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The Ensemblist

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Rank #153 in Performing Arts category

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The Ensemblist is the online advocate for the talent artists working in theatre ensembles. Through our podcast, website and social presence we are creating conversation what it means to be a successful artist in the theatre. Each of our miniseries highlights a conversation that effects performers in Broadway ensembles, with experts on the topic sharing their insights in candid interviews. In addition, our monthly episodes feature readings of the most popular posts from our blog as well as show reviews.The Ensemblist podcast has more than a million podcast downloads and was recently named one of the Top 50 Best Selling Performing Arts Podcasts of all time.

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The Ensemblist is the online advocate for the talent artists working in theatre ensembles. Through our podcast, website and social presence we are creating conversation what it means to be a successful artist in the theatre. Each of our miniseries highlights a conversation that effects performers in Broadway ensembles, with experts on the topic sharing their insights in candid interviews. In addition, our monthly episodes feature readings of the most popular posts from our blog as well as show reviews.The Ensemblist podcast has more than a million podcast downloads and was recently named one of the Top 50 Best Selling Performing Arts Podcasts of all time.

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310 Ratings
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290
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So good!

By ccm2006 - Oct 14 2019
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The Way Down Hadestown series was so good!!!

Very well done!

By MissingJon - Oct 07 2019
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This is a very engaging podcast for anyone interested in theater.

iTunes Ratings

310 Ratings
Average Ratings
290
13
5
1
1

So good!

By ccm2006 - Oct 14 2019
Read more
The Way Down Hadestown series was so good!!!

Very well done!

By MissingJon - Oct 07 2019
Read more
This is a very engaging podcast for anyone interested in theater.
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The Ensemblist

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The Ensemblist is the online advocate for the talent artists working in theatre ensembles. Through our podcast, website and social presence we are creating conversation what it means to be a successful artist in the theatre. Each of our miniseries highlights a conversation that effects performers in Broadway ensembles, with experts on the topic sharing their insights in candid interviews. In addition, our monthly episodes feature readings of the most popular posts from our blog as well as show reviews.The Ensemblist podcast has more than a million podcast downloads and was recently named one of the Top 50 Best Selling Performing Arts Podcasts of all time.

Rank #1: #148 - My First Time (feat. Shoshana Bean)

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Welcome to My First Time, 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. 

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. 

Apr 21 2019

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Rank #2: #81: Audition Stories (feat. Laura Marie Duncan, Raymond J. Lee, Krysta Rodriguez, Jessica Rush, Betsy Struxness, Nicholas Ward)

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WE. LOVE. AUDITION. STORIES. You know that. Everyone's got great ones, and our guests are no exception: hear Laura Marie Duncan, Ray Lee, Krysta Rodriguez, Jessica Rush, Betsy Struxness, and Nicholas Ward spill the goods on getting those jobs. Enjoy! 

Jun 12 2016

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Rank #3: #200 - Smash'ed (Episode 1)

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Aaron Albano joins The Ensemblist as co-host of this new mini-series, where we rewatch and dissect what is still the Broadway community’s favorite tv show: Smash. Yes, we’re talking about the NBC series that aired from 2012-2013. The show gave a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of an imaginary Broadway musical called Bombshell, from the auditions to its workshop to its journey to the Tony Awards. But we wanted to go back in time to see how the show has weathered: what it got right and what it got very, very wrong. 

Oct 28 2019

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Rank #4: #174 - Way Down Hadestown (feat. Timothy Hughes)

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Over the next five weeks, you’ll hear one at a time from the complete ensemble of the newest Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Hadestown, about the characters they’ve created and the careers that got them there.

Timothy Hughes made his Broadway debut in the 2012 production of Chaplin. However, he is probably best known for his role of Strong Man in the film The Greatest Showman and creating the role of Pabbie in the Broadway musical Frozen. In Hadestown, he plays Worker #5 and covers the role of Hades. Here's our conversation...

Jul 29 2019

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Rank #5: #96: Hamilton (feat. Neil Haskell, Sasha Hutchings)

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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!

Dec 04 2016

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Rank #6: #138 - My First Time (feat. Ben Crawford)

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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. 

