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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 - Meet Once on This Island's Daniel Yearwood

Mo Brady

Today on our blog, we welcome Once on This Island ensemblist Daniel Yearwood to Broadway and learn about his journey to the Great White Way:

Daniel Yearwood in  Once on This Island

Daniel Yearwood in Once on This Island

1. What's your name and hometown?

Daniel Yearwood, born and bred in NYC.

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

I’m a Storyteller and I understudy Daniel in Once on This Island.

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

I got a phone call a few days after the audition and started rehearsal two days later as it was an immediate replacement. I’ve enjoyed each and every moment since!

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

The vocal arrangements! Anne Marie is a musical genius and has incorporated so much of the original score into vocal lines the ensemble sings throughout the show. We are embodying instruments and it works beautifully with the concept of the show-how would you tell this story if a hurricane had just wrecked your island. Because we’re on an island my next biggest surprise was learning how to embrace the set. This show is immersive to the fullest extent and I never really visited beaches frequently so maneuvering my way through the sand has been quite the experience! 

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

This community. This show is a family if I’ve ever seen one. Watching the show throughout the rehearsal process got me itching to share their energy. It’s infectious to the soul and I have so much to learn from veterans in this show-both in the ways of technique and living in gratitude. There is so much I could for granted but I’m realizing that walking in humility will leave room for God to raise you up. 

Daniel Yearwood

Daniel Yearwood