Before she was LOLO, she was Lauren Pritchard, a name that might sound familiar thanks to her two-year run as Ilse in the Broadway production of "Spring Awakening." While the 28-year-old singer-songwriter is now riding the high from writing music for last year's well-received, off-Broadway production, "Songbird" — The New York Times called her score "terrific" — she's not even close to slowing down. As LOLO, she's on the road next month as part of the Communion Tour to promote her EP, "Comeback Queen," out through DCD2 Records. We discussed songwriting, the values of essential oils and how to really say her name.
When did you pick up the name LOLO?
Some people still call me Lauren. It ebbs and flows, but it’s been a nickname of mine since I was in high school. Now it’s to the point where my grandmother calls me LOLO, so it combs over all mediums.
But is it stylized as all caps because it’s meant to be shouted?
It’s more of a personalization thing than a style thing. I’m really into all caps texting in general, like in life, which i think most people do all caps texts because it’s them screaming. But for me it’s more of a silly, fun sort of thing.
Do you think your theater background shows up in your performance style?
I think in a logistical sense, endurance-wise, you learn a lot about yourself and what your body can do by doing a Broadway show. You have understudies, obviously, but you’re creating these roles and representing yourself on stage, so missing a show is a big deal. You really have to learn what you have to do to take care of yourself. And then that gets heightened on the road when you’re literally the only person that can do that job. There are no sick days, even if you’re sick as a dog.
From a performing standpoint, I’m playing myself on stage now, not a character, but you still have to go into a place to prepare for an appearance and connect and center yourself. I think in those ways it’s been very easy to translate from doing theater.