Understudy

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Understudy Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • an actor able to replace a regular performer when required
  • be an understudy or alternate for a role

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  • an actor able to replace a regular performer when required

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Understudy Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


In theater, an understudy is an actor or singer who learns the part of one of the main actors or singers in case they are ill.

If there is an emergency and a main performer is unable to perform, the understudy will take their place. Very often the understudy is a member of the chorus who might have had a small part in the performance anyway. Sometimes an understudy is called a "standby". A standby is usually not a member of the chorus or ensemble. They may be required to be present in the theatre during the performance, or part of it, in case of an emergency.

Sometimes an understudy will become famous when they unexpectedly have to perform instead of the usual lead person.



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  • Miroslav Klose Wants to be Guardiola's Understudy at Bayern Munich
    The 36-year-old is moving to Munich following the conclusion of his playing career Miroslav Klose wants to sit on the bench at Bayern Munich next season as Pep Guardiola's understudy. "A practicum with Pep Guardiola would truly be a gift," the Lazio forward told Bild on Wednesday. Read more on this news related to 'Understudy'
  • Weekend Performance of Speed-the-Plow , Starring Lindsay Lohan, Delayed Due to Actor Illness
    According to Variety, Schiff's understudy, Adam Morris, was called to step in without a single rehearsal. Representatives for the production, which began Sept. 24, confirmed that Schiff resumes performances Sept. 29. Read more on this news related to 'Understudy'
  • Everyman Theatre opens season with crisp staging of 'The Understudy'
    Poor Harry. The struggling actor lucked out auditioning for an understudy gig, but he has little respect for the guy he's understudying -- Jake, a so-so star of low-grade disaster movies. Read more on this news related to 'Understudy'

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