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#90: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

April 2, 2017

Quick Warning: This episode contains a few words in reference to labels placed on people by society. They may be inappropriate for young children or loudspeaker listening.

When Broadway performers talk about the community events they love more than anything, they're often talking about events put on by the incredible organization Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, or Broadway Cares. Whether it's the Gypsy of the Year or Easter Bonnet competitions, Broadway Backwards, or the many other concerts throughout the year, nothing is more amazing than coming together to make life better for people in need. Hear Jamal Lee Harris, Eric Ulloa, and Casey Garvin discuss why they love fundraising, why the Broadway community wouldn't exist in the same way without Broadway Cares, and how much it means to them to see philanthropy in action.

#90: Invited Dress Rehearsals

March 26, 2017

The excitement. The anxiety. The love of just being in the room. An invited dress rehearsal is a thrilling theatre tradition, made even more thrilling when under the Broadway magnifying glass. Hear Jenifer Foote, Linda Mugelston, and Tyler Hanes talk about their favorite moments from the day before previews begin, why they love attending, and what having the support of the Broadway community rooting for your success means to them.

Rehearsal Reports: Jessica Lea Patty #1

March 19, 2017

Bandstand is one of the exciting new musicals hitting Broadway this season, and we've got the inside scoop from ensemblist extraordinare Jessica Lea Patty! Listen in as Jess talks us through the rehearsal process, Equity meetings, and drops in some surprises from the band! 

#89: Theater Neighbors

March 12, 2017

We're flinging open the gates to the Broadway stage doors and situating you right in the middle of the theatre district! Join us, Tyler Hanes, Bre Jackson, and Paul HeeSang Miller as we walk you through Midtown Manhattan and tell you all the secrets of Broadway theatres! We've got shared stage doors, shared backstage space, a weekly Saturday night tradition, and more! 

Season Three Announcement!

March 5, 2017

Yay! Season Three is beginning, and we are over-the-moon excited to start talking about all the things that make the Broadway community the weird wonderful tapestry of humanity that it is. Take a listen to some more great stories from BroadwayCon, and hear a sneak peek into the topics we'll be covering over the next few months. We can't wait to share them with you. Enjoy!

The Ensemblist Unedited: Live From BroadwayCon, part 2

February 26, 2017

Ohhhhhh, hellllloooo.

We're back with another batch of great BroadwayCon Story Booth stories for you! Listen. Be moved. Fall in love with Broadway. Okay, fall even MORE in love with Broadway. We're in love with you. Wait, should we not have told you that so soon? Anyway....listen.

The Ensemblist Unedited: Live From BroadwayCon

February 19, 2017

We're excited to bring you one round of awesome stories from our BroadwayCon Story Booth! We sat down with fans and friends alike and talked to everyone under the sun about what the Broadway community means to them, why they love theatre, and everything in between. Enjoy!

The Ensemblist Live from BroadwayCon: Redefining Success on Broadway

February 12, 2017

Well, BroadwayCon was pretty incredible. And we're really proud of the panels we hosted there, so we wanted to share one of them with you beautiful nerds. Listen as we talk about huge life stuff: success, career longevity, maintaining sanity, and everything in between with Paloma Garcia-Lee, Kirsten Wyatt, Douglas Lyons, and Justin Greer. Please excuse the audio! Enjoy!

The Ensemblist Unedited: Hamilton Stories

January 29, 2017

Neil Haskell and Sasha Hutchings are amazing people with amazing things to say about their time in Hamilton. Listen on and enjoy!

The Ensemblist Unedited: Michael McElroy

January 22, 2017

It's another Unedited treat from us to you! Listen to Michael McElroy talk about RENT, Next to Normal, and his journey through them both. Enjoy!

The Ensemblist Unedited: South Pacific Stories

January 15, 2017

It's a little bonus Unedited treat to tide you over until next season starts! Listen to Eric Anderson and Maryann Hu talk about their experiences with the 2008 revival of South Pacific. Enjoy!

#88: Fall Roundtable

January 8, 2017

We know you're aching to hear about all the shows we saw this season, and we know better than to disappoint! We sat down at Ensemblist HQ with our graphics guru Kevin Bianchi, and talked about the shows we saw, how they used their ensembles, who we couldn't stop watching, and what we're looking forward to next season! We also get pretty silly. Enjoy!

#87: Listener Questions with the 2016 Ensemblist Award winners!

December 18, 2016

It's our favorite time of year - we get to award four lucky shining beacons of the Broadway community with our Ensemblist Awards, usher them into the studio, make them feel feelings, and then have them answer your questions! GOOD STUFF, right? We thought so too. Last year's Ensemblist Award winners chose this year's Ensemblist Award winners, and we bring them to you now: Kevin Worley, Kim Faure, Dennis Stowe, and Gregory Haney! Listen on as they answer your questions about social media, moving to NYC, finding an agent, and more! Enjoy, loves!

#86: Spotlight on: Dramaturgy

December 11, 2016

What better way to spotlight this season full of research and relevance than with the job that brings everything we've talked about for the last few months into one neat research-filled job? The dramaturg, and this particular dramaturg (the glorious Anika Chapin), have a vital role in helping to shepherd shows from page to stage. Listen as Anika talks about how she found this field, what she loves about it, and how it's so important to have another set of eyes on the storytelling. Enjoy!

