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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. 


The Damsel In Distress

Mo Brady

 BariToned at Birdland Jazz Club

by Christine McNeal



What more could be said about the riveting cabaret BariToned besides the phrase “pure Broadway joy?" Kicking off its The Damsel In Distress Tour at Birdland, this bewitching show stars creator, founder, and producer, Edward Miskie, the charmingly honest and funny Kyle Hines, and Joe Hager, the epitome of manly swagger.

BariToned  is composed of a trio of burly baritones who breathe new life into the songs of our beloved Broadway leading ladies. I found myself giddy with excitement at the start of each new song, only to be more delighted when a familiar song took an exhilarating turn and blended seamlessly into a wonderful mashup.

Dan Pardo stands as the backbone behind the beautifully arranged trios and mashups that make the show as wildly entertaining as it is. The trio of baritones soared through the tight harmonies and show stoping transitions. This night of wonderful musical theatre would not be complete, however, without the delightfully campy and wildly entertaining choreography by Brooke Martino. Edward, Kyle, and Joe were wonderfully in sync throughout without ever losing their corky individuality.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the eleven o’clock number that brought the largest smile to my face and ended with an eruption of applause from the audience. The baritones performed a mashup of “If You’ve Got It, Flaunt It,” “Big Spender,” and “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” that truly had me doing a happy dance throughout. The show flew past in what felt like moments. I think that the audience would agree with me when I say that I was very glad to see a few encore moments that brought us all to our feet.

BariToned will be headed from New York City to San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and more. If The Damsel In Distress Tour is coming to a city near you, do not hesitate to see this Broadway lover’s dream.