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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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Q&A: Gregory Haney

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Gregory's Episode: [DRessed as] A Girl: On Broadway (#47)

Where are you from? Peoria, Arizona

Broadway Credits: Tarzan, Memphis, Bring It On, Wicked

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? At the time I had multiple jobs and one was working with a party company called Shazam. I was booked to do a New Years gig in upstate NY,  and while in the van I got a call from a 212 number. Joking around I said to the van, “Oh, 212 this must be Broadway”. It just so happened it was Disney Theatrical calling to tell me I booked Tarzan and I would start on the 3rd of January. I hung up the phone and rolled the window down and screamed to the passing world around me “I’M ON BROADWAY!!!” 

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? It’s a toss up I love the Broadway Sings concerts, and the Broadway Flea Market.

What’s something about Broadway the fascinates you? I’m fascinated with the turn around power of the creatives of shows. With Bring it On we could end the day and come back to rehearsal the next and have two complete new numbers. Band charts, lyrics, lines, choreography, staging ALL new. How they did that I still don’t know. It’s one of the reasons why I love theatre.

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? Figuring out the different layers of my artistry. 

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Mos Def! I have been a fan of his work for a very long time. Being a musician, producer, actor, writer, and Black man in the entertainment industry I think I’d have to order a Starbucks Trenta and take my time.

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose…  Anna Wintour! Who doesn’t want to be the H.B.I.C.?! 

To be successful in this business, it takes… Three things: Patience - the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. Durability- the ability to withstand wear, pressure, or damage. Hunger - have a strong desire or craving for.

Tell us a secret. My favorite movie is Sister Act 2 and this quote has stayed with me all these years… 

Do you know who the Ice Capades are? Don’t roll your eyes. They were very cool. I went to my mother who gave me this book…called Letters To A Young Poet. Rainer Maria Rilke. He’s a fabulous writer. A fellow used to write to him and say: ‘I want to be a writer. Please read my stuff.’ And Rilke says to this guy: ‘Don’t ask me about being a writer. lf when you wake up in the morning you can think of nothing but writing…then you’re a writer.’ I’m gonna say the same thing to you. If you wake up in the mornin’ and you can’t think of anything but singin’ first…then you’re supposed to be a singer.