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8 Broadway Ensemble Members to Watch This Season

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|by Marshall W. Mabry IV |


The standout performers in current and upcoming Broadway shows

As the 2018-2019 Broadway season comes to a close and we head into the next, it’s important that we acknowledge some of the hardest workers on Broadway: the ensemble. The ensemble is the heartbeat and foundation of every musical on Broadway, and without them there is no show. So we decided to appreciate 8 of Broadway’s brightest ensemble stars that are either currently onstage or will be headed to the Great White Way soon.

Gabrielle Hamilton in the dream ballet sequence of ‘Oklahoma!’ on Broadway (Photo: Little Fang Photo)

Gabrielle Hamilton in the dream ballet sequence of ‘Oklahoma!’ on Broadway (Photo: Little Fang Photo)

Ray Mercer, The Lion King
It’s only right that we start off the list with a true vet! Mr. Ray Mercer has been a part of the Circle of Life on Broadway for 16 years now, and he’s fiercer than ever this season. The performer doesn’t show any signs of stopping, and we’re excited for 16 more years of love at Pride Rock.

Ezra Menas, Jagged Little Pill
Ezra Menas is making his Broadway debut in Alanis Morrisette’s “Jagged Little Pill,” and later this year will appear as “Anybodys” in the West Side Story movie. The trans actor is changing representation on Broadway, and we’re beyond thankful for it.

Gabrielle Hamilton, Oklahoma!
Broadway has been buzzing for months over the talents of Ms. Gabrielle Hamilton. As the solo dancer in the dream ballet of the current revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, she has stunned audiences with her breathtaking performance, and is changing what Broadway beauty means for many.

Dennis Stowe, Aladdin
Every story needs a bad guy, and Aladdin on Broadway got lucky when they found Dennis Stowe. Originally, Stowe was in the ensemble of the original Broadway cast of Aladdin, and now he is the standby for Agrabah’s favorite antagonist, Jafar. Armed with a deep bass voice and the best evil laugh an audience could ask for, Dennis Stowe is killin’ the villain game.

Lauren Boyd, Hamilton
Lauren Boyd is one of the most talented actresses onstage at Hamilton. On top of her dancing duties, Boyd manages to project a sense of intensity and investment throughout her scenes that makes her stand out. Those acting moments not only inform, but also energize, the show.

Mars Rucker, Tina
Soon to be making their Broadway debut in Tina, Mars Rucker is one of the biggest ensemble talents that Broadway hasn’t met yet. The nonbinary actor is set to play Aline/Ikette in Tina when it lands at the Lunt-Fontanne in October, and we’re eager for their arrival.

Paloma Garcia Lee, Moulin Rouge!
It’s almost impossible to name another ensemble member as captivating as Paloma Garcia Lee. From Phantom of the Opera to Moulin Rouge!, her training and work ethic speak for her in more ways than one. Now you can catch her doing the Can-Can eight times a week at the Al Hirschfield Theatre.

Jarvis Manning Jr., Ain’t Too Proud
This performer makes me want to shout! Jarvis Manning Jr. is giving a standout performance eight times a week in Ain’t Too Proud. With soaring notes and some of the most demanding choreography on a Broadway stage today, he takes his featured moments in the show and makes them his own.

For more of the best of Broadway this season, check out our list of the Top Shows in New York in August 2019

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