Friend of the podcast Jeffrey C. Sousa shares his feelings about joining the Broadway ensemblists of Aladdin.
"It's a Thursday morning in June, my mind is racing before the alarm has even gone off. I toss in bed with the sun glowing in my window. It's too warm for the comforter to stay on. With a little more spring than usual, I exhale to let nerves go as I stumble out of bed. It's my first day at Aladdin on Broadway as a new vacation swing, and the idea of the possibility and adventure ahead hasn’t set in. Nor has the workload learning potentially 12 tracks (ensemble men) in a prop-heavy show with multiple costume changes. But mostly excited for joining such a magical cast on Broadway!"
"Did I mention Aladdin plays to full houses every night on 42nd Street?! It's kind of a Broadway dream come true. This is my third Broadway show, and if I can say anything about my experience so far, it's that it's always been last-minute and when I’ve least expected it that the phone rings. It's taught me to be an adaptable and formidable actor that has to think fast and be quick on my feet. Being a swing is the hardest job on Broadway."
"For the past four years, I’ve auditioned for Aladdin; as an Aladdin understudy, for the ensemble and even for the most recent company of Aladdin that is located in Chicago. So finally booking the show here in NYC and seeing it all happen is a truly incredible feeling. It's a show I’ve always dreamt of coming to Broadway. People have always told me I look like Aladdin,, and on top of it all, it's one of my favorite Disney movies, if not my favorite."
"The animated movie that I grew up watching on repeat inspired this stage version, and I think the changes are smart and add new life to the show. It's for sure lived up to my expectations of what I imagined in a Disney musical. What’s most cool about being in Aladdin is joining this group of storytellers who still believe in the magic of live theater as much as I do. Bringing a Disney classic like Aladdin to life is all a guy could ask for right about now, I feel like I’m living the dream!"
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