"The Ensemblist," according to press notes, "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 just a passionate fan, 'The Ensemblist' gives listeners 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 Broadway."
The "Swings" episode of "The Ensemblist" features interviews with some of Broadway's "unsung heroes," the swings. The episode's guests include Sara Andreas (Catch Me If You Can, Legally Blonde tour), Christopher Rice (The Book of Mormon, West Side Story tour) Samantha Shafer (South Pacific, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) and Clay Thomson (Newsies, Matilda the Musical).
Here's how the episode is described: "In the 25-minute podcast, our expert guests speak candidly about how they keep track of all of the roles they cover, their favorite things about swinging and their favorite tracks to perform. Rice shares a particularly funny story about forgetting which track he was performing in the middle of a production number. The episode ends with a frightening, but heartfelt story by Andreas about her first time going on in Legally Blonde."
New episodes of "The Ensemblist" can be downloaded every two weeks through the iTunes store by searching for "The Ensemblist." Episodes can be also be downloaded directly from Podbean at TheEnsemblist.podbean.com.
Upcoming episodes will feature Broadway performers sharing the experiences about being a replacement in productions as well as doing "double duty." For more information, visit TheEnsemblist.com.