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The sixth and seventh episodes turn their focus onto the creation of Chicago. We see Fosse in the rehearsal room as begins staging the show before being sidelined with health issues. When he comes back after four months, the show becomes much darker - turning into the piece we know and love today. Among the Broadway performers playing those in the rehearsal room are Robyn Hurder, Michael Williams, Fred Odgaard, Alex Wong and this week’s guest, Heather Lang.

Heather Lang has performed on Broadway in An American in Paris and Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark and will be back in Jagged Little Pill this fall. In Fosse/Verdon, she plays Sandy, Fosse’s associate on multiple projects from the film of Cabaret to Chicago on Broadway. Here’s our conversation.

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On this episode, we hear from Kiss Me, Kate’s Christine Cornish Smith, plus reviews of the ensembles of Beetlejuice and Tootsie.

Less than a week after opening Kiss Me, Kate at Studio 54, she received a surprising text. Every actor who’s understudied a leading role knows what it feels like to receive this text. You know, the one where the stage manager writes that the leading lady is out and you’re going on in the role? Here to tell us about that day is Christine Cornish Smith.

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Welcome back to Doubletapped, a series from The Ensemblist featuring candid, one-on-one interviews with Broadway actors about authenticity on social media.

In the last Broadway season, no new musical caught the social media zeitgeist as strongly as Mean Girls. One of the strongest voices to come out of that social phenomenon is DeMarius Copes. An original company member of the Newsies national tour, Copes made his Broadway debut in Mean Girls in the ensemble and covering the role of Damian. Here’s our conversation.

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The fourth episode. Man, it’s a friggin doozy! Using the development of Pippin as a jumping off point, we really get to see into Fosse’s process. Through power plays and an incredible amount of sexual misconduct in the workplace, Fosse woes the company into the performances we wants them to deliver. In this episode, there are many familiar Broadway faces playing the company of Pippin including this week’s guest, Emma Caymares.

Emma Caymares has performed at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in two productions, playing Veruca Salt in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Wendy in Finding Neverland. She also performed on the small screen in the Starz series Flesh and Bone. In Fosse/Verdon, she plays Rebecca, one of the dancers in the original company of Pippin who caughts caught up in the power of Bob Fosse - and visa versa.

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Welcome back to Doubletapped, a series from The Ensemblist featuring candid, one-on-one interviews with Broadway actors about authenticity on social media.

Since originating the role of Woman 1 in the Chicago company of Hamilton, Amber Ardolino has given striking performances in both Hamilton on Broadway and the original musical Head Over Heels earlier this season. But just as striking as her onstage persona is Amber’s social media presence, which seamlessly combines poise, positivity and a strong POV. Here’s our conversation...

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In the third episode of the F/X Fosse/Verdon miniseries, the episode’s primary musical moment does not celebrate Fosse at all. It is a flashback sequence where a young Gwen Verdon, working as a reviewer for the Hollywood Bugle, first sees the work of seminal choreographer Jack Cole. Performing in a nightclub as Cole’s dancers are Eliza Ohman, Adrian Lee, Reed Luplau, Ryan Steele and my guest for this episode, Ricky Ubeda.

Ricky Ubeda made his Broadway debut in the Broadway revivals of On The Town, which he joined just after winning the 11th season of television’s So You Think You Can Dance. Since then, he’s become a mainstay of the Broadway stage, playing Mistoffelees in the revival of Cats  and in the revival Carousel choreographed by Justin Peck.

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No bones about it, Shoshana Bean is a force. She’s a Recording artist, having released four studio albums. She’s mastered the art of YouTube, creating and participating in striking collaborations that feature her powerful voice. A Broadway girl by heart, she’s received acclaim for her portrayal of Jenna in the Sara Bareilles musical Waitress. But before Waitress, before Beaches, before Wicked, Sho made her Broadway debut in a little show called Hairspray.

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This spring, The Ensemblist is speaking to some of the artists with Broadway cred who helped make the F/X miniseries Fosse/Verdon. 

The second episode focuses on the creation of Damn Yankees, from rehearsals in New York to its out of town tryout in New Haven, CT. In the episode, Fosse inserts a mambo-inspired dance duet called “Who’s Got The Pain?” into the show to showcase Verdon and a dancer named Eddie Phillips, played by this week’s guest Ryan VanDenBoom.

A veteran of Broadway’s Bandstand, Ryan VanDenBoom has performed on screen before as a sailor in the Channing Tatum-led film Hail, Caesar!. In Fosse/Verdon, he has one of the series’ largest dance features. 

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This week, FX launched a new limited television series Fosse/Verdon, based on the 2013 biography by Sam Wasson with a focus on his marriage and collaboration with Gwen Verdon. This spring. The Ensemblist is speaking to some of the artists with Broadway cred who helped make the series possible.

In the first episode of the TV miniseries, we meet Fosse and Verdon on the set of the film version of Sweet Charity. The episode then transfers locations to Munich, Germany where Fosse and Verdon work together to turn Cabaret into one of the most seminila movie musicals in the history of film. Performing “Mein Herr” are a quartet of Broadway dancers including this episode’s guest, Skye Mattox.

Skye Mattox made her Broadway debut as replacement in the 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story. Since then, she performed in Broadway’s revivals of On The Town and Carousel, the later for which she was nominated for a Chita Rivera Award. She’s also no stranger to bringing musical drama to the small screen: Skye and I first worked together during the winter 2013 on the second season of NBC’s Smash. Here’s our conversation.

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On this episode, we hear from The Prom’s Vasthy Mompoint, plus reviews of the ensembles of Kiss Me, Kate and Ain’t Too Proud.

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