#97: Spring Roundtable With Everyone!

28May

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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.) 

Enjoy!

#96: Spotlight On: Animal Trainers

21May

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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!

Rehearsal Reports: Jessica Lea Patty #3

14May

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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!

#95: Awards Season

7May

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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!

#94: Activism

30Apr

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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!

Rehearsal Reports: Jessica Lea Patty #2

23Apr

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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!

#93: Containing Multitudes, pt. 5 - BroadwayCon

16Apr

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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!

#92: Opening Night

9Apr

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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!

#90: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

2Apr

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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.

#90: Invited Dress Rehearsals

26Mar

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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.

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