Spirit of Wonder in Alumni: Tony Moreno ’21

Fall 2023
Photo of Alumni Tony Moreno ’21 jumping in front of a theater playing "The Book of Mormon" - the Broadway musical he is a "swing" on.

Photo provided by Tony Moreno

TONY MORENO ’21 became a fan of “The Book of Mormon” not long after the Broadway musical opened in 2011, attending the show about eight times before getting a job as a swing, or alternate for multiple cast members.

“To be a part of it now is surreal,” says Moreno, who finds himself working alongside actors he’s looked up to and watched on stage.

The company, he says, has welcomed him with open arms. “

To be a cast member in one of the longest-running Broadway shows — and to be a member of the greater Broadway community — is something I have worked my entire life for,” he says. “I can’t believe I’ve made it here.”

As a swing, Moreno covers several “tracks,” which is theater lingo for everything one cast member is responsible for in a single show: the characters, lines, vocal parts, quick changes, choreography and backstage traffic. He’s an understudy for the production’s seven ensemble Mormon boys, meaning he must be ready to jump in at any given moment.

“It’s sometimes hard to keep things straight,” he says. “But I have such a supportive team of people who have made sure that I get all the information — and rehearsal! — that I need to feel prepared.”

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