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The Ensemblist #32: I’m.In.Tech.

The Ensemblist #32: I’m.In.Tech.

September 28, 2014

We’ve talked a lot on the show about everything it takes to put up a Broadway musical- the creative team, the audition process, the myriad ways ensemblists are used onstage- but we haven’t talked about moving into the theatre, the incredibly long days, the tedious moments, and the crazy times of tech.

The process of technical rehearsals, where every moment of the show is now looked at by every department instead of just in the safe space of the rehearsal room. Now, it’s all about rehearsals for sound, lights, projections, props, crew, orchestra, wardrobe, hair, and many more- it is during these rehearsals that a show truly comes together.

Tech takes its toll on your personal life, sanity, eating habits, and your workout schedule, but hearing the audience enjoy the final product when the show is FINALLY up and running is a feeling like no other. On this episode of The Ensemblist, we speak to three actors, all recently familiar with the tech process on Broadway. We hear about the entire process from the mundane moments to the dream-fulfilling experiences.

Our Guests:
Lori Ann Ferreri (On The Town, Wicked)
Michael James Scott (Aladdin, The Book of Mormon, Elf, Hair, The Pirate Queen, Tarzan, All Shook Up, Mamma Mia!)
Ephraim Sykes (Motown the Musical, Newsies the Musical, Memphis, The Little Mermaid)

The Ensemblist #31: Ensemble Musicals

The Ensemblist #31: Ensemble Musicals

September 14, 2014

On this latest episode of The Ensemblist, Nikka and Mo interview three Broadway stars who have shined in ensemble musicals. As veterans of various types of Broadway shows, Telly Leung, Dana Moore, and Julia Murney explain how ensemble shows are unique experiences that require trust and flexibility throughout the entire journey.

As opposed to traditional book musicals with lead characters, supporting players, features, and ensemblists, ensemble shows tell their story differently- every member of the cast takes the spotlight at some point during the show. These three guests all have experience with this alternative way of storytelling through song- and their stories about what it takes to work as a group shine a whole new light on what it’s like to truly work together.

Our Guests:

Telly Leung (Godspell, Rent, Pacific Overtures, Flower Drum Song)

Dana Moore (Fosse, Chicago, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Will Rogers Follies, Dangerous Games, Sweet Charity, Singin’ in the Rain, On Your Toes, Copperfield, Sugar Babies, Dancin’, A Chorus Line)

Julia Murney (Wicked, Lennon)