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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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"It Will Feel Like A New and Fresh Show."

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Friend of the podcast Max Chernin (Sunday in the Park with George) shares the surprises of rejoining the original creative team of Broadway's Bright Star for their production at Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre.

Max Chernin

Max Chernin

This will be the fourth time I've staged/re-staged Bright Star, and it's certainly a mind-fuck. We're lucky to still be working in the warm, generous room that our original creatives-- Josh Rhodes, Rob Berman and Walter Bobbie-- have always maintained.

The hambone in "Whoa, Mama" caught me by surprise. I was SO sure I had it down, but there were little things that I blanked out on. I "went to the white room" as some may say.

I was surprised at how nuanced some of our set moves are. Counts, numbers and spikes provide a map, but we have a lot of other variables... as you'd imagine when there is a giant spinning house on stage.

Josh, along with Lee Wilkins and dance captain Richard Gatta, are staging rockstars. Their charts and notes are meticulous and have made the process of putting new people (and old people who can't remember anything... ME) really painless. We have a few new moments we've refined and I think it will feel like a new and fresh show when we open here in LA. 

West Coast, come check us out!