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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 The Lion King's Pearl Khwezi

Mo Brady

Today on our blog, we welcome The Lion King ensemblist Pearl Khewzi to Broadway and learn about her journey to the Great White Way:

Pearl Khwez in  The Lion King

Pearl Khwez in The Lion King

1. What's your name and hometown?

My name is Pearl Khwezi, and I am from Margate, which is a small town on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

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

I’m part of the ensemble. and my track is the 'One by One' female soloist. 

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

I found out that I had booked the part while on vacation in Valencia, Spain. I randomly refreshed my emails and there it was, an offer to do what I love on Broadway. No words can describe how that felt!

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

The most surprising thing to me was how different the stage is from what I was used to. I was in the Spanish production of The Lion King, El Rey Leon, so the change in language was also really exciting. 

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

There is so much to look forward to but for now the next thing on my to-do list is my Nala debut, as I am preparing to be an understudy! 

Pearl Khwezi

Pearl Khwezi