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NEWSIES Chosen By Fans as the Best Broadway Ensemble of the Decade for The Ensemblist Awards 2019


NEWSIES Chosen By Fans as the Best Broadway Ensemble of the Decade for The Ensemblist Awards 2019

The Ensemblist, the online advocate for talented artists working in theatre ensembles, announces the 2019 Ensemblist Award winners: Max Clayton, Kimberly Marable, Jodi McFadden and Ryan Worsing.

Since 2014, The Ensemblist Awards have been bestowed every December to a Broadway performer who "embodies the ensemblist spirit: someone who is talented, skilled, multifaceted, inquisitive and kind." The recipients are always chosen by the previous year's winners as a way for Broadway community members to celebrate artists they respect and admire.

This year's Ensemblist Award recipients were chosen by last year's winners: Jacqueline B. Arnold (Moulin Rouge! The Musical), Jenifer Foote (Tootsie), Aaron Kaburick (Mrs. Doubtfire) and Christian Dante White (My Fair Lady). Some of the other 26 previous recipients include Cameron Adams, Linda Mugleston, Gregory Haney, Ryan Steele and Daniel Watts.

In addition, the fans have now voted for their "Best of Broadway" picks of the last ten years

With 67% of the votes from theatre fans, Newsies was chosen as the Best Broadway Ensemble of the Decade. The original ensemble featured 25 actors, with 17 additional ensemble members joining the company during the production's 1,004 performances on Broadway.

The closest race was for Best Broadway Ensemble Feature, won by The Minstrel in Something Rotten! Originated by actor Michael James Scott, the role was also played by André Ward on Broadway and Nick Rashad Burroughs on the musical's first national tour. The role beat out a duel nomination of Nick and Kevin in The Prom by just three votes.

Kelvin Moon Loh was named Best Performance by an Ensemble Actor for the role of Perch Perkins in SpongeBob SquarePants. Currently playing Otho in Beetlejuice, Loh also originated roles in two other Broadway musicals this decade, Side Show and the Lincoln Center Theatre revival of The King and I.

The award for Best Ensemble Bop went to "Hello!" from The Book of Mormon, written by Robert Lopez, Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

The full roster of nominees were selected by Broadway performers Raymond J. Lee and Jonalyn Saxer from musicals that opened on Broadway between January 2010 and December 2019.

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