Broadway Sandwich

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Broadway Sandwich: "Waitress" and "Chicago"

Follow Broadway's biggest stars during their breaks between matinee and evening performances. Learn the secrets of the on- set food used in “Waitress” from Charity Angél Dawson. Go rock climbing with Jessica Ernest from “Chicago.”

AIRED: September 10, 2019 | 0:26:47
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Oh, I used to spend a lot of time

sitting on these little stools.

I almost took you out.

Perfect. Orders up.

♪♪

Scribner: The lives of Broadway performers are busy.

They only have a few short hours between their matinee

and evening performances,

and they're giving us an inside look,

from grabbing a bite to unwinding,

plus a backstage tour.

Have you ever wanted to see what we do in the time

sandwiched between performances?

Follow along and find out.

This is "Broadway Sandwich."

Today, we're at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre,

home of both the original and revival productions

of "Noises Off," "Rock of Ages,"

and for the last three years, "Waitress."

♪ Heart, keep racing

♪ Let's make mistakes

♪ Let us say, "So what?"

♪ And make worse what was already pretty bad ♪

Scribner: The show tells the story of Jenna,

a waitress and expert pie-maker

who's stuck in a small town and a really bad marriage.

Jenna and her fellow waitresses encourage each other

through life's big moments --

the good, the bad, and everything in between.

"Waitress" is based on the movie written by Adrienne Shelly

and made history by being the first Broadway show

with an all-female creative team.

The show was nominated for four Tony awards,

including Best Musical.

Today, we're meeting up with Charity Angel Dawson,

who plays Becky, a no-nonsense waitress

who's always there to encourage her friends.

Hey, Charity. How are you doing?

Good, how are you? Nice to see you.

You, too. How was your matinee?

It was wonderful, thanks for asking.

Nailed it? Yep! I think so.

All right, so we only have a few hours before we have

to get back here to your second show.

Uh-huh. What's the plan on your break?

Well, first, grab a bite to eat.

I'm starving. Same.

Then maybe do a little shopping for my dressing room.

A little shop-shop? I still haven't fully decorated, so...

Okay. Yeah.

Then maybe afterwards we could do a little theater tour?

Yeah, absolutely. I'd love that.

All right. Sounds good.

♪♪

So, what were you like as a kid?

I was a wallflower.

They used to call me Charity the church mouse

because I was so quiet.

I would sing in church, I grew up in church,

I was terrified of being in front of people.

So, how did you go from church mouse to power house?

I was in high school, I was in my senior year,

and I had been cast in a production

of "The Wiz" playing Evillene. Uh-huh.

And I wanted to be Dorothy, of course.

You know, that's what I was going for, and they said,

"No, we don't have anybody who can do Evillene,

and so we need you to do that."

It started stretching me, I started, you know,

expanding my voice

and learning a bit more about all that I had in me.

So has Broadway stardom always been the dream?

Well, after I graduated high school,

I did a year and a half of community college

just trying to figure out what exactly I wanted to do.

I started performing with this troupe,

and they brought us to New York for spring break,

and I saw my first Broadway show,

and I started pursuing it.

What show was that that you saw?

"Thoroughly Modern Millie" with Sutton Foster.

Ooh. Mm-hmm.

And what was it about seeing that show

that made you feel like you wanted to do that?

Sitting in the audience at this huge theater,

and I was looking at all these people to my left and my right,

and they were all completely enthralled

and invested in what was going on on that stage,

and I didn't it could be done on that scale.

So, when did you first hear about "Waitress"?

When I was doing "Side Show."

Here on Broadway?

Yes, on Broadway. Okay.

Keala Settle, she was doing the workshop of "Waitress,"

and I said, "Please, can I go to the presentation?

I just want to see -- I just need to be

in the same room as Sara Bareilles."

So, it was like a lab happening, or a workshop?

Yes, it was a workshop happening. Okay.

