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The Ensemblist is an inside look at the experience of being a Broadway performer- from the first rehearsal through performing eight shows a week and beyond. Whether you’re an experienced theatre professional or just a passionate fan, The Ensemblist will give you the opportunity to get to know new performers and the great work they do onstage, while also shedding light on some of the hidden innerworkings of Broadway. Created and hosted by Mo Brady (The Addams Family, SMASH) and Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Chicago, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), The Ensemblist is the only podcast that shows you Broadway from the inside out. For more information, visit http://theensemblist.com.

The Ensemblist is an inside look at the experience of being a Broadway performer- from the first rehearsal through performing eight shows a week and beyond. Whether you’re an experienced theatre professional or just a passionate fan, The Ensemblist will give you the opportunity to get to know new performers and the great work they do onstage, while also shedding light on some of the hidden innerworkings of Broadway. Created and hosted by Mo Brady (The Addams Family, SMASH) and Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Chicago, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), The Ensemblist is the only podcast that shows you Broadway from the inside out. For more information, visit http://theensemblist.com.
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New York, NY

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The Ensemblist is an inside look at the experience of being a Broadway performer- from the first rehearsal through performing eight shows a week and beyond. Whether you’re an experienced theatre professional or just a passionate fan, The Ensemblist will give you the opportunity to get to know new performers and the great work they do onstage, while also shedding light on some of the hidden innerworkings of Broadway. Created and hosted by Mo Brady (The Addams Family, SMASH) and Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Chicago, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), The Ensemblist is the only podcast that shows you Broadway from the inside out. For more information, visit http://theensemblist.com.

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Episodes

#108 - Summer 2018

8/3/2018
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The Ensemblist podcast is back to share some of our favorite stories from our website: TheEnsemblist.com/blog. And, as a special added bonus, we’re bringing back our segments on favorite performances by Broadway ensemblists in our Summer Roundtable. First up is a story from Lauren Haughton. A veteran of the Broadway company of Wicked, she has spent a decade on the road as a traveling Ozian. But where her story gets complicated is that her husband, Michael Gillis, is also an actor - and...

Duration:00:48:13

#107: This Spring on Broadway

5/6/2018
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The Ensemblist is back in your podcast feed, to share some of the very best stories from our blog this spring, read by the actors who wrote them. We’ll hear in their own words about what happens when you get to perform with your childhood idol, what happens when you lose - and then rediscover - your artistic passion and more. And, as a special added bonus, we’re bringing back our segments on favorite performances by Broadway ensemblists in our Spring Roundtable. Special thanks to George...

Duration:00:47:43

#106: Coda

1/21/2018
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Hey. We have some news.

Duration:00:04:31

Unedited: Advice for Success

1/14/2018
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You KNOW how much we love to talk about success here at The Ensemblist - and how much we love to ask our friends and colleagues to redefine that often-dirty word for themselves. Well, here’s a whole lot of those friends and colleagues, talking success, advice, and what it means to make a life in this crazy business. Enjoy!

Duration:00:19:34

Unedited: Every Stage Stories

12/31/2017
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Here’s the goldmine of every story we got from our six amazing guests (Adinah Alexander, Kevin Carolan, Alma Cuervo, Ann Harada, John Eric Parker, and Bob Stillman) this season, but couldn’t quite fit into each episode. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be ever so grateful for this business we call show. Enjoy, and Happy New Year!

Duration:00:14:23

Unedited: Another Cat’s Diary with Christopher Gurr

12/10/2017
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You, faithful listeners, know how much we love and adore the shining multi-faceted genius that is Christopher Gurr. Actor/singer/writer/scholar/teacher - he does it all with cat-like grace. Well, he’s had some practice with the cat-like thing, having played Gus/Bustopher Jones in the Broadway revival of Cats this whole time. And speaking of Cats, our dear friend Christopher is branching out into podcast territory. He kept a journal during the rehearsal process, and is now sharing that...

Duration:00:27:44

#104: Broadway At Every Stage, pt. 4

12/3/2017
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We sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed spending time with these six gorgeous artists, and that they’ve made you think a little bit about what defines success, what it means to be an artist, and what it takes to make a life in the theatre. We’re endlessly grateful to Adinah Alexander, Kevin Carolan, Alma Cuervo, Ann Harada, John Eric Parker, and Bob Stillman for joining us on this detour. Enjoy!

Duration:00:25:32

#103: Broadway At Every Stage, pt. 3

11/12/2017
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How the years are flying! We’ve been hearing all sorts of trajectories for lives in the theatre with Adinah Alexander, Kevin Carolan, Alma Cuervo, Ann Harada, John Eric Parker, and Bob Stillman. What now? Well, we keep going! These amazing folks have remarkable stories about creating roles in both flops and blockbuster hits, finding their ways to unexpected places and on unexpected contracts. Enjoy!

Duration:00:28:36

#102: Broadway At Every Stage, pt. 2

10/22/2017
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It’s the second trip down memory lane with our six brilliant guests - and this time, we’re talking life after those first few years pounding the pavement. What happens when you’ve made those first connections, filled out those first few lines on the resume? WHAT THEN? Well, listen on and hear Adinah Alexander, Kevin Carolan, Alma Cuervo, Ann Harada, John Eric Parker, and Bob Stillman tell us everything!

