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Hello. Today we’ll take a look at the swings and liners that were vital to Broadway during the Omicron Surge. We’ll also take a look at why mayor-elect Eric Adams may have withheld appointing a former senior police official to a post at town hall. And we’ll be performing the Metropolitan Diary item that readers chose as the best of the year.

Over the weekend, my colleague Alexis Soloski took us into the behind-the-scenes world of understudies: those much-needed and rarely celebrated actors who make sure the show really goes on if, say, a terribly contagious virus is circulating.

Without the benefit of full rehearsals, these human Swiss Army knives must learn the choreography, scenes, and songs – sometimes for multiple characters – so they can jump in to save the day. They might never continue. They might only have a few minutes to prepare.

“It’s the job,” explained LaQuet Sharnell Pringle, who covers a series of plays in the musical “Mrs. Doubt.

She added, “This is the gig – being able to kick in in an instant and be able to deliver.”

[On Broadway, Newly Vital Understudies Step Into the Spotlight]

Pringle said her rehearsal regime made her ready for any role, including Wanda, the social worker usually played by Charity Angel Dawson, whom she replaced in November.

“I physically need to do a choreography every day, I physically need to say words out loud every day to make it part of my muscles,” Pringle said, adding that she was also doing some choreography. cross training and vocal work to make sure she has the vocal and physical stamina to perform in a snap.

Actors know swings (which don’t appear regularly but cover up to a dozen roles) and liners (who can take on a smaller role and cover several larger ones, or wait backstage in case they do. would be necessary) are crucial for the smooth running of a show. But with the pandemic forcing shows to cancel performances after performances for lack of casting, their contributions have become visible even to casual theatergoers.

The impact of the pandemic, and what she says about working conditions on Broadway, has sparked a public debate within the theater community, where global social movements like #MeToo and the Black Lives Matter protests have already spurred dialogue about art and the status quo.

In his piece, Soloski brings us the voices of swings and liners that help keep shows like “Phantom of the Opera”, “Book of Mormon” and “Slave Play” going.

Sid Solomon, who is in the ‘Play That Goes Wrong’, leaves us with a farewell note on what it means to be an understudy in the time of Covid-19.

“I have an even greater personal sense of pride in showing up to the theater every night, knowing how important it is to have understudies, so that no one is ever put in a situation where if they are. sick, if he’s injured, if they have a family problem, they still have to think about it, I choose between my well-being and whether or not a show is taking place that night.


It is mostly cloudy today in New York City, with temperatures reaching 30s. At night there will be light winds with a chance of rain.

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Valid until Friday (New Year).

Philip Banks III, a former senior New York Police Department official, had considerable influence over the new administration of new Mayor Eric Adams. Banks, who abruptly resigned in 2014 while under federal investigation, oversaw the selection process for top law enforcement positions, meeting with candidates and making recommendations, report my colleagues Michael Rothfeld, Emma G. Fitzsimmons and William K. Rashbaum.

But now Banks’ own appointment as deputy mayor for public safety could be in trouble amid ethical concerns. The federal corruption investigation found he had accepted gifts from influence dealers, but he was never charged with a felony. It’s a strange and fascinating story, featuring a bag of diamonds, kosher steaks, foot massages, a private jet, and $ 250,000.

Adams has complete faith in Banks, whose brother, David C. Banks, whom he has just appointed chancellor of his school, but the mayor’s team takes some time to rethink how to structure a job for him, a familiar person. with the thought of the mayor -elected councilors said.

Adams defended the former police chief last month:

“He has not been charged or convicted of any wrongdoing, so I think it would be unfair for us to imply that he is,” Adams said. told reporters.

Dear Diary:

A few years ago, one fall morning, I decided to walk to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and spend a few hours there before meeting a friend for lunch.

It was one of those days when the weather couldn’t decide between clear and sunny or cool and cloudy. I picked up a sweater from the closet, wrapped it around my waist, and set off.

After wandering the galleries of the museum for a while, I headed south on Fifth Avenue to meet my friend. The sun had just disappeared behind a large bank of gray clouds, and I was glad I brought a sweater.

Standing in a corner waiting for the lights to change, a man at a hot dog stand waved and called me.

“Ma’am, are you walking to 72nd Street?” ” he asked me.

I nodded.

He reached under his cart and pulled out a light blue windbreaker.

“Could you please bring this to my wife?” ” he said. “She has a hot dog cart like this.”

“Sure,” I replied, grabbing the jacket just as the light turned green. The man smiled and waved his hand.

About 10 minutes later, I spotted a shiny steel hot dog cart. A woman stood nearby, her shirt collar pulled up against the cool breeze.

“Your husband sent you this,” I said, handing him the jacket.

“Oh, thank you very much,” she replied with a smile, quickly putting on the jacket. “He is a good man.”

Faith Andrews Bedford

Illustrated by Agnès Lee. Send your submissions here and read more Metropolitan Diary here.

Glad we can meet here. See you tomorrow. – AG

PS Here is today’s one Mini crossword and Spelling. You can find all of our puzzles here.

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