Law & Order: SVU is giving out of work Broadway actors a place to go amid shutdowns during the pandemic.
Showrunner Warren Leight revealed that the primetime series is casting more and more Broadway stars to fill roles in their upcoming episodes, via Deadline.
“We are trying to hire every Broadway actor we can while we and they wait for the curtains to rise again,” he replied to a fan who had noticed that two of the upcoming guest stars – Eva Noblezada and Alex Brightman – would be joining the show in guest spots.
And yes, by Broadway, we of course also mean off, and off-off, and off-off-off.
— Warren Leight (@warrenleightTV) January 6, 2021
“We know how hard the community has been hit here,” Warren added while speaking to Deadline. “The goal is to get as many jobs to as many theater actors as we possibly can.”
All of Broadway’s shows, cast and crew have been majorly impacted by the pandemic, with the shutdown extended until the end of May this year.
With Law & Order, casting a Broadway actor means a paycheck and health insurance coverage, and could result in a longer role than just a one day part.
“In the past we’ve done what you could call Hollywood stunt casting,” Warren added. “But a lot of those players aren’t going to be willing to get on a plane and quarantine right now. We realized early on that we’ll have to cast locally much more.”
Law & Order: SVU airs Thursdays on NBC.