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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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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

#141 - My First Time (feat. Michael Berresse)

3/25/2019
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Welcome to My First Time, where we talk to Broadway stars who made their Broadway debuts in the ensemble to talk about why that experience helped shape them as an artist. As they’ve ascended up the title pages of our Playbills and descended the towers of backstage dressing rooms to floor closer to the stage level, I’ve been curious as to whether they’ve considered that time doing ensemble work as formative, or merely a stepping stone to bigger and better things. Michael Berresse made his...

Duration:00:22:50

#140 - March 2019 (feat. Ramone Owens, Nicky Venditti)

3/11/2019
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Welcome back listeners to our monthly episode, where we share some of the most popular stories from our blog at The Ensemblist.com. On this episode, we hear from Wicked’s Nicky Venditti and Bettlejuice’s Ramone Owens, plus a review of the new off-Broadway musical We Are The Tigers.

Duration:00:14:49

#139 - Broadway Debuts (feat. Kimberly Dodson, Tiana Okoye, Nikhil Saboo, Jack Sippel and Khadija Tariyan)

3/4/2019
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Today, we have some really fantastic stories to share from five actors who made their Broadway debuts in 2018. This quintet of triple threats sat down with us in front of a live audience at BroadwayCon 2019 to share what it’s like to have their dreams fulfilled by performing on Broadway.

Duration:00:21:27

#138 - My First Time (feat. Ben Crawford)

2/25/2019
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Welcome to My First Time, a new mini-series from The Ensemblist where we talk to Broadway stars who made their Broadway debuts in the ensemble to talk about why that experience helped shape them as an artist. For many of our favorite Broadway stars, their start in the ensemble helped to form them as artists. Our first guest for this new miniseries is Ben Crawford. Since April 2018, he’s been creeping ‘round the Majestic Theatre as the title character in The Phantom of the Opera. But before...

Duration:00:13:24

#137 - February 2019 (feat. Kathryn Allison, Maria Briggs)

2/11/2019
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Welcome back listeners to our monthly episode, where we share some of the most popular stories from our blog at The Ensemblist.com. On this episode, we here from Kathryn Allison about how the surprises of creating her first studio album, and Maria Briggs on how she managed to be in four Broadway shows within six months.

Duration:00:12:47

#136 - Rent Live: "I Should Tell You" (feat. Fred Odgaard)

2/5/2019
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Just last weekend, Rent joined The Sound of Music, Grease, The Wiz and more to become part of the modern canon of live TV musicals. Over the years, I’ve grown curious about how putting on one of these live television musicals differs from what we do in the theatre. So I reached out to some of the live telecast’s company with Broadway cred to ask them just that. Fred Odgaard’s career has spanned both the theatre and dance worlds, including Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Cirque de Soliel’s Elvis...

Duration:00:20:29

#135 - Rent Live: "I Should Tell You" (feat. Khori Petinaud)

1/31/2019
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On Sunday, January 27, Rent became the 7th Broadway show to join the modern canon of live TV musicals. On this episode, we spoke to cast member Khori Petinaud about working with choreographer Sonya Tayeh, and co-star Brennin Hunt’s now-infamous injury.

Duration:00:21:50

#134 - Doubletapped (feat. Olivia Puckett)

1/17/2019
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Doubletapped features candid, one-on-one interviews with Broadway actors about authenticity on social media. These are questions that any user of social media platforms grapples with - sometimes consciously, sometimes subconsciously. However this balance is particularly interesting for actors, who are used to sharing versions of themselves in a public space. Olivia Puckett made a splash as an original company member of Dear Evan Hansen, standing by for the roles of Zoe Murphy and Alana...

Duration:00:13:56

#133 - Doubletapped (feat. Gerard Canonico)

1/14/2019
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Doubletapped features candid, one-on-one interviews with Broadway actors about authenticity on social media. These are questions that any user of social media platforms grapples with - sometimes consciously, sometimes subconsciously. However this balance is particularly interesting for actors, who are used to sharing versions of themselves in a public space. Someone who has seen firsthand the development of social media and its relationship is Gerard Canonico. While Gerard has been...

Duration:00:20:03

#132 - Doubletapped (feat. Kamille Upshaw)

1/10/2019
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Doubletapped features candid, one-on-one interviews with Broadway actors about authenticity on social media. These are questions that any user of social media platforms grapples with - sometimes consciously, sometimes subconsciously. However this balance is particularly interesting for actors, who are used to sharing versions of themselves in a public space. Kamille Upshaw made her Broadway debut by joining the company of Hamilton just four weeks after the show’s opening night. After...

Duration:00:20:53

#131 - Doubletapped (feat. Charlie Williams)

1/6/2019
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Doubletapped features candid, one-on-one interviews with Broadway actors about authenticity on social media. These are questions that any user of social media platforms grapples with - sometimes consciously, sometimes subconsciously. However this balance is particularly interesting for actors, who are used to sharing versions of themselves in a public space. Charlie Williams' Broadway credits include the original companies of Memphis, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and...

Duration:00:19:31

#130 - December 2018 (feat. Wesley Ian Cappiello)

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

#129 - November 2018 (feat. Matt Meigs, Kim Taylor)

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

#128 - October 2018 (feat. Kenny Francoeur, Kalyn West, Diane Phelan)

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

#127 - September 2018 (feat. Eloise Kropp, Jacob Keith Watson)

9/22/2018
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In our new 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 this...

#126 - August 2018 (feat. Lauren Haughton, Emilio Ramos, Kirstin Tucker)

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

#125 - April 2018 (feat. George Abud, Aaron J. Albano, Kimberly Dodson, Ian Liberto, Tommar Wilson)

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

#124: Coda

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

Duration:00:04:31

#123: 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