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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: Molly Tynes

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Molly's Episode: Special Skills (#7)

Where are you from? Alexandria, VA

Broadway credits: Pippin (Ensemble/understudy Fastrada, Leading Player, Catherine)

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? That depends. I have actually booked my Broadway debut three times! “Pippin” is my debut, but twice before I was cast in Broadway musicals that sadly ended up getting canceled - “Angels the Musical” and the revival of “Funny Girl” that was supposed to open last year. Womp wah. Third time’s the charm! For “Pippin,” at the time I was playing Brooke Wyndham in “Legally Blonde” at the Arvada Center. My agents had been given a heads up that I was going to get an offer, but the offer came a day or two later than expected. I remember sitting in my hotel room checking my phone every five minutes and just thinking I’d chew my leg off from the stress! So when the call finally came it was just a huge relief!

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? The Tonys!

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? It’s crazy that no matter how successful, how established, or how well respected you are, there is still no guarantee of job security for the future. There is always an element of risk. Each time a show closes, I think all actors have the secret fear that they will never work again. But it makes you that much more thankful and proud and invested when you DO have a job; you are aware of how precious it is.

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? I am at that age where you look around and realize you and your friends have somehow become “adults.” I have a lot of friends who have started their own businesses or who have made major career moves over the past couple of years. It sounds cheesy, but it is inspiring to watch your friends figure out how to utilize their creative potential, excel, and be successful. I guess this is just called growing up. But I think it’s pretty cool nonetheless.

 If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… I’m probably supposed to make some really inspired choice here and pick someone who would blow my mind with philosophical insight and wisdom, but instead I’m going to say Bjork. She’s bonkers. That would be one entertaining coffee date.

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… An Olympic athlete. Wouldn’t it be cool to know what it feels like to run faster than anyone in the world, or jump the highest, or perform some other nearly impossible feat? It must be almost like having a super power.

To be successful in this business, it takes… Patience, determination, and a positive attitude. Even the most successful actors don’t get every show they audition for. You are rejected a lot in this business. You have to have the patience to wait it out, the determination to keep going after every lost role, and the positive attitude not to let the rejection get you down or turn you bitter and resentful. You have to know in your heart that you are talented and that the right role/opportunity will come along. 

Tell us a secret. I have been watching “The Young and the Restless” for over twenty years. That’s not really a secret. But maybe it SHOULD be.