Aug 28

Interview with Maddy Trumble

by Victoria Slader

Note from the editor: Maddy Trumble is an up-and-coming actress who appeared most recently in Newsies as well as in the National Tour of Mary Poppins as the nanny herself. Our blogger, Victoria, caught up with her recently and concocted this getting-to-know-you survey. First, become obsessed with Maddy’s gorgeous voice with the video below (produced by Newsies’ Andrew Keenan-Bolger, or Crutchie) and then read on for more fun facts!

Full given name: Madeline Claire Trumble

Hometown: Berkeley, California

Zodiac Sign: Libra

Current audition song/monologue: “Bill” from Showboat or “On My Way” from Violet

Special skills: American Sign Language, Stilt walking, Flying

Something you’re REALLY bad at: Singing harmony

First Broadway show you ever saw: Beauty and the Beast

If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl

Talk a little bit about your experience in Newsies: What a treat! It was the craziest whirlwind of an experience. I won the lottery to see the show the second week of previews- loved it and dreamed about being in it! And then five days later, I found out I had an audition for a temporary replacement. I had my audition two days later, and as I was walking out, they called and asked if I could come to the show that night because I got the job! It was surreal! I was only with the show for two months, but they were the best months yet. Every single person in that theatre is a dream. The most talented, happy and kind hearted people I’ve ever come across. The whole experience was an absolute pleasure. I still can’t believe it was mine to experience.

What was it like being a stand-by? It’s a crazy job! It’s so weird to have to be at the theatre every night, but not on the stage. I sometimes felt like a part of the show, and sometimes not. It’s weird! But also a lot of fun! I watched the show every night to study the part, but also to watch those amazing dance numbers! (The curtain call or “Newsie Ballet” is my FAVORITE.) And while there was a lot of preparing and studying happening, I also got to have a lot of fun backstage. I spent a lot of time coloring in an enormous Toy Story coloring book, I read, I started a journal, and I spent A LOT of time with the swings (Jack Scott and Michael Fatica) – which was my absolute favorite part of the job. Those two boys are true gems and both of them will be my friends for a very long time. Whether they like it or not.

Favorite showtune of all time: “The Origin of Love” (Hedwig and the Angry Inch)

Some favorite musicals: Hedwig And The Angry Inch, A Chorus Line, Rent, A Little Night Music, Once, Ragtime, Guys and Dolls… The list goes on and on and on…

One performance – attended – that you will never forget: The national tour of Deaf West’s production of Big River. My father is a Deaf actor, so sign language and theatre have always been enormous influences in my life. Seeing the two most beautiful means of communication and storytelling (ASL and musical theatre) come together was the most remarkable theatre experience I will ever have.

Which do you like better Touring or Broadway? I love touring because it allows you to travel and see the country/world while doing what you love! It also forces you to get incredibly close with your company, because when you’re on the road, you’re all each other has. Some of the best times of my life were on tour. A Halloween party in the hotel ballroom, shopping at farmers markets in Mexico City, Texas drag shows… It’s a really special experience. But I am also head over heels in love with New York City, so being able to work while living in NYC is amazing!

Mac or PC? MAC!!!

Most played song on your iPod: “Love On Top” by Beyonce

Most-visited websites:,,, and a slew of fashion blogs

Last book you read: The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (AGAIN). I just started the Mary Poppins series. Studying up!

Reality TV guilty pleasure: RuPaul’s DragRace! Best show on TV!

Favorite cities: New York City!

First Cast Recording you owned: OBC of West Side Story

When did you realize you could sing? I’m not sure! But one of my mom’s favorite stories to tell is when I was a little girl and singing along to the radio, she told me “Stop shaking your voice like that,” (she was talking about my vibrato) and I told her, “I’m not doing anything!”

First stage kiss: When I was Johanna in a teen production of Sweeney Todd! I was HORRIFIED!

Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: Probably playing Annie in Annie. It was always the ultimate dream to play that role. I was the happiest of ten year olds playing that part.

Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: Performing was the only thing I was ever really good at or cared about doing. I was never in clubs or played sports. I was always in a musical. And then I when I found out I could major in musical theatre in college? It was a done deal.

How you got your Equity card: Working at The Muny the summer after my sophomore year of college!

Favorite liquid refreshment: Diet Coke. I drink it like it’s water!

Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: Oh goodness. It was opening night of Annie. I was playing Annie… And I wet my pants onstage. It was the last scene of the show and I just couldn’t hold it anymore. I was drinking so much water and didn’t have time to go to the bathroom. It was 13 years ago, and I only recently became able to joke about it. The most mortifying moment of my life.

Worst costume ever: I was a starfish in The Little Mermaid. Pink. Tie-dye. Velvet. Spandex. Turtleneck. Bodysuit. Tan jazz shoes. Skull cap. Unbelievable.

Worst job you ever had: A barista. I quit after a week. So stressful! People get really serious when it comes to their coffee.

Leading man role you wish you could play: Angel in RENT.

Something about you that surprises people: I don’t know how to drive!

Career you would want if not a performer: Fashion photographer/blogger

Three things you can’t live without: My friends, my mom, my makeup collection

Words of wisdom for aspiring performers? The best training you can get is living your life. Every heartbreak, every celebration, every moment of every day is what makes you you. And every character you play, every song you sing, every line you deliver, is just an extension of YOU. So welcome whatever the universe brings your way. No one else can live your life, so no one else can be the performer you are.

Maddy Trumble is currently playing Mary Poppins on the National Tour of Mary Poppins. You can follow her on Twitter @MadTrum.

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