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The Ensemblist #22: Les Misérables

The Ensemblist #22: Les Misérables

April 27, 2014

One of the most celebrated shows in musical theatre history, Les Misérables has built the careers of countless performers on Broadway and around the world. In honor of the second revival’s Broadway bow, The Ensemblist interviewed Les Mis veterans Randy Graff, Elena Shaddow, and Max Von Essen, as well as current revival cast member Arbender Robinson.

Les Miz is a show that is famously built from its ensemblists. From almost every actor playing multiple roles to a score where almost every song has a sweeping choral component, to its infamous rehearsal process created by actors’ improvisions, the show is one that thrives on the ensemblist spirit.

In this episode, the four guests describe their tracks throughout the show, share insider stories on the rehearsal process, and describe what it is like to be a part of an international phenomenon such as Les Misérables.

Our Guests:

Randy Graff (Les Misérables, Fiddler on the Roof, A Class Act, High Society, Falsettos, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Moon Over Buffalo, Grease, Sarava, City of Angels) 

Elena Shaddow (Les Misérables, Sweet Smell of Success, Nine, Fiddler on the Roof, The Woman in White, La Cage aux Folles, Bridges of Madison County

Arbender Robinson (The Lion King, Hairspray, The Little Mermaid, Hair, Ragtime, Book of Mormon, Beautiful, Les Misérables) 

Max Von Essen (Les Misérables, Jesus Christ Superstar, Dance of the Vampires, Evita) 

The Ensemblist #21: Spotlight On: Stage Managers

The Ensemblist #21: Spotlight On: Stage Managers

April 13, 2014

The Ensemblist is thrilled to announce its new mini-series, “Spotlight On,” which will highlight various behind-the-scenes Broadway careers that are rarely seen by fans. 

You know us for our peek behind the curtain into what-and who- makes a Broadway show. You’ve listened as we’ve interviewed ensemblists from every walk of life about every aspect of being onstage and living that Broadway dream night after night. But who keeps those ensemblists in line? Who is responsible for making sure that everyone, onstage and off, gets to their spots on time and does their jobs the same way every show?

Today on The Ensemblist, we’re going to peel that curtain back even farther- and talk to the real center of each Broadway engine- the Stage Manager. Our three guests have a wealth of experience keeping these shows up and running- from keeping their casts and crews organized to filling out tons of paperwork to teaching new cast members where to go and what to do- it is no easy task, and that’s just the beginning. 

Our Guests:

Zac Chandler (West Side Story, The Addams Family, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Cinderella) 

Mary Macleod (Deuce, A Little Night Music, Sister Act, Flash Dance, Motown, Smokey Joe’s Cafe)

Cody Renard Richard (Lysistrata Jones, Ghost, Cyrano de Bergerac, Motown, After Midnight