Today on our blog, we welcome Cats' new Jennyanydots, Sarah Marie Jenkins, to Broadway and learn about her journey to the Great White Way:
1. What is your name and hometown?
Sarah Jenkins. (AEA name is Sarah Marie Jenkins, but the middle name was forced by the union, so whenever I hear it I feel like I'm getting yelled at by my mom. // San Diego, CA
2. What is your role/track in your Broadway debut?
Jennyanydots. (the cat who sleeps and tap dances. So... me.)
3. How did you find out you had booked the part?
I had been in for a different role in the show twice before, and was out of town when the Jennyanydots replacement came up, so I had to send in a video audition. I was in CA doing Beauty and the Beast at Sacramento Music Circus, and a group of us rented a house in Lake Tahoe for the day off. I got a FacetTime from my agent, Ashley Landay at 8am on the west coast and it woke me up. I answered it in bed, half asleep and then my husband and I had to silently scream to ourselves for the next couple hours, because we dare not wake up a house full of actors on their day off.
4. What's been the most surprising thing about preparing to perform the show?
I had such a long, luxurious rehearsal process! I have been so used to mounting shows in 10 days regionally, and even in three weeks for new musicals, and I got four weeks of rehearsal to learn this show since I was rehearsing with three other people all starting performances at different times. I felt super prepared when I started, which is a rare gift.
5. What are you looking forward to most about your experience on Broadway?
Sleeping in my own bed! After years of touring and working out of town, it's amazing to be able to not have to forfeit either home or work.
Listen to our podcast episode on Broadway Debuts here.