Bandstand is one of the exciting new musicals hitting Broadway this season, and we've got the inside scoop from ensemblist extraordinare Jessica Lea Patty! Listen in as Jess talks us through the rehearsal process, Equity meetings, and drops in some surprises from the band!
We're flinging open the gates to the Broadway stage doors and situating you right in the middle of the theatre district! Join us, Tyler Hanes, Bre Jackson, and Paul HeeSang Miller as we walk you through Midtown Manhattan and tell you all the secrets of Broadway theatres! We've got shared stage doors, shared backstage space, a weekly Saturday night tradition, and more!
We know you're aching to hear about all the shows we saw this season, and we know better than to disappoint! We sat down at Ensemblist HQ with our graphics guru Kevin Bianchi, and talked about the shows we saw, how they used their ensembles, who we couldn't stop watching, and what we're looking forward to next season! We also get pretty silly. Enjoy!
It's our favorite time of year - we get to award four lucky shining beacons of the Broadway community with our Ensemblist Awards, usher them into the studio, make them feel feelings, and then have them answer your questions! GOOD STUFF, right? We thought so too. Last year's Ensemblist Award winners chose this year's Ensemblist Award winners, and we bring them to you now: Kevin Worley, Kim Faure, Dennis Stowe, and Gregory Haney! Listen on as they answer your questions about social media, moving to NYC, finding an agent, and more! Enjoy, loves!
What better way to spotlight this season full of research and relevance than with the job that brings everything we've talked about for the last few months into one neat research-filled job? The dramaturg, and this particular dramaturg (the glorious Anika Chapin), have a vital role in helping to shepherd shows from page to stage. Listen as Anika talks about how she found this field, what she loves about it, and how it's so important to have another set of eyes on the storytelling. Enjoy!
Well, friends, we've done it! We have finally reached the most recent Pulitzer Prize winner, Hamilton. And because there has been so much press on this groundbreaking show, we had to find a new way in. And with the help of the brilliant Sasha Hutchings and Neil Haskell, we're looking at Hamilton from the front lines, as it were. As we're wont to do, we break it down from the ensemble's point of view, and talk about Hamilton in a whole new way. Enjoy!
We've reached the end of our Fall 2016 Rehearsal Reports! Thank you to the amazing Erica Dorfler and everyone at Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 for being so open and letting us peek into this one-of-a-kind theatrical experience.
Listen to Erica talk about finally freezing the show, the fun of opening night and the Gypsy Robe ceremony, and everything in between as the show finally opens! Enjoy!
We assembled some pretty brilliant folks to talk about this brilliant show. Hear Adam Chanler-Berat, Pearl Sun, Michael Berresse, and Michael McElroy talk about how a show with only six cast members can make an ensemble, the trust that's needed to tell this story, and why Next to Normal is forever relevant. Enjoy!
It's time to measure our lives in love, meditate on the power of standing up for what we believe in, and do it all with a healthy dose of rock 'n roll. Because, as the song goes, everything is RENT, and RENT is everything to us. Hear from Adam Chanler-Berat and Michael McElroy as they talk about the show that swept the '90s and inspired an entire generation of musical theatre artists. Enjoy!
We may not be able to tell you who George was at the zoo with (the monkeys and WHO, George?), but we can dive into the unbelievable masterpiece that is Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Sunday In The Park With George.
Try and try and try as we might, we cannot find an "I'M.IN.TECH." gif. If you are so inclined to make and send us one, we would be eternally grateful...
Well, friends, we've arrived. It's the ensemblist show of all ensemblist shows. With music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban and a book by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante, A Chorus Line distills the experience of fighting for what you love, going after what you believe in, and being exactly who you are the whole time, no matter what. Universal themes, yes, but through a specific Broadway lens. Clearly, our love for this masterpiece runs DEEP. We sat down with Michael Berresse, Mara Davi, and Catherine Ricafort to talk about why this show is so special, so relevant, and so worthy of the Pulitzer. Enjoy!
Do you want all the secrets to climbing the ladder of success, creating a hit Broadway musical, and garnering tons of awards and accolades, all while challenging gender stereotypes, satirizing corporate culture, and making sure the audience leaves the theatre humming?
We're jumping right into the Mayor's office with our next Pulitzer winner - Fiorello! - all about the life and career of one of NYC's most legendary mayors. Join us, Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Kevin Ligon, and Kelsey Ryan Moore as we discuss satire, humor, artistic liberty, separating fact from fiction, and why we love NYC. Enjoy!
Can you believe we're on our FOURTH installment of the Containing Multitudes series? It's almost as if there are ENDLESS ways to balance a career in show business with outside passions, other creative pursuits, and giving back! We said endless. We didn't say they were easy. Take a listen as the utterly inspiring and amazing Catherine Ricafort, Michael Berresse, and Michael McElroy talk about the multitudes they contain, why they contain them, and what they do to strike the balance between artist and human.
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....
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!
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!
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.
It's Sydney's last installment of Rehearsal Reports- we get a taste of life during previews, and a little wrap-up now that American Psycho is open, frozen, and out in the world. Thanks to Sydney for her awesome work, being her sunny self, and showing us a little piece of putting up a new Broadway show!
Sometimes, the most fun (and challenging) thing about ensemble work is playing all sorts of different characters throughout a single show! You can be anything from the fanciest royal personage to an anthropomorphic inanimate object and do a cross as a townsperson or two- all in the same day's work. We sat down with truly awesome Broadway ensemblists Jennifer Smith, Gabrielle Ruiz, and Jeremy Woodard and talked to them about how they like to create their characters, some memorable onstage experiences, and why it's so much fun.