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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. 


"I'm Ready to Give It My All."

Mo Brady

by Nic Ryan

Part of Our "Giving Notice" Series

Nic Ryan in  Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

Nic Ryan in Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

Before I jumped onboard the “Locomotion” in Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, I was on another ride for two and a half years, touring with the First National of Motown The Musical, where I was a swing and understudy covering 11 tracks. I went on for ten of them. Often. I was hungry then to step into my own track and share my talents nightly with the world. Before I knew it, we touched down in NYC and were easing into the Nederlander Theatre back on Broadway when Motown posted its closing notice. Miraculously, I got the offer from Beautiful the next day. Divine timing was certainly at work. I was so excited! I didn’t realize at the time I was walking out of rehearsals from one gig straight into another without a moment to just be a person. I never really took the time to recover and reflect on my experience at Motown. It caught up with me. 

The Drifters, Temptations, Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson & Commodores couldn’t be more varied in style and sound, and without their presence or their impact, I doubt America nor the world would find empathy in the black experience and begin to bridge the racial divide. I am humbled to have presented a small sampling of each of their music TODAY in THIS world when we so desperately need a healing. 

But after more than four years of crooning, I was not only running out of steam, I was starting to feel like a one-trick pony. The actor in me is hungry to speak text onstage or in front of a camera, to create and craft a character. It does not fall on deaf ears or blind eyes how fortunate I've been and AM to have this chance. But I've never been one to settle. I feel like I've grown as much as this experience can teach me and I’m ready for a role now. I’m ready to give it my all. I love musical theatre and BroadHWAY but before I completely crash and burn out, I decided to take a step away and refocus my energies while searching for the next amazing opportunity headed my way. :)

I started this incredible journey with magnificent performers and crew. Many of whom were originators of their parts. This job has been a gift. One that has been filled with amazing greetings, meetings and happy trails. I wouldn’t change a thing about any of the memories I’ve made. I'll cherish them always, but here's to the future.