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The Ensemblist is an inside look at the experience of being a Broadway performer- from the first rehearsal through performing eight shows a week and beyond. Whether you’re an experienced theatre professional or a passionate fan, The Ensemblist will give you the opportunity to get to know new performers and the great work they do onstage, while also shedding light on some of the hidden innerworkings of the Broadway experience. Created and hosted by Mo Brady (The Addams Family, SMASH) and Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Chicago, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), The Ensemblist is the only podcast that shows you Broadway from the inside out. 

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Happy Swing Day!

Jackson Cline

Happy Swing Day! To celebrate these showbiz heroes, we asked some of our podcast guests to share what has made their swinging experiences unique:

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When I moved to NYC, I wanted so much to be a part of this community, to contribute in some way to the people attending those shows the joy, love, and exuberance that I felt when I saw a Broadway show. I have been fortunate enough in my career to have been a swing 7 times, and the opportunity to swing Mary Poppins and School of Rock on Broadway has been some of the most fulfilling work in my career. These pictures represent just a fraction of what I have been able to portray onstage as a swing with these shows (32 tracks in total from both), everything from a tap dancing chimney sweep to a hardcore rock 'n' roller, and stepping into a new and different track each time is a rush and a thrill beyond words. I love my job, I love that I get to experience a show in a way no other actor gets to, and I love that I have been able to contribute to this community after all these years. Go Swing Nation!

 - Jesse Swimm (School of Rock Rehearsal Reports)

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In my three times swinging – Here Lies Love, The King and I, and now Cats – what I've learned most, aside from knowing the show really well and feeling the thrill of being thrown onstage at a moment's notice, is that nothing... NOTHING bonds a group of people more than when that group of people has to cover a show together. My swing families hold very special places in my heart. We've laughed together, been overwhelmed together, vented together, and, in the best of all moments, celebrated together. I know I can count on them for anything, and even after the show is over and done, that feeling of closeness remains. I have their backs, and they have mine. Love all these guys, and woe to whomever crosses them, on or offstage! 

- Aaron Albano (Out of Town Tryouts)

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The life of a swing sometimes entails being nominated as the pageboy of the day by the ballerinas! 

- Polly Baird (Replacements, Again! & Unedited)