So, I went in, and I did the ensemble stuff,

and I did the Becky stuff, and she said,

"Wow, you have a killer voice."

Mm. Which, I peed a little bit.

But, you know, uh... Yeah.

Just a little bit. I died a little bit.

Just like -- just out.

And I came back a couple days later

for a final callback with all the producers

and the entire creative team, and, uh, got the job.

Incredible.

So, when did you start doing Becky full-time?

I started doing Becky October 20th of 2017, I believe.

And then you went out on the national tour and played Becky?

Mm-hmm. And that's where Sara Bareilles

gave you this beautiful necklace.

Yeah, she gave me this beautiful necklace.

Thanks for the necklace.

And then you came back to Broadway,

where you are now, playing the role.

I love that. Cool story.

Yeah, it's been quite a journey.

I notice when you sing, you really, like,

use your whole body when you sing.

You, like, get rooted, you know, for those big notes.

Yeah, yeah. Is that a part of technique,

or is that just something you feel that comes in?

It's like a spirit that hits you.

Yeah, it's something that I feel that comes in.

I feel like it's only when it's, like, in a really emphatic thing

where I'm really trying to drive the point home

that I'll stop and, like, really dig deep into it.

How many shows of "Waitress"

do you think you've done at this point?

I have no clue.

500?

Oh. 700?

More.

Okay, so there's such cute things here.

Yeah. I'm taking this Bob Ross mug.

And I know that you paint by numbers, right?

Yep.

In the dressing room, in my breaks between, like,

in the show, if I have, like, a little down time,

I'll just pull out my paint by numbers.

I love this store. I love buying gifts out of here.

You always find something different, you know?

I've never seen those mists before

and I might just take a gander at those.

And also, you've only been back in the show here on Broadway

for a few months where you kind of still getting

used to your dressing room again.

Yeah, yeah. You're decorating.

All right, so let's find some stuff to make you more settled.

What's your color palette? What's your theme?

Well, I don't really know.

The room is lavender.

Oh, my goodness. Like a Swedish forest.

Oh, that's nice. Not that I've ever been,

but it feels like it smells like a Swedish forest.

I think a Swedish forest will smell like this one.

I hope it does.

No, I think -- That one's really good.

I think I actually might get that one.

Right? You want me to pull that one out for you?

Yes, please. Here.

Tell us a little bit about the store

and how long you've been here and stuff.

Well, we've been doing business for 23 years now,

which seems like forever.

Congratulations. Thank you, thank you.

It's been an amazing journey here.

But we were originally theater people.

My husband was doing "Hello, Dolly!"

with Carol Channing on Broadway the last time she had done it.

Never heard of her. No, I know, she's obscure.

Just a dear, dear, amazing time in our lives.

And you've been open ever since? Ever since, yeah.

So, we still stayed part of the Broadway community,

and, you know, we love you guys, the show is amazing,

and so glad you're back in it.

Yeah, absolutely. Thank you so much.

We really appreciate it. Thank you.

Now, we got to get her back to her show.

Yeah.

The second one to do for the day.

Start warming up, baby. Thank you so much.

All right, thanks, guys. Bye.

All right, take care.

So, this is a really fun part of our show.

It's called "60 Second Sandwich."

Are you ready? I'm ready.

You got to answer as many questions

as you can in one minute. Okay.

I'm gonna put one minute on the clock and we're gonna go.

Got you. All right.

Boom! We're in.

Sophia Stadler on Instagram wants to know

what's your dream role?

My dream role is something that hasn't been created yet.

They'll create it for me. Ooh, love that.

Love that. Insta user Cindy0717,

"How do you keep your performance fresh every night?"

It's the job, you have to.

What are you currently obsessed with?

I am obsessed with Anderson .Paak.

Ooh! Facebook user Alexandria Chang,

"Can you make pie? Do you eat a lot of pie?

And are you not sick of it yet?"

I can't make pie, I don't eat a lot of pie,

and who's ever sick of pie?

Good answer.

