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The Ensemblist
The Ensemblist #17: Long Running Shows

The Ensemblist #17: Long Running Shows

February 16, 2014

The life of an actor is often one of constant change. However,  job security can be found by landing a role in a long-running Broadway hit. If you’re one of those lucky few, you’ll book that job and be able to stay in it for awhile- and become a mainstay of the Great White Way.
Today on The Ensemblist, we talk to three performers who have done just that- stayed in their Broadway shows for two years- and longer! We’ll explore how to keep it fresh night after night, what they love about their jobs, and what it takes to maintain yourself as the years pass. 

Our Guests: Donna Marie Asbury (Gypsy, Merrily We Roll Along, Smile, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Chicago), Scott Barnhardt (Big River, The Book of Mormon), and Nina Lafarga (Aida, Sweet Charity, In the Heights, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown)
The Ensemblist #16: Dance Captains

The Ensemblist #16: Dance Captains

February 2, 2014

Co-worker. Supervisor. Confidante. Scene partner. Guidance counselor. All these terms and more describe one of a Broadway company’s least-known but most important cast members: the dance captain.

From running auditions to managing relationships with other members of the creative team to emergency put-in rehearsals, the life of a dance captain is always a busy and complex one. Dance Captains are Broadway’s secret superstars. On this episode, we speak to three incredible performers who have taken on this position about the joys and challenges of leading their companies from within.

Our Guests:

Stephanie Klemons (In the Heights, If/Then), Nathan Peck (Dance of the Vampires, Taboo, Boy from Oz, La Cage Aux Folles, Wicked, Kinky Boots), and Ryan Steele (West Side Story, Billy Elliot, Newsies, Matilda)