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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'm still recovering from that performance one year later."

Mo Brady

In honor of our episode on Awards Season, we asked Broadway actors to share their favorite memories of the fast and furious time between when theatre award nominations are announced and the Tony Awards telecast. Today, we hear from friend of the podcast Alex Boniello (Spring Awakening).

Alex Boniello

Alex Boniello

"Deaf West's Spring Awakening was one of the most wild experiences of my life, and award season was no different."

"The cast had been discussing for a while about the possibility of our beautiful little show being nominated, but we really had no idea if it was going to happen. For those who don't remember, our show had ended its limited engagement in January, and Tony nominations came out in May. It's very rare for a show to be remembered with an honor when the gap between closing and nominations is so big. Not only that, but last year was STACKED with incredible revivals."

"I remember waking up early and going over to Kathryn Gallagher's apartment with Alex Wyse and Andy Mientus, and we waited and turned on the TV."

"When our show was called, we actually flipped out. It was just the best. And then, when Michael Arden's name was called for Best Director, we may as well have been dead." 

Alex Boniello (left, with Andy Mientus, Kathryn Gallagher and Alex Wyse) the morning of the 2016 Tony Award nominations.

Alex Boniello (left, with Andy Mientus, Kathryn Gallagher and Alex Wyse) the morning of the 2016 Tony Award nominations.

"Cut to a few weeks later (and a few thousand dollars of Kickstarter money later) we were rehearsing to perform on the Tony Awards. We had to re-learn choreography and intricate cueing patterns for our Deaf cast mates within four days, after five months of not performing the show."

"This was the biggest award we could have ever gotten. We got to show the world what Deaf performers can do to an audience of a few million people on CBS. I was also, personally, very lucky that one of my character's songs was the one selected to perform."

"I'm still recovering from fully blacking out from nerves for that performance one year later."