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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: Ryan Worsing

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Where are you from? Overland Park, KS

Broadway credits: Shrek the Musical, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Chicago, Finding Neverland

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I had my final callback for Shrek onstage at the Broadway Theater. Now, I love the sentimental stories of the past of auditions happening onstage, but that almost never happens anymore for any number of reasons. About four months after opening, Shrek was looking to add a male swing track to the cast to help cover the large ensemble. I was told to prepare scenes and be ready to try on costumes. When I got to the theater, I was the ONLY ONE THERE. I did my scenes onstage for director Jason Moore and stage manager Peter Lawrence. After I did the scenes a few times, they sent me down to wardrobe to start trying on the costumes. As more and more of the costumes fit, each individual dresser started congratulating me on booking the job. But it wasn’t until about 15 minutes later that stage management called me back up to the stage to tell me I started on Friday!  

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? I am always excited for any event where the community comes together: Gypsy of the Year, Easter Bonnet, the TONY Awards, etc. but there’s also an element of competition to all of those events, so I’ll say Broadway Bares. Whether participating or attending, it’s so wonderful to see 400 of our community’s most talented (not to mention good looking!) actors, singers, dancers, stage managers, choreographers, stage hands, make-up artists, hair professionals and others all come together to raise money for a cause we all deeply care for. It’s a special night every year. 

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? The people. You will never meet more interesting, eccentric, compassionate people than show folk. 

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? I’ve been reading Sam Wasson’s new biography on Bob Fosse. Having spent almost three years working on Chicago, I was embarrassed to admit how little I knew about Fosse outside of backstage stories and rumors. This book has incredible interviews with his dancers, producers, film editors, girlfriends, etc. Learning about the man is giving me a much deeper appreciation for his genius and legacy. 

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Tina Fey. Although I’d probably be too star-struck to say anything at all! 

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… This one’s tough. I’d want to do something completely different from what I’m used to every day. I’ll say my sister, because I’m so inspired by her work as a middle school algebra teacher. And it would give me the day to play with my adorable niece and nephew I don’t see often enough. 

To be successful in this business, it takes… Confidence. Confidence. CONFIDENCE. 

Tell us a secret. While I try to keep in shape for work, I have a serious sweet tooth. My family and friends back home still send me seasonal packages of Oreos knowing I can eat a whole pack in one sitting.