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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: Jennifer Cody

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Jen's Episode: Original Cast Albums (#18)

Where are you from? Rochester, NY (west henrietta)

Broadway credits: Cats, Grease, Beauty and the Beast, Seussical, Urinetown the musical, Taboo, Best Little Whorehouse (Actor’s Fund), Pajama Game, Shrek, A Christmas Story

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I had auditioned for Guys and Dolls on Bway. I was cut after I danced because the call was for 5'4 and up. The casting director, Vinny Liff, took down my name because he also cast Cats. He called Equity to get my info and found that I wasn’t in the union. At the time, I was doing a 3 week run of Anyone Can Whistle at the 47th st theatre. The producers put the entire cast’s names on the poster. Two weeks after the audition, Vinny Liff was walking by the poster and remembered my name. He called the theatre and left word for me to go to the Winter Garden. I did and started Cats two weeks later. 

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? I love Gypsy of the Year. I am a proud Gypsy and pretty much cry through the entire event

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? The history. I love to do a show and think about the actors/performances that happened at that same place. I remember playing the Palace and looking out thinking “This is the Palace!!!” I am on the stage and in the same dressing rooms that all of those icons that preceded me played. It fascinates me that I am a part of such history.

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? I am inspired by everyone around me. I have a friend who rediscovered her life and is fulfilling her passion by going back to school to be a writer. I have a cousin-in-law who has been battling cancer for years and still is such a spirit of unending positive energy. I am surrounded by incredible human beings. Passion inspires me.

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… MIchelle Obama

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… James Carney-Press secretary. I would love to have info/organize it/ and distribute it…but just for a day...

To be successful in this business, it takes… Short term or long term? Short term-you need talent. ambition, and a little luck. Long term is different. You need to have tenacity. drive. the ability to evolve. a sense of humor. And two things that will keep you “in the biz”…smarts and not being a douche.

Tell us a secret. I have so many. I’m not sure which of them would land me in court….