Have you ever stood in line for autographs,

and if so, what show?

I have stood in line for autographs for "Brooklyn"

the musical, "Little Woman,"

"Thoroughly Modern Millie," so many.

Oh yeah. Okay.

Ever been a waitress in real life?

I have not been a waitress, but I've been a hostess.

Okay. Shannon P. Evans asks,

"Why is it so important

for representation on Broadway?"

It is very important because people

need to see themselves on stage.

People need to see themselves in every artistic medium.

That's beautiful. Seven seconds.

Favorite post-show treat? A cocktail!

Cocktail! Whoo!

Two seconds, uh, we don't have time.

You nailed it.

Incredible.

And now we have to go back to the show.

Let's do it. Let's do it.

♪♪

♪♪

Tell us about your favorite moment in the show.

My favorite moment in the show that I'm a part of

is "Soft Place to Land." I love that song.

I think it's just a beautiful time

with the three waitress in this quiet moment,

just dreaming together about, you know,

what their dream life would look like.

And that's where my favorite

Lorin Latarro moment is. You got this.

Ding, ding. I love it.

It's perfect.

Um, show me back here by the bar counter.

Okay, come on, let's go. Oh, this is so cute.

It's like a real diner in this.

Yeah, yeah.

All the stuff. Mm-hmm.

Got the sugar, you got your napkins.

And now when you do that cool pie dance.

Mm-hmm.

Is is strapped to you, or is it glued to you,

or are you just...

♪♪

[ Laughs ]

It's strapped.

Some people choose --

some people are a little adventurous

and they choose not to use the strap.

That is fair if you so choose.

Cowboys. Right.

Beautiful. That's pie-ography.

We have different things that we use.

Um, like here, this is what she's blowing as flour,

but it's actually inositol. It's a vitamin.

It's so if you breathe it in,

it's not, like, unhealthy for you.

Oh, good, okay.

So we also have -- you know,

we use a lot of ingredients in that song.

I know, it must become so messy up here.

Yeah, but we have this in the egg instead of a real egg.

That can get a little crazy.

What do you use instead of a real egg?

This is a little egg here,

and it has a peach with, like, syrup inside it.

So the peach looks like the yoke and the syrup is,

like, the white, and it's really cool.

And what do you use for butter?

OJ, actually.

Orange juice. Mm-hmm.

All right. Yeah, yeah.

So, here we are.

You're starring in a show on Broadway.

What does that feel like?

What's the best thing about that?

The best thing about that is it was a dream come true,

and one, at one point, I kind of thought,

you know, if it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen.

You know? I'll just --

as long as I'm creating, as long as I'm performing

and telling stories.

And so for this door to open and to have opened

so many other doors for me is just --

it's really a blessing and a dream come true.

And what is it like when people recognize you from the show?

It's so weird, but it's so cool.

I had a couple instances the other day where,

in the same day, back to back,

where two different young ladies,

I saw them see me, and then I saw their reaction,

and at first, I was kind of like,

"What is that -- Oh!"

That's what it is, and it's so weird,

but it's so wonderful. Well, 'cause you know

what it's like to be on the other side, too, right?

Yeah, exactly, 'cause I've been that person,

like, seeing Audra McDonald on the street

and geeking out, like...

Try to be normal, or seeing Norm Lewis, or Lillias White.

Oh, God! You know?

Just geeking out over them.

That's how people see you now.

Yeah, yeah, it's wild, but I'll take it.

How do you think you would feel if you were watching yourself

perform from this seat right now?

[ Laughing ] I have no clue.

I mean, I hope I would like --

I think I would like what I saw because I do my best as an actor

to just be honest and tell the truth.

That's something that --

That's when it can land on people's hearts.

The one thing I have to know, is it real pie?

Yes. The smell in the theater?

Yeah. Yeah, I'll show you.

What?

Now, what do you do with the pies after this?

We take them home and we eat them.

So all of these pies get eaten? Mm-hmm.

