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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: Telly Leung

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Where are you from? Brooklyn, NY - born and raised!

Broadway credits: Flower Drum Song, Pacific Overtures, Rent, Godspell, Allegiance

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I got the phone call while I was having dinner with my parents. I had no agent, and Tara Rubin called me - herself! I could tell she was excited to talk to me directly. What a joy it is to give someone dream-making, life-changing news like that! My mom and dad opened a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne that they saved from their wedding day for a very special occasion - and this was it! We finished the whole bottle together.

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? There are so many - especially those produced by Broadway Cares. But, I’m gonna have to say: THE TONY telecast. It’s like the Super Bowl, minus the sports, and more than just one “half-time” show! We get a half-time performance from each nominee! 

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? It’s always fascinating to me why one show is a hit, and another one a flop. Often times, those shows with tons of hype that everyone thinks is going to be a sure-fire hit ends up opening and closing very quickly. The opposite is also true: Some shows that people write off as sure-fire flops that will come and go quickly are the ones that end up surprising the entire community - and are still running! You really can’t call it. 

 What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? I recently took a trip through the Mediterranean. ITALY (especially Rome and Florence) with all of its rich history really awakened my senses. I always find travel inspiring! 

 If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… The list is very long, but the first name that popped into my head was THERESA CAPUTO - the Long Island Medium. Don’t laugh. 

 If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… This answer was definitely inspired by my recent trip to Italy - but I’m going to have to say: THE POPE. But, I think I could only take the pressure of being a spiritual leader like that for millions of people all over the world for only one day. 

 To be successful in this business, it takes… Coffee. Very strong coffee. And (as I keep reminding myself), PATIENCE. My manager always tells me: this business is a marathon, not a sprint. 

Tell us a secret. I hate water chestnuts. I know, I know. I’m Chinese, and water chestnuts are all over the food of my people - but I hate them.