August 24, 2014
Lights, camera, ACTION! In the past decade, movie musicals have appeared more frequently in the mainstream lineup of films. With such hits as Chicago, Hairspray, and the highly-anticipated Into the Woods out this winter, it is without question that moviegoers enjoy watching Broadway’s megahits on the big screen.
Many of these successful cinematic musicals have featured Broadway veterans in their casts. On this episode of The Ensemblist, Broadway vet Charlie Williams takes the guest host seat and helps Mo talk to three other insanely accomplished stalwarts of stage and screen about what it takes to do musical numbers in so many different ways, and how Broadway prepared them for performing on the big and silver screens.
Deidre Goodwin (Chicago, Across the Universe)
Curtis Holbrook (Smash, Hairspray, Across the Universe)
Paul McGill (Smash, Fame)
August 10, 2014
We've got another great guest host for you all- the wonderfully talented Brandon Rubendall joins Nikka for this episode!
As you now know from listening to past episodes of The Ensemblist, musicals take a long time to develop. The developmental process can consist of any number of combinations of readings, workshops and labs that allow creative teams to get feedback from actors and small audiences to help shape the show. Every show’s process is different, and each of these types of development has different rules from Actors’ Equity, detailing everything from the number of rehearsal hours to the amount of staging that can be used. Additionally, the developmental process allows creators the opportunity to receive financial backing from producers to continue working on (and hopefully produce) the musical. Some actors are lucky enough to get involved with an early reading of a show, and continue to stay with the production until it opens on Broadway.
Today on The Ensemblist, we’re talking about the developmental process with three Broadway vets (and Brandon!) who have been there before- finding out what it’s like to be part of a show from its earliest phases all the way to The Great White Way.
Ben Cameron (Wicked, Aida, Footloose)
Kevin Duda (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, The Book of Mormon, Les Liaisons Dangereuses)
Ryann Redmond (If/Then, Bring It On: The Musical)