Quick — name this actor.
But give it some time — this understudy just got his big break:
Michael McKean’s leg.
James Lecesne, an understudy in the play The Best Man on Broadway, was tapped to replace the This is Spinal Tap legend after he was struck by a car and broke his leg on New York’s Upper West Side last Tuesday.
James got the news a couple of hours before showtime and, after making sure someone would walk his dog — I like him already — headed right to the theater. Understudies rehearse their parts once a week, but many never go on.
I met Vanessa Redgrave’s understudy for A Year of Magical Thinking a few years ago in Central Park. She never went on, and yet knew that entire one-woman show.
Just in case.
So, while I would never wish an accident on anyone, I’m glad this one was a ‘lucky break’ for James Lecesne –
A Broadway star!