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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 - The Book of Mormon's Donell James Foreman

Mo Brady

Today on our blog, we welcome a new ensemblist to The Book of Mormon on Broadway: Donell James Foreman (although he's not new to the show... read on!).

Donell James Foreman

Donell James Foreman

1. What's your name and hometown?

My name is Donell James Foreman, and I’m from Albany, NY.

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

I play Gotswana (the doctor) in the ensemble of The Book of Mormon.

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

I’ve been a part of The Book of Mormon family since 2012. I’ve performed the show on tour and most recently in Australia. Unfortunately, while I was in Melbourne, my father was diagnosed with a rare cancer in his brain and bones and I had to leave the contract early to go home and be with my family. While I was home, I received my offer to join the Broadway company in January. It was such an incredible blessing during such a difficult time.

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

I’m not sure what’s been surprising, but I will say - the most amazing part has been how warm and welcoming the cast has been to me. I truly feel at home in the Eugene O’Neill Theatre.

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

I’ve traveled the country on and off since 2008 performing in various tours (Hairspray, Mamma Mia!, The Book of Mormon). This is the first time in my professional career that I am working and living in New York City - fulfilling my lifetime dream of performing on Broadway. I’m excited to soak this time in and I am so happy that I’m becoming a part of the community I’ve admired since I saw my first Broadway show 16 years ago.