by Samantha Farrow
Escape to Margaritaville ensemblist Samantha Farrow shares what it felt like to perform on Broadway for the first time.
I have always imagined what it would feel like to make my Broadway debut but never did I imagine it to feel this good. Honestly, the first half of our first show I couldn’t feel anything. It was like I was floating on a calm cloud just doing a show. It wasn’t until I sat in my place for one of the final scenes that the disbelief wore off and left me feeling so accomplished and insanely Grateful.
It’s crazy because in general being a part of a show has always brought me so much joy, no matter what stage I’m on. There is, however, a beautiful weight that comes with performing in a show on Broadway when it has been a dream for so long. Having witnessed so many friends make their debuts from the audience, I have always felt such pride for them. I now realize that I was proud of their perseverance to stay the course to their dreams no matter what. I was so proud to be on that stage, telling a beautiful story, with people I love in a show I have been a part of from its creation.
The hardest part of being a performer is there is no set path. There are victories and disappointments and so many twists along the way, but it’s my support system of the best family and friends that have encouraged me to stay the course, whatever it may look like. Having my whole family and so many friends there supporting me in that moment, made this victory that much sweeter.