Q&A: Paul McGill
Where are you from? Pittsburgh
Broadway credits: La Cage (2004), A Chorus Line (Mark), Memphis, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Bullets Over Broadway
How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? Rachelle Rak, my first dance teacher, suggested I audition for Jerry Mitchell for La Cage. I was hired that day and started rehearsals in NY that week.
What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? Broadway Bares is one of the only opportunities for the Broadway dance community to get together and put on a show. Singers get any venue anytime. We dancers need SPACE. And when we get it, we can FLY!!!
What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? I’m fascinated by the development of shows. The process.
What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? I’m easily inspired. Something as complex and cool as Mass MOCA or something as simple as an interaction. I look for it everywhere.
If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be... Easy. Taymor.
If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… An infant. Their fresh discovery of the world is invaluable.
To be successful in this business, it takes… A thick skin and a squishy soul.Tell us a secret. I can’t. It’s dirty. ;)
Q&A: Brandon Rubendall
The Ensemblist #29: Readings and Workshops
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We’ve got another great guest host for you all- the wonderfully talented Brandon Rubendall joins Nikka for this episode!
As you now know from listening to past episodes of The Ensemblist, musicals take a long time to develop. The developmental process consists of any number of combinations of readings, workshops and labs that allow creative teams to get feedback from actors and small audiences to help shape the show. Every show’s process is different, and each of these types of development has different rules from Actors’ Equity, detailing everything from the number of rehearsal hours to the amount of staging that can be used. Additionally, the developmental process allows creators the opportunity to receive financial backing from producers to continue working on (and hopefully produce) the musical. Some actors are lucky enough to get involved with an early reading of a show, and continue to stay with the production until it opens on Broadway.
Today on The Ensemblist, we’re talking about the developmental process with three Broadway vets (and Brandon!) who have been there before- finding out what it’s like to be part of a show from its earliest phases all the way to The Great White Way.
Q&A: Ben Cameron
Name: Ben Cameron
Where are you from? Orem, Utah…yep, Utah
Broadway credits: Footloose, Aida, Wicked
How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I was on the road with State Fair (tap dancing cow anyone?) I had flown back to the city for a 3 1/2 minute callback then went back on the road. Got the call 2 weeks later ( from the late, great Barry Moss)…there was a great deal of giggling and jumping up and down on the bed in my hotel room. I was 19, my roommate was not amused….
What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? BROADWAY SESSIONS of course :) It’s such a love fest. I like to think of it as a gathering of a bunch of teenage theater nerds geeking out in their bedrooms to their favorite cast album, except we are adults, Broadway professionals and there’s a bar :)
What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? The sense of community and support is so very real. It’s it’s own microcosm between 42nd and 59th that’s alive with energy, ambition, passion, artistry and hot chorus boys..wait..what’s the question?
What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? I’ve been re-reading “The 4 Agreements”..in a business where we are salesmen of ourselves it’s easy to get caught up in what others are doing and put yourself down..this book is centering in such a concise and simple way.
If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Terrence Mann..my hero since I was a kid….he kissed me on the lips once, but I’d love to have a conversation too. Or Tom Bergeron….or Flo from the Progressive commercials
If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… golly this is tough, I feel like I should say something really deep like the Dalai Lama, Oprah or The Pope….but I guess I’ll say Kim Kardashian
To be successful in this business, it takes… having a thick skin, a strong sense of self and perseveranceTell us a secret. I have a framed 8 by 10 of Bea Arthur hanging over my bed….i get lots of dates
Hey listeners! We are thinking of revamping the Q&A that each of our guests fill out prior to being on the show (http://theensemblist.com/tagged/q&a) and we want your input!
What kind of questions do you want to hear each of our guests answer? Something more personal? Something more professional? Something embarrassing? Something about Broadway? Something that has nothing to do with Broadway?
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Honestly, this post could have gone under “Inspirations” just as well as it could have gone under “This Is Awesome,” because these guys are fitness inspirations. Four of the male ensemblists of Rocky, including our Broadway Bares episode guest James Brown III, bared it all for the pages of Out Magazine. Check out the pics online.
Listen to James talk about Broadway Bares here: http://tmblr.co/ZVpJNs1I-Ovda
This Is Awesome: The Lion King Ensemblists Perform “Circle of Life” in NYC Subway Car
If there’s any surefire way of getting me to cry tears of joy, it’s by playing me “The Circle of Life” from The Lion King. So I can only imagine what it must have felt like to have the members of the Broadway company fill a New York City subway car with the warm sounds of that incredible song!
These folks were obviously on an express train, because they got to hear a good chunk of the song on their ride, too. :) Thanks to the cast for sharing their voices with New York City, and for sharing their flash mob with us online!
Q&A: Kevin Duda
Broadway credits: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Book of Mormon, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
This Is Awesome: Chris Rice and Company perform #Tappy
Chris Rice does it again! Our Swings episode guest topped his previous tap video to Cups with a second tap video, set to Pharrell’s “Happy.” This video tops the great work Chris did with his first video, with more dancers and tighter camerawork. Plus, the video features two additional former guests of The Ensemblist: Stephen Carrasco (Replacements) and Clay Thomson (Swings).
Congrats on another awesome video, Chris. We can’t wait to see what you come up with next!
Listen to Chris and Clay’s episode here: http://tmblr.co/ZVpJNsqIt69W
Hear Stephen talk about being a Broadway replacement here: http://tmblr.co/ZVpJNsrVD3Ov
Watch Chris’ first video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4FYNF02yEM
And, last but not least, donate to his Kickstarter for his NEXT video here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/128919303/chris-rices-next-dance-video?ref=discovery