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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: Louis Peitzman

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Louis' Episode: Spring 2016 Roundtable (#75)

Where are you from? Los Angeles

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? This is super basic, but since I'm not really part of the community, I feel like I can say the Tonys. Growing up, that was my exposure to so many shows, especially the ones that weren't appropriate to take a kid to. And the Tonys this year were such a gorgeous reminder of the ability of the theater community to rally together in the face of unspeakable hatred and violence. It was beautiful to watch.

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? How completely unpredictable it is. Again, that probably comes from the fact that I don't work on Broadway and can afford to be fascinated instead of horrified. But I've come to realize I can't predict success or failure, and there's something exciting about that, even as I mourn incredible shows that never got their due and watch others that completely baffle me last for years and years.

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? The resilience and unwavering passion of the Queer community. Which, to be fair, has a lot of overlap with the theater community.

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be... My instinct is Sondheim or Patti, but I'd rather not spend the entire time trying really hard to get them to like me. So I guess I'd go with someone who CAN'T smell fear. Betty Buckley. We can talk about horses.

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose... Jen Tepper. I want to experience the thrill of walking into 800 people I know across a couple blocks in Hell's Kitchen.

To be successful in this business, it takes... You'll have to ask someone who's successful in this business.

Tell us a secret. I'm going to start lying about my age when I turn 30 in a few months. Not because I have any problem with getting older, just because I'm bored and feel like I'd be better at my twenties the second time around.