Today on our blog, we welcome some of the ensemblists from the new musical Beetlejuice to Broadway and learn about their journeys to the Great White Way.
Eric Anthony Johnson (Swing)
Hometown: Essexville, MI
“I found out I had booked the part the same way most actors do.I auditioned, had some callbacks, and then pretended not to wait for the phone to ring! Truthfully, I got the call for Broadway while walking my dog, and the way I reacted made my dog start barking at me — I guess that shows my level of excitement!
“Honestly, I’m looking forward to every part of being on Broadway. Growing up, all I ever wanted to be was a performer on Broadway, and now I get to do that with this strange and unusual new musical!”
Mateo Melendez (Ensemble)
Hometown: South Windsor, CT
“When I got the call, I was just at home getting ready for the day. If I remember correctly, Alex Timbers, the director, was the one who made the call with the offer. So that was really cool. I was ecstatic to say the least. I couldn’t believe it.
“I have quite a few different roles in the show as an ensemble member. I’m a mourner in one scene and a goblin in the next. I dance in a big puppet type apparatus at one point. But one of the main reasons they hired me is because I’m a breakdancer and they wanted cool flips and tricks in the dance routines.
“One of my favorite things about being a performer is getting reactions out of people. I love entertaining. So being able to share my passion with so many people on such a big stage and being a part of such a fascinating production that is sure to get some amazing reactions out of people are some of the things I’m most excited about. I can’t wait to see what people say and what they’ll think about it. It’s a crazy and hilarious show, and I think people are going to really enjoy
Kim Sava (Miss Argentina/Ensemble)
Hometown: Grandforks, North Dakota
“What did I do when I found out I booked the part? I nearly wet myself! For both the DC and Broadway run I got the call from my agent, who put me on speaker phone because both his wife and new born baby wanted to say congratulations. It was a beautiful moment, one memory I’ll never forget.
”There is so much I am looking forward to most about your experience on Broadway. I think what I’m looking forward to the most is helping to create something new from the ground up with a literal group of comedians. I'm looking forward to laughing everyday!”