Today, Going for Broadway welcomes Julie Benko. Remarkably, at only 18 years old, she moved to New York City to go to school at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, but was shortly casted in the National Tours of Spring Awakening. After finishing that tour, Julie returned to school only to be casted again in the National Tour of Les Mis! Wow! And, even with all of that going on, she still managed to earn her BFA with honors. Since then, she has consistently worked on Broadway. Currently, she stars in The Fiddler on the Roof as a swing and understudies four of the daughters!
Throughout this episode, Julie shares many experiences of her time throughout college, at regional theatre, on tour, and on Broadway. She elaborates in detail a few audition stories, her tough job as a swing and understudy, and even her work on her one woman show and jazz duo.
The main advice for her to give is to not be shy about what you’re going after. Don’t be afraid to “bother” people and don’t apologize for wanting to chase after what you want.
“No matter what level you’re at, there will always be rejection. So you just have to keep on keeping on!”
Honest authentic and exciting to watch
In This Episode:
1:32- Okay, you were in a four year program…what was your thinking at the time…was auditioning for the show something you did on a whim? What was your plan from then on?
6:14- Cosette in Les Mis on tour… and several other theatres!
8:45- Why go back to school after having worked so much already? “A college degree is something that no one could take away from you…”
13:15- So, I’m a junior in High School currently and I along with all my classmates (and listeners of this podcast) are always thinking about and talking about where we are going to go to college…we’re always worry about whether we need to be at a Tisch or University of Cincinnati or AMDA…I’ve read in an interview that you did that although you felt that way when you were my age…that after getting to Broadway, you no longer think that…can you elaborate on that subject?
18:15- Tell us about your time in Fiddler on the Roof currently!
21:24- And, how is the audition different when you are auditioning to understudy different roles… do you sing more and different songs? Do you read for all of those parts?
22:42- A big part of your resume is your participation in many readings and workshops…
27:07- And, you continue to take Acting, Voice, Dance lessons?
29:16- Tell us about your performances alongside Broadway or regional theatre!
32:18- I saw too that you had the opportunity to sing alongside other stars in the 85th Academy Awards ceremony! That’s awesome! Could you tell us about how this experience came along?
34:30- Any last advice you would like to give?