A Star -- Or Maybe a Historic Footnote -- Is Born

Two weeks ago, MICHAEL HAYDEN, star of Broadway's current CAROUSEL revival, fell ill with a strained voice. Alas, his understudy had a bronchial infection. Rather than cancel the show indefinitely, producers turned to MARCUS LOVETT, who was winding up a stint as the lead in the long-running The Phantom of the Opera. Lovett had to learn Carousel in a mere two days -- and went on to critical huzzahs. Amazingly, this wasn't the first time Broadway life has imitated corny backstage melodrama:

GUYS AND DOLLS (1992)

JOSIE DE GUZMAN, who was the understudy in previews for the role of Sarah Brown,...

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