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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 Meryn Beckett

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Today on our blog, we welcome Kinky Boots ensemblist Meryn Beckett to Broadway and learn about her journey to the Great White Way:

Meryn Beckett in  Kinky Boots

Meryn Beckett in Kinky Boots

1. What's your name and hometown?

Meryn Beckett, San Diego, CA

2. What is your role/track in your Broadway debut?

I am the new Vacation Swing for Kinky Boots on Broadway!

3. How did you find out you had booked the part?

It was closing week of the Kinky Boots National Tour, and the creative team had come out for our closing night party that Thursday night. That evening I was talking with two of the creatives, expressing my gratitude, etc., and they promptly began expressing that “it wouldn’t be long” until I work again, and that “we’ll be working together again soon.” I was so caught off guard and ecstatic to be hearing them say this to me, but I went to bed that night telling myself to let it go and not get my hopes up. 

The next day I woke up, grabbed some coffee, and headed to my friend Ryan’s.  Before I could even sit down, my phone started to ring. I saw the (617) area code and  said “ugh I hate these telemarketers!” But I always answer, so I did so with a somewhat annoyed “hello?” And boy, oh boy, was I wrong. It was Ashley Berman, the company manager of Kinky Boots on Broadway, calling to offer me a 6-week contract and to become their new vacation swing starting in the fall!

Moral of the story? Answer the phone. 

4. What's been the most surprising thing about preparing to perform the show?

Honestly, the most surprising thing about my preparation was how welcoming and warm everyone was. I guess I assumed that with a show like Kinky that’s been open for 5 years and has a lot of it’s original company members still going strong, that I would be just another replacement or just another swing that they’ll hardly interact with. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I’m already a part of this new wonderful family, and I’m overwhelmed with gratitude.

5. What are you looking forward to most about your experience on Broadway?

I’m looking forward to growing with this new family that I’ve gained. But most of all, I’m looking forward to stepping into all these different women again, and this time ON BROADWAY. 

Listen to our podcast episode on Broadway Debuts here.

Meryn Beckett

Meryn Beckett