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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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The Letter That Shook The Cast of Kinky Boots

Mo Brady

by Holly Davis

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This letter, like many before it, was posted on our call board to share with us some praise from an audience member.  We get these from time to time - usually from a young person or a teacher who brought a group of students.  These letters are always kind and generous - they don't show us the bad ones I guess!  I enjoy reading them because it takes some effort to fire off a real live letter, and it helps to think about these people when you're out there, you know?

This particular letter struck me because it's the first one (that I've read) from a parent.  As a parent myself, I know what it's like to constantly monitor and worry about what your kid sees.  This morning I turned on NY1 and went to make my coffee only to scramble back to the remote as I heard, "...The woman was found stabbed to death in her apartment in Queens..."  That's kind of a lot at 7:00 am for a four-year-old. So yeah, I know what it's like to start to look at the world through their little eyes.  It's hard.  

 Holly Davis Bebout in  Kinky Boots

Holly Davis Bebout in Kinky Boots

In so many parts of the world families live in completely homogeneous communities.  When we are confronted with the "other" the reaction is often fear and anger.  Our play is about that exact same confrontation.  As the story unfolds, we watch one group of people have to deal with another group of people who's very existence makes them question everything from social norms to sexuality to gender roles.  It's a great source of drama because it is so incredibly human.  Our play resolves, as most musical comedies do, with our characters growing and learning how to love and accept without fear.  It seems like a really easy lesson to teach a kid.  It's not.  There have been many occasions when friends have asked me if the show is appropriate for their kids, and now when they do, I'll show them this letter.