Stage Door Speed Round: ALADDIN’s Sonya Balsara
A Broadway debut comes with a lot of plusses—something Sonya Balsara, who stepped into the role of Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin earlier this year, knows about. To celebrate her big moment, Theatrely caught up with the star at the stage door of the New Amsterdam Theatre for the latest round of Stage Door Speed Round.
This digital series is the perfect companion for theatre fans near and far. Since most of our favorite stars are still not signing Playbills outside the theatre due to COVID restrictions and safety protocols, Theatrely has you covered with this virtual experience!
Check it out below to find out how she prepared for the role of Jasmine, the most prized possession in her dressing room, and more.
Balsara’s previous theatre credits include the pre-Broadway lab of The Karate Kid, Sense and Sensibility at Theatreworks, and an international production of West Side Story. She’s also appeared on TV shows like FBI and Mozart in the Jungle.
Aladdin currently stars Michael Maliakel making his Broadway debut in the title role, Michael James Scott as Genie, and Dennis Stowe as Jafar. The show also features Milo Alosi, Zach Bencal, and Brad Weinstock as Aladdin’s sidekicks Kassim, Babkak, and Omar; JC Montgomery as Sultan; and Don Darryl Rivera as Iago.
Based on the hit Disney animated film, Aladdin opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre in March 2014. The musical has welcomed more than 14 million people worldwide to nine productions and can be seen currently on Broadway, on tour across North America, and in Tokyo, the Netherlands, Mexico City, and Germany.
Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher, the show features music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, and Chad Beguelin, the latter of whom also wrote the book. Aladdin is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw.
For more information and tickets, visit AladdinTheMusical.com.