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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 Jacob Gutierrez

Mo Brady

Today on our blog, we welcome Aladdin's newest ensemblist, Jacob Gutierrez, to Broadway and learn about his journey to the Great White Way:

Jacob Gutierrez

Jacob Gutierrez

1. What's your name and hometown?

I’m Jacob Gutierrez, born and raised in Hays, KS. (The only reason you’d go there is if you’re passing through driving from Kansas City to Denver on I-70. )

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

I’m in the ensemble in Aladdin

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

I had been in callbacks for the tour, and my agent called and did the whole, “I have good news and bad news. Bad news is, you didn’t get the Aladdin tour, but that’s because you’ll be making your debut in the Broadway Company.” And cue screaming from me. My roommate, Michael, ran out of his room because he thought something was wrong from the screaming. Haha. “Nah, man. Broadway called.” 

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

I’m most surprised by the number of bags of Epsom salts I’ve purchased in the process of learning this show. Bath time is my new favorite time. Haha! Gotta take care of the bod. 

Oh, and also! I debuted a day early. I had finished my put-in, and ran to Kobeyaki to grab two dinners, because I was starving, when I got a call from our PSM 90 minutes before curtain, saying, “You’re on tonight.” I took one bite of my food, stopped, and went to the theatre to warm up. My family, who had tickets for the next day, were all able to score tickets for that night in the 5th and 6th row. Pretty special, and a great story. 

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

I’m looking forward to settling into a new rhythm with a new company and continuing to grow in relationship with the incredible artists that are part of this Broadway community. It’s a community I am so grateful to be a part of, and I am amazed daily by the people who surround me that I’m fortunate enough to call colleagues. 

Jacob Gutierrez

Jacob Gutierrez