BY JACKSON CLINE
It’s no secret that I love seeing veteran ensemblists perform on Broadway. While most children were speculating who the next Elphaba and Glinda would be, I spent my youth eagerly awaiting news on which shows Eric Sciotto and Lisa Gajda would perform in next.
The Spring 2018 season is going to be filled with performances from Broadway veterans, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Here are just a few of the ensemblists I’m excited to see on Broadway this spring:
1. Rema Webb (Escape to Margaritaville)
A Broadway mainstay since the late 1990s, Rema Webb most recently played a Church Lady and understudied Shug Avery in the revival of The Color Purple. Having performed in the ensembles of several long-running Broadway hits, including The Book of Mormon & The Lion King, Rema is taking on the principal role of Marley in the original Broadway cast of Escape to Margaritaville this spring.
2. William Youmans (Carousel)
Best known as the original Doctor Dillamond in Wicked, William Youmans has performed in 11 Broadway shows, taking on principal and ensemble roles in both plays and musicals. I cannot wait to see William bring Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic musical Carousel to life at the Imperial Theatre this spring.
3. Linda Mugleston (My Fair Lady)
With eleven Broadway shows, a Gypsy Robe, and an Ensemblist Award under her belt, Linda Mugleston is no stranger to Broadway audiences. Currently understudying the title role in Hello, Dolly!, Linda has built a career as one of the most in-demand understudies in the business, but My Fair Lady brings a change of pace for her. Linda will be playing Mrs. Pearce, her first principal role in an original Broadway company.
4. Jeremy Davis (Frozen)
10-time Broadway ensemblist returns to the Great White Way in Frozen this spring. Not only is Jeremy one of Broadway’s most spellbinding dancers, he even has a parallel career as a photographer. Talk about containing multitudes! I can’t wait to head over to the St. James and watch him inhabit the chilly world of Arendelle.
5. Jennifer Sanchez (Pretty Woman)
Jennifer Sanchez has made quite a splash on Broadway this decade, having appeared in seven Broadway shows since 2009. In 2017 alone, she performed in both Sunday in the Park with George AND On Your Feet! She’s now gearing up for the out-of-town tryout of Pretty Woman, set for a summer opening on Broadway.