Happy Swing Day! To celebrate these showbiz heroes, we asked some of our podcast guests to share what has made their swinging experiences unique:
When I moved to NYC, I wanted so much to be a part of this community, to contribute in some way to the people attending those shows the joy, love, and exuberance that I felt when I saw a Broadway show. I have been fortunate enough in my career to have been a swing 7 times, and the opportunity to swing Mary Poppins and School of Rock on Broadway has been some of the most fulfilling work in my career. These pictures represent just a fraction of what I have been able to portray onstage as a swing with these shows (32 tracks in total from both), everything from a tap dancing chimney sweep to a hardcore rock 'n' roller, and stepping into a new and different track each time is a rush and a thrill beyond words. I love my job, I love that I get to experience a show in a way no other actor gets to, and I love that I have been able to contribute to this community after all these years. Go Swing Nation!
- Jesse Swimm (School of Rock Rehearsal Reports)
In my three times swinging – Here Lies Love, The King and I, and now Cats – what I've learned most, aside from knowing the show really well and feeling the thrill of being thrown onstage at a moment's notice, is that nothing... NOTHING bonds a group of people more than when that group of people has to cover a show together. My swing families hold very special places in my heart. We've laughed together, been overwhelmed together, vented together, and, in the best of all moments, celebrated together. I know I can count on them for anything, and even after the show is over and done, that feeling of closeness remains. I have their backs, and they have mine. Love all these guys, and woe to whomever crosses them, on or offstage!
- Aaron Albano (Out of Town Tryouts)