Bandstand swing Andrew Leggieri shares with us what it felt like to make his Broadway debut in the show last week.
"Last Wednesday, a lifelong dream came true. I made my Broadway debut in Bandstand, a show who's journey I've been lucky to be a part of for the last two years. And even though I’ve been with the show for so long, it was also my first time getting to perform the show on stage."
"As a swing in a new musical, the hardest part of the rehearsal/preview process was keeping up with the daily changes to the script, score, blocking and choreography. I was lucky enough to have a put-in rehearsal for this particular track, so I felt mentally prepared. But when I got the call 4 hours prior to the matinee that I would be on for both shows, I wasn't ready for the wave of emotions that would take over. So many years of dreaming and preparation boiled down to this one day, my debut! And people I love were able to be there with such short notice. It was everything I could have dreamed of and more. The hardest part was bottling up the overwhelming feeling of joy and pride so I could stay focused on the show."
"Being a swing on Broadway can be challenging, but my successful debut would not have been possible without the incredible support from my Bandstand family. Throughout the show, they would give me a pat on the back, a little 'shove with love' and other simple gestures that made me feel at ease. Their energy on and off stage is infectious, and I'm so lucky to be surrounded by such talented and giving people."