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

March 11, 2019

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.

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

March 4, 2019

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.

 

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

February 25, 2019

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 headlining this show, before Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Big Fish and Shrek, he was a replacement in the first Broadway revival of Les Miserables, covering both the roles of Valjean and Javert. 

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

February 11, 2019

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.

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

February 5, 2019

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 and two Broadway musicals: Finding Neverland and Kinky Boots. He is also an original company of Sonya Tayeh’s dance company, continuing his collaboration with her on both Broadway’s upcoming Moulin Rouge and Rent Live on Fox.

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

January 31, 2019

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.

 

#134 - Doubletapped (feat. Olivia Puckett)

January 17, 2019

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 Beck. I wanted to ask her about how the show changed the way she posts and presents online, particularly in light of the show’s popularity with teens and millennials.

 

#133 - Doubletapped (feat. Gerard Canonico)

January 14, 2019

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 performing on Broadway for almost three decades. he’s garnering a lot of buzz right now for his upcoming role of Rich Goranski in Be More Chill. So I wanted to get him in the hot seat to ask him about he’s seen Broadway and its relationship to social media change over time. 

#132 - Doubletapped (feat. Kamille Upshaw)

January 10, 2019

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 performing in the show for almost two years, she left to originate her current role in Broadway’s Mean Girls.

 

#131 - Doubletapped (feat. Charlie Williams)

January 6, 2019

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 Miss Saigon. He's also worked on the choreographic teams of Frozen and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Currently, he can be seen eight times a week in the ensemble of The Cher Show.

 

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

December 8, 2018

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.

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

November 17, 2018

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.

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

October 16, 2018

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 do’s - and don’ts - for rehearsing as an understudy. 

A few weeks ago The Ensemblist team had a chance to see a studio run of soon-to-open Broadway musical The Prom. The cast is fantastic, with many of the ensemble making Broadway debuts in the show. One of those actors, Kalyn West, wrote a piece for us the journey it took for her to make it to Broadway. 

Our final story today comes from Diane Phelan. As an ensemble member of School of Rock - The Musical, she’s no stranger to performing on Broadway. Yet, when she recently shared her thoughts about going on for one of the show’s leading roles on Instagram, we knew we had to share it with you. 

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

September 22, 2018

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 revival - he also performed in two additional Broadway musicals last season, Hello, Dolly! and The Phantom of the Opera. How does one actor mange a Broadway triple crown in less than twelve months?

Another of our favorite recent blogs took us back to summer Broadway actor Eloise Kropp. When she posted the following story on Instagram, we knew we wanted to share it with you. It’s about how a regular coffee date with a former cast mate led her to an unlikely summer in Italy.

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

August 3, 2018

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 often on tour. So how does one couple of two performers negotiate ten years of life on the road?

Earlier this summer, Broadway actor Emilio Ramos reached out to us about an experience he had performing at The Muny. While onstage during their season-opening production of Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, he experienced an interaction that he had never before witnessed in the theatre.

Our final story today comes from Kirstin Tucker, who just closed the Broadway production of A Bronx Tale The Musical after originating one of the three Belmont Avenue women tracks. While she was there for the show’s opening night and closing performance, she spent seven months sidelined with a torn ACL. We asked her about how the injury occured and her road to recovery.

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

May 6, 2018

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 Abud, Aaron J. Albano, Kimberly Dodson, Ian Liberto and Tommar Wilson for sharing their stories with us.

#124: Coda

January 21, 2018

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#123: Advice for Success

January 14, 2018

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!

#122: Fall 2017 Roundtable

December 24, 2017

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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!

#121: Broadway At Every Stage, pt. 4

December 3, 2017

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 CarolanAlma CuervoAnn HaradaJohn Eric Parker, and Bob Stillman for joining us on this detour. Enjoy!

#120: Rehearsal Reports - The Band’s Visit #3

November 19, 2017

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!

#119: Broadway At Every Stage, pt. 3

November 12, 2017

How the years are flying! We've been hearing all sorts of trajectories for lives in the theatre with Adinah Alexander, Kevin CarolanAlma CuervoAnn HaradaJohn 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!

#118: Rehearsal Reports - The Band’s Visit #2

October 29, 2017

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!

#117: Broadway At Every Stage, pt. 2

October 22, 2017

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 CarolanAlma CuervoAnn HaradaJohn Eric Parker, and Bob Stillman tell us everything!

#116: Rehearsal Reports - The Band’s Visit #1

October 8, 2017

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!