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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 Wouldn't Want To Change Places With Anyone."

Mo Brady

Today on The Ensemblist, we share our exclusive Q&A with David Bushman, Chicago's dance captain from Appleton, WI.


 David Bushman

David Bushman

How long have you been in Chicago

I’ve been associated with Chicago since performing with the first French production, in Montreal in 2003 and in Paris in 2004, for which I was also hired as dance captain. Shortly following that experience, I was cast in the national tour; happy to finally perform the show in my mother tongue. 


How did you hear you’d booked Chicago

For the French production, I received the offer after a round of auditions. For the national tour, I simply received an invitation by phone shortly after leaving Paris. As for Broadway, several years after the tour had closed in 2007, I was asked if I’d be interested in restaging the tour in 2013. It seems that was a success, as I was invited in April 2014 to join the Broadway Company as dance captain and male swing. I have also continued putting up the subsequent national/international tours. 

What's your favorite role to go on for and why? 

While enjoy every role I cover in the show, each for different reasons, not only do I not have a favorite, I love my role as dance captain and choreographer/re-stager for the tours as much as I love performing. The privilege and joy of sharing all that I've learned over the years and continue to learn is renewed every day as I do my best to carry on the legacy of Bob Fosse through Ann Reinking's and Walter Bobbie's vision. Having the opportunity to share my passion and love for the style, on stage with my own instrument, and off stage, inspiring others to discover theirs, is more rewarding than I could ever have imagined.      
 

What’s something about Chicago that fascinates you? 

Its power. The timeless resonance of the piece, as strong today as when this revival opened, is more than the sum of its parts. Yes, it's a more relevant satire than ever, but also one of the simplest concepts for a Broadway show, especially today. That its language, vaudeville... the beginning of American musical theater, still delivers a punch that rivals the most lavish production. 

If I could trade places with anybody else at the Ambassador Theatre for a day, I would choose? 

Frankly, I wouldn't want to change places with anyone. 

My secret to a long run in Chicago is...

Ask myself a question: What specifically do I want to do today in my work that will honor Bob, Ann, and Walter? 

 David Bushman (right) and the cast of  Chicago

David Bushman (right) and the cast of Chicago