When it comes to shows on Broadway we all tend to remember and admire its initial cast. The so-called “original cast” is the one that makes the impact and usually wins the prizes. But the cast replacements are key for the longevity of a show. After all, they are those who take the torch and fill in the big shoes. Here are the best cast replacements on Broadway.
Sandy Duncan as Roxie Hart in “Chicago“
When we talk about longevity, “Chicago” is one of the first that comes to mind. And it owes it in a huge part to the successful replacements.
Sandy Duncan is one of the fan-favorite Roxies in the whole history of the show, and hardcore fans have seen actresses such as Bebe Neuwirth, and Ann Reinking. Duncan’s ability to play a young housewife gone wrong, but doing all her stuff in jail and in court without even blinking an eye. In fact, she seemed delighted of doing it, and asked for more! Just like a real Roxie Hart. Her dancing and singing were wonderful and expressive and seemed to overtake her like some kind of demonic possession. In short – an excellent and memorable, all-round performance!
Andrew Barth Feldman as Evan Hansen in “Dear Evan Hansen“
Stepping in Ben Platt’s shoes as the depressed, socially-anxious Evan is a hard job, but it was masterfully performed by young Andrew Barth Feldman. However, he took this job with confidence. After all, young Andrew was a Jimmy Award winner.
What he brought in was, first, his youth, and was curious to see how an actual teenager would perform. He won the hearts of everyone in the audience with his was raw and heartbreaking acting. He was so young that we would actually forgive him for all he did out of youth’s folly. I’m quite sure that this young lad has a bright future on stage ahead of him!
Meghan Picerno as Christine Daae in “The Phantom of the Opera“
This young opera singer was handpicked by Hal Prince and Andrew Lloyd Webber (hey, no pressure) to perform as Christine Daae in both “The Phantom of the Opera” and in “Love Never Dies” – the Phantom’s sequel. This gave a depth of performance in both plays.
Meghan Picerno already had solid opera made her one of the most memorable Christines. She brought that legit vocal power to the beloved ALW score. Her “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” took the audiences’ breath away.
Austin Scott as Alexander Hamilton in “Hamilton“
You could hardly imagine a better Alexander Hamilton than Lin-Manuel Miranda. However, young Austin Scott managed to pull it off! He became memorable by bringing the much-needed swag that the character required. You were ready to follow him into battle and beyond, thanks to his assured but warm starring performance, and led the most popular show like it was written for him.
He next gained popularity in Girl From the North Country under the tunes of Bob Dylan.
Reneé Rapp as Regina George in “Mean Girls“
She is Regina George and she is a MASSIVE deal! Young Reneé Rapp made the world burn with her confidence on stage, power, and charisma. Her vocal prowess took the role to the next level. And that was her Broadway debut! Many compare her to a real Apex predator and a lioness ready to get on your throat. Fans believe that this is how a real-life Regina would look and act, but I’m quite sure that this young lady is a real darling!
Replacing a superstar is a hard job! But someone has to do it, in order for the show to go on! Because it must! These young talents stepped up, took it to the stage and just smashed it! That is why these are the best cast replacements on Broadway and it is not hard to see that many of them are bond to superstardom!