In honor of Actors’ Equity Association’s National Swing Day, we give you a look at four incredible Broadway swings you should know:
Not only has Graham Bowen been swinging Broadway’s The Book of Mormon since previews, he also has been upgraded to a title rarely heard of on Broadway: “Resident Dance Captain.” In addition to keeping missionaries’ taps clean and Starbucks cups dancing sharply, he also was a swing on the Bernadette Peters-led revival of Gypsy.
This six-time Broadway ensemblist has swung four Broadway musicals, most recently Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He was the first replacement in the Broadway company of Kinky Boots, stepping into the cast weeks after opening and eventually performing the show through its Tony-winning season. After eventually swinging with the Broadway company, he went on to dance captain Kinky Boots' original national tour.
Karla Puno Garcia
Karla has been in and out of the cast of Hamilton for over two years, swinging the five female ensemble members in Andy Blankenbuehler’s highly specific choreography. Previously, she swung the ensemble performing Jerome Robbins’ iconic choreography in West Side Story. She is also a prolific choreographer in her own right, having staged the Hamilton cast’s award-winning presentation at Gypsy of the Year.
Talk about a true Broadway legend! Sharon Moore has been a swing with Chicago since 1997. This tale of merry murderesses is not Sharon’s first foray into this iconic style; she was also an original cast member of Fosse on Broadway.