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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 Aladdin's Tyler Roberts

Mo Brady

Today on the blog, we meet Aladdin’s newest ensemblist, Tyler Roberts, and learn about his journey to making his Broadway debut.

Tyler Roberts in  Aladdin

Tyler Roberts in Aladdin

1. What is your name and hometown?

Tyler Roberts from Northford, CT 

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

Ensemble (city folk, waiter, contestant on Dancing with the Scimitar, gaurd, and various other characters)

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

Booking Aladdin happened in a matter of 24 hours. I went into an immediate replacement call on a Thursday, was kept to sing, and was released shortly after. It was a pretty standard call. I was on route uptown, picking up a package when my agent called asking if I was around to go to a potential fitting at the New Amsterdam Theatre. There was no offer on the table yet so I could not get my hopes up.

Flashforward, I went to the fitting that happened to be scheduled during the half hour call for the rest of the company. It was like dangling a shiny new toy in front of me because here I am trying on Broadway costumes and meeting some company members but had no idea if this was a moment or a new reality. Imagine the dreams I had that night after the day I just had. That Friday, I went about my normal day until 1:50pm when my life changed. I received the call saying I was joining the company of Aladdin, making my Broadway debut.

Let's just say, there was some crying, a couple phone calls to the parents, and a trip down to Riverside State Park, where I stood on a rock with no regard to the people around me and released every emotion/feeling in the form of a scream. I guess I was entering a new reality.

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

The most surprising thing about preparing for the show was the uncertainty that I faced. Being a replacement is no small feat. You are learning the show primarily by yourself, which is quite difficult when it comes to a show like Aladdin. I was warned about the constant movement of large set pieces, numerous props, and of course other cast members, but it doesn't become real until that put-in rehearsal...or that first performance.

Additionally, I would also be foolish if I didn't mention the costume changes. I mean four quick changes in Prince Ali alone. I just thank my lucky stars that I have the most supportive company that helped me cope with these surprises.

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

I am definitely looking forward to the education I am going receive from the Broadway community. I have never performed on a platform as large nor been in a run of a show as long. I am already learning so much about taking care of my body, both physically and mentally. I mean let's face it, I am working alongside some of the best in the business, so it would be foolish not to take on the role of a student and learn as much as I can. Love is learning and learning is love. If you love something, learn as much as you can about it.