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The Standbys -- A documentary revealing the under-appreciated, highly demanding world of Broadway understudies and standbys. Three undiscovered performers at various points in their careers get the chance of a lifetime. Their struggle is put into perspective through never-before-heard stories from celebrities who themselves were once Understudies or Standbys.


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21 February 2014 (USA) See more »
A documentary revealing the under-appreciated, highly demanding world of Broadway Understudies and Standbys... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Rebecca Baxter ... Herself
Ben Crawford ... Himself

Brian d'Arcy James ... Himself

Ryan Duncan ... Himself

Katie Finneran ... Herself
Merwin Foard ... Himself

Sutton Foster ... Herself

Jonathan Groff ... Himself

Cady Huffman ... Herself

David Hyde Pierce ... Himself

Cheyenne Jackson ... Himself

John Leguizamo ... Himself

Bebe Neuwirth ... Herself
Eric Petersen ... Himself

Zachary Quinto ... Himself

Daniel Radcliffe ... Himself
Michael Riedel ... Himself

Adam Riegler ... Pugsley Addams
Aléna Watters ... Herself
Jerry Zaks ... Himself

Directed by
Stephanie Riggs 
Produced by
Steven C. Beer .... executive producer
Blair Erickson .... producer
Lily Fan .... executive producer
Iris Jyoung .... line producer
John Pinckard .... executive producer
Stephanie Riggs .... producer
Original Music by
Jonathan Dinerstein 
Cinematography by
Julia Dengel 
Tom Hurwitz 
Production Management
Iris Jyoung .... production manager
Sound Department
Ian Blackman .... sound editor
Scott A. Jennings .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Jones .... sound recordist
Peter Miller .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Declan Zimmermann .... title design (as Declan Zimmerman)
Editorial Department
Blair Erickson .... editor
Emma Morris .... editor (as Emma Joan Morris)
Matthew Richter .... post-production technical advisor
Music Department
Michael Davenport .... music supervisor
Other crew
Dean R. Cheley .... clearance counsel
Michael Donaldson .... clearance counsel
Tony Ringor .... title designer
Declan Zimmermann .... title designer (as Declan Zimmerman)

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76 min


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Life of three Broadway Standbys, 22 June 2012
Author: director-76 from United States

What a charmer! As I watched this highly entertaining and fascinating documentary, I wondered why no film maker has covered this subject before.We see the stories of three Broadway Standbys.All three personalities take on a challenging profession with determination and loads of talent. This director knows how to tell a story. Everyone in the theater seemed enraptured.I,personally, would like to see all three of these Broadway standbys land a lead in their own Broadway show. THE STANDBYS should be shown to every casting director,producer,and director in the business. Those who dream of being an actor would benefit greatly from seeing this film also.

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