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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: Andy Richardson

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Andy's Episode: Listener Questions 2013 (#13)

Where are you from? San Antonio, Texas!

Broadway credits: Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” the Musical, Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, and Newsies the Musical.

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? When I was 12, I was living in Long Island with my mom at my cousin’s house. I was a newsboy/boyscout in “Gypsy” starring Patti LuPone at the New York City Center. While doing “Gypsy,” I got an agent (Nancy Carson of Carson-Adler) and I auditioned for “Grinch.” I got the call when I was in my cousin’s dining room during dinner. My mom’s phone started to ring, so she went out of the room to answer. Soon after, she called (which for my mom, means excitedly yelled) me over to her and handed me the phone. It was my agent saying that I had booked “Grinch!” I am not exaggerating in the slightest when I say I was bouncing up and down and giggling like a schoolgirl.

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? I absolutely LOVE the Easter Bonnet competition. Tons of shows put on skits or pieces and it’s always ridiculously fun. I’ve gotten to participate in a couple and I love it. Everyone is competing, yes, but everyone also knows each other and is so friendly and fun. It’s always a great time to laugh and gather with your fellow theatre folk.

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? How everyone knows everyone. Truly. If you start a new project and talk with your coworkers for five minutes, I can guarantee you will find you know a ton of mutual people. Everyone knows everyone so it’s so easy to make connections and friends.What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? For my Place and Behavior class at NYU, kind of a socio-environmental psychology class, we have to read “The Geography of Bliss” by Eric Weiner. It’s a man’s journey as he travels to the happiest countries in the world. It really inspires me to think about what makes me happy and it makes me want to travel!If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Jennifer Lawrence. She just seems so funny and genuine. I’d love to just be able to chat with her.If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… An accomplished Swiss visual artist. I say this for three reasons: I have ALWAYS been jealous of people who were good at drawing, painting, and whatnot. I’d love to know what that felt like. I’ve also always wondered how America is perceived by other nations. Plus, Switzerland has snow and chocolate.To be successful in this business, it takes… Persistence and a good attitude. You’re going to be told “no” a lot, but you should never take it to heart. It could be for the most abstract reason. Work on your weaknesses, play to your strengths, and always be nice to everyone. People remember that and you never know who’ll you’ll work with. Being good to work with can be the deciding factor in an audition.

Tell us a secret. I am obsessed with organization. One time I went to the Container Store and I had to sit down from the overwhelming beauty of it all.