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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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"Do not test Ms. Glenn Close, because she will come for you, and she will win."

Mo Brady

Podcast guest and Sunset Boulevard ensemblist Brittney Johnson tells us how Glenn Close and the ensemblists of her show stormed the stage of Hamilton to support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Brittney Johnson

Brittney Johnson

"It all started when word got back to us over at Sunset Boulevard that SOMEONE, who shall remain nameless, was using Ms. Glenn Close's good name to "encourage" Hamilton fans to donate more money for Broadway Cares.  Now listen, I love Broadway Cares and everything it stands for, it is my great honor to participate in fundraising for this organization every year, and I'm thrilled at the amount of money we have raised as a community thus far."

"However, this is a competition folks! And if any of you have ever been to a Broadway Softball League game, you'll know that theatre folk can get pretty competitive. (If you haven't, you should, it's a blast! But I digress.) 23 years ago when the original Sunset Boulevard opened on Broadway, they won the fundraising competition, and we are determined to reclaim that title." 

"So we devised a plan...I don't know if you've heard of a little movie called Fatal Attraction, but over here at Sunset, we decided to send a little warning message to Hamilton a la Bunny in a pot. And Tuesday night, we headed over to Hamilton to surprise the cast and audience by walking onto the Hamilton stage and interrupting their Broadway Cares speech.

"The Hamilton cast was completely surprised and collectively we raised $8,000 in a live auction for Broadway Cares! Moral of the story: Do not test Ms. Glenn Close, because she will come for you, and she will win. Haha, no, she's actually the nicest woman ever! Who else would come into Times Square on their day off and spend an extra hour taking photos and signing autographs? I feel so lucky to be a part of this legacy." 

"Oh! And if you're looking for ways to donate and/or want one of a kind show swag, head over to eBay! We are auctioning some pretty amazing things, all of which come with an autograph from Glenn Close. It's for a great cause!"

Brittney Johnson onstage at Hamilton

Brittney Johnson onstage at Hamilton

Listen to Brittney Johnson on our Playing History on Broadway episode here.