Feb 25 2019

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Rank #7: #176 - Let's Talk About Auditions (feat. Stephanie Klemons - Part 1)

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Stephanie Klemons is the Associate Choreographer and Global Dance Supervisor of Hamilton. She was part of the process as it grew from a small idea to an international phenomenon with six companies world wide. In addition to being a member of the original cast, she now works to cast the multiple productions of Hamilton. She’s also a choreographer in her own right, working right now on Rock of Ages at Pittsburgh CLO. She does all of this on top of being a wife and mother. 

Aug 05 2019

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Rank #8: #141 - My First Time (feat. Michael Berresse)

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Welcome to My First Time, 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. 

Michael Berresse made his Broadway debut in the 1990 revival of Fiddler on the Roof. Since then, he's performed in multiple Broadway companies, directed a Broadway musical - even performed on Broadway as the director of a Broadway musical. He currently plays Bob Mackie and Robert Altman in The Cher Show. Here's our conversation...

Mar 25 2019

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Rank #9: #126 - August 2018 (feat. Lauren Haughton, Emilio Ramos, Kirstin Tucker)

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The Ensemblist podcast is back to share some of our favorite stories from our website: TheEnsemblist.com/blog. And, as a special added bonus, we’re bringing back our segments on favorite performances by Broadway ensemblists in our Summer Roundtable. 

First up is a story from Lauren Haughton. A veteran of the Broadway company of Wicked, she has spent a decade on the road as a traveling Ozian. But where her story gets complicated is that her husband, Michael Gillis, is also an actor  - and also often on tour. So how does one couple of two performers negotiate ten years of life on the road? 

Earlier this summer, Broadway actor Emilio Ramos reached out to us about an experience he had performing at The Muny. While onstage during their season-opening production of Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, he experienced an interaction that he had never before witnessed in the theatre. 

Our final story today comes from Kirstin Tucker, who just closed the Broadway production of A Bronx Tale The Musical after originating one of the three Belmont Avenue women tracks. While she was there for the show’s opening night and closing performance, she spent seven months sidelined with a torn ACL. We asked her about how the injury occured and her road to recovery. 

Aug 04 2018

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Rank #10: #94: Next to Normal (feat. Michael Berresse, Adam Chanler-Berat, Michael McElroy, Pearl Sun)

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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!

Nov 20 2016

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Rank #11: #104: Opening Night (feat. Jenifer Foote, Tyler Hanes, Bre Jackson, Anastacia McCleskey, Linda Mugleston, Eric Ulloa)

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Dressing up in your fancy fun outfits, barely being able to see your mirror because of the mountains of flowers and gifts, the roar of a crowd that wants to celebrate your accomplishments and hard work, and the community building of passing down traditions: it must be a Broadway opening night! 

Hear Bre Jackson, Linda Mugleston, Jenifer Foote, Tyler Hanes, Eric Ulloa, and Anastacia McCleskey wax poetic about opening night traditions, their favorite mementos, and all the fun things that make Broadway feel special. Enjoy!

Apr 09 2017

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Rank #12: #130 - December 2018 (feat. The Cher Show, Wesley Ian Cappiello)

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On this episode, we announce the 2018 Ensemblist Award recipients, share our thoughts of Broadway’s newest musical The Cher Show, divulge the details on a sweepstakes we are hosting for screening passings to Mary Poppins Returns and we share a story from Wesley Ian Cappiello about how A Chorus Line made his dreams come true this year - twice.

Dec 08 2018

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Rank #13: #162 - Let's Talk About Auditions (feat. Spencer Liff)

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Welcome to a new mini-series from The Ensemblist where I sit down with folks on the other side of the casting table to ask them what they’re really looking for in a Broadway ensemble. As performers, we hear time and again that the folks casting shows want auditioners to succeed. But what does that success actually look like? 

Spencer Liff began his Broadway career as a dancer, performing in the original companies of Big, The Wedding Singer and Cry-Baby. But for the last ten years, Liff has worked on the other side of the table creating staging for both stage and screen. He’s an Emmy nominee for his work on “So You Think You Can Dance” where he has been a resident choreographer for a decade. Back on Broadway, he’s created the staging for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Spring Awakening, Falsettos and Head Over Heels. 

