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5 Debut Questions: The Cher Show's Michal Kolaczkowski

Mo Brady

This week, we welcome The Cher Show ensemblist Michal Kolaczkowski to the Main Stem and learn about his journey to making his Broadway debut.

Michal Kolaczkowski

Michal Kolaczkowski

1. What is your name and hometown?

Michal Kolaczkowski (pronounced Mee-haw. As in, “Yeehaw” but with an “M”). I grew up in Detroit but my family is from Warsaw, Poland.

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

I’m a swing on The Cher Show!

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

Months had passed since my last callback for The Cher Show. I had an audition for another show that morning, but I got cut. I was working late at my survival job (doing my best to stay positive) and I got a call from my agents. “Hi Michal, just wanted to call and let you know you’re gonna be on Broadway.” My response, “...in what?” I ran behind the copy machine and cried on the floor.

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

I was surprised to learn that we don’t have a number line. That’s right, our deck doesn’t have numbers downstage! Instead, we have a teeny tiny, LED light, color line. So, I had to memorize the order of the colors instead, and the code words that go along with it. So, you can dance on “stage right blue.” Or, if you’re halfway between green and white, you’re on “stage left mint.” Mind. Blown.

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

I’m excited to have more free time during the day to finally start creating some of my own projects and grow my new business!

Michal Kolaczkowski in  The Cher Show

Michal Kolaczkowski in The Cher Show