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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: Laura Marie Duncan

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Laura Marie's Episode: Containing Multitudes, part 2: Post-Ensemblist Life (#62)

Where are you from? Northampton, Massachusetts

Broadway credits: The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, South Pacific, Billy Elliot

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? We were doing our out-of-town regional run - and I had NO idea Full Monty was headed for Broadway. I think my agent was trying to protect me by not telling me that there was a possibility - she didn’t want me to be disappointed if it didn’t move! And one night I was talking to Annie Golden, and she said, “when we go to Broadway,” and I almost fell over. Then I thought, well, if this goes to Broadway, they can’t possibly take ME? :)

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? Broadway Barks! No, Gypsy Robe! I can’t choose between those two.

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? I’ve never been able to explain the magic part to people who haven’t done it. I mean, the gypsy run is like taking drugs. Not that I would know anything about that, kids.

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? I’m inspired by a lot of photographers of course, but I was pretty inspired at a wedding ceremony recently. Broadway Inspirational Voices sang (I mean, UNBELIEVABLE) but it really made me think about how we celebrate love and commitment. We should sing to the universe about it more often.

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Jacques Pepin. I love him, and I want to know how to makes eggs like that. How about Michelle Obama and Jacques Pepin together? We could discuss how to make healthy food taste better.

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… Meryl Streep. But only if I could come back remembering all the acting secrets. Because damn it, that woman can do anything.

To be successful in this business, it takes… seriously thick skin. And this is the cheesiest thing I’ve ever said, but happiness. Real, true joyful feelings that you can spread around.

Tell us a secret. I love Jujyfruits. Very scared of the dentist. Also my closets look like Monica Geller’s (remember the locked one in the hallway?). Oh, and even though I was a headshot photographer I used only two headshots in my entire career as an actor, and one of them I took myself. Ridiculous.