Duration:00:31:15

EPISODE 100!

6/25/2017
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HO-LY BANANAS, GUYS! We’ve done it. We’ve gone and made one HUNDRED of these full-length episodes. We’re so incredibly grateful to you, our dear friends, for sticking with us over these past four years. And to celebrate, it’s just Team Ensemblist (#TeamEnsemblist) talking our own origin story: where we began, how we’re doing, and where we’re going. Thank you thank you thank you, from the bottom of our hearts to the tops of our ranges. With love, Mo, Nikka, Chad, Jackson, and Kevin

Duration:00:31:22

#96: Spotlight On: Animal Trainers

5/21/2017
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Yay! More puppies! You previously met our friend Brian Michael Hoffman a few episodes earlier this season, where he talked to us about his parallel careers as an actor and an animal trainer. In this episode, we zoom in a little closer on the animal training aspect of Brian’s life and career working for William Berloni Theatrical Animals. We find out Brian’s path to animal training, what it takes to train an animal for the stage, and his favorite parts of the job. Enjoy!

Duration:00:24:46

#95: Awards Season

5/7/2017
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You think awards season just means the Tony Awards? Hooooo boy, you’ve got another think coming! Being an ensemblist in a new show during the spring season is about way more than just getting organized for Broadway’s biggest night! Listen along as Jenifer Foote, Tyler Hanes, Rema Webb, and Paul HeeSang Miller take us through the whirlwind that is Awards Season - and why, despite the fact that the stakes are so high, the biggest competitions don’t feel that way at all (because the Broadway...

Duration:00:22:02

#93: Containing Multitudes, pt. 5 - BroadwayCon

4/16/2017
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Oh, you thought you were done hearing from the amazing friends we dragged to the microphone at BroadwayCon? You’re not, because they just keep on keepin’ on. These inspiring folks have so much to say about the ways they contain multitudes within the Broadway community, how they want to inspire others, and the fun family that comes with the whole package. Enjoy Justin “Squigs” Robertson, Lee Poulin, Andrew Briedis, Robbie Rozelle, Jen Bender, and Tim Federle - you know we do!

Duration:00:21:13

#92: Opening Night

4/9/2017
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Dressing up in your fancy fun outfits, barely being able to see your mirror because of the mountains of flowers and gifts, the roar of a crowd that wants to celebrate your accomplishments and hard work, and the community building of passing down traditions: it must be a Broadway opening night! Hear Bre Jackson, Linda Mugleston, Jenifer Foote, Tyler Hanes, Eric Ulloa, and Anastacia McCleskey wax poetic about opening night traditions, their favorite mementos, and all the fun things that make...

Duration:00:24:58

#90: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

4/2/2017
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Quick Warning: This episode contains a few words in reference to labels placed on people by society. They may be inappropriate for young children or loudspeaker listening. When Broadway performers talk about the community events they love more than anything, they’re often talking about events put on by the incredible organization Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, or Broadway Cares. Whether it’s the Gypsy of the Year or Easter Bonnet competitions, Broadway Backwards, or the many other...

Duration:00:28:20

Rehearsal Reports: Jessica Lea Patty #1

3/19/2017
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Bandstand is one of the exciting new musicals hitting Broadway this season, and we’ve got the inside scoop from ensemblist extraordinare Jessica Lea Patty! Listen in as Jess talks us through the rehearsal process, Equity meetings, and drops in some surprises from the band!

Duration:00:21:16

#89: Theater Neighbors

3/12/2017
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We’re flinging open the gates to the Broadway stage doors and situating you right in the middle of the theatre district! Join us, Tyler Hanes, Bre Jackson, and Paul HeeSang Miller as we walk you through Midtown Manhattan and tell you all the secrets of Broadway theatres! We’ve got shared stage doors, shared backstage space, a weekly Saturday night tradition, and more!

Duration:00:21:45

Season Three Announcement!

3/5/2017
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Yay! Season Three is beginning, and we are over-the-moon excited to start talking about all the things that make the Broadway community the weird wonderful tapestry of humanity that it is. Take a listen to some more great stories from BroadwayCon, and hear a sneak peek into the topics we’ll be covering over the next few months. We can’t wait to share them with you. Enjoy!

Duration:00:14:33

The Ensemblist Unedited: Live From BroadwayCon, part 2

2/26/2017
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Ohhhhhh, hellllloooo. We’re back with another batch of great BroadwayCon Story Booth stories for you! Listen. Be moved. Fall in love with Broadway. Okay, fall even MORE in love with Broadway. We’re in love with you. Wait, should we not have told you that so soon? Anyway….listen.

Duration:00:12:21

The Ensemblist Unedited: Live From BroadwayCon

2/19/2017
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We’re excited to bring you one round of awesome stories from our BroadwayCon Story Booth! We sat down with fans and friends alike and talked to everyone under the sun about what the Broadway community means to them, why they love theatre, and everything in between. Enjoy!

Duration:00:11:42