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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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When Broadway Called - Feat. Ain't Too Proud

Angela Tricarico

Today on our blog, we welcome some of the ensemblists from the new musical Ain’t Too Proud to Broadway and learn how they found out they’d be making their Rialto debuts in the show.

Shawn Bowers

Shawn Bowers

SHAWN BOWERS (LAMONT WILLIAMS / ASSISTANT DANCE CAPTAIN)

HOMETOWN: SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI

“I found out that I booked the role of Lamont from my agent the day after my final callback and right before the holidays, so it was definitely a nice way to bring in the new year. I was seen a total of seven times. I attended the Equity chorus call for singers and the following day for dancers. That lead to five invited calls where I read for multiple roles in the show, sang and danced for the creative team, casting, and producers. Since the workshop, I moved forward with the production and now I’m making my Broadway debut in what has been a two-year journey with the show. “

“I am looking forward to joining the Broadway community and continuing to enjoy the process and product of the work in which we do as artists. I have learned so much from my peers about the industry, and it has helped shape the type of artist that I aspire to be moving forward in my career. To tell this story with this group of talented and humble human beings is an honor. I cannot wait to share the story of The Temptations with the rest of the world!”

Taylor Simone Jackson

Taylor Simone Jackson

TAYLOR SIMONE JACKSON (JOHNNIE MAE AND MARY WILSON)

HOMETOWN: ATLANTA, GEORGIA

“Merri Sugarman from Tara Rubin sent me an email on my Birthday! It was the best present of all time!”

“I’m excited to share such an iconic story with the world on stage and am looking forward to seeing diverse faces in the audience! “

Christian Thompson

Christian Thompson

CHRISTIAN THOMPSON (SMOKEY ROBINSON AND DAMON HARRIS)

HOMETOWN: FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA

“My agent called me while I was still on the road with the 20th Anniversary of Rent, but at that point it was for the world premiere at Berkeley Rep. We found out we were going to Broadway as a cast on the Ahmanson Theatre stage in Los Angeles.”

“I’m most looking forward to sharing this story and this piece with as many people as possible! I’m also looking forward to having my mom, my teachers, and my support group over the years see this show and know that all of our hard work and sacrifice was worth it! We made it!”