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5 Debut Questions: Frozen's Cajai Fellows Johnson

Mo Brady

This week, we welcome Frozen ensemblist Cajai Fellows Johnson to the Main Stem and learn about her journey to making her Broadway debut.

Cajai Fellows Johnson

Cajai Fellows Johnson

1. What is your name and hometown?

Cajai Fellows Johnson and I am from Bloomfield, CT.

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

Ensemble in Frozen

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

I was actually on vacation in Cuba where I had very spotty wifi, if any at all. I found out I was up for an immediate replacement from my agent but they wanted to see me in two days to sing. They said they didn’t need to see me dance. (I had been in auditions for the tour and also just finished working with the associate choreographer Sarah O’Gleby in High Button Shoes with Encores at City Center) Since I was out of the country, I thought oh well, better luck next time but then realized I could offer to send a video. I learned the music, sent in a video of the song they sent me and a few hours later my agent called me via Facebook messenger to tell me I had been cast. We always joke in the community , if you want to book broadway, go on vacation. It worked!

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

The backstage traffic was a little overwhelming at first. I had rehearsed the on stage material for two weeks and felt secure in it but I only had one rehearsal the day of my debut, that involved all the speedy wig and costume changes backstage. It’s starting to feel good now though after a week and a half.

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

I love performing and being on stage eight times a week, I believe it is what I was made to do and I’m having a blast! I hope that I can inspire kids in the audience who are passionate about theater to pursue it, the same way I was inspired starting at such a young age at my first broadway show. (I was three and I saw Beauty and the Beast!)

Cajai Fellows Johnson

Cajai Fellows Johnson