February 25, 2019
Welcome to My First Time, a new mini-series from The Ensemblist where we talk to Broadway stars who made their Broadway debuts in the ensemble to talk about why that experience helped shape them as an artist. For many of our favorite Broadway stars, their start in the ensemble helped to form them as artists.
Our first guest for this new miniseries is Ben Crawford. Since April 2018, he’s been creeping ‘round the Majestic Theatre as the title character in The Phantom of the Opera. But before headlining this show, before Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Big Fish and Shrek, he was a replacement in the first Broadway revival of Les Miserables, covering both the roles of Valjean and Javert.
February 11, 2019
Welcome back listeners to our monthly episode, where we share some of the most popular stories from our blog at The Ensemblist.com.
On this episode, we here from Kathryn Allison about how the surprises of creating her first studio album, and Maria Briggs on how she managed to be in four Broadway shows within six months.
February 5, 2019
Just last weekend, Rent joined The Sound of Music, Grease, The Wiz and more to become part of the modern canon of live TV musicals. Over the years, I’ve grown curious about how putting on one of these live television musicals differs from what we do in the theatre. So I reached out to some of the live telecast’s company with Broadway cred to ask them just that.
Fred Odgaard’s career has spanned both the theatre and dance worlds, including Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Cirque de Soliel’s Elvis and two Broadway musicals: Finding Neverland and Kinky Boots. He is also an original company of Sonya Tayeh’s dance company, continuing his collaboration with her on both Broadway’s upcoming Moulin Rouge and Rent Live on Fox.