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We’re debuting a brand-new, inside look at the life of a Broadway swing. Follow Weston Wells Olson’s LES MIZ #SwingSeries. Now, without further ado, here’s Weston!
Wazzup Mizzers! Weston here.
Who? Weston Wells Olson…..I’m a swing in the Broadway production of LES MISÉRABLES. Still have no idea who I am? Let me explain: I hardly ever think of myself as a hero, but I think that’s probably the best way to describe the swings (especially) at LES MIZ. We’re the cast members waiting in the wings (or our dressing rooms) for anything and everything to happen. We’re a highly trained special agent type of hero. There are five of us, 3 males and 2 females: Me, Max Quinlan, Andrew Love, Rachel Rincione and Katy Basile.
Why are we special agent heroes? Ok, so, say Jason Forbach (Feuilly) stumbles from the barricade, face plants into Chris McCarrell (Joly) who twists his ankle and accidentally shoves Nate Hackmann (Courfeyrac) into the orchestra pit. Yikes. Stage management immediately pages Weston, Max and Andrew and tells us to quickly get to wardrobe village in the basement of the Imperial Theater. Heroes to the rescue! We run downstairs (all six flights) and suit up for our roles of Feuilly, Joly and Courfeyrac, respectively. We wait for an appropriate moment onstage and walk on like nothing ever happened. The audience will be a bit confused….but they’ll get the hang of the new faces onstage and definitely understand what’s going on, especially following such a dramatic barricade trip-fall-push scene!
This has never, and hopefully WILL never happen, but it isn’t unusual for someone to have become ill mid-way through a show and has to call out or leave the show. It isn’t nearly as dramatic, but it does happen. There are also cast members who have vacations and “personal days” which are scheduled days off. These are the days that we are planning to be onstage and know what to expect. As a swing, I understudy 12 different ensemble roles and features. It’s pretty exciting, albeit fairly daunting at first, and can still be stressful, but it keeps my days varied and VERY interesting.
What happens if there are more people out than the three swings in house can cover? We’ll talk about that next time: just remember the words “split track.”
By the look of this list, rush seems like the more reasonable option. We hope that you’re a morning person! If you have more questions, ask our rush queen/co-owner, Natalie!
We hope that we helped! Good luck in whatever you decide to do. Also, thank you for the compliment!
Before he plays his final performance on October 3 to make way for the revival’s original star Will Swenson, Broadway.com sent Earl Carpenter on a backstage scavenger hunt! Check out a day in the life of Javert!
She’s one of the Little Cosettes/Young Éponines! We wish her the best day ever!
Keala will be out of the show from this Tuesday to October 19th. You will see Christianne Tisdale or Emily Cramer. Thanks for the question!
It’s an open ended run! Thanks for the question!
Wow, that’s so exciting! We really hope that you enjoy the show!
No pre-scheduled vacations have been made around that time. However, a cast member can still announce one as January 2nd gets closer. Only time will tell!
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You’re not bothering us; we love questions!
Earl recently tweeted that his last show will be on October 7th, so you’ll catch him before he leaves.
On a side note: Keala Settle and Aaron Walpole will be out. Keala is taking a vacation, and Aaron is getting married!
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Hello there! We aren’t officially affiliated with the Broadway company, so we aren’t certain about your questions. We cannot accurately predict the extended length of this show or Ramin’s run. That is all dependent on how popular the show is and whether or not Ramin wants to stay.
However, this show has done fairly decent at the box office, and tickets can be bought for perfomances until May 2015.* It is predicted that the show will at least stay open until that month.
If the lead cast members’ contracts for this show is similar to other shows, then Ramin should be with the company for at least one year. He signed the contract around January-March of last year, so take from that what you will. Also keep in mind that he can extend his run, even though his current contract may expire soon.
According to many cast members, the chance of a cast recording is very bleak. Andy Mientus suggested that the fans make a petition, but we don’t think that went anywhere.
*Disclaimer to anyone reading: Having the tickets being sold only up to May 2015 DOES NOT mean that the show is closing in May 2015. All shows sell tickets until a certain date, depending on their profit and popularity. This date can be extended or cut short. We’ve gotten some confusion about this in the past.*
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This question is a bit tricky to answer; we usually do not pay attention to the order in which they die. However, I will try to help.
Then a lot of them proceed to get shot, but I do not remember the order. After the death sequences that I do not remember,
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