I recently was able to speak with him on a short trip to New York where he was here casting a new workshop of Reefer Madness. Here’s our conversation…

Jun 13 2019

18mins

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Rank #14: #163 - Let's Talk About Auditions (feat. Stephen Oremus)

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Stephen Oremus’ resume as music supervisor is a literal catalog of the 21st Century Broadway hits: Wicked, Kinky Boots, Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon and Frozen. He also supervised or continues to supervise many of those shows’ international productions a well. He was the conductor on the film of Frozen, and music directed both The Wiz Live! And Rent Live! Oh, and he’s a two-time Tony Award winner. He’s one of the busiest guys I know but also one of the most gracious which is why I’m so glad he took the time to sit down with me and chat. Here’s our conversation...

Jun 17 2019

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Rank #15: #167 - Way Down Hadestown (feat. Ahmad Simmons)

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Over the next five weeks, you’ll hear one at a time from the complete ensemble of the newest Tony Award winner for Best Musical about the characters they’ve created and the careers that got them there. 

Ahmad Simmons has performed in three original Broadway companies in the last four years: Cats, Carousel and now Hadestown. In addition to performing choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and Justin Peck, he was also featured this spring playing Ben Vereen on the F/X miniseries Fosse/Verdon. In Hadestown, he plays Worker #4 as well as understudying the roles of Hermes and Orpheus. Here’s our conversation...

Jul 01 2019

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Rank #16: #108: Awards Season (feat. Jenifer Foote, Tyler Hanes, Paul HeeSang Miller, Rema Webb)

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You think awards season just means the Tony Awards? Hooooo boy, you've got another think coming! Being an ensemblist in a new show during the spring season is about way more than just getting organized for Broadway's biggest night! 

Listen along as Jenifer Foote, Tyler Hanes, Rema Webb, and Paul HeeSang Miller take us through the whirlwind that is Awards Season - and why, despite the fact that the stakes are so high, the biggest competitions don't feel that way at all (because the Broadway Community is such an incredible thing)! Enjoy!

May 07 2017

22mins

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Rank #17: #112: Broadway Sports (feat. Casey Garvin, Jamal Lee Harris, Linda Mugelston, Travis Waldschmidt)

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Yeah, you heard us right. Broadway Sports. Though us Broadway-type-folk are mostly known for being...well...not so sporty, there are actually a great many people who wait eagerly for summer and the Broadway Softball League! In the winter, they wait just as eagerly for Broadway Bowling. 

Hear our friends Linda Mugelston, Travis Waldschmidt, Casey Garvin, and Jamal Lee Harris talk about their favorite Broadway Sports traditions and why it's fun to do something different with your castmates. Enjoy!

Jun 04 2017

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Rank #18: #135 - Rent Live (feat. Khori Petinaud)

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On Sunday, January 27, 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. 

On this episode, we spoke to cast member Khori Petinaud about working with choreographer Sonya Tayeh, and co-star Brennin Hunt’s now-infamous injury.  

Jan 31 2019

23mins

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Rank #19: #186 - Hurt and Healing (feat. Caissie Levy)

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As performers, our bodies are our instruments. We use our physical beings to create sounds, embody characters and tell stories. So when that physical instrument is suffering, how does that affect a performers’ artistry? And, perhaps more importantly, what does it do to a performer’s psyche when they aren’t able to work to the best of their abilities.

That’s a conversation I wanted to explore in this new mini-series Hurt and Healed: an honest look into actors’ injuries, recoveries and the stigma that comes from not being able to be your best onstage.

There is not a theatre performer who leads with more grace than Caissie Levy. Yes, she’s played some of the most iconic roles in Broadway history - from Elphaba in Wicked to Fantine in Les Miserables - but she’s also a warm soul that pulses with kindness.

...it’s probably because she’s Canadian, eh?

Recently, Caissie (who currently leads the Broadway cast of Frozen as Elsa, opened up on social media about a vocal fold injury she incurred during a decade ago, how she worked towards recovery and the stigma she still sometimes endures as a result. Here’s our conversation...

Sep 09 2019

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Rank #20: #100: Backstage Alleys of Broadway (feat. Tyler Hanes, Bre Jackson, Paul HeeSang Miller)

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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! 

Mar 12 2017

22mins

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