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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. 


Connect with each of our guests as they tackle The Ensemblist's Q&A!

Q&A: Ariana DeBose

Nikka Lanzarone

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Ari's Episode: Live at Birdland, Parts 1&2 (#26 and #27)

Where are you from? Raleigh, NC

Broadway credits: BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL, Motown, Pippin, Hamilton

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I was actually in Toronto doing the National tour of Bring It On, when our producer Mike Issacson came to tell the cast we were going to Broadway! It was so magical :)

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? All of them! Broadway Bares, Broadway Barks, the Flea Market, Gypsy of the Year!! I just love that when we choose to band together for an event or celebration we go FULL OUT! With lashes! 

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? Wow- there are many things, but I’ll keep it short. I’m fascinated by the combination of “things” that makes shows HIT. Sometimes it’s something you can see, other times it’s an energy, good writing etc. With that said, every hit show has a different combination that ultimately makes them work. I’m also fascinated in what’s lacking in the mix for the shows that aren’t successful….

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? Cinema! I’ve seen so many good films lately with incredible performances and craftsmanship.

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be... Hilary Clinton or Vanessa Redgrave 

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… I don’t think I would. I really enjoy my life:) 

To be successful in this business, it takes… Patience, compassion, perseverance & the belief that you’ll get knocked down 7 times but you’ll get up 8. 

Tell us a secret. ….I wish I had one;)