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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. 

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Q&A: Marty Lawson

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Marty's Episode: Dance Partners (#2)

Where are you from: Uniontown, PA

Broadway credits: How to Succeed…, Promises, Promises, Shrek, Cry Baby, The Times They Are A Changin’, Movi’n Out

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I had auditioned for Movin’ Out at four different calls in Los Angeles and NYC over the course of two weeks.  So when I got the call that I actually got the job I was really expecting to hear that they needed me to come in again.  I was on a layoff from working with a dance company and had decided to audition for Movin’ Out as a kind of interim job to make a few bucks.  Seemed better than waiting tables. 

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? Broadway Bares.  Its fun to watch, its fun to be in.  :-)

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you?  The sense of community that our industry has.  Its a small circle of people that you continuously see and work with and its amazing the relationships and connections you build.  Broadway performers also have a way of supporting each other that I haven’t seen in other performance industries.  People are very respectful and supportive of other peoples talents and what they have to share.

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? Learning to play the guitar.  I’ve wanted to play an instrument for as long as i can remember and I bought a guitar two years ago.  I’ve just now gotten around to learning how to play it and I love it.

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Well, I actually hate coffee so maybe we could do a lunch.  If I had to pick someone alive I would pick my mother.  I tend to take for granted how important she has been in my life and I don’t make enough time to really appreciate a good conversation with her.  She’s an impressive lady.

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… I probably wouldn’t.  I would rather wish to spend a whole day as myself with no fears or inhibitions. 

To be successful in this business, it takes… Read this recently and I liked it: The War of Art

The truth is more often than not you will not end up doing exactly the job you want to be doing.  You have to love all the crap just as much as all the highs.  There’s exceptional extremes in this business and you have to be able to appreciate aspects of both.

 Tell us a secret.  Well, this one time in the dressing room… Wait a minute, our world is too small for sharing secrets!  I wanna work again!