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The Ensemblist Chats Shakespeare in the Park With Broadway Veterans

Braving the elements of New York City’s favorite outdoor theater is the latest topic of discussion on the Broadway-themed podcast.

(courtesy of The Ensemblist)

The Ensemblist podcast creators Mo Brady and Nikka Graff Lanzarone speak with Shakespeare in the Park veterans for their 28th episode, taking a look inside one of New York City's most popular summer theatrical events.

This summer's free outdoor offerings at the Public's The Delacorte Theater have been Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, starring Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater, and King Lear, starring John Lithgow and Annette Bening. Brady and Lanzarone spend this episode of The Ensemblist chatting with Shakespeare in the Park alumni Josh Lamon, Tommar Wilson, and Jessica Wu, who share some of their most memorable experiences from the Delacorte.

Lamon (Elf, Hair) last performed for Shakespeare in the Park as the Steward in Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods and talks about the production's ideal outdoor setting. Wilson (The Book of Mormon) performed in the Delacorte's production of Hair as a member of the Tribe. He shares his own experiences preparing to perform in the unconventional space. Wu (A Chorus Line) performed in last summer's production of The Comedy of Errors. She discusses braving the elements through technical rehearsals.

Upcoming episodes will feature interviews from ensemblists who have helped originate tracks in brand-new musicals and who have performed in movie musicals.

To download the latest episode of The Ensemblist, click here.