Theatre lovers are a community of active listeners. But, nowadays, fans (particularly young ones) aren’t always humming along to the latest cast album. In the case of audiences of The Ensemblist, they’re listening to podcast episodes featuring Broadway’s chorus members, dubbed ensemblists.
Founded by ensemblists Mo Brady and Nikka Graff Lanzarone, the podcast takes its show live for the third time in its three-year history.
On May 22, fans of the podcast can attend The Ensemblist Live at Cakeshop on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
“Live shows are kind of a staple in the podcast community,” says Brady, “because they’re an opportunity for these people who—you’re letting them into a very intimate part of your life— you have them in your earbuds, you hear them every week, every two weeks, but you never see them. Live shows are an opportunity to meet these people that you feel like you have a relationship with and actually be in the room with them.”
The show will feature three of Broadway’s ensemblists—John Arthur Greene (Matilda), Janet Krupin (If/Then) and Douglas Lyons (Beautiful)—who are also singer-songwriters. “They all have kind of different music,” says Brady. “John’s music is kind of like soulful, singer-songwriter like John Mayer, Jason Mraz. Janet, she has like a bluegrass group called the Jackson Massive, and then Doug writes musical theatre songs. So it’s kind of like a mini music festival.”
Each performer in the trio of guests will perform a ten-minute set followed by a roundtable about their successful careers as ensemblists and musicians.
“We have a lot of people who listen to us and are figuring out how to be a working artist,” says Brady, “and to be able to see and be part of a conversation in a room with artists who are figuring out how to do this and that [is encouraging].”
Tickets to attend The Ensemblist Live are $10. Visit TheEnsemblist.com for information and to purchase tickets.