Donna Marie Asbury, Scott Barnhardt & Nina Lafarga Featured on The Ensemblist's Latest Episode
The life of an actor is often one of constant change. However, for a lucky few, job security is found by landing a role in a long-running Broadway hit. In this episode, Broadway actors Donna Marie Asbury, Scott Barnhardt, and Nina Lafarga discuss the freedom and restrictions that come with performing in one of these shows.
Asbury (Gypsy, Merrily We Roll Along, Smile, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Chicago) is a current member of the cast of Chicago, where she has performed since 1999. She shares her journey through her years at Chicago, from raising her daughter to touring- and dishes about performing alongside the many Hollywood and Broadway stars who have graced the stage of the Ambassador over the years.
Barnhardt (Big River, The Book of Mormon) was onstage for opening night of The Book of Mormon and can still be found ringing doorbells and delighting Broadway audiences eight times a week. He discusses the relationship-building opportunities and street cred with the Broadway community, as well as the joys of building a close-knit family with the cast and crew of a long-running show.
Lafarga (Aida, Sweet Charity, In the Heights, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) journeyed with In the Heights from workshop to Off-Broadway to Broadway, where she stayed for over two years. In this episode, she talks about balancing the benefits of artistic growth and financial stability with the challenges of non-stop work that come with working on a long-running show.
New episodes of The Ensemblist can be downloaded every two weeks through the iTunes store by searching for "The Ensemblist." Episodes can be also be streamed on the Stitcher Radio app and downloaded directly from Podbean at theensemblist.podbean.com.
Upcoming episodes will include interviews with actors featured on Original Cast Recordings of Broadway shows and stories from previous guests about their Broadway debuts (with another special guest host!)
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