The Broadwaysted Podcast Welcomes Her Highness, Lesli Margherita
All Hail the Queen! This week the Broadwaysted crew is holding court with the beautiful and fantastic Lesli Margherita!
We pour out some Maker's Mark and chat about Lesli's wild experience winning the Olivier Award for her West End debut as well as her current gig recreating her original turn in Matilda the Musical on Broadway. Lesli dishes about the ironic text message she got about Cats, her Star Wars wedding and ranking of the seven films in the franchise, and the time she died twice on stage (I smell a rat!). Kimberly recently attended Miss America and informs us all about the "Show Us Your Shoes" parade and the entire group casts a fantasy version of Real Housewives of Broadway with famous wife characters. We play Lights of Broadway Show Cards "Heads Up!" and Lesli shares her story about working on stage with artist and #FriendOfTheShow Squigs.
In the end of the show, the Queen takes over and starts interviewing the Broadwaysted crew and everyone gets real about the realities of the business and the many roles in theatre that don't happen on stage. The puns are on point and the bourbon's on ice, so join us for a royally good time this week as Queen Lesli and the crew get Broadwaysted!
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Lesli Margherita's Bio:
Lesli is an award-winning actress, singer, and cabaret performer. An Olivier Award winner for her West End debut as Inez in Zorro the Musical, Lesli made her Broadway debut originating the role of Mrs. Wormwood in Matilda the Musical. After over 1000 performances, she bid farewell to the Broadway company of Matilda to star in the Broadway premiere of Dames at Sea. Select regional credits include Esmerelda in The Hunckback of Notre Dame (Sacramento Music Circus), Signora Psyche Zinobia in A Scythe Of Time (NYMF; Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role), Lilli / Kate in Kiss Me Kate(Reprise; Ovation Award - Best Actress), The Gronholm Method (The Falcon ; Ovation nom. - Best Ensemble), Aldonza in Man of La Mancha opposite Davis Gaines (MTW; Ovation nom. & LADCC nom - Best Actress), Julie in Showboat (Goodspeed Opera), Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (La Mirada), Lady of the Lake in Spamalot opposite Gary Beach (Sacramento Music Circus), Ilona in She Loves Me(CLOSBC), the West Coast Premiere of Michael John LaChiusa's See What I Wanna See (Blank Theatre), and Gloria in Damn Yankees (Reprise; dir. Jason Alexander). Born and raised in California, Lesli trained at UCLA and was soon after chosen to star in MGM's television series "Fame LA" directed by Kenny Ortega. She has gone on to star and recur on numerous television shows and pilots including "Donny!", "The Good Wife", "Major Crimes", "The Suite Life On Deck", "Charmed", "NYPD Blue", and "On The Lot" produced by Steven Spielberg. Film credits include the upcoming film "Opening Night" opposite Topher Grace, Taye Diggs, and JC Chasez, "Lucky Stiff" with Jason Alexander, Joel Schumacher's "The Number 23," and "Boogeyman 2." Lesli's critically acclaimed solo shows ALL HAIL THE QUEEN and BROAD continue to play to crowds in NY, SF & LA. Follow Lesli on Twitter and Instagram as @QueenLesli
About the Show:
Broadwaysted: Where we're drunk on Broadway! Literally. This isn't your typical theatre podcast. Come "take a glass together" with us every Tuesday!
Join our cocktail hour as we pour a few rounds, play some games, and chat all things theatre with your favorite members of the Broadway community. From current hits, to past flops, and future stars, Broadwaysted drinks to it all. It's a place to unwind, be yourself, and hang out among friends who love what you love. Feel like you're at the table with your host Bryan Plofsky, co-host Kevin Jaeger, game master Kimberly Cooper, and amazing guests! Let's all get Broadwaysted!