Who doesn’t love when things don’t go as planned in professional productions? Live theatre, you know?
While I’ve seen some odd things happen onstage — stuck scenery, actors forgetting lines, missed lighting cues — nothing compares to these three bloopers.
Blooper 1: Chorus Girl Saves the Day
For those unfamiliar with The Phantom of the Opera, this is how the scene is supposed to go (watch only the first minute of this clip):
And then one night, this happened instead (sorry, embedding isn’t enabled for this video — you have to watch in youtube):
Spot the difference?
I’m not sure what the backstory is (actor missed his cue due to a tricky costume change? Forgot? Got sick?), but the young actress (Heather McFadden) playing Meg quickly realized the actor playing Joseph Buquet wasn’t on stage when the lights came up, so she hopped up and did his part. Kudos to her, and kudos to Sally Williams (Mme. Giry) who also doesn’t miss a beat.
Blooper 2: Tricky Trap Door Traps Cast
Ok, for this one, you have to use your imagination.
This is how the scene is supposed to go (skip to 2:50 in the video):
And then, one night, this happened (skip to 0:30):
Yes, it’s an audio recording, but the gist is the trap door lifting Elle’s Greek chorus didn’t open, resulting in all sorts of onstage awkward and adlibs.
Blooper 3: Wardrobe Malfunction
And then there’s this well-known blooper, featuring Carol Burnett and the cast of Putting it Together. While I’m not sure how much of it was “staged” to boost DVD sales (it all comes off a bit too over-the-top for me), it’s still a riot:
Wasn’t that fun? What’s your favorite onstage blooper?