323 episodes

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 1.7 million podcast downloads and was recently named one of the Top 50 Best Selling Performing Arts Podcasts of all time.

The Ensemblist The Ensemblist

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.9 • 407 Ratings

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 1.7 million podcast downloads and was recently named one of the Top 50 Best Selling Performing Arts Podcasts of all time.

    Tony Telecasts (2019 - Ain't Too Proud, Beetlejuice, Hadestown, The Prom, Tootsie - Part 2)

    Tony Telecasts (2019 - Ain't Too Proud, Beetlejuice, Hadestown, The Prom, Tootsie - Part 2)

    The 73rd Annual Tony Awards were held June 9, 2019 at Radio City Music Hall with James Corden hosting for his second time. Heading into the ceremony, Hadestown led with 14 nominations, followed by Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations with 12, Tootsie with 11, Beetlejuice with 8 and The Prom with 7. In the running for Best Revival of a Musical were just a pair of shows: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! and the Roundabout Theatre revival of Kiss Me, Kate.
    The 2018-2019 season was the last complete season on Broadway, since the 2019-2020 season was cut short this past March for two weeks...er, for two months...just kidding, we’re still here, due to the coronavirus pandemic, but I digress. 2019 marked the 3rd year of President Donald Trump’s term in office, and while he was rarely -- if not ever -- mentioned by name, his presence definitely loomed in the broadcast; from poignant speeches speaking out against demagoguery and systemic discrimination, to other beautiful speeches uplifting representation and opportunity for immigrants and the disabled, and even in the content of the work being celebrated itself, this telecast -- and this season as a whole -- seemed to stand against all the hate and intolerance being shepherded by the recent administration…
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    • 32 min
    Hamilton (feat. Antuan Raimone, Alexia Sky, Kim Taylor Cox, Rebecca Covington Webber)

    Hamilton (feat. Antuan Raimone, Alexia Sky, Kim Taylor Cox, Rebecca Covington Webber)

    Over the years, The Ensemblist has had the sublime opportunity to speak with four performers from a variety of Hamilton companies, each with their own unique memories and takeaways from the experience.
    Special thanks extend to performers Antuan Magic Raimone, Alexia Sky, Rebecca Covington Webber, and Kim Taylor for recalling their experiences with us.
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    • 23 min
    The Addams Family (feat. Steve Bebout)

    The Addams Family (feat. Steve Bebout)

    One of the not-so secret secrets in this show about secrets is that The Addams Family went through massive structural changes multiple times on its way to becoming the most popular musical in America. Many of the changes were noted in my previous discussions with Rick Elice and Dontee Kiehn: solidifying the focus on the family, the addition of the wedding curtain call. But both Rick and Dontee had been with the show since before rehearsals for its pre-Broadway tryout in Chicago. I wanted to speak to someone who was a part of the changes made on the show’s journey to Broadway. So I called up Steve Bebout.
    Steve Bebout has worked as the associate director on four massive Broadway musicals, including Something Rotten!, The Book of Mormon and Sister Act. But, like me, The Addams Family was Steve’s Broadway debut. We both initially were outsiders entering the world of this lumbering imperfect production. So I wanted to get his take on what made the show work from when he first joined the team in late 2009.
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    • 24 min
    Tony Telecasts (2019 - Ain't Too Proud, Beetlejuice, Hadestown, The Prom, Tootsie - Part 1)

    Tony Telecasts (2019 - Ain't Too Proud, Beetlejuice, Hadestown, The Prom, Tootsie - Part 1)

    The 73rd Annual Tony Awards were held June 9, 2019 at Radio City Music Hall with James Corden hosting for his second time. Heading into the ceremony, Hadestown led with 14 nominations, followed by Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations with 12, Tootsie with 11, Beetlejuice with 8 and The Prom with 7. In the running for Best Revival of a Musical were just a pair of shows: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! and the Roundabout Theatre revival of Kiss Me, Kate.
    The 2018-2019 season was the last complete season on Broadway, since the 2019-2020 season was cut short this past March for two weeks...er, for two months...just kidding, we’re still here, due to the coronavirus pandemic, but I digress. 2019 marked the 3rd year of President Donald Trump’s term in office, and while he was rarely -- if not ever -- mentioned by name, his presence definitely loomed in the broadcast; from poignant speeches speaking out against demagoguery and systemic discrimination, to other beautiful speeches uplifting representation and opportunity for immigrants and the disabled, and even in the content of the work being celebrated itself, this telecast -- and this season as a whole -- seemed to stand against all the hate and intolerance being shepherded by the recent administration…
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    • 25 min
    Anxiety and the Artist (feat. Allison Sheff)

    Anxiety and the Artist (feat. Allison Sheff)

    Currently in its second season, Anxiety and the Artist explores the artist's relationship with anxiety, while offering insight and inspiration. In their episodes, host Allison Sheff chats with artists and mental health professionals about the universality of anxiety and what role it has played in our lives and our work. 
    Today, I spoke with Allison herself, both about her work as a director and as a children’s wrangler on Broadway - and how each became a motivator for her to create her own podcast.
    All episodes of Anxiety and the Artist are available wherever you stream your favorite podcasts and on anxietyandtheartist.com. For more information about upcoming episodes, available resources, and related content, follow @anxietyandtheartist on Instagram and the "Anxiety and the Artist" Facebook page.
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    • 19 min
    The Shows We Need (Jagged Little Pill - feat. Marc Kimelman, Kei Tsuruharatani)

    The Shows We Need (Jagged Little Pill - feat. Marc Kimelman, Kei Tsuruharatani)

    It’s 2021, and the theatre industry is still shut down. In this new series, “The Shows We Need”, Michael Fatica will try to identify pieces that we as a community need to come back when the theatre world resurfaces.
    We begin with Jagged Little Pill, which deals with many big social issues and starts new conversations. Guests Kei Tsuruharatani and Marc Kimelman chat about the creation of the show, how it has affected them, and more.
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    • 24 min

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407 Ratings

407 Ratings

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Great backstage stories

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