Every night on Broadway dozens of the best performers aren't on stage. They are backstage, standing by, ready to go on at a moment's notice. The unique and challenging lives of Broadway's understudies and standbys are revealed in this evocative and original behind-the-scenes documentary. The Standbys is for everyone who loves show business, and those who aspire to make their mark in it.
Nathan Lane: "HOW WONDERFUL TO SEE THE VERY OFTEN UNSUNG HEROES OF BROADWAY, THE STANDBYS AND UNDERSTUDIES, GET THEIR DUE. IT IS PROBABLY THE HARDEST JOB IN THE THEATER, AND THIS TOUCHING DOCUMENTARY REVEALS THE UPS AND DOWNS OF THREE GIFTED PERFORMERS, WHO ARE STARS IN THEIR OWN RIGHT, AND WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE A WORKING PROFESSIONAL. BRAVO."
"The Standbys" is heartwarming without being maudlin – which, given the milieu, is no small feat." The Daily Californian
"It's an inspiring documentary... The movie is so large and grand that it'll feel like you're actually watching a Broadway production while in the theater. Director Stephanie Riggs did an amazing job finding her talent to film her movie around... The documentary is incredibly well polished and truly entertaining." SIFF Top 3: 6 Points About Emma, The Standbys, V/H/S
"Forget "Smash" and its wan mystery about whether Ivy or Karen will star in the show about Marilyn Monroe. Stephanie Riggs' backstage documentary, "The Standbys," packs more intrigue and emotion into 90 minutes than the NBC series about making a musical did over a whole season." NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Director: Stephanie Riggs
Producers: John A. Pinckard, Lily Fan, Steven Beer, Stephanie Riggs, Blair Erickson Cast: Merwin Foard, AlÚna Watters, Ben Crawford
Cast: Merwin Foard, AlÚna Watters, Ben Crawford, Bebe Neuwirth, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Riedel, Nathan Lane
Production Company: Sunchaser Entertainment
Runtime: 76 Minutes