And I will let you do the special ingredient.

Okay, a little cinnamon. A little cinnamon.

All right. Shake, girl.

Come on! Good, good, good.

Somebody still has to eat this. Okay.

All right, Charity, the moment of truth.

Yes! I never get to do this.

You're done. Thank you!

Yay!

This is funny.

All of the old Joes that have come through here,

they take a picture, and they, like, lined this wall here

with old Joes,

including June Squibb, our old Josephine.

Hi, June. And this is you?

Uh-huh, this is me. How convenient.

Love this. You have a couch.

You can take naps. Real naps!

And you know I do.

I take full advantage of this couch.

Um, so show us around a little bit.

What do you have in here?

We've got -- we've got our glasses, of course, up here,

our flower vases from all the people

who send flowers and everything.

So, we make sure we hold on to those and reuse them, you know.

Ah, and "a dream is a soft place to land."

"A dream is a soft place to land,"

which was made by a fan, I believe.

Then this is my little area over here.

We sang for Michelle Obama, and she --

So, when I took over for Becky...

Excuse me.

...she gave me this, you know, little thing,

"Dreams are made here."

She was like, "Oh, that was so wonderful.

That was beautiful."

And I just died. I gagged.

I could barely remember the words.

I was like, "Oh, God, I've sung this song a million times,"

but it was for Michelle Obama, so...

Yeah. Unbelievable.

So, you peed for Sara Bareilles and you gagged

and died for Michelle Obama.

Exactly. That makes sense.

It makes sense. High stakes.

And you got a Nurse Becky doll

that's plugged in right here, right in the place.

Well, yeah, this is her little seat.

This is little Becky. We have some others.

Well, she is a highly charged, sexual being,

so this makes sense. This makes a lot of sense.

How fitting.

All right, so, now we have all this cute stuff

from Delphinium. What are you gonna do with it?

Let me see, because I'm trying --

I don't like a lot of clutter, but we don't have much space.

But of course, this Bob Ross mug

has to go right near my painting here.

You see, this is the painting I was talking about.

Oh, that the paint by numbers. Yes.

And this, I can't light it in the dressing room, but...

So that's for home. Yeah, this is for home.

So I might put this back to the side.

I wish I could stay while you did your show.

Well, I got to get ready for the next one.

Well, I'm gonna try and go get a last-minute ticket.

Oh, please, do! Thank you.

It was so wonderful.

You are incredible. Thank you so much.

Thank you for spending the day with me.

Thank you. And telling us all about you.

You're just wonderful and very inspirational in so many ways.

Thank you, it's been a pleasure. All right.

All right. So you're kicking me out?

Yeah. All right.

I got to put on my Spanx, okay?

I hear you. Me, too.

Have a great show.

Bye. Bye.

♪♪

We wanted high stakes on "Broadway Sandwich,"

but I don't know if we wanted this high of a stake.

I mean, this is really a lot.

Today we're at the Ambassador Theatre,

where the Grammy-, Olivier-,

and six-time Tony-winning American musical "Chicago"

is about to let out its matinee.

♪ Come on, babe, why don't we paint the town? ♪

♪ And all that jazz? I'm gonna rouge my knees ♪

Scribner: "Chicago" is based on a series of true

high-profile murder cases

committed by women in Jazz Age Chicago.

The story follows Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly,

rival vaudeville stars who use their trials to gain

publicity and popularity -- and eventually their freedom.

"Chicago" is the longest-running

American musical on Broadway today.

It just celebrated 22 years.

This is actually a revival of the show.

The original show played from 1975 to 1977,

and the original team included Kander and Ebb

and, of course, Bob Fosse.

♪ Oh, she's gonna shimmy till her garters break ♪

Scribner: Today we're meeting up with Jessica Ernest.

Jessica plays Go-To-Hell Kitty, an heiress who commits murder

and steals the spotlight from Roxie and Velma.

Let's go meet her.

