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The Ensemblist is an inside look at the experience of being a Broadway performer- from the first rehearsal through performing eight shows a week and beyond. Whether you’re an experienced theatre professional or a passionate fan, The Ensemblist will give you the opportunity to get to know new performers and the great work they do onstage, while also shedding light on some of the hidden innerworkings of the Broadway experience. Created and hosted by Mo Brady (The Addams Family, SMASH) and Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Chicago, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), The Ensemblist is the only podcast that shows you Broadway from the inside out. 


5 Debut Questions - Aladdin's Heather Makalani

Mo Brady

Today on our blog, we welcome Aladdin’s  newest ensemblist, Heather Makalani, to Broadway and learn about her journey to the Rialto.

Heather Makalani

Heather Makalani

1. What's your name and hometown?

My name is Heather Makalani and I was born in Hawaii but grew up on the beautiful island of Guam.

2. What is your role/track in your Broadway debut?

I am part of the ensemble and I also understudy Princess Jasmine.

3. How did you find out you had booked the part?

I got an email from the general manager of Disney Theatrical Productions about a week after I auditioned.

4. What's been the most surprising thing about preparing to perform the show?

Since I did the Australian production of Aladdin for the past two years, it was cool to see and learn the little differences in set, choreography and staging between the two productions.

5. What are you looking forward to most about your experience on Broadway?

Getting to live my dream of doing what I love for a living, and sharing the stage with such a talented, welcoming and sweet group of people.

Heather Makalani

Heather Makalani