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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. 


A Tony for “Tipisest Performance”?

Mo Brady

by Ellyn Marie Marsh and Brett Thiele

Ellyn Marie Marsh and Brett Thiele

Ellyn Marie Marsh and Brett Thiele

 How to take on the Tony Awards? We sent our top two awards show analysts to discuss the event and the best way to enjoy it. When they were never heard from again, Brett Thiele and Ellyn Marsh stepped in at the last minute, the following is their conversation…. we apologize in advance.

BT: Good morning Ellyn, it’s TONY season again and we’ve been given the honor of coming up with the best way to celebrate a Broadway season that Ben Brantley himself has called “Exhausting.” What a gem of a human! If you had to describe the Tony Awards in one word, what word would you use?

EM: Rhubarb….sorry I’m about two days in to the Whole 30 and it’s all I can think about. Were you invited to the Tony Awards, this year?

BT: I was but I donated my ticket to the cast of Pretty Woman. So it would appear that we both have the night free, what should do?

EM: Anyone doing a cabaret about their childhood journey and what led them to be performing at Joe’s Pub.

BT: No, and I’m pretty sure they’re still prepping for 54 Below Sings the OJ Murder Trial.

EM: Hm ok then, how about a Tony viewing party? Like the one we’re throwing at Treadwell Park on 42nd and 10th?

BT: Wow, what a great segue into a shameless plug! That sounds perfect!

EM: We will have free Aperol Spritz’s and scream for our amazing friends that are nominated this year! Can we do something fun at the commercial breaks? We could read all the New York Times reviews from this season?

BT: I think we’ve heard PLENTY from the times this year. Why don’t we play some Broadway trivia and give away really cool prizes. While we’re at it let give away a grand prize to someone that correctly guesses the most Tony winners for the night!

EM: Oh that sounds like more fun than the time Bret Michaels didn’t go to camera rehearsals for the the 2009 Tony and got hit by a set piece! (Happy 10 year anniversary Rock Of Ages!)

BT: Yes it certainly does! So don’t forget! Tony Award Viewing Party: June 9, Treadwell park on 42nd and 10th, Red Carpet attire. Bring your brain, your friends, and your love of everything theatre!

EM: Do you think we can win a Tony Award?

BT: Sorry, Tipsiest performance after an “Equity One” at Blockheads is not a category this year.