♪ And all that jazz

Hi! Hey, Jessica!

How was your matinee?

It was great. It was really good.

Okay, so, you have a show to do tonight.

I do, another one.

And you have a big break between.

Mm-hmm. So, what's the plan?

Well, I think we're gonna go do a little

poke bowl action to eat... Mmm, delish.

...and then maybe rock-climb.

How do you feel about that?

You rock-climb between shows?

Yeah, and then we'll come back and do a little theater tour.

Unbelievable. Let's go. Yeah?

♪♪

Amazing.

It is. Get ready.

Have you had a poke bowl before?

Definitely had a poke bowl. Okay, good.

Yeah. Okay.

But let's talk about you.

So, this is your Broadway debut, this show.

It is, yeah. Two years ago.

You've been in the show for two years.

Had you been in "Chicago" before?

Mm! How many times have you been in the show?

Oh...

maybe six. Six times?

Mm-hmm. Wow.

It was actually my first audition

after I graduated from college,

and they were actually looking for a Go-To-Hell Kitty,

which is the role I play in the show now.

And as a nonunion performer,

I got typed in, so I got to dance.

I got to do "All That Jazz."

So, to think that in 2011, I...

I mean, I wasn't ready then.

I definitely was not ready.

But it could've happened then,

and it just took another eight...

seven... seven years?

When was... I don't even know.

All good things are worth the wait, though, you know?

Definitely.

That was supposed to happen for you.

Definitely, and so much happened with me as a person

and as a performer since then.

I auditioned in New York, and I booked a cruise ship.

I was Singer 2 on a cruise ship,

and it was the most incredible experience of my life.

Oh, I got to be a show girl in Las Vegas

in Donn Arden's "Jubilee!"

The costumes were so incredible, and that stage was giant.

It was like two football fields

and had elevators that would go up and down.

Okay, so, the thing that most people don't know is

that when we get these roles,

when we get a call to go in for a show...

Mm-hmm.

...we have no time to get ready to do it.

Like, we have to go in so fast, learn it all,

and barely get any stage rehearsal.

What was it like for you in "Chicago"?

Well, most people start a show together,

and they all get to rehearse it for, you know, sometimes...

Six weeks, eight weeks, yeah. Right, exactly.

But with us, our show's been running for 23 years.

And you just have to be thrown into the show,

'cause some people have -- like, I've now -- in two years,

I've done the show 800 times.

So if we put someone new into the show,

I don't need to learn it again, because I've learned it.

It's basically second nature.

So, you said 800 times you've done the show?

Yeah, you think like 400 a year.

Ooh! That's a lot.

800 slides down the banister.

Oh, my gosh.

So, for the show, I actually have the first line of the show.

Ladies and gentlemen, you are about to see a story of murder,

greed, corruption, violence,

exploitation, adultery, and treachery --

all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts.

My parents were at my Broadway debut on my opening night.

And after the show, my mom said to me, she said,

"Jessica, did they give you that line just because we were here?

Or do you get to do that every night?"

So sweet. I said, "No, that's my line!"

Like, I get -- That's my line in the script.

Yeah. It didn't really hit me

until I was walking up the alleyway

out the stage door after the show,

what had just happened that day.

Every cylinder has to be firing in you for it to go well

and not to run into anyone and to remember all your lines

and to remember all your vocal notes and everything.

And I just started tearing up walking up the alleyway.

Why? Just moment of relief?

I don't know. It made me tear up now

just thinking about it. It was so great.

Yeah. Yeah.

You feel like you made it.

Some people have that Cinderella story,

and they get off the bus and they book

their first show or whatever,

and that was not my experience at all.

So once it was there, it just even made it

that much more special, I think.

You earned it. Yeah.

You should be really proud. Yeah.

And one of the ways you stay strong

is by rock-climbing between shows.

Yeah.

So, should we go? Let's do it. Come on.

I hope I don't throw up my poke.

Let's go.

