November 29, 2015
Over here at Ensemblist HQ, we've really embraced the fact that NBC (and now Fox!) has brought back the Live TV Musical. Not only is it a massive cultural event being broadcast to millions of people, it's really an opportunity to, as a community, celebrate the crazy amounts of work it takes to make a show happen. Plus, it provides more places for Broadway ensemblists to shine in ever-growing capacities, and you know we love that!
So this week, we sat down with Georgia Stitt (Sound of Music Live), F. Michael Haynie (Peter Pan Live), and Capathia Jenkins (The Wiz Live) to get the inside scoop on how working on a live TV musical is the same as a Broadway show, and how it is very very different. Enjoy!
November 22, 2015
Tech and previews are NO JOKE, guys. They are some long, exhausting, exhilarating, infuriating, and joyful (all at the same time!) days. And luckily, we have School of Rock superswing Jesse Swimm to tell us all about them- the good, the bad, the hilarious, and everything in between. Enjoy!
November 15, 2015
You know how the #1 thing we're into is being a whole entire person and containing multitudes? You've heard us talk about that before. And how when we put out our Parallel Careers episode last year, we found out how many of you needed to hear from brilliant successful performers who maintain another career on the side? This one is sort of like that one, but with a twist.
We gathered up three of our favorite people on the planet (Laura Marie Duncan, Christopher Gattelli, and Michelle Kittrell) and talked to them about their incredibly successful Broadway performing lives, how they decided to transition into a new career, the challenges they faced, and what it took to make it all work.
November 8, 2015
He's back, he's in tech, and he's ready to tell you alllllllll about it! Find out how the past two weeks have been for School of Rock's Jesse Swimm as he begins the long process of putting up such a massive new show! Enjoy!
November 1, 2015
We are SO excited to bring you this one, as it's been in the works for a long time. We're always trying to find different angles and experiences on ways we (as humans) tell stories, and how those stories make it to Broadway is another level we can't stop talking about. Making sure those stories are accessible to everyone who wants to experience them is yet another level on top of that level, and one way to accomplish that is with American Sign Language (or ASL) and interpreting for the deaf and hard of hearing. How do Broadway actors interpret ASL for the stage? What are the cues like for the deaf and hard of hearing actors IN the shows? How do interpreters prepare for a show? What is it like to be speaking two languages at the same time, all while trying to remember everything else??
We answer all those questions and more in the episode. Enjoy!
Joshua Castille (Spring Awakening)
Cathy Markland (interpreter for SO MANY SHOWS)
Kevin Massey (Big River, Tarzan, Memphis, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder)
For the deaf and hard of hearing community: we have already sent the episode off to the Transcription Divas (seriously. that's what the company is called.), and will make it available on our website for everyone as soon as we get it!