February 22, 2015
A Broadway show is a team, and that team wouldn’t be able to go on eight shows a week without their understudies. And as most of a show’s understudies come from its ensemble, we wanted to highlight this very important aspect of an ensemblist’s life. Guests Gaelen Gilliland, Adam Kaplan, and Wallace Smith share their favorite understudy experiences, mishaps, and crazy backstage antics that go along with the job.
Gaelen Gilliland (Honeymoon In Vegas, 9 to 5 the Musical, Legally Blonde, Wicked)
Adam Kaplan (Newsies)
Wallace Smith (Rocky, Godspell, American Idiot, Ragtime, Hair, The Lion King)
February 8, 2015
Nikka and Mo are so excited to bring you the latest edition of their “Spotlight On” series, which began in April 2014 to highlight behind-the-scenes careers on Broadway.
On this episode of The Ensemblist, we hear from three important members of the costume team: a designer, a wardrobe supervisor, and a dresser. John Michael Dias, Tree Lonon, and Tobin Ost share their memories of getting started in the world of wardrobe, the process of opening a Broadway show from a costume perspective, the kind of upkeep it really takes for all those costume pieces, and those quick changes that make Broadway so dang spectacular.
John Michael Dias (performer: Jersey Boys. Wardrobe: On The Town, Scandalous)
Tree Lonon (over 20 Broadway productions as a dresser)
Tobin Ost (Designer: Jekyll & Hyde, Bonnie And Clyde, The Philanthropist, Brooklyn)