Today on the blog, we welcome Mean Girls ensemblist Tovi Wayne to Broadway and learn about his journey to the Mainstem.
1. What is your name and hometown?
My name is Toviel Wayne, but people call Tovi. I’m from Modesto, California. A small town in the Central Valley (aka Grape Valley). We are known for our good wine and almond orchards.
2. What is your role/track in your Broadway debut?
I have joined the cast of Mean Girls as the new Vacation Swing. I am responsible for learning all seven male ensemble tracks.
3. How did you find out you had booked the part?
I found out I booked the job on Friday, February 8. I was taking contemporary at Steps on Broadway with the company Ten Hairy Legs. In the middle of class, I got the call from my lovely agent Sofia that I would be making my Broadway Debut. It still doesn’t feel real. I was dancing down the hallway of Steps in excitement and thrill.
4. What's been the most surprising thing about preparing to perform the show?
The most surprising thing about this process was on the morning of Saturday, March 16. I woke up to a phone call from our stage manager saying that I was going on three days earlier than anticipated. I jumped out of bed, made a pot of coffee and did my homework to get me ready to dance on Broadway. That was a surreal day.
5. What are you looking forward to most about your experience on Broadway?
I’m most excited for/what I look forward to about being on Broadway has to be the growth that I will achieve as an artist during this beautiful and humbling process. I’m excited to be challenged and always learn something new about what I love to do. Our growth as individuals is never ending and that’s why I love this business.