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The Ensemblist

An Arts and Performing Arts podcast
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The Ensemblist is the online advocate for the talent artists working in theatre ensembles. Through our podcast, website and social presence we are creating conversation what it means to be a successful artist in the theatre.

Each of our miniseries highlights a conversation that effects performers in Broadway ensembles, with experts on the topic sharing their insights in candid interviews. In addition, our monthly episodes feature readings of the most popular posts from our blog as well as show reviews.

The Ensemblist podcast has more than a million podcast downloads and was recently named one of the Top 50 Best Selling Performing Arts Podcasts of all time.


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#206 - Smash'ed (Episode 4)
“The Cost of Art” premiered on February 27, 2012, and was the first episode in the series NOT written and directed by show creator Theresa Rebeck and Michael Mayer. The episode was written by David Marshall Grant, and directed by Michael Morris. At premiere, the episode was viewed live by 6.6 million, but including DVR recording, was viewed by a total of 9.05 million viewers.  There was a lot of music in this episode: Two original songs (History is Made at Night and I Never Met a Wolf Who Didn’t Love to Howl), two snippets of original songs (20th Century Fox Mambo from last ep, and preview of Let’s Be Bad from the next episode), and two covers (Buble’s Haven't Met you Yet and Adele’s Rumor Has It). 
#205 - Creating Characters (feat. Jill Abramovitz)
Jill Abramovitz is currently slaying Beetlejuice audiences in her duel roles of Maxine Dean and Juno. She’s so incredible that we here at The Ensemblist bestowed her one of our first ever Season Standout awards. We asked this veteran of Broadway’s Cinderella and 9 to 5 into the studio to talk about how she developed those roles into some of the funniest moments in what is already a very funny show. Here’s our conversation…
#204 - Smash'ed (Episode 3)
Smash was also an incredible glimpse into the theatre community in the early 2010s, as many of the shows’ writers, actors and dancers were played by real Broadway performers with real Broadway cred.  But we wanted to go back in time to see how the show has weathered: what it got right and what it got very, very wrong. So let’s dive in and talk about season one, episode three: “Enter Mr. DiMaggio.” “Enter Mr. DiMaggio” premiered on February 20, 2012. It was written by Theresa Rebeck, and directed by Michael Mayer. Now here’s where viewership gets a little fun: this is the first week where ratings take into account households with DVR. Apparently this week’s episode had a live viewership of 6.5 million, which is about 1.5 mil down from last week, but including DVR viewership the episode had a total of 8.7 million viewers, which was .65 MORE than the week before! Oof. Just so much math. The episode only had one original song by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” but two covers were also featured: Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” sung by Will Chase, and “Redneck Woman” by Gretchen Williams, sung by Katherine McPhee.
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Sep 28th, 2014
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Nov 14th, 2019
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