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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. 

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5 Debut Questions - Meet Mean Girls' Patrick Garr

Mo Brady

Today on our blog, we welcome Mean Girls swing Patrick Garr to Broadway and learn about his journey to the Great White Way:

 Patrick Garr in  Mean Girls

Patrick Garr in Mean Girls

1. What's your name and hometown?

Patrick Garr from Lexington, Kentucky

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

I’m a swing and made my debut as Tyler Kimble in Mean Girls. I cover all seven male ensemble tracks in the show.

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

I auditioned for the show on a Friday afternoon and had a final callback for the team on Monday morning. I spent about an hour and a half total in the room over the two days. I went home after my audition to make dinner, not knowing if or when I would hear anything about the show. That afternoon, around 4pm, I got the call from my manager that I would be joining the cast and making my Broadway debut! I was absolutely thrilled. It was a day that I had dreamed about since I was a kid and couldn’t believe it was actually happening! 

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

The most surprising thing about preparing to perform this show is how long the process seemed, yet also how quickly it went by. I had three weeks to rehearse the show and each moment leading to my debut was absolutely thrilling. Many friends told me to savor every second, as they will fly by. The moment I looked out at the audience during bows at my debut is a moment I will never forget. The company and cast have been so supportive, and I couldn’t be more thankful to be a part of such an incredible team! 

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

I am most looking forward to the adventure ahead and all that Broadway has to teach me. It has been an incredible journey so far, and I have been able to push my limits as an artist. I’m continually finding myself soaking in the experiences around me and enjoying the incredible artists that I’m surrounded by. It has also been such a joy to see young performers at the show and hear them talk about their dreams to pursue what you are doing. I really hope to meet and inspire young artists to keep working towards their dreams. 

 Patrick Garr

Patrick Garr

Listen to our podcast episode on Broadway Debuts here.