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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: Jon Rua

Nikka Lanzarone

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Jon's Episode: Playing History on Broadway (#59)

Where are you from? New Jersey

Broadway credits: Hamilton, Hands on a Hardbody, In the Heights

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I was in Colombia on a family trip. I got a voice mail on my cell phone. It was pretty wild, to get this sort of voice mail in the country you would have resided in had your parents not immigrated. I never visit either, it was the first time in 12 years. I didn’t even know what I booked, in other words, they called me and told me I got the Broadway show and I was the new permanent swing. (I didn’t know what a swing was.) I said great. Let’s go. And many other things probably.

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? I think it is the Gypsy Robe Ceremony or Broadway Bares (as a choreographer).

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? How it truly cannot exist without everyone. For me, it is an incredibly respected art form, that remains to be throughout its existence. The level of rich energy needed is admirable and fascinating. Humanity and a true form of community. In order for the art and the show to exist, the community has to be strong and connected. It does not have to be spoken about, simply understood and respected. All in the name to inspire and and celebrate humanity.

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? My little brother leaving for college. My older brother having a child.

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… I will have to think this over, but one would be Claudio Sanchez, and probably Steven Spielberg’s assistant of some sort.

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… My parents.

To be successful in this business, it takes… Belief in yourself, Grit, Love

Tell us a secret. I never met my grandparents on my mom’s side.