So, I want to talk about the fact

that this is a Fosse show, which means that --

Yes, it's the only Fosse show currently on Broadway.

Hey!

What makes doing a show with Fosse choreography

different from doing something else?

Well, I think the Fosse style is so iconic.

There's so much to it, but yet it's also so simple

that it is unlike anything else.

Nuanced. Yeah!

Subtle. Yeah, sensual.

Cool. Funny.

Yeah. A little tongue-in-cheek.

Yeah. And dark, but --

I like how you put your hand on your hip

and you just, like, fall right back into it.

You want to, like, do a little? Here, wait.

Yeah, teach me some. Okay, so, shoulders.

Your legs. Shoulder, leg.

A little Charlie Chaplin. Yeah?

And then stop and plié and wipe your nose.

Now the other way. Oh!

Sh-sh-sh!

Sh-sh-sh! I got it!

That is good.

Hi. How's it going? Hi!

We're here to climb, like that movie "Free Solo."

That's kind of how I envision myself for this moment.

I don't know if that's normal for everybody.

No, we need to be safe, please.

Safety first. No, she's a pro.

Now, do we hold each other with the ropes?

Or is someone else gonna...

We're gonna hold them for you.

Oh, thank God.

♪♪

Just trying to remember what that guy from "Free Solo"

did to warm up, you know. Yeah, a lot of, you know...

That's good. That's about right.

It's how I envisioned this experience for me right now.

Amazing. This is so great.

Who knew this is right here, right next to Times Square?

Right here. Incredible.

Great.

So, kind of go up like you're in a triangle --

hands, feet, hands, feet.

Ooh, that was like a Fosse move right there.

That was some kind of Broadway...

Ooh! Duh-na-na-na-na-na! Are you a dancer?

That was "A Chorus Line."

I don't love heights.

♪♪

Okay, now I'm starting to notice the height a little.

I feel like a dog when a dog gets picked up

and they don't want to be picked up.

♪ Give 'em the old razzle dazzle ♪

♪ Razzle dazzle 'em

I made it! Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch.

Did you make it? Yay! You did it!

Whoo! Whee!

[ Laughs ]

I'll take it. Look at that.

You did great. Alright!

Well, I'd love to climb this wall again with you.

But, first of all, I can't because I'm too tired.

My biceps are shot. Aw!

And more importantly, we have to get you back

for your second show. Yeah, we do.

You have to perform again. Okay, but come next weekend.

You'll come next weekend, and we'll go again?

Okay, that sounds good. That sounds good.

Deal. Cool.

Uh, we can't really leave, because we're tied up.

I'm stuck. I think I'm attached.

But as soon as we get untied, we're gonna get out of here.

Okay, so you know what it's time for? What?

It's time for our 60-Second Sandwich.

One minute on the clock.

You have to answer as many questions

as you can in one minute. Are you ready?

I'm ready. And...

we're off! Okay.

From @factsofbroadway on Insta --

Favorite song in "Chicago"?

Uh, "Cell Block Tango."

Insta user @linds.rc

wants to know, "How do you deal with nerves onstage?"

Practice! Practice, practice, practice.

Practice! Do you sing in the shower?

Yes. What song?

Uh, whatever's on the radio.

@broadwayhacks101 wants to know,

"What's your worst onstage slip-up?"

Oh, gosh.

I don't know. I can't think of one.

Okay, we'll go back. Go back.

Insta user Justin wants to know,

"Any failed attempts sliding down that ramp in the show?

And if so, how did you recover?"

Negatory.

But once -- once -- I almost fell,

and the violin player had a Stradivarius,

and I almost kicked him and almost broke

his million-dollar violin. Didn't.

That would not have been good. 20 seconds left.

Makeup -- do you take it off between shows or leave it on?

Leave it on. Leave it on.

Best advice for someone trying to get to Broadway?

Practice. Learn everything you can.

Keep training. Favorite Broadway show?

10 seconds! Aah, aah!

"Chicago"! First theater experience?

