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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: Paloma Garcia-Lee

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Paloma's Episode: Replacements (#4)

Where are you from? Born: Minneapolis, MN. Raised: Bucks County, PA. School: North Carolina School of the Arts (High School)

Broadway credits: The Phantom of the Opera (Meg Giry), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Alice)

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I was 17 years old and it was a few months after I auditioned for Phantom  I got a call at around 9 in the morning from the dance supervisor asking if I was available to join the Broadway cast the following week. By 12 noon that day I had signed my contract was headed to a wig and costume fitting, I watched the show that night and started rehearsals right away. 

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? I am head over heels in love with all of the BC/EFA events- especially Broadway Bares and Fire Island Dance Festival. I also am a huge dog person so Broadway Barks has a special place in my heart too!

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? I am fascinated by it all really. I am especially fascinated how just a spark of an idea can turn into something like Wicked, or Phantom or any finished product on Broadway is just mind blowing to me. The work and the money and the insane amount of talent that goes into each show are just incredible.

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? The fitness community always inspires me. As a teacher for SoulCycle here in NY I have just fallen head over heels for staying in shape and inspiring others to do so as well. It goes hand in hand for me since I am a performer and a dancer first and foremost. Our body is the greatest instrument we will ever have and I continue to be inspired to stay healthy in new ways and push my body in new ways and if I can inspire anyone or support anyone along their journey to do the same I am totally into it.

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Wes Anderson. I am convinced if I ever had the opportunity to be in a movie of his I would crumble and explode from the excitement. I want to be his friend. Hey Wes? Wanna get coffee and be friends?

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… A fancy news anchor. Pick one any one. I just want to know what that life is like. It used to be one of my dreams when I was younger.

To be successful in this business, it takes… I think it takes security in who you are, determination to never stop working toward your goal and to always keep your eyes open to learning new things and becoming a better version of yourself each day.

Tell us a secret: I talk to dogs in quiet voices on the street. I know they have super power hearing so I know if I talk under my breath for the most part they can hear me. I always want them to know they are pretty and a good dog. I am completely aware how creepy this might seem. But there is not a word I can find to describe how much I love animals and think they are the best ever.