Yet again, Theater People Podcast has brought another great episode into their collection. This time, Ellyn Marie Marsh is more than just a guest – she is a long-time friend of Patrick Hinds.
Ellyn is definitely a Broadway diva, as evidenced by her time spent in the original Broadway production of Priscilla – Queen of the Desert. Most recently, her talents have been recognized in the original Broadway cast of the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots.
Ellyn and Patrick talk about Kinky Boots, particularly her time working on developing her character (a tattooed factory worker that can be seen in the ensemble), auditioning for and booking the show, and understanding Lauren. She notes that being an understudy is difficult since audiences are expecting them to be similar to the regular cast members – i.e. she felt like she had to stay true to what Annaleigh Ashford had brought to the table. However, that never stopped her from bringing her own spark to the character.
After talking about Kinky Boots, Patrick and Ellyn talked about their past – specifically their time at Emerson College. After reminiscing, the two talk about Ellyn’s experience in the Broadway production of Cry-Baby. However, before she took over the role of Hatchet Face Mona, the show closed before she could begin.
After that, she joined the cast of Enron. The play talks about the scandal surrounding the Enron Corperation. She would have performed alongside Norbert Leo Butz and Marin Mazzie, but the show closed before she could take to the stage.
Since Enron and Cry Baby were not successful, she auditioned for a swing role in Priscilla – Queen of the Desert. She went to Toronto with the show, learning a few parts in the show. While in Toronto, she went on as each of her six characters. During that time, she would go back and forth between different characters every day which allowed her to show off her amazing talents. In addition to working on Priscilla, she was also dealing with the most important role – mom. She notes that while she was supported, the moms and dads in the theatre community are unique.
Patrick and Ellyn also perform a few lightning rounds of their favorite things.
The episode is AMAZING. Listen to it and don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes if you don’t already!
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