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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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"Every Opening Night Feels Just As Exciting."

Mo Brady

by Marialena Rago

 Andrew Love

Andrew Love

Andrew Love has been a member of the Les Miserables cast in Toronto, Broadway and the National Tour. He has done the show well over a thousand times in numerus roles and tracks, and though his time with the tour is now over, he still hopes to come back to the Les Mis world; not only because of the show itself (he does love the piece and thinks it is beautiful and relevant), but because of the people. “Without fail, it is always the people,” Love says. “We have just gotten so close, because you are living together, you’re spending all your time together and I’m going to miss those people. Even if I’m not back on tour, I’m going to come and see the tour and visit.”

That is why Love got into show business in the first place; being part of a cast, a family of sorts. The ensemble keeps him fresh and the material fresh since touring always brings in new people. “I’ve done [the show] a lot, that’s true, but every time has been with a different group of people - different principals, different ensemble, different crew backstage. Especially being on tour. Being in a different city every few weeks; every opening night feels just as exciting.”

Though being on tour is a fun atmosphere, it is also challenging work. While on tour you have to be aware of your body, and Love says he has gotten to know his voice well enough to know what it needs when it needs it. He also says that the hardest part is the bouncing around. “What I have found difficult is changing weather and changing climate and jumping from the south to the north to the east [laughs].”

Of course, taking care of your body and your voice on tour is important, but Love also acknowledges that having a great cast that can swoop in whenever they are needed is an added bonus. “Everybody in our cast is incredible; ensemble, swings, principals, so if something happens and I need to call out, I know that the show is in incredible hands, and if one of the principals calls out, I know the person stepping up to do that role will do an incredible job and no one will know the difference.”

Being on tour has also challenged the way Love thinks about performing. Since he was also a swing, he got to know every part in the show. “It changed the way I thought about performing,” Love says, “and the way that I approach blocking or remembering things. Just be able to jump in and do whatever needs to be done, so becoming a swing and then going back to having a steady ensemble track like I am doing right now, is kind of interesting because I know everything else that is going on onstage.”

Love has since left the tour and is about to go up to Canada to be a part of the Pacific Opera Victoria Company’s production of La Bohème for a few weeks. After that, “Who knows? I hope to one day be back on this tour, if they will have me back and a spot opens up.”