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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: Leslie Donna Flesner

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Leslie's Episode: Swings, Again! (#69)

Where are you from? Originally from Miami, Florida

Broadway credits: An American in Paris, Honeymoon in Vegas, Cinderella, Chaplin, Follies, Finian's Rainbow

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I was on my way to an audition actually when my agent called me. She told me that the show I had done at City Center Encores! (Finian's Rainbow) was transferring to Broadway, and I had been offered a track! I immediately decided to turn around, head home and celebrate. 

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? There are so many, but I would have to say the Tony Awards. It is the most exciting and anticipated night of the year.

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you?  Putting up a new musical. From the rehearsal room, to previews to opening, and the not knowing whether or not it will be successful, it all still fascinates me. The risk we all take creatively not knowing if it will be met with reward.

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? I read a book a few weeks ago called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which is this Japanese organization manual. It requires that you go through every item in your home and ask if it 'sparks joy' and that determines whether or not you keep it. It has completely changed my home, and I recommend everyone read it!

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be... Right now, probably Elizabeth Warren. She grew up a janitor's daughter, became a Harvard professor and U.S. Senator and is a huge advocate for women's rights. It's an election year, so I'm really tuned in to what is happening politically in our country.  

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose... 100% Beyoncé. I mean, what is THAT like??

To be successful in this business, it takes.... Practice... Meaning taking class, auditioning, working on your craft, continuing to grow and evolve as a performer, making yourself better every day..... And kindness. Nobody wants to work with a jerk.  

Tell us a secret. It isn't really a secret to anyone who knows me well, but I love The Real Housewives on Bravo. All of them. I'm especially obsessed with The Real Housewives of New York City and have met several of them and was secretly fangirling.