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The Ensemblist is an inside look at the experience of being a Broadway performer- from the first rehearsal through performing eight shows a week and beyond. Whether you’re an experienced theatre professional or a passionate fan, The Ensemblist will give you the opportunity to get to know new performers and the great work they do onstage, while also shedding light on some of the hidden innerworkings of the Broadway experience. Created and hosted by Mo Brady (The Addams Family, SMASH) and Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Chicago, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), The Ensemblist is the only podcast that shows you Broadway from the inside out. 


5 Debut Questions - Meet Lyrica Woodruff

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Today on our blog, we welcome Anastasia ensemblist Lyrica Woodruff to Broadway. Learn about her journey to the Great White Way:

Lyrica Woodruff

Lyrica Woodruff

What's your name and hometown? Lyrica Woodruff, from Oak Park, California. I moved here to NYC when I was 14 after getting a scholarship to the School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center (New York City Ballet's school). 

What is your role/track in your Broadway debut?  My debut role/track in Anastasia is Olga Romanov and "Odette" in our second act mini "Swan Lake". It's my favorite part, because I get to dance one of dream ballet roles since I was a kid. I also have two amazing partners who make it so much fun to perform every night. 

How did you find out you had booked the part? I found out I had booked the part on my way to a voice lesson on my phone from my agent. It also happened to be my mom's birthday that day, so it made it extra special all around. (: 

What’s been the most surprising thing about preparing to perform the show? I guess the most surprising thing about preparing for the show is how fast they taught me the track. We finished it in two days and then spent the next week or so just cleaning up little things here and there for blocking and partnering! Not to mention that everyone who is a part of the show are some of the most wonderful and kind people you'll ever meet. They make you look forward to going to work every day.

What are you looking forward to most about your experience on Broadway? What I'm looking forward to most is getting the chance to perform every night and finding a new part of the story/role to uncover. As an artist you always want to be growing, and I always feel that the more time you get to do a role, the more you get to discover and develop it. 

Lyrica Woodruff in  Anastasia

Lyrica Woodruff in Anastasia