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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 SpongeBob's Phil Sloves

Mo Brady

Today on our blog, we welcome SpongeBob SquarePants swing Phil Sloves to Broadway and learn about his journey to the Great White Way:

 Phil Sloves in  SpongeBob SquarePants

Phil Sloves in SpongeBob SquarePants

1. What's your name and hometown?

Phil Sloves from Fair Lawn, NJ

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

I am a swing and understudy Mr. Krabs and Patrick Star!

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

I got a call from my agent only four days before I started rehearsals! I was moving my friend into an apartment. 

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

The most surprising thing has been how much you are expected to learn as a swing. Some of our swings cover 9+ roles in the ensemble WHILE understudying a principal role. 

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

My favorite moments have been my debut! My first week, I played Mr. Krabs for a two-show day. Then the next day, I went on for Patrick. Then the following day, I was back to Mr Krabs. It was the most thrilling experience of my life to share that stage with such incredible talent in a BEST MUSICAL! It’s a dream come true and I cannot wait to see what comes next.

 Phil Sloves in  SpongeBob SquarePants

Phil Sloves in SpongeBob SquarePants