First theater experience?

"Annie."

Favorite post-show treat?

Taco Bell. Oh, that's it!

Perfect! Taco Bell!

Taco Bell!

Great. Nailed it. You nailed it.

Now you got to go do a second show.

Oh, my gosh! Let's go.

I need some Taco Bell now.

[ Both laugh ]

♪♪

♪♪

Okay, so, here we are onstage at the Ambassador Theatre.

Pretty cool, right?

What was it like the first time you were out here?

Undescribable, I think.

You know, it was stepping on this stage that I knew

I was making my Broadway debut on

for the very first time, and it was just the ghost light

and just the house lights and the work lights.

And just knowing that this was gonna be my life...

Pretty awesome. Yeah.

It has an amazing energy. It really does feel good.

It does. It really does.

Okay, so, we have to talk about your entrance onto the stage,

which is sliding down this whole bandstand onto the stage.

Yes, yes. Tell us how that happens

and what you have to do to get up there.

Well, I climb up a little ladder.

So, you know, rock-climbing helps that.

Exactly. I climb up the ladder,

and I go up right next to the trumpet player.

Okay. So, Trumpet 2 is right there.

So, I hang out right by him,

and then I pop up when they introduce me,

and I get my spotlight.

And then you get on, and you know, you let go.

Can you show us the ladder how you get up there?

Yeah, of course. Come on over.

Okay, so there's a hidden ladder in here.

Yes, this ladder here gets taken off by one of the set guys.

And he sets it up here, and the trumpet player

actually opens up the little hatch that I crawl through.

The musicians are also stagehands here.

Uh-huh, uh-huh. And they have to be actors

because they're onstage with us the whole time.

Ooh! What's that paycheck like?

Yeah, right? Can only imagine.

So then I climb up the little ladder,

and there I am, up the hatch,

and then get on and slide on down.

It's an amazing entrance. I have to say.

Thank you. It's my favorite.

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This is my dressing room and my four

fellow dressing-roommates.

And as if it wasn't enough to rock-climb

between shows and do the first show,

you had to climb up a bunch of stairs to get here.

Four flights of stairs. You probably do that many times.

Oh, yes, multiple times.

Alright, let's see your dressing room.

Yes. Alright, come on in.

This is my little spot over in the corner.

Let's see -- pictures of my family, my boyfriend,

my brother and his dog, my Razzle Dazzle Rose crayon.

Ooh, make sure we get that.

Oh, and then, here.

You want to put it on? Sure.

There we go. That's better.

I love backstage at "Chicago"!

Alright, yeah, so tell us about these costumes.

Yes, okay. So, my panties.

I have my bra in here. I have my tights.

That's what we're here for on "Broadway Sandwich"

-- bra and panties in goodie bags.

And my blousy crop top. Cool.

But that's not much. No.

And my shoes. Don't forget my shoes.

Did you feel really exposed

when you wore that for the first time onstage?

It's more clothes than I wear at the beach.

Oh. Okay.

So, what's it like being in a show that's such an institution?

I mean, it's been around for a long time.

People have been in the show 20 years, some people.

Yeah, yeah. I think, honestly,

I never thought I would make my Broadway debut in this show,

because it is such an institution.

Yeah. People like Donna Marie,

who have done this show for 20 years...

Hey, Donna Marie. You've been doing it 20 years?

Donna Marie: I was 12 when I started.

She was. That's true.

What's your piece of advice? Yeah, please!

Oh, my God. Give us something.

You know, you realize that there's never the same audience

and there's never the same reaction.

Right.

So everyone that comes into the theater deserves 100%.

And if you can't give it, then it's time to leave.

Yes. I love that.

Yes. That's wonderful.

So, until then, you're here, and you love it.

Hell yeah. Yeah!

I love that. Alright.

Thank you so much. Thank you.

Have a great show. Thanks!

See you next time. I'll break a leg.

Bye, everybody.

-Bye! -Bye!

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