March 30, 2014
It truly takes a village to put up a Broadway show. If you’ve spent any time looking through a Playbill, you’ve noticed that there’s a whole other credits page. There, you’ll find the listing for the associates- directors, designers, and choreographers. But what does that mean? What does an associate do?
Today on The Ensemblist, we’re going to explore a little-known aspect of what it takes to make those thrilling dances we all know and love- by talking to three INSANELY accomplished current and former Broadway ensemblists who have a whole other job description- as an Associate Choreographer. We’ll find out about what it takes to spend time on both sides of the table, how they were brought on in their respective positions, and how they use those on-the-job skills both onstage and off.
And this week, we have a whole new way to be a part of the conversation. Have you had an associate you’ve loved working with? Or seen a dance and wondered who helped the choreographer create that unbelieveable dance? Tweet us your thoughts and questions as you listen, using the hashtag #ensemblist.
Our Guests: Lorin Latarro (11 Broadway shows as a performer- associate on American Idiot, Hands on a Hardbody, choreographer of Scandalous and Waiting for Godot), Brad Musgrove (3 Broadway shows as a performer, associate choreographer on Pippin and Fosse) and Mark Myars (5 Broadway shows as a performer, current dance supervisor of Wicked, associate choreographer on If/Then)
March 16, 2014
From the excitement of getting the job, to the nerve-wracking put-in rehearsal the day of your first performance to the thrill of an opening night, there is no “norm” for making your Broadway debut. Past guests of The Ensemblist Donna Marie Asbury, Jen Cody, Stephanie Klemons, Eddie Korbich, Nina Lafarga, Nathan Peck, Ryan Steele, and Samantha Sturm share hilarious and heartwarming stories of their first nights on the Great White Way, all with one common thread: it is a joy and an honor to join the Broadway community.
March 2, 2014
For many young, aspiring performers, Original Cast Recordings are the first window into the world of Broadway. From studying the golden age classics to keeping up with the most contemporary shows, these albums allow Broadway’s light to shine far beyond Times Square.
In this episode, Broadway actors Jen Cody, Eddie Korbich, and Samantha Sturm take us through the process of recording these treasured relics. From rehearsals to orchestrations to recording in studios with an abundance of musical history, being a member of an original cast and getting to make an album is a thrilling journey.
Our Guests: Jen Cody (Cats, Grease, Beauty and the Beast, Seussical, Urinetown the musical, Taboo, Best Little Whorehouse, Pajama Game, Shrek, A Christmas Story), Eddie Korbich (Singin’ in the Rain, Sweeney Todd, Carousel, Seussical, Wicked, After the Night and the Music, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Little Mermaid, A Christmas Story, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), and Samantha Sturm (The Addams Family, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Matilda).