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:
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.