Evocative and enlightening documentary about the lives of Broadway understudies and standbys

The Standbys

Ben Crawford

Ben had been the Standby for Tony Award Nominee Brian d’Arcy James who plays Shrek in “Shrek the Musical” for over a year when he is given the rare opportunity to step into the title role of a Broadway show. But as Ben becomes Shrek, Dreamworks announces the Broadway show will be closing.

Merwin Foard

Merwin has covered 25 roles in his 26-year Broadway career. Most recently, he was the Standby for both Tony Award winner Nathan Lane and Terrence Mann in the Broadway musical “The Addams Family”. Merwin has chosen to take minor roles for almost 20 years to feed his family rather than hold out for leading roles he knows he is worthy and capable of. But maybe his time is now.

Aléna Watters

Aléna arrived on Broadway with a dream in her heart – one that she achieved amazingly quickly after setting foot in New York. We follow her journey as her dream is crushed and it takes everything she has to pull herself together and keep believing in herself and her talent. But will that be enough?