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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. 


"Quietly Making a Difference"

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Escape to Margaritaville

Escape to Margaritaville

I can’t remember the last time I saw a same-sex couple portrayed onstage in a casual way. In almost every musical with gay characters, there seems to be a major plot point relating to coming out, fighting for gay rights, illness or other struggles. These stories are extremely important to tell, but it’s just as important for audiences to see gay characters experiencing normal, everyday life. If sexual orientation is not a plot point, then the gay characters are often jokes.

Before this week, I had never seen gay characters populate an onstage world with such normalcy. Quite honestly, Escape to Margaritaville was the last show I expected to see this in.

Justin Mortelliti

Justin Mortelliti

In Escape to Margaritaville, Justin Mortelliti and Julius Anthony Rubio play a gay couple on vacation at the Margaritaville Hotel. We see them dance together, drink, meditate, play card games, and even escape natural disasters. But never do they become stereotypes. Never are they the punchline of a joke. They’re simply people populating a world.

Justin and Julius’ characters never step into the spotlight to speak or sing solos. They never draw attention to themselves. The audience does not even know their names. But they’re quietly making a difference.

As a 22-year-old gay man, I found myself moved by this production’s decision to tell this story. I’ve seen and been a part of a lot of theatre, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a gay couple portrayed quite like this.

Many audience members probably won’t even notice these characters, but I can only imagine how powerful watching Justin and Julius ooze confidence, joy, and pride is for LGBT youth struggling to embrace themselves.

Thank you, Escape to Margaritaville, for being giving me the opportunity to see myself onstage. Not as a joke, not just as someone struggling to be himself, but as a confident, joyful human being who contains multitudes.

Julius Anthony Rubio

Julius Anthony Rubio