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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. 

Q&As

Connect with each of our guests as they tackle The Ensemblist's Q&A!

Q&A: Cynthia Onrubia

Nikka Lanzarone

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PlaybillVault

Cynthia's Episode: A Chorus Line Retrospective (#54)

Where are you from? New York City

Broadway credits: CABARET (2014-2015) Associate Choreographer/ Choreography Re-created By; DAME EDNA: THE ROYAL TOUR (1999) Choreographer; LITTLE ME (1998-1999) Associate Director/Choreographer/Performer; CABARET (1997-1998) Associate Choreographer; VICTOR/VICTORIA (1995-1997) Assistant Choreographer/Performer; DAMN YANKEES (1993-1995) Assistant Choreographer/Performer/Dance Captain; CATS (1994) Dance Supervisor; THE GOODBYE GIRL (1992-1993) Jenna/Dance Captain; METRO (1992) American Dance Supervisor; JEROME ROBBINS’ BROADWAY (1989-1990) Assistant to the Choreographer; SONG AND DANCE (1985-1986) Assistant Choreographer/Principal Performer/Dance Captain; CATS (1982-1983) Victoria (White Cat); DANCIN’ (1980-1982) Principal; GOTTU GO DISCO (1979) Assistant Choreographer; A CHORUS LINE (1977-1979) Tricia/Diana, Maggie, Connie, Bebe, (1979-1980) Connie, (1984-1985) Diana, Maggie, Connie US

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? There were two of us auditioning at the Shubert Theater for “A Chorus Line”. We danced and sang, and danced and sang and sang again. I could tell she had been in before and I knew they liked her. They then asked me to step out. I was standing by the doorman in the hallway when she rolled open the fire door and as she came out I asked her: “Did you get it?” and she said: “No, you did!”

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? It used to be dancing the rest of the night away at Studio 54. Going there after doing a show, there was nothing like being able to walk right in past the bouncers because you’re wearing your Satin show jacket and being able to store your purse behind the bar skipping the coat check.

15 years later I enjoyed performing my own numbers in (5) Broadway Bares (Now retired from that sort of exposure).

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? Ticket prices (They’re out of control)

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? Working in Film.

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… President Obama.

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… Chef Gordon Ramsay.

To be successful in this business, it takes… Talent, Timing & Luck.

Tell us a secret. I’m eating Ice Cream. (Now that I don’t perform anymore. I love to cook & eat).