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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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"With Bandstand, I feel like I won the lottery."

Mo Brady

In honor of the Broadway opening of Bandstand, we asked some of the cast about their favorite moments during the show's creation. Bandstand marks cast member Erica Mansfield's 8th Broadway show.

Erica Mansfield

Erica Mansfield

"There have been so many highlights for me while opening Bandstand.  The biggest for me is finally working with Andy Blankenbuehler.   You could say it was on my dancer bucket list.  I was an Andy fan when I was an avid class taker many years ago so this is a very full circle moment for me.   He is still so brilliant and passionate."

"Being in the room with him has been very inspiring for me.  He keeps you on your toes.  He is up on his feet dancing with you and experimenting.  He makes amazing silhouettes that you can spend forever on and never perfect, similar to Fosse.  The challenge and grit of his movement is something I have really enjoyed and needed to remind me of what made me fall in love with dance in the first place."  

"It feels good, and it is always telling a story.  He has the ability to integrate historical choreographers of the past with his own modern spin.  It makes so me happy that styles are being passed on.  His movement quality allows for a maturity and sexiness that is so fun to play with.  On top of all of that he is kind and respectful to every person who is a part of the process.  A true class act."

"Other highlights?  Well there is simply nothing like coming into the theatre for the first time.  The energy and excitement of walking through the stage door, finding your station and meeting the people backstage that become your family.  Putting that together with the grounded and extremely talented people I am lucky to perform with every night equals gold.  With Bandstand, I feel like I won the lottery." 

Hear about the creation of Bandstand from Erica's cast mate Jessica Lea Patty in our Rehearsal Reports series.

See photos below of Erica in the ensembles of Broadway's Evita and On The 20th Century.