It's a new season full of new shows, and that means we're dusting off our binders, sharpening our pencils, grabbing our Equity highlighters (they're amazing, they erase.), and heading to rehearsal! And you know what rehearsal means in Ensemblist-land....
REHEARSAL REPORTS! YAAAAAY!
And this one is super-cool! We've got the multi-talented Erica Dorfler of Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812! She's gonna be breaking down the rehearsal process for us over the next couple of months, giving us the inside scoop on everything it takes to make this unique show's Broadway life happen. Enjoy!
This week, we (and Jennifer Ashley Tepper) get into that brilliant and beautiful second Pulitzer-winning musical full of gorgeous songs, compelling characters, and important societal commentary: South Pacific. We're joined by Eric Anderson, MaryAnn Hu, and Kevin Ligon, all who have fascinating insight into what it takes to create characters based in reality, live with some uncomfortable history, and honor everyone's stories. Enjoy!
We begin our journey into the history books this season with the first musical to ever be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama - Of Thee I Sing. The show first premiered in 1931 to rave reviews, shining a satirical light on the electoral process and American politics. Join us, Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Jeffry Denman, JoAnn M. Hunter, and Mara Davi to find out more about this great Gershwin show and its place in theatre and ensemblist history. Enjoy!
Hey there, friends! We're back, we're rested, we're better than ever, and we're SO EXCITED to tell you all about our new season in this here Intro episode! Find out about what's inspiring us, what lies in store for our second full official season, and why we're obsessed with the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Enjoy, stay tuned, and tell us what you think! We can't wait to embark on this journey with you.
We wanted to subtitle this episode (a list of shows that made us all cry), but we knew it wouldn't fit all on one line, so we're putting it here.
It's our last episode of the season, friends! To celebrate the shows we saw and all the ensemblists therein, we brought our good friend, Buzzfeed's Louis Peitzman, into the studio to talk it out. And cry it out. And love on all things theatrical. Want to hear about what we saw during the Spring season, what we loved, who we thought deserved a special shout-out, and more? Well, listen and find out!
Ensemblists contain multitudes. Sometimes, those multitudes find ensemblists starting businesses and non-profit organizations in order to better serve all communities, and we think those ensemblists should be celebrated! So we brought two of these singing dancing do-gooding heroes back into the studio and had them talk about their extracurricular experiences. Hear Vasthy Mompoint of Broadway Babysitters and Dionne Figgins of Broadway Serves discuss their passions, and find out how you can get involved!
WE. LOVE. AUDITION. STORIES. You know that. Everyone's got great ones, and our guests are no exception: hear Laura Marie Duncan, Ray Lee, Krysta Rodriguez, Jessica Rush, Betsy Struxness, and Nicholas Ward spill the goods on getting those jobs. Enjoy!
We're taking another deep dive into contractual language today, but with a really fun twist. We talk a lot about the creation process of new musicals, but what is it that allows ensemblists to create all those characters? Do they like doing it? How are they paid for the work they do? Is there some sort of blanket catchall term that allows this to happen?
It's "As Cast." And if you don't know, now you know.
Our incredibly accomplished and super-cool guests Seán Martin Hingston, Vasthy Mompoint, and Anne L. Nathan take the plunge with us to figure all of this out, tell their own creation stories, and, as always, fold it all in to the magic of theatre. Enjoy!
You know how we love a crazy swing story- and chances are, you love them too! We're taking that chance. Listen to Leslie Donna Flesner, Lauralyn McClelland, Rommy Sandhu, and Matt Wall share some good stories about their experiences swinging big shows on Broadway! Enjoy!
A new Spotlight! Wow, so many titles! Well, sort of. This week, we sit down behind the table (FINALLY!) and talk to three magical humans (Steve Bebout, Jen Bender, and Brandon Ivie) about their experiences on the directing side of a Broadway show. From pre-production to setting other companies, working with kids to anticipating a director's every move, these three have seen it all- and thankfully, they've shared it all with us! Enjoy.