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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 Summer's Judith Franklin

Mo Brady

This week on our blog, we welcome Summer: The Donna Summer Musical’s newest ensemblist, Judith Franklin, to Broadway and find out about her journey to the Great White Way.

 Judith Franklin

Judith Franklin

1. What is your name and hometown?

Judith Franklin from Houston, TX.

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

I am a swing and understudy. That means I cover four ensemble tracks as a swing and understudy the Diva Donna track. I also have 13 chorus understudy specialties. 

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

My agent called with the wonderful news as I was ending my shift at my temp job. 

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

The most surprising thing about preparing for this show was the process of developing “swing brain,” which helped me realize that the amount of information the human brain can learn and retain is boundless. I’m experiencing so much for the first time from being cast mid-run to working simultaneously as a swing and understudy. Much respect to my fellow swings and understudies around the world. It is a true litmus test of mental endurance, but it’s one of the most rewarding experiences of my life so far. I’ll never watch this show the same way again. #SwingNation 


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

A performer’s experience on Broadway is multi-dimensional. There are so many moving parts that we are exposed to every day. From the coordination of the creative team to the relationships we build within the cast to the rehearsal process, there’s no way we can avoid learning and growing. It’s my dream to have a long-term career on Broadway. I’m excited about all the ways I will learn and grow.