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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: Rachel Rincione

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Rachel's Episode: Life on Tour (#44)

Where are you from? Aurora, Colorado

Broadway credits: Les Miserables - it’s my first bway show!

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I got a phone call from one of our team members and I immediately burst into hysterics and just said thank you over and over into the phone like a total weirdo

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? I loved working the Les Miz table at the Broadway Flea Market - hanging with the fans is always awesome - but to be completely truthful PERFORMING ON THE TONYS WAS BONKERS I was basically a crazy fangirl during that entire process. I 100% had my phone tucked into my costume so I could take pictures and videos of EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE BACKSTAGE like an insane fan. To be fair I AM in charge of our official Les Miz instagram page so I was really doing it for that. Yeah let’s say it was totally official instagram business. That sounds better.

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? I’m always really taken by the sheer history of it - how every time I walk into our theater I can feel that old gypsy vibe of all the crazy artists that have come and gone - I love it. Also how it kind of feels like an awesome club - being a “Broadway actor” - you immediately feel a kinship with your fellow actors in all the other shows, past and present

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? I am consistently inspired by the work being done in film and on TV these days - I’ve been watching Grand Budapest Hotel on loop and I am absolutely fascinated by every single aspect - the creativity that goes into a movie like that is just astonishing to me. I’ve always been a huge Wes Anderson fan. I’m also dumbfounded by the work being done on shows like The Knick - Cliff Martinez’s score is bananas - Is Film and TV under the umbrella of “theater”? Oh well it’s the truth! I’m an artist I can’t help being inspired by other artists!

Okay maybe I should have said I’m really inspired by nature and animals and rainbows and jogging…

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… HER ROYAL MAJESTY AUDRA MCDONALD. I’ve seen her a few times in the stairwell of our theater and my mouth goes dry every time. I’m an idiot around celebrities.

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… at this very moment in time I honestly cannot think of a single person I would want to switch places with! Is that a boring answer?

Okay maybe Anna Wintour. I mean. The Vogue Closet. COME. ON.

To be successful in this business, it takes… an extremely tough skin, kindness, the ability to laugh and laugh and laugh and the confidence to know who you are and what special thing you can offer as an artist

Tell us a secret. Part of my whore costume on tour was a green choker with a cameo pin on the front that had the name SOLANGA written on the back. Our costume department thought it got lost on tour. NOPE. I stole it.