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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: Ellyn Marie Marsh

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Ellyn's Episode: Technomania! (#10)

Where are you from? Oakland, California

Broadway credits: Enron, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Kinky Boots and, well, sort of Cry-Baby.

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? Hence the “sort of” in my last answer. I was on my way to the “Bravo A-List Awards” and as I got into a cab, my agent called telling me I booked Cry-Baby on Broadway (as Hachet-face- to be taking over for my now co-star, the hilarious Tory Ross- talk about full circle!) I was so excited, but sad as I had a bunch of fun summer work I had to turn down, but WHATEVER! This was Broadway!!! Fast forward to the Tonys. I watched my soon-to-be cast members KILL it in the jail house number…the one where they tap danced with license plates on their feet? Amazing! They then posted notice on the Monday after the Tonys. I was to start on that Tuesday. Never made it onstage. And THAT’S where Broadway dreams go to die.

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? Easter Bonnet and Gypsy of the Year shows. Everyone gets to step out of the normal things they do day-to-day, WOW people with their talents, and raise money for an amazing cause.

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? So many things. Mostly, just HOW many people it takes to make a show run. From the people crunching numbers thinking of advertising campaigns to the people who iron our shirts and make sure our mics have batteries. It’s thousands of people all working towards a common goal.

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? My mother. My mom is 62 (she’d kill me for putting that in print) her husband was laid off for a while and she still works full time, she’s a second degree black belt in karate (YES-FOR REAL!), she stays fit, eats well and teaches kids. She does it all and under the stress of having only one income for a while. She also listens to all my problems-poor mom. She’s amazing and she raised three kids and I can barely handle one, I often wonder how she did it!

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Obama. Is that cliche? I want to hug him. I want to tell him I see WHO he’s fighting for and he hits brick walls every step of the way. I cry when I hear his speeches, I’ve never felt so moved by anyone in politics. I get fueled with anger when people speak ill of him. I think when our kids grow up they will hear stories of the man who tried to change the country and I will get to tell my daughter I saw it happen. That makes me proud.

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… My daughter. I’d love to remember what it’s like for everything to be an adventure, everything to be new! She gives me so much perspective.

To be successful in this business, it takes… Patience. thick skin. and a killer rack. oh! Laugh at yourself-a lot, it’s not brain surgery, you can make mistakes and it’s fine.

Tell us a secret. I’m very sensitive.