Alex Newell, who stars as Asaka in the Tony Award-winning revival of Once On This Island, takes us inside his pre-show routine as he prepares to step onto the Circle in The Square stage.
Flip through photos of the pre-show process below:
Getting Into Character with Once On This Island's Alex Newell
The new immersive production of Once On This Island, which was re-imagined by Tony-nominated director Michael Arden, officially opened December 3, 2017. The musical features a book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, the Tony-winning writing team behind Ragtime and Anastasia.
The score has been rebuilt through the use of multi-layered vocal orchestrations, along with instruments made out of found objects, including trash bins and flexible piping. The new charts are the work of Once on This Island’s original orchestrator, Tony Award winner Michael Starobin, and vocal arranger AnnMarie Milazzo.
The current company includes Tony nominee Hailey Kilgore as Ti Moune, Quentin Earl Darrington as Agwe, Merle Dandridge as Papa Ge, Darlesia Cearcy as Erzulie, Boise Holmes as Tonton Julian, Kenita R. Miller as Mama Euralie, and Isaac Powell as Daniel.