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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. The Ensemblist podcast has more than 1.8 million podcast downloads and was recently named one of the Top 50 Best Selling Performing Arts Podcasts of all time.

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    • Performing Arts
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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. The Ensemblist podcast has more than 1.8 million podcast downloads and was recently named one of the Top 50 Best Selling Performing Arts Podcasts of all time.

    Rent: Measured in Love (feat. Rodney Hicks)

    Rent: Measured in Love (feat. Rodney Hicks)

    Actor and playwright Rodney Hicks’ RENT journey began 25 years ago at New York Theatre Workshop, when he was just 21 years old. In 2007, Rodney would return to the Nederlander and take on the role of Benny, a part he once understudied a decade prior. Rodney can be seen as Benny in 2008’s RENT: Filmed Live on Broadway, a pro-shot of RENT’s final performance of the original Broadway production.
    Please enjoy our one-on-one with Rodney Hicks as he memorializes his early memories in the show, his personal journey of self growth and discovery, and what RENT means to him. 
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    • 19 min
    Reopening Theatre (Frozen Australia - feat. Charlie Williams)

    Reopening Theatre (Frozen Australia - feat. Charlie Williams)

    Choreographer and performer Charlie Williams is no stranger to The Ensemblist, nor is he a stranger to Disney’s mega musical, Frozen, which closed on Broadway last May, but has sparked new life internationally. Charlie has played a critical role in Frozen’s legacy, as both an ensemble performer and Associate Choreographer. When it came to mounting the show in Sydney, Australia, where audiences and performers can finally return to in-door gatherings and performance spaces, Charlie was the obvious choice to step in and train the show’s newest crop of ensemblists.
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    • 21 min
    Aladdin (feat. Michael Callahan, Jacob Gutierrez, Heather Makalani)

    Aladdin (feat. Michael Callahan, Jacob Gutierrez, Heather Makalani)

    Disney’s Aladdin, beloved animated classic turned hit musical, opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam theater in March of 2014, directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw with score by Alan Menkin, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin. Featuring both iconic songs originally written for the animated movie as well as some brand new tunes, it received five Tony nominations, and gave James Monroe Iglehart his first Tony win. Ho  Audiences have been dazzled, not only by 100,000’s of swarovski crystals, but the timeless story of street-rat to prince, and trapped princess turned independent woman. Since then the magic of Agrabah has been brought all over the world and to every corner of North America! 
    On today’s episode, we share some of our favorite stories from members of the Broadway and national tour casts of Aladdin, originally shared on the podcast or on our blog. 
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    • 18 min
    Keep Moving Forward (Disney Cruise Line, feat. Gail Bennett)

    Keep Moving Forward (Disney Cruise Line, feat. Gail Bennett)

    For our third guest, 2020 was set up to be practically perfect in every way. Gail Bennett had made her Broadway debut in Anastasia while her husband was headlining in Jersey Boys down the street. In addition to being a semi-finalist in Broadway.com’s “The Search for Roxie” for Chicago on Broadway, Gail was well under way in preparing for another summer at sea with Disney Cruise Line as a Broadway Guest Artist aboard the Disney Magic. As she and her daughter were planning out adventures and picking the right looks for their pictures with Mickey and the Gang, Covid struck - and a little too close to home. 
    With the rest of her cast finding out their contracts were being postponed indefinitely, Gail was in and out of the doctor with what had originally been diagnosed as Strep throat. Now, nearly a full year later, she is still overcoming the physical and emotional challenges many face after contracting the Coronavirus. As a woman who has mastered balancing married life with raising a daughter, and a vast performing career, listen as Gail recounts how she had to now tackle Covid-19 as the industry her family depended on began to shut down all around her. 
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    • 37 min
    Seeking Representation (feat. Vasthy Mompoint)

    Seeking Representation (feat. Vasthy Mompoint)

    Theatre, at its best, reflects the world around us, and makes you think about your place within in it.  As the country continues to learn about and fight for racial justice, the theatre community has begun to take a deeper look within. We are learning, perhaps later than we should have, that the word “Diversity" has been hurtful rather than helpful in regard to BIPOC representation. How do we make sure every voice and experience are present and heard in all departments in our industry? Mo Brady spoke to broadway veteran Vasthy Mompoint, to start a conversation about the difference between making theatre more diverse and finding true equality in our business.
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    • 15 min
    Tony Telecasts (1984 - Baby, La Cage aux Folles, Sunday in the Park with George, The Tap Dance Kid) Part 2

    Tony Telecasts (1984 - Baby, La Cage aux Folles, Sunday in the Park with George, The Tap Dance Kid) Part 2

    The 38th Annual Tony Awards was hosted by Julie Andrews and Robert Preston on June 3, 1984. Presented at the Gershwin Theatre, current home of the long-running Wicked, the show featured three medleys dedicated to composers: John Kander and Fred Ebb, Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim. Heading into the ceremony, two musicals were virtually tied for the most nominations: Sunday in the Park with George with 10 nominations and La Cage aux Folles with nine. Baby and The Tap Dance Kid followed behind with seven nominations each. This season there were no musicals nominated for Best Revival.
    The 1983-84 Broadway season spanned a time with many notable events. Marking the final year of President Ronald Reagan’s first term, 1984 found itself a leap year, an election year, and a Summer Olympics year, which the US hosted in Los Angeles, CA; in an internationally petty move, our long-time Cold War rivals, The Soviet Union, boycotted those games. This season also saw the creation of the federal holiday to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with Reagan having signed its originating bill the previous November. This year also would see the founding of Canada’s famed entertainment company, Cirque du Soleil.
    In New York, one of the largest events to take place, and it is mentioned in the telecast, is that A Chorus Line makes history as the longest running musical on Broadway; after eight years, and 3,389 performances, A Chorus Line broke the record on September 29th, 1983. It would continue to hold that record until 1997, when it was overtaken by Cats. Today it holds the Number 7 spot on the list of longest running Broadway musicals, surpassed only by Phantom, the Chicago revival, The Lion King, the original production of Cats, Wicked, and the original production of Les Miserables.
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    • 28 min

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kmt279 ,

Brilliant

I love this podcast!! I just keep wishing the episodes were longer! Anyone with an interest in musical theatre will find this inspiring, entertaining and just fascinating. I have seriously binged this on my commute. Bravo to all involved!

Sara Bispham ,

My favourite podcast!

Absolutely love this podcast and find it so inspiring!! I love the new mini series and so interesting to hear about things from both the actors side and the creatives! Keep up the great work! :-)

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