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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 Salisha Thomas

Mo Brady

Today on our blog, we welcome Beautiful: the Carole King Musical ensemblist Salisha Thomas to Broadway. Learn about her journey to the Great White Way:

 Salisha Thomas

Salisha Thomas

What's your name and hometown? Salisha Thomas / Fresno, CA

What is your role/track in your Broadway debut? I'm playing Lucille the Secretary and lead Shirelle singing "Will You Still Love Me."

How did you find out you had booked the part? My agent TEXTED me! (We laughed about it later.) I was in a tech rehearsal for Trevor the Musical and there was no service in the building but my messages were coming through (hence the text). The good news is that the director (Marc Bruni) and choreographer (Josh Prince) for Beautiful are the same for Trevor the Musical. They came over and gave me the biggest hug during our rehearsal after I'd found out. My heart just exploded!

What’s been the most surprising thing about preparing to perform the show? I get two days of rehearsal before going in. AND I CAN'T WAIT. I did the same track in the First National Tour of Beautiful, so it won't be totally foreign but still very different! Different people, different backstage layout, a slightly different set, different traffic patterns, etc. I hope I fit in. 

What are you looking forward to most about your experience on Broadway! Getting this job as I was planning on moving back to New York and just being unemployed and getting reacclimated to the city. But this is way better! I finally get to be a part of this ground shaking legacy. And I can't wait to join the bowling league!

 Salisha Thomas in  Beautiful: the Carole King Musical

Salisha Thomas in Beautiful: the Carole King Musical

Listen to our podcast episode on Broadway Debuts here.