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Don’t Actually Break a Leg!

We have all experienced a live show gone wrong. Whether you were on stage or in the audience, those moments stick with you forever and help make live theatre a different experience for each person. We have compiled a list of Broadway Stars sharing their most embarrassing moments. Read theirs and share yours! Did you see a performance go wrong? Were you a part of a performance in which people forgot their lines, had a wardrobe malfunction or fell? We want to hear your stories.

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Jessica Chastain and Dan Stevens in “The Heiress”

Jessica Chastain on her mortifying moment in Heiress on Broadway
“When I was doing The Heiress on Broadway, my dog hopped onstage during the middle of a very dramatic scene. I was acting and I heard this jingling noise because my dog was hopping. He only has three legs. I heard jingle, jingle, jingle. I knew immediately. And I thought, oh my god, he’s out of the dressing room, someone catch him please. I have to say my lines. I heard people in the audience gasp, and then ‘whisper, whisper, whisper.’ I delivered the first part of my line and walked off the stage because I knew my dog would follow me. He hopped off with me, I picked him up and handed him to someone. Then I went back onstage and finished my line.”

Erin Davie on being betrayed by the sound man in The Phantom of the Opera
“I was doing the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber right out of college. And I sang The Phantom of the Opera. And even on Broadway the end of the title song is pre-recorded because Christine has to sing a high “E.” I think they make it easy on the ladies. So in my show, just at the very end of the song, I was singing to my own voice that was pre-recorded. Then the sound man turned the sound off and we started to take our bows. But when I was in mid-bow, my voice came back on. So it seemed like I hadn’t sung any of it. It was a quick blip. But at the time I was horrified. I wanted to say, ‘But it was ME! I swear I DID sing that!’”

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Emily Padgett and Erin Davie play the conjoined twins of “Side Show”

Emily Padgett on the perils of over-hydrating in Side Show
“During [Side Show] we don’t have any bathroom breaks at all. At the top of the show we don’t get a break until intermission. So we try to keep our voice really hydrated. But there was one day when I drank too much water and during “Who Will Love Me As I Am,” [a particularly dramatic song], I was in so much pain, I really thought it was going to happen. But I made it and it didn’t, but that was the worst. It was awful. And now I can’t drink that much water before the show.”

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Billy Porter in “Kinky Boots”

Billy Porter on when his Kinky Boots fought back
“I ripped the heel off of my blue stacked stiletto boot on the way down the stairs into the factory of Kinky Boots. My heel was dangling underfoot as I tried singing “The Sex Is In The Heel” with a straight face.”

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Nina Arianda accepts her Tony Award

Nina Arianda on showing too much in The King and I
“A long, long time ago, I was dancing in [a community production of] The King and I. At the end of a dance number, when I got to the final pose, my pants fell down around my ankles. I was wearing one of those diaper looking Samurai deals underneath. I don’t know why. It was the late 1990s. So I dropped trou not even wanting to. Everyone was laughing. But as they say, you have to fake it ’til you make it. Yes, of course I MEANT to do that right? But what happens when you trip on a sidewalk in New York? Do you make a story out of it? No! You keep walking. It’s all part of life.”

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Sutton Foster in “Thoroughly Modern Millie”

Sutton Foster on dropping her drawers on the Great White Way
”I lost my underwear during Thoroughly Modern Millie. I hit my final pose and my underwear fell down. They were like little tap shorts.”

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Laura Bell Bundy on right in “Legally Blonde”

Laura Bell Bundy on flipping her lid in Legally Blonde
“During Legally Blonde, I lost my wig about three times. When my wig fell off, I was wearing a wig cap so it looked like I was bald. During those moments I broke the fourth wall and said, ‘Thank you for coming to see Legally Bald.’ That got a big laugh. I’ve also had shoes fly off into the audience. I’ve lost clothes. I’ve almost fallen into the pit. I actually fell off the stage once. When you do something like 800 shows, that’s what happens.”

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Judy Kaye and John Travolta in “Grease”

Judy Kaye on a particularly dangerous Hand Jive in Grease
“I’ve had many wardrobe malfunctions in my life. I’ve had to do whole scenes holding my dress together. I remember doing Rizzo in Grease on the road in 1973. We were in Denver and during the Hand Jive the entire dress exploded off my body. I had to dance into the wings and get sewn into it and Hand Jive back onto the stage. See, I’ve been there baby.”

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Karen Pittman on far left

Karen Pittman on really wowing her agent in Gem of the Ocean
“I finally found an agent that I really liked and while doing a showcase, the agency showed up to watch me work. My big break!  Well, my scene with Cornelius Smith, Jr (from All My Children) from August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean came up. As we broke apart from a passionate embrace, my hoop skirt fell to my ankles. I stood in front of the entire crowd in my Spanx. I played it off with a dizzying maneuver using a kitchen knife and a chopping board, pulled my skirt up. And as they say in the theatre, the show must go on. Needless to say, the agent was impressed.  He’s my agent to this day. Although, I dunno if it was because of what they saw in my acting —- or what they saw in my Spanx…naughty!”

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John Larroquette in “How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying”

John Larroquette on knocking himself out without really trying
”I knocked myself out while on stage once. I ran across the stage and hit a wall. The audience thought it was hilarious.”

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Kelsey Grammer and Matthew Morrison in “Finding Neverland”

Kelsey Grammer on giving his all
”As I lifted [a costar], with my posterior aimed at the audience, I passed gas, in an explosive form.”