Today we welcome Beetlejuice ensemblist Katie Lombardo to Broadway and learn about her journey to the Great White Way!
1. What is your name and hometown?
My name is Katie Lombardo and my hometown is Franklin Square, New York.
2. What is your role/track in your Broadway debut?
I am the female vacation swing!
3. How did you find out you had booked the part?
I had been involved with the show for a long time (a lot of pre production, lab, helping with auditions, etc.) and didn’t end up booking the out-of-town in D.C. or the Broadway production. The rest of the cast was already a month or so into rehearsal with one week left in the studio before heading to the theatre for tech. I went to a random audition one Monday morning, and when I came out of the room and checked my phone, I had a missed call from the choreographer, Connor Gallagher. I called him back and he said “Has anyone called you yet?” and I said, “No...” and he said “You’re joining the company as our vacation swing and you start tomorrow morning! You’re making your Broadway debut!” I started crying, and naturally, he started laughing at me. I will never ever forget it. Phone call in the hallway of Pearl Studios. Classic.
4. What's been the most surprising thing about preparing to perform the show?
I don’t know if “surprising” is the right word, but I would say one of the most wonderful parts of preparing to perform the show is how welcoming the cast and the team have been. They have this way of making me feel so special and so excited, without making me feel like I’m less than or below them. A lot of them are people I’ve looked up to for so long, and to think “I’m sharing a dressing room hallway with so and so” makes the 16-year-old Katie who drove to high school listening to Broadway soundtracks want to cry tears of joy.
5. What are you looking forward to most about your experience on Broadway?
First of all, Beetlejuice was one of my absolute favorite movies growing up, and if you know me even a tiny bit, you know that Halloween is my all time favorite holiday. There is truly nothing more exciting for me than being able to perform a spooky show on Broadway. Aside from that, I’m looking forward to having my family and friends come see the show. They’ve supported me from the very beginning, no matter what, good times and bad times, sometimes really bad or sad times. I’m so happy and grateful that I can finally get up there and make them proud. I really couldn’t have made it here without them.
In the words of Beetlejuice... “It’s Showtime.”