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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. 


5 Debut Questions: Phantom's Kelly Loughran

Mo Brady

Today on our blog, we welcome The Phantom of the Opera ensemblist Kelly Loughran to Broadway and learn about her journey to the Great White Way:

Kelly Loughran

Kelly Loughran

1. What's your name and hometown?

My name is Kelly Loughran and I’m from “the sweetest place on Earth:” Hershey, PA.

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

I’m in the ensemble as one of the ballerinas in The Phantom of the Opera.

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

Oh this is a great story! I’ve been auditioning for this show for over three years, but I ended up booking it from a video submission. The Broadway company was having an ECC while I was working on a regional production of An American in Paris. I couldn’t attend because we were in shows, so, with the help of Polly Baird (our Lise in AAIP and the swing/dance captain of Phantom), I made a video submission. Roughly two days later, Polly pulled me aside and said “welcome to dressing room 17L at the Majestic Theater” … she continued and told me that in less than a month I would be making my Broadway debut. It felt like the most special way to find out that my dream was coming true! 

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

The most surprising thing is how normal it felt. Rehearsing for this show was just like every other show I’ve been fortunate to work on; this show just happens to be on Broadway!  Everything leading up to this point has prepared me so well, and I’m so grateful for that. The Phantom company also has a bullet-proof system for putting people into the show, so I was in very good hands. 

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

So far my favorite thing about this entire experience has been walking past the theater lights on my way to the stage door before every show. These moments are so special to me and something that I look forward to as soon as I wake up! Part of me is in utter disbelief that I get to perform in an incredible show every day in NYC. I want to marinate in that joy for as long as possible. Of course, I can’t wait to see what else unfolds, but for now I'm enjoying seeing those lights! 

Kelly Loughran

Kelly Loughran