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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

#112 - December 2018

12/8/2018
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On this episode, we announce the 2018 Ensemblist Award recipients, share our thoughts of Broadway’s newest musical The Cher Show, divulge the details on a sweepstakes we are hosting for screening passings to Mary Poppins Returns and we share a story from Wesley Ian Cappiello about how A Chorus Line made his dreams come true this year - twice.

Duration:00:15:40

#111 - November 2018

11/17/2018
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This month, we dish our reviews of what we thought of The Prom and King Kong, as well as share a stories from Wicked’s Matt Meigs and Hamilton’s Kim Taylor. Matt Meigs reads a story in which he credits letting go of fear to paving the yellow brick road for him to join the Broadway company of Wicked earlier this fall. And, Kim Taylor came by the studio to share two transitions - first to motherhood, and then to working motherhood when she returned to the Broadway cast of Hamilton.

Duration:00:21:50

#110 - October 2018

10/16/2018
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We're back... sooner than expected! We’ve had so many great stories shared with us this fall that we couldn’t wait to share them on the podcast. So here we are to share three more incredible stories from our blog, read by the actors who wrote them. First up is Kenny Francoeur. As dance captain for the national tour of The Book of Mormon, he’s helped guide dozens of actors into the production while on the road. He used his signature writing style to write an original piece for us about the...

Duration:00:21:18

#109 - September 2018

9/22/2018
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In our new bi-monthly format (!), The Ensemblist podcast is back to share some of our favorite stories from our website. On this episode, we share some of the very best stories from our blog this summer, read by the actors who wrote them. In addition, we share some of our favorite performances by ensemblists in our Broadway Roundtable. First up is a story from Jacob Keith Watson, a performer in the recently-closed Broadway revival of Carousel. Not only was he a original company member of...

#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 also...

Duration:00:48:13

#107: Spring 2018

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

#105: Fall 2017 Roundtable

12/24/2017
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OHAI. Here's a holiday treat from Ensemblist HQ: our opinions! Wanna know what Nikka, Mo, Kevin, and Jackson thought of all the shows they saw over the past six months? We know you do. Listen in, and happy happy holidays!

Duration:00:29:02

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

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

Rehearsal Reports: Sharone Sayegh #3

11/19/2017
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We can't believe we're at the end of this season's Rehearsal Reports! Big thanks to the awesome Sharone Sayegh for taking us along with her as The Band's Visit came to Broadway. Listen as Sharone takes us through opening night and what sounds like it was a FABULOUS party! Yay, Sharone! Yay, new musicals!

Duration:00:11:32

#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

Rehearsal Reports: Sharone Sayegh #2

10/29/2017
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Well, The Band's Visit is in full swing, and we've got all the details! Listen to Sharone Sayegh tell us about creating the sleepy town of Bet Hatikvah for the Broadway stage. Enjoy!

Duration:00:12:34

#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

Rehearsal Reports: Sharone Sayegh #1

10/8/2017
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A new season means a new set of Rehearsal Reports! Join the amazing Sharone Sayegh as she spills all the secrets about the creation process of the new Broadway musical The Band's Visit. We love Sharone, we love making new work, and we love process. We think you'll love it too. Yay!

Duration:00:15:27

#101: Broadway At Every Stage, Pt. 1

10/1/2017
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Oh, hi. Didn't see you there. Thanks for stopping by! Yeah. We're back! And this season, we're doing something a little different. We're diving in with Adinah Alexander, Kevin Carolan, Alma Cuervo, Ann Harada, John Eric Parker, and Bob Stillman. We're going to talk through the decades they've spent as theatre artists to get a broad view of our favorite topic here at Team Ensemblist: the definitions (or lack thereof) of success. Come along into our first episode with these six amazing...

Duration:00:30:40

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