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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. 

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5 Debut Questions - Aladdin's Mark DiConzo

Mo Brady

Today on our blog, we welcome another new Aladdin ensemblist, Mark DiConzo, to Broadway and learn about his journey to the Great White Way:

 Mark DiConzo

Mark DiConzo

1. What's your name and hometown?

Mark DiConzo from Portland, Maine

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

Razoul and Jafar/Sultan Understudy 

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

I was in rehearsals for a Connecticut Christmas Carol at the Goodspeed Opera House and on a 15-minute break got a voicemail from my amazing agent saying to call her back immediately because she had some news from Agrabah! The Journey to my debut started over a year ago at an ECC with a 16-bar cut!

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

Since I am a replacement, before tonight’s debut, I’ve only had one run-through of the show with the company. I’ve had 3 weeks of rehearsals with the stellar stage management and dance captains. Having only one run-through on the  stage with the company makes it imperative to stay focused and on top of spacing/staging numbers for safety.

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

I’ve worked my bald head off through ups and downs in this business for what feels like an eternity to make it to this day! I’ve dreamt about it and have never faltered from my goal of making it to Broadway and now having my feet planted in the city and being able to do what I love every day is my wish come true!