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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: Chelsea Packard

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

Where are you from? Brookfield, WI


How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? It was WICKED, and I had been on the 1st National Tour for a year and a half as a swing, all the while campaigning hard to be an Elphaba cover.  They were unwilling to move me from my job as a swing into the ensemble covering Elphie on the tour, so I left the tour and moved back to NYC.  A few months later, an Elphaba cover track opened up in the Broadway company, so I auditioned and found out the next day that I got it!  

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? I love the GYPSY OF THE YEAR and EASTER BONNET pageants… they can be both hilarious and moving, and the casts of long-running shows get to flex their creative muscles for a great cause.  

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? It’s fascinating to me that people come from all over the world to see shows where I live!

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? The passing of Nelson Mandela has taken me back to 2010 when I  travelled to South Africa with an organization called Broadway In South Africa. I met and worked with children from townships outside of Capetown and Johannesburg, and I learned by watching them sing and dance that music is not just entertainment.  It is escape, it is connection, and it is community.  I will never forget that time in my life. I went to South Africa to teach music, but I learned so much more than I taught.

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

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… Barack.  I want to see what really goes on.

To be successful in this business, it takes… Focus, talent, and charm.

Tell us a secret. I wish I were an amazing tap dancer.