numerous absences as Satine in ''Moulin Rouge!,'' but Tveit rarely missed a show as Christian. And Tveit did the original run (pre-COVID hiatus), continued post-COVID and made an even later return engagement. I consider Christian to be one of the toughest vocal roles on Broadway today, & how Tveit did ''Moulin Rouge!'' as much as he did, especially Act II, still astonishes me.
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