Today on our blog, we welcome Cats ensemblist Joshua Burrage to Broadway. Learn about his journey to the Great White Way:
What's your name and hometown? Joshua Burrage, Westfield, MA
What is your role/track in your Broadway debut? I'm a swing in Cats, covering 6 tracks. Plato/Macavity, Coricopat, Pouncival, Carbuckety, Tumblebrutus, and Alonzo.
How did you find out you had booked the part? I was actually on vacation with my family when they called me in for the swing track. It's a show I've always been inspired by and wanted to do, so I really didn't want to miss out! My amazing parents got me to NYC from Maine two days later where we learned a few dances. I was called back in the following week to learn some more dances that we would perform for Andy later in the week. On the Thursday of that week, we danced for Andy (Blankenbuehler, choreographer of Cats). At that time, I had been teaching a dance camp back at home for the week so I went back home that night so I could teach the next day. The next day (Friday), I got a call from my agents that I booked it! I was so happy to be with my family when I got the news. They also told me I was starting the next day at 10 am so I had to pack up all my stuff and head back to NYC :)
What’s been the most surprising thing about preparing to perform the show? The most surprising thing about preparing to perform the show has probably been how helpful and supportive everyone has been. I had never joined a cast before, so I didn't know how much I would have to learn on my own or figure out by myself. But everyone has been so incredibly kind and made me feel so prepared to be onstage performing the show! I feel grateful for that!
What are you looking forward to most about your experience on Broadway?
What I am looking forward to most about my experience on Broadway is probably getting to work with such a talented, special cast and becoming familiar with each cat I will get to play. With being a swing, I get to perform a variety of characters which will be fun and definitely challenging. I'm super excited that I get to be apart of a show that's inspired me forever!
Listen to our podcast episode on Broadway Debuts here.