Today we welcome Hadestown ensemblist Damani Van Rensalier to the Great White Way and learn about her journey to her Broadway debut!
1. What is your name and hometown?
My name is Damani Van Rensalier and I was born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey.
2. What is your role/track in your Broadway debut?
I am one of the vacation swings for Hadestown, covering Worker 1 and Worker 2!
3. How did you find out you had booked the part?
My agent called me the day after the final callback and informed me that I had booked the role. I was thankful enough to be in the comfort of my own home at the time. I fell to the floor first, then cried and then proceeded to run around my house like a crazy woman.
4. What's been the most surprising thing about preparing to perform the show?
The most surprising thing about preparing for the show was seeing how involved everyone is to the story. Every principal and every ensemble member (and obviously every other company member behind the scenes) contributes to the show whether it be physically on stage, the vocal harmonies or just in telling the story. Teamwork really does make the dream work in Hadestown.
5. What are you looking forward to most about your experience on Broadway?
I am very excited to see what other roles I get to play in the future (God willing) and how they’ll help shape who I am as a performer. I’m also looking forward to meeting new people in the community!