Well spurred by the recent conversation about DEH revisions I gave some of the songs that got cut a listen. Lyrically they're quite important and change the overall perception of the show, but musically they're quite throw-away - in my opinion. Its a shame the message of some of the songs didn't get carried over to the current show, but I don't think they brought anything musically important. 'You Will be Found' is a much better replacement to 'A part of me'.
I wouldn't be surprised if the cast recording producers reissue the OBC with bonus tracks that include the cut material. I personally want an alternative version of Waving Through A Window with all the dialogue.
I think it works live. It's a calm moment without heightened emotions, unnecessary drama, crazy lighting effects or social media messages projecting all over the place. I think it's a good moment to demonstrate basic bonding between Evan and the family and gives the audience somewhat of a breather. But yea, as a track on the cast recording I don't think I -ever- listed to it from beginning to end.
if there's only one understudy who double up for another (e.g. Zoe/Alana), what happens if both leads are out at the same time?
The team do everything in their power for this NOT to happen - I might be wrong but I'm 99% sure Mamma Mia only has one understudy for all 3 dads? It's incredibly rare for two leads to be off at the same time, the producers do everything in their power to prevent this happening. Not sure what happens when it DOES happen though!!!