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#150 - Doubletapped (feat. Amber Ardolino)

#150 - Doubletapped (feat. Amber Ardolino)

April 29, 2019

Welcome back to Doubletapped, a series from The Ensemblist featuring candid, one-on-one interviews with Broadway actors about authenticity on social media.

Since originating the role of Woman 1 in the Chicago company of Hamilton, Amber Ardolino has given striking performances in both Hamilton on Broadway and the original musical Head Over Heels earlier this season. But just as striking as her onstage persona is Amber’s social media presence, which seamlessly combines poise, positivity and a strong POV. Here’s our conversation...

#149 - Fosse and Verdon (Episode 3 feat. Ricky Ubeda)

#149 - Fosse and Verdon (Episode 3 feat. Ricky Ubeda)

April 24, 2019

In the third episode of the F/X Fosse/Verdon miniseries, the episode’s primary musical moment does not celebrate Fosse at all. It is a flashback sequence where a young Gwen Verdon, working as a reviewer for the Hollywood Bugle, first sees the work of seminal choreographer Jack Cole. Performing in a nightclub as Cole’s dancers are Eliza Ohman, Adrian Lee, Reed Luplau, Ryan Steele and my guest for this episode, Ricky Ubeda.

Ricky Ubeda made his Broadway debut in the Broadway revivals of On The Town, which he joined just after winning the 11th season of television’s So You Think You Can Dance. Since then, he’s become a mainstay of the Broadway stage, playing Mistoffelees in the revival of Cats  and in the revival Carousel choreographed by Justin Peck.

#148 - My First Time (feat. Shoshana Bean)

#148 - My First Time (feat. Shoshana Bean)

April 21, 2019

No bones about it, Shoshana Bean is a force. She’s a Recording artist, having released four studio albums. She’s mastered the art of YouTube, creating and participating in striking collaborations that feature her powerful voice. A Broadway girl by heart, she’s received acclaim for her portrayal of Jenna in the Sara Bareilles musical Waitress. But before Waitress, before Beaches, before Wicked, Sho made her Broadway debut in a little show called Hairspray.

#147 - Fosse and Verdon (Episode 2 feat. Ryan VanDenBoom)

#147 - Fosse and Verdon (Episode 2 feat. Ryan VanDenBoom)

April 18, 2019

This spring, The Ensemblist is speaking to some of the artists with Broadway cred who helped make the F/X miniseries Fosse/Verdon. 

The second episode focuses on the creation of Damn Yankees, from rehearsals in New York to its out of town tryout in New Haven, CT. In the episode, Fosse inserts a mambo-inspired dance duet called “Who’s Got The Pain?” into the show to showcase Verdon and a dancer named Eddie Phillips, played by this week’s guest Ryan VanDenBoom.

A veteran of Broadway’s Bandstand, Ryan VanDenBoom has performed on screen before as a sailor in the Channing Tatum-led film Hail, Caesar!. In Fosse/Verdon, he has one of the series’ largest dance features. 

#146 - Fosse and Verdon (Episode 1 feat. Skye Mattox)

#146 - Fosse and Verdon (Episode 1 feat. Skye Mattox)

April 11, 2019

This week, FX launched a new limited television series Fosse/Verdon, based on the 2013 biography by Sam Wasson with a focus on his marriage and collaboration with Gwen Verdon. This spring. The Ensemblist is speaking to some of the artists with Broadway cred who helped make the series possible.

In the first episode of the TV miniseries, we meet Fosse and Verdon on the set of the film version of Sweet Charity. The episode then transfers locations to Munich, Germany where Fosse and Verdon work together to turn Cabaret into one of the most seminila movie musicals in the history of film. Performing “Mein Herr” are a quartet of Broadway dancers including this episode’s guest, Skye Mattox.

Skye Mattox made her Broadway debut as replacement in the 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story. Since then, she performed in Broadway’s revivals of On The Town and Carousel, the later for which she was nominated for a Chita Rivera Award. She’s also no stranger to bringing musical drama to the small screen: Skye and I first worked together during the winter 2013 on the second season of NBC’s Smash. Here’s our conversation.

#145 - April 2019 (feat. Vasthy Mompoint, Kiss Me, Kate, Ain’t Too Proud)

#145 - April 2019 (feat. Vasthy Mompoint, Kiss Me, Kate, Ain’t Too Proud)

April 8, 2019

On this episode, we hear from The Prom’s Vasthy Mompoint, plus reviews of the ensembles of Kiss Me, Kate and Ain’t Too Proud.

#144 - The Band’s Visit (feat. George Abud, Sharone Sayegh)

#144 - The Band’s Visit (feat. George Abud, Sharone Sayegh)

April 4, 2019

The Band’s Visit is one of those Broadway musicals that does not have an ensemble, per se, but in which every actor is working together to present a cohesive point of view. Yes, there are leading roles and supporting roles, but more than in most musicals the entire company of actors, musicians, and actor/musicians create a mood, a feeling and a sense of place. And so we honor their remarkable run on Broadway with this show, featuring some of our favorite stories about The Band’s Visit.

#143 - Kinky Boots (feat. Adinah Alexander, Andy Kelso, Ellyn Marie Marsh, Joey Taranto)

#143 - Kinky Boots (feat. Adinah Alexander, Andy Kelso, Ellyn Marie Marsh, Joey Taranto)

April 1, 2019

For seven years and 2,507 public performances, Kinky Boots has been raising up audiences at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Broadway. For those of us at Ensemblist HQ, the show has a special place in ours hearts because of the ways it showcases its ensembles actors onstage, and has treated so many of them like honored family offstage.

Of the 61 actors who have played ensemble roles in the Broadway production, we’ve been lucky enough to have eight of them in the studio during the show’s run. So, as a special tribute to them and their fantastic achievement, we’ve put together some of our very favorite stories about Kinky Boots for you.