The 2017 Tony Nominees’ Worst Audition Horror Stories

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Sometimes you blow an acting audition so spectacularly, it’s like a waking nightmare. You flub your lines, forget your lyrics, you’re meeting casting directors in the middle of a bad day—as Tony-nominated “Sweat” star Michelle Wilson says, “If you don’t have a humiliating story about auditioning, you’re not an actor.”

Take it from the best of the 2016–17 Broadway season (Lucas Steele, Stephanie J. Block, and more!)—horrible auditions will help make you a better, more resilient performer and person. And hey, if you’re as talented as Mary Beth Peil, your worst audition in front of Stephen Sondheim may not end up as badly as you might expect!

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