Performers from You Can't Take It With You, All The Way, War Horse Compare Plays and Musicals | Playbill

News Performers from You Can't Take It With You, All The Way, War Horse Compare Plays and Musicals Mo Brady (The Addams Family, "Smash") and Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Chicago, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) have released the 33rd episode of "The Ensemblist" — a podcast featuring Broadway backstage stories — entitled "Ensemblists in Plays."

Leah Hofmann
Leah Hofmann

"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 "Ensemblists in Plays" episode features three Broadway performers who have worked professionally in both straight plays and musicals: Nick Corley (You Can't Take It With You, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Mary Poppins, She Loves Me), Christopher Gurr (All The Way) and Leah Hofmann (Big Fish, War Horse).

According to press notes, "When many people think of 'Broadway,' they often think of those big, spectacular Broadway musicals. However, it is important to remember that straight plays also contribute to the continued success of Broadway. Oftentimes, big-name actors known for their work in television and film will appear in a play, and producers hope that star power will attract more of a commercial audience. While plays do not typically require performers to sing and dance, as in a musical, many actors do, in fact, possess all of the skills to cross over between the two types of Broadway shows. The guests on this episode, who are more often musical theatre performers, discuss their experiences working in straight plays."

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

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