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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: Murphy Cross

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Murphy's Episode: A Chorus Line Retrospective (#54)

Where are you from? Grew up in Laurel, Maryland, studied dance with Bobbi Smith who would bring us to NYC to study with Phil Black and Luigi - couldn’t wait to get to NYC so did UNCSA in 3 years - BFA in dance with Pauline Koner (Jose Limon Co) and Duncan Noble (Ballet Russe) 

Broadway credits: I actually just wanted to dance at the Copacabana, with feathers and sequins, but it was closed when I moved to NYC! Anyway – RainbowBubbling Brown SugarA Chorus LineDivision Street

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? I love Bway Cares Easter Bonnet!  I am always blown away by the creativity and talent that abounds in the Bway community! Dances and sketches come together with humor and intelligence - I am always so pleased to feel a part of the community whether as an actor, producer or director.

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? The machinery that keeps Broadway humming - as a dancer starting out, it was all about me –getting a job – as a producer/director I have been educated and amazed by the structure upon which every show lies – the General Managers, the Publicists, the Ad Agencies, the unions, the Company Managers, the designers, the set constructors – the list is endless and every one does their job to contribute to the life and success of a show - it is heart warming to know how many people adore the theatre as much as we do!

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? I have been directing short films and I love that - but feeding the birds, squirrels and bunnies in my backyard is the most fun!  also metaphysics aligning with quantum physics thrills me and I can’t get enough of what lies beyond the physical – but that is another story!

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Annie Baker - the wonderful playwright who wrote The Flick at Barrow Street - also Circle, Mirror, Transformation - she won the Pulitzer in 2014 - love her words and mind.

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… Jerry Mitchell. He inspires me and he is passionate about his work.

To be successful in this business, it takes… focus, love of the art and most of all, not taking rejection personally – using that “no” to clarify what you want and then saying “yes” to the new gifts and opportunities that come

Tell us a secret. I wish I had a tattoo.