"Backstage Chats" with Nathan Lucrezio (currently in the Broadway company of Aladdin)

Nathan Lucrezio

What’s your favorite part about being in Aladdin?

Definitely all the fun we have onstage and the closeness of the cast. The energy from the audience is amazing and feeds us. I love coming to work knowing we are going to have a good time.

 

How do you maintain a level of excitement in a long-running show?

When new cast members come into the show, it always adds a freshness to it. Another thing that keeps the energy great backstage is that we all have side projects. It’s a really cohesive group. A group of my fellow cast mates and I are all taking a TV film class together. 

 

How does this experience differ from your Broadway debut in Cinderella?

When I was in Cinderella, I had more injuries because it was a very physically demanding show. We had an 8-minute waltz piece, and I had to walk on stilts in a heavy Tree costume. In Aladdin, there’s a lot of variety in dance styles. There’s also a tap number, which I love. It’s just a lot of fun!

 

How was your audition experience for Cinderella and Aladdin?

I went to the open call for Cinderella in 2013. We had a dance combination by Josh Rhoades that I felt right away was my kind of movement. I remember loving it, and thinking, “this would be so fun to do every night!” I didn’t end up getting the job, but a month later they had me come back in. Again, I didn’t get it. I went back again six months later from the very beginning of the process. At the time I was working at Ellen’s Stardust Diner, and while I was at work they called and said, “we might have a job for you.” It was a year from when I first auditioned that I finally got the job.  

Aladdin was a similar story. I initially auditioned in March 2013. I made it through a few rounds, but didn’t get it. I knew the show was a good fit for me, and I hoped I would get the chance to do it in the future. I got called in a year-and-a-half later to audition for future replacements. Then a month later was asked to go in for a principal replacement. I didn't get called back. They called me again six months later, and I went through the whole thing again, but they said, “Sorry, Nathan, not this time around.” More than two years after I first auditioned, I finally got the job.

 

What have you taken away from those experiences?

I think the moral of the story is to just keep showing up. What I’ve learned through all this is that you never really know where you fit. Casting is always like a big puzzle. Throughout the process, I never got upset. I knew that when the right track opened up, I’d be ready.

 

What other projects are you working on at the moment?

I’ve been auditioning for a lot of TV film projects here in New York. I also spend time working on covers with fellow cast members, making music and dance videos.

 

What do you believe are effective ways to build a career in this industry?

Keeping in contact with people that you meet. Knowing who you worked with, being organized. I keep copies of every contact sheet of every show I’ve ever been a part of, a list of the theaters I’ve played on tour, because you never know. Sometimes the thing that you do that’s not big, that no one will ever see, is the one where you’ll come out with your best friend or someone who’s going to do something big.

Also doing your research. Being as prepared as you absolutely can be, showing up, not getting frustrated when you get called in twenty times and don’t get the job. Finding other things to do.

Oh, and have someone you can talk to—that’s not your colleagues in the business.

 

What’s a big lesson you’ve learned along the way?

Your ability to stay employed boils down to two things: who you know, and what you have to bring to the table. You need both. Have a YouTube channel or platform that shows what you can do. It doesn’t matter if you know a lot of people; you still need something that shows your skillset. Also, don’t embellish your special skills. Be specific, honest, and confident with what you have to offer!

 

What are you dreaming about next?

There are so many things I want to do. I want to be a lead in a show, I want to tour. The next thing is doing something of my own—like a tour of my favorite cover songs. I’ve been really inspired by stories like Tori Kelly and Todrick Hall—they made their own way by doing what they love. They made videos because it was something they loved to do.

In a couple years I would love to be a principal in a show, and ultimately originate a role in a show. One day I would love to have a production company, as well as a business that has nothing to do with the business.

I want to continue to be an artist and perform for as long as I can. It’s what I love to do!

 

Check out Nathan’s latest YouTube video!

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