Monday, January 15, 2007

The Curse Of The Understudy - Part II

The Curse Of The Understudy - Part II

In case you've read my review of The Apple Tree and wondered why there were absolutely no references to the performance of Marc Kudisch, there's a simple rationale: He was out when I saw the show.

Fortunately for me, I've had the opportunity to see Kudisch perform elsewhere before. But it's always a disappointment whenever one of the lead actors in any show is out for whatever reason. To be honest, I was very surprised that he was already absent for a production that had only officially opened one month earlier to the day.

However, much to my pleasant surprise, Kudisch has a stellar understudy. Although he regularly plays the second act's Tiger, as well as handling ensemble duties, Sean Palmer (pictured) -- perhaps best known to television audiences for his portrayal of Stanford Blatch's long-suffering boyfriend Marcus on "Sex And The City" -- expertly assumed Kudisch's responsibilities. What a revelation!

Yes, I knew that this Reno native had once portrayed Tony Manero in the stage version of Saturday Night Fever, and yes, I recall seeing him in the film version of "Chicago," but I had no idea just how talented he really is...until now. With a wonderful set of pipes, suave dance moves and seductive acting style, Palmer more than holds his own opposite Kristin Chenoweth and Brian d'Arcy James.

Here's hoping that Palmer's star is only begining to truly shine.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for tickets.
Related Stories:
The Apple Tree (The SOB Review) - Studio 54, New York, NY (January 15, 2007)
Did Apple Revival Fall Very Far From The Tree With Critics? (December 15, 2006)
A Tree Grows In Manhattan: Apple Tree Revival Opens Tonight (December 14, 2006)
Apple Tree In Good Company Among SOB Readers (November 6, 2006)
The Apple Tree's Casting Gets Juicier (October 12, 2006)
The Curse Of The Understudy (October 2, 2006)
Eve of a New Broadway Role for Kristin Chenoweth (September 13, 2006)

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