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!
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!
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!
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 journal with us, the lucky citizens of the Internet.
We loved this so much, we asked Chris if we could share some excerpts with you, and he graciously agreed. So...enjoy!
The entire series can be found at http://christophergurr.com/blog/
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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 people - they tell us all about their first years in NYC, finding their communities, and pounding the pavement.
Didja miss us?
We thought so. We missed you.
Take a tiny sneak peek at what we've been working on for Season 4, winging its way into your ears starting October 1!
We're really excited, and we hope you are, too!
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.
Mo, Nikka, Chad, Jackson, and Kevin
Oh, it's one of the most fun summer events for the Broadway community AND the public to come together! It's Broadway in Bryant Park, the once-weekly summer lunchtime concerts that happen out in the open in the park, for anyone and everyone who happens to be passing by! Hear our friends Rema Webb, Casey Garvin, and Travis Waldschmidt discuss their favorite things about Broadway in Bryant Park, what it's like putting together their numbers, and everything else involved in this beloved summertime tradition. Enjoy!
Yeah, you heard us right. Broadway Sports. Though us Broadway-type-folk are mostly known for being...well...not so sporty, there are actually a great many people who wait eagerly for summer and the Broadway Softball League! In the winter, they wait just as eagerly for Broadway Bowling. Hear our friends Linda Mugelston, Travis Waldschmidt, Casey Garvin, and Jamal Lee Harris talk about their favorite Broadway Sports traditions and why it's fun to do something different with your castmates. Enjoy!
To borrow some nomenclature from The Nerdist, we've got some hostful goodness here for you today! Want to hear about all the shows we saw this season and what we thought of them, their use of ensembles, and our favorite performances? Want to hear Kevin, Chad, and Jackson be adorable and charming? Wanna hear Nikka and Mo be nerds?
(wait. you always hear that.)
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!
We're back with Bandstand ensemblist Jessica Lea Patty and her final rehearsal report! The show is frozen, the press has come, and we wish them a long and healthy run! Want to know what happened up until that zero hour? You've gotta listen to find out. Enjoy!
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 Community is such an incredible thing)! Enjoy!
We in the theatre community are not known as a bunch who shy away from getting stuff done. We believe in standing up, speaking out, and using our voices to raise each other up. Theatre helps us heal, it shines a light on problems we face as a society, and it gives us a platform to make the world a better place. Listen as Anastacia McCleskey, Eric Ulloa, and Rema Webb tell us about causes they fight for, ways they stand up, and why artists as activists are the norm more than the exception. Enjoy!
Our dear friend Jess is back and breaking down the Bandstand process for you, our lovely Ensemblist fam! Jess gets the scoop from her castmates, lets us listen in on some more band goodness, and shares it all with us. Enjoy!
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!
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 Broadway feel special. Enjoy!
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 concerts throughout the year, nothing is more amazing than coming together to make life better for people in need. Hear Jamal Lee Harris, Eric Ulloa, and Casey Garvin discuss why they love fundraising, why the Broadway community wouldn't exist in the same way without Broadway Cares, and how much it means to them to see philanthropy in action.
The excitement. The anxiety. The love of just being in the room. An invited dress rehearsal is a thrilling theatre tradition, made even more thrilling when under the Broadway magnifying glass. Hear Jenifer Foote, Linda Mugelston, and Tyler Hanes talk about their favorite moments from the day before previews begin, why they love attending, and what having the support of the Broadway community rooting for your success means to them.