As this Broadway season comes to a close, The Ensemblist Senior Editor Chad Campbell shares his favorite performances by Broadway ensemblists this Spring.
"It’s no secret that I’m a Broadway nerd and avid theatregoer, and in my opinion, the spring 2017 season brought so many performances to be excited for…and they didn’t disappoint."
"The first show of 2017 that I saw was Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812, and WOW! I have so much respect for that entire ensemble. Not only are many of those performers playing instruments in addition to what’s typically required of an ensemble, but they’re also RUNNING around that entire house, up and down stairs at random moments of the show. Their poor knees!!! In addition to that amazingness, they also are fantastic at helping create the vibe of the different songs and filling up the space in a supportive and non-distracting way, even though they all have such unique looks. GO GREAT COMETS!"
"A quick shout out I’d like to give is to the ensemble of actors in Sunday in the Park with George. What was so interesting to me was that there was actually a four-member ensemble in this production, as opposed to the entire cast of the original production being named characters. I LOVED hearing them all performing the full company numbers. I left with goosebumps, fewer tears, and a happy heart."
"I thoroughly enjoyed seeing The Play That Goes Wrong and have to give that ensemble of actors a shout out. They play off each other so well and all have such fantastic and memorable standouts throughout the show."
"I want to highlight the remarkable work being done by the men’s ensemble at Hello, Dolly! Any performer that can perform 'The Waiters’ Gallop' and 'Hello, Dolly!' back-to-back and still sound glorious when asked to sing between a lot of cardio have my respect. That entire ensemble is filled with elegant and beautiful performers, and it is truly something special to see them shine when the show’s marketing is so focused on the principals."
"The revival I was looking forward to the most this season was Miss Saigon, and that ensemble and production did not let me down in the least. I loved getting to focus in on individual members and seeing the chemistry they had developed amongst each other while also helping to tell the story and inhabit the space. 'The Morning of the Dragon' was incredible to watch, in particular, because of how many people were filling up that stage and how in sync they were; plus, seeing people show off some acrobatic skills is always fun. I saw the show early in previews, and there was a technical malfunction with the helicopter (spoiler: there’s a helicopter in Miss Saigon), so the cast had to leave the stage and reenter after things were good-to-go. They were all just as invested, heart-wrenching, and moving when they returned to start the scene over, and it was really cool to watch the ensemble drop right back into that acting moment."
"I look forward to the next time there is a Broadway season filled with ten new plays and thirteen new musicals, not to mention the nine play revivals and five musical revivals! This has been an incredible season for going to shows, and I can’t wait to see how the Tonys pan out. YAY BROADWAY!!!"
Chad Campbell is Senior Editor of The Ensemblist podcast.