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Les Misérables, If/Then, and On the Town Performers Join Latest Ensemblist Episode

Andrew Kober, Jess LeProtto, Mary Beth Peil, Tamika Lawrence, and more share their pre-show routines.

If/Then's Tamika Lawrence talks about her pre-show routines on The Ensemblist.

Mo Brady and Nikka Graff Lanzarone have released the 41st episode of their Broadway-themed podcast The Ensemblist.

The latest episode features recent guests discussing their preparations before they hit the stage. Among the guest discussing those various rituals are Side Show's Brandon Bieber, Les Misérables' Andrew Kober, If/Then's Tamika Lawrence, On the Town's Jess LeProtto, Motown's Tracy McDowell, Tony nominee Mary Beth Peil, and Pippin's Kristen Beth Williams.

Kober and Williams discuss the differences between getting ready on the West End and Broadway, as well as the preparation time when acrobatics and fighting are involved. LeProtto shares the importance of a proper warmup for each dance and vocal style in On the Town. Bieber and Lawrence explain how their half-hour routines vary from show to show, especially when intricate makeup and costumes are involved, and McDowell gives listeners insight about working a wig call into her half hour. Peil talks about why she prefers to arrive to the theater long before the official half-hour call.

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