Despite a hectic schedule of previews and rehearsals, Lindsay was gracious enough to take the time to chat with me. Here is the first of two parts to our interview in which she discusses the move of the show to Broadway, listening to Internet chatter about the show and how Lysistrata Jones fits into her growing career.
Jeff Kyler: Thank you so much for agreeing to “talk” with me for JK’s TheatreScene’s first-ever Broadway interview series! You have been with this show since its production in Dallas, through last summer’s off-Broadway run at the Gym. Has Broadway always been the goal with Lysistrata Jones? What was it like to “get the call” that the show was making the leap?
Lindsay Nicole Chambers: I think Broadway is ALWAYS the goal! Ha. Every new production always has Broadway dreams and whispers of transferring, but this show was pretty serious from the get-go in Dallas. There were important New Yorkers flying in to see the show, so we were really hopeful. The run with the Transport Group was amazing because it was an opportunity to sort of test the New York waters and New York seemed to love it! It was absolutely KILLER to get the ‘you’re-going-to-Broadway’ phone call. I’ve been connected to this show for so long it’s really nice to see it reaching its full potential. And I’m really glad they didn’t replace me with Kathy Griffin.
|Girl and MacBook Power! The girls of Lysistrata Jones on|
Broadway (Lindsay Nicole Chambers 2nd from left)
LNC: Technology definitely affects our show and every Broadway show (or any creative endeavor) these days. Everyone with an opinion can post it wherever they want, which is not always the best. I try not to read anything. It’s safer just to keep doing your work and having fun and letting people think whatever they think.
|Lindsay Nicole Chambers (left) at the Broadway opening|
of Enron with her Hairspray co-stars
Jordan Ballard and Cameron Adams
JK: Lysistrata Jones is not your Broadway debut. In fact, you have been in two of my favorite shows, Hairspray and Legally Blonde. Having been through the whole Broadway thing before is there advice you have given (or could give) to your cast mates? Is there a pressure there that hasn’t been there before?
LNC: There are a lot of folks making their Broadway debuts with Lysistrata Jones and I think the main thing we’re all learning (and will continue to learn no matter how many shows we do) is how to do a show for an extended period of time while still having fun, keeping it fresh, not putting too much stock in what other people say, and living your life outside the theatre. There’s definitely pressure that I haven’t experienced before. This is my first principal role! I have a lot more to do onstage than I ever had. I’m loving it.
JK: You are also currently appearing in the web series “Submissions Only,” which for me as a theatre fan is a riot and cool look “behind the scenes.” How did you get involved in that project?
LNC: I worked with Kate Wetherhead on Legally Blonde and one day she asked me if I wanted to be in this webseries she was writing. I was thoroughly unemployed and looking for something fun and fulfilling to do and here we are! It’s been so much fun. It’s the first time I’ve done a lot of on-camera work, so it’s fun to see people’s reactions to me and the show.
|Colin Hanlon, Lindsay Nicole Chambers and Jared Gertner|
at the party celebrating Season Two of Submissions Only
LNC: Every show teaches you something different. I’d say this is a career changing show for me. People are starting to know who I am! Finally!
|The Broadway Company of Lysistrata Jones|
"Give It Up"
Coming up in Part II of TheatreScene CHAT WITH LINDSAY NICOLE CHAMBERS OF LYSISTRATA JONES:
- Lindsay on having a role created for her by Douglas Carter Beane.
- Lindsay on backstage life at Lysistrata Jones.
- Lindsay on how Robin has evolved through every stage of the show's growth.
- PLUS a special message from Robin to the fans of Lysistrata Jones.