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The Standbys

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Stephanie Riggs

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 5
  • Fresh: 4
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 4.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Ms. Riggs gives each actor a story arc of sorts, and all three are personable guides to this backstage world, explaining the process and terminology and talking openly about their lives and jobs. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Feb 20, 2014

Fresh: Enjoyable doc celebrates theater pros who rarely see the spotlight. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Mar 3, 2014

Fresh: Short and sweet, it's an empathetic and affecting tribute to the great - and vital - artists who all too rarely receive a center-stage encore. – Nick Schager, Village Voice, Feb 18, 2014

Rotten: Either Riggs needed to dig deeper or she should have included a wider range of personalities. – Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, Feb 20, 2014

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The Standbys
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2012

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