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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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"I have a love/hate relationship with the opening night!"

Mo Brady

Longtime gypsy and War Paint cast member Joanna Glushak shares what she loves most, and least, about opening night.

Joanna Glushak

Joanna Glushak

"After being in this business for hundreds of years and going through many Broadway openings, I have to say I have a love/hate relationship with the actual opening night. And after talking to many others, we all kind of agree."

"There is so much extra energy on the opening. On the one hand it's delightful, gifts and cards are given out by the bucketful, not to mention all the flowers backstage and the candy, sugar and cakes! It's an amazing display of love and festivity and the one thing I absolutely love about that night is you get to write notes to everyone showing your incredible gratitude for all their hard work. Not an easy task when you're rehearsing day and night. So that's where it's hard."

"You want to get the perfect memento to give everyone to remember this special evening, along with a personal card.. one must find the perfect outfit for the party, plan your day so you get there early enough to surprise people and then be able to settle down and have enough time to get ready for the show. It's a lot."

Joanna Glushak (on right, with Jennifer Smith) at the Broadway opening of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Joanna Glushak (on right, with Jennifer Smith) at the Broadway opening of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

"Then there's the show itself! Of course you want it to be perfect because all the big wigs are there, even though the press has already been. So for a lot of people, by opening, it's just pure joy, for me, it's stressful. I prefer what I love about what we do... just doing the work! I love the day to day grind of just coming in and challenging oneself to do what you set out to do that night, without so much pressure!"

"But to anyone new in the biz or outside of the biz... opening nights are definitely amazing. They are always different and always a great party with new and old friends at the end. Broadway is an amazing Family! Tied together forever!"

Listen to our episode on Opening Night here.