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The Ensemblist #28: Shakespeare In The Park

The Ensemblist #28: Shakespeare In The Park

July 27, 2014

Shakespeare in the Park is, quite possibly, New York City’s most famous annual theatrical experience. Because its founder, Joseph Papp, stressed the importance of bringing classical theatre to the most diverse audience in the world- the residents of New York City- great works of the stage have been performed for free every summer at the Delacorte Theater, outdoors in Central Park, since 1962. Often, these shows become the hottest tickets in town, with long lines of prospective theatregoers waiting overnight to receive those metaphorical golden tickets.


Although the focus is generally on Shakespeare and other classics, many musicals have performed at the Delacorte over the years, including four that moved on to the Great White Way: The Pirates of Penzance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, On The Town and, most recently, HAIR. And even the Shakespeare productions often have music or dance incorporated, as was the case in the last couple of years with Love’s Labour's Lost and The Comedy of Errors.


On this episode of The Ensemblist, we speak to three Broadway veterans about performing the Park- how it is the same as performing on the main stem, but more often, how it can be very, very different. 


Our Guests:

Josh Lamon (Elf, Hair) last performed for Shakespeare in the Park as the Steward in Into the Woods

Tommar Wilson (The Book of Mormon, Hair, Lestat, Never Gonna Dance, Hairspray, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Music Man) was last seen at the Delacorte Theater in Hair as a member of the Tribe. 

Jessica Wu (A Chorus Line) performed last summer for Shakespeare in the Park in the ensemble of The Comedy of Errors

The Ensemblist #27: Live at Birdland (part 2)

The Ensemblist #27: Live at Birdland (part 2)

July 13, 2014

On June 16, The Ensemblist celebrated its first anniversary with a live show at New York City’s legendary Birdland Jazz Club! Part of Jim Caruso’s Broadway at Birdland Series, the evening featured songs and stories from eight talented performers. It was a blast! Thanks to all of you who came out to join us, it was a magical night.

On this episode of The Ensemblist, we bring you the second half of our Birdland show, with songs and stories from The Skivvies (Nick Cearley and Lauren Molina), Rachel Bay Jones (Hair, Women on the Verge…, Pippin) and Jeff Pew and Luke Hawkins (doing a really awesome duo with maybe a tap break in there...).

Also, we might sing a little in this one, too. Okay, yeah. We sing in this one. With The Skivives. We won’t tell you what we were wearing, though.

Enjoy!