HAPPY NATIONAL SWING DAY! This day was created by Actors’ Equity Association last year honoring past and present “Swing” actors working in the Theatre.
For those who may not know, a Swing in the Theatre World is an understudy for Ensemble members. They usual go on a lot whether the main Ensemble member they are covering is going on for a principal role (if the main lead is out), if someone get’s sick, or if someone goes on vacation. They have to learn different vocal ranges and dance steps that the usual Ensemble members do every night 8 times a week. Some swings also do cover some of the Principal roles as well.
We at New York Broadway Tours give Swing actors so much credit having to learn all the chorus parts really fast and go on at a moment’s notice.