#85: Hamilton

December 4, 2016

Well, friends, we've done it! We have finally reached the most recent Pulitzer Prize winner, Hamilton. And because there has been so much press on this groundbreaking show, we had to find a new way in. And with the help of the brilliant Sasha Hutchings and Neil Haskell, we're looking at Hamilton from the front lines, as it were. As we're wont to do, we break it down from the ensemble's point of view, and talk about Hamilton in a whole new way. Enjoy!

Rehearsal Reports: Erica Dorfler #3

November 27, 2016

We've reached the end of our Fall 2016 Rehearsal Reports! Thank you to the amazing Erica Dorfler and everyone at Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 for being so open and letting us peek into this one-of-a-kind theatrical experience. 

Listen to Erica talk about finally freezing the show, the fun of opening night and the Gypsy Robe ceremony, and everything in between as the show finally opens! Enjoy!

#84: Next to Normal

November 20, 2016

We assembled some pretty brilliant folks to talk about this brilliant show. Hear Adam Chanler-Berat, Pearl Sun, Michael Berresse, and Michael McElroy talk about how a show with only six cast members can make an ensemble, the trust that's needed to tell this story, and why Next to Normal is forever relevant. Enjoy!

#83: RENT

November 13, 2016

It's time to measure our lives in love, meditate on the power of standing up for what we believe in, and do it all with a healthy dose of rock 'n roll. Because, as the song goes, everything is RENT, and RENT is everything to us. Hear from Adam Chanler-Berat and Michael McElroy as they talk about the show that swept the '90s and inspired an entire generation of musical theatre artists. Enjoy!

#82: Sunday In The Park With George

November 6, 2016

We may not be able to tell you who George was at the zoo with (the monkeys and WHO, George?), but we can dive into the unbelievable masterpiece that is Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Sunday In The Park With George. 

With guests John Jellison, Adam Chanler-Berat, and a special appearance by Brynn O'Malley and Mary Beth Peil from the archives, we talk about art, life, humanity, love, finding yourself, perfection, making musical theatre, and how they all intersect. Enjoy!

Rehearsal Reports: Erica Dorfler #2

October 30, 2016

Try and try and try as we might, we cannot find an "I'M.IN.TECH." gif. If you are so inclined to make and send us one, we would be eternally grateful...

Because, y'all, Erica Dorfler is IN.TECH. Listen to her latest Rehearsal Report to find out what happens when the hypothetical rehearsal room tape becomes real floor and stairs and props, making changes at lightning speed, and running a number a little toooooo fast. Enjoy!

#81: A Chorus Line

October 23, 2016

Well, friends, we've arrived. It's the ensemblist show of all ensemblist shows. With music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban and a book by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante, A Chorus Line distills the experience of fighting for what you love, going after what you believe in, and being exactly who you are the whole time, no matter what. Universal themes, yes, but through a specific Broadway lens. Clearly, our love for this masterpiece runs DEEP. We sat down with Michael Berresse, Mara Davi, and Catherine Ricafort to talk about why this show is so special, so relevant, and so worthy of the Pulitzer. Enjoy!

#80: How To Succeed In Business (Without Really Trying)

October 16, 2016

Do you want all the secrets to climbing the ladder of success, creating a hit Broadway musical, and garnering tons of awards and accolades, all while challenging gender stereotypes, satirizing corporate culture, and making sure the audience leaves the theatre humming?

Look no further than How To Succeed. We sat down with Jeffry Denman, JoAnn Hunter, and Cleve Asbury, and they gave us the scoop on process, product, the evolution of Broadway revivals, and more. Enjoy!

#79: Fiorello!

October 9, 2016

We're jumping right into the Mayor's office with our next Pulitzer winner - Fiorello! - all about the life and career of one of NYC's most legendary mayors. Join us, Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Kevin Ligon, and Kelsey Ryan Moore as we discuss satire, humor, artistic liberty, separating fact from fiction, and why we love NYC. Enjoy!

#78: Containing Multitudes, part 4

October 2, 2016

Can you believe we're on our FOURTH installment of the Containing Multitudes series? It's almost as if there are ENDLESS ways to balance a career in show business with outside passions, other creative pursuits, and giving back! We said endless. We didn't say they were easy. Take a listen as the utterly inspiring and amazing Catherine Ricafort, Michael Berresse, and Michael McElroy talk about the multitudes they contain, why they contain them, and what they do to strike the balance between artist and human.

Rehearsal Reports: Erica Dorfler #1

September 25, 2016

It's a new season full of new shows, and that means we're dusting off our binders, sharpening our pencils, grabbing our Equity highlighters (they're amazing, they erase.), and heading to rehearsal! And you know what rehearsal means in Ensemblist-land....

And this one is super-cool! We've got the multi-talented Erica Dorfler of Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812! She's gonna be breaking down the rehearsal process for us over the next couple of months, giving us the inside scoop on everything it takes to make this unique show's Broadway life happen. Enjoy!