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The Ensemblist
#50: Kids on Broadway

#50: Kids on Broadway

May 31, 2015

A lot has been said about those many shows with kids above the title - the adorable and plucky protagonists, imploring us to give them just a little more so the sun will come out tomorrow- but what about their onstage classmates/friends at the orphanage/sidekicks? 

When you aren’t the star, but you aren't a grownup, are you just like every other ensemblist? On this (50th!) episode of The Ensemblist, we spoke to two actors who grew up - and one who is still growing up- on Broadway. They talked to us about how being a kid ensemblist is the same as being an adult - and how it is VERY different.
Our Guests:
Robi Hager (Spring Awakening, Bye Bye Birdie, How to Succeed..., Doctor Zhivago)
Sawyer Nunes (Matilda, Finding Neverland)
Donna Vivino (Les Miserables, Saturday Night Fever, Hairspray, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Wicked)

#49: Tony Season For Understudies

#49: Tony Season For Understudies

May 17, 2015

It's TONY SEASON, you guys! And we don't know about you, but we are SUPER excited to cheer everyone on during Broadway's biggest night! Of course, since this is The Ensemblist, you know we're not taking the Tonys at face value- we wanted to dig a little deeper and find out how the pressures of awards season affected the nominees' understudies.  


On this episode of The Ensemblist, we spoke to three Broadway actors who covered Tony nominated roles during awards season. We found out how they became understudies, what it’s like to understudy a nominee while the whole community is watching, and how that experience affected their performances in the roles they eventually took over. 


Our Guests:

Shoshana Bean (Hairspray, Wicked)

Andy Kelso (Mamma Mia!, Kinky Boots)

Kenita Miller (The Color Purple, Xanadu)

#48: Broadway in the 1970s

#48: Broadway in the 1970s

May 3, 2015
We've got a great guest host this week as the one and only Ilene Graff (Nikka's mom) steps in, filling in while Nikka is in rehearsal! Why Ilene, you ask? 
Because she was on Broadway in the 1970s, and had been nudging us for awhile to make an episode where we interviewed her friends! We took that idea and ran with it, talking to three incredibly accomplished guests about their time on Broadway in the 1970s. What has changed? What is the same? How has Broadway evolved since the days of EPIs (listen to find out about those!) and auditioning onstage? We talk about all those things and SO much more!
Our Guests:
Tim Jerome (Man of La Mancha, The Rothschilds, The Magic Show, Creation of the World and Other Business, The Moony Shapiro Songbook, Cats, Me and My Girl (Tony Nom), Grand Hotel, Lost in Yonkers, Beauty and the Beast, La Boheme, Tarzan, The Lyons, Phantom of the Opera, (also: The Red Shoes and The Baker’s Wife) 
Kathryn Wright (Hair, Pippin, Dancin', A Chorus Line)
Nick Wyman (Grease, The Magic Show, Very Good Eddie, On the 20th Century, Whoopee!, My Fair Lady, Doubles, Les Miserables, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Phantom of the Opera, Sly Fox, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Tale of two Cities, Catch Me if You Can)
and Guest Host:
Ilene Graff (Promises Promises, Grease, I Love My Wife)