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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. 


Creating "Smoke and Mirrors"

Mo Brady

Friend of the podcast Stanley Martin (Aladdin) shares the thought behind creating his second cabaret coming up called “Smoke and Mirrors” at The Metropolitan Room on August 28.

Stanley Martin

Stanley Martin

My first show was this year and the New York Times said  “they weren't there”. Hopefully I'll get that second chance where they still won't show up. Fingers crossed.

There are many reasons why I wanted to do this show: to express myself artistically, to showcase my and my friends’ and family’s talents, and court-ordered community service. Like I said before, there are many reasons.

This particular show is about my 20-year career in this business, showcasing some of the highs but mostly lows in musical theatre. It deals with overcoming adversity, self worth, and heartbreak. So basically it's a laugh riot.

The show is being musically directed by Patrick Burns and features the talents of Patricia Krzywonos (my mother) , Marty Krzywonos (my father), Ajah Krzywonos (she-devil/sister), Kathryn Allison (that girl), and Justin Gonzalez ( he hits the high notes). We're like the Vonn Trapp family meets the United Colors of Benetton. The songs range from musical theatre, standards, and diva songs originally sung by women. It's basically every cabaret ever but with an interracial twist, and that's where I come in. I hope everyone and anyone can make it and if you’re not anyone, become someone and still show up, I'm not picky. Thank you.