Ep253 – Jelani Remy: Putting in the Work Like Beyoncé Does

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“Everybody wants to be Beyoncé, but does everybody wanna put in the work?” is just one of Jelani’s many foods for thought in this episode. He shares where his love for theatre started, being a jack-of-all-trades type of person growing up, making it into Broadway and what it’s like meeting a new generation of artists today that aspire to have the same profession. Jelani recalls his “The Lion King” journey, from the first time he saw the show to having a full circle moment of playing the role of Simba for years. This experience was eye-opening for him… becoming an inspiration and making connections with people. He was a standby when he first got the job for “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations” and enjoyed being a swing because while it can be a lot of pressure sometimes, it also helps him explore and test his abilities. Jelani also shares his experience with accidents on stage and why the show must go on, Broadway as a sport, and that “no” doesn’t no, it just means not right now, so if you’re an aspiring actor, make sure to stay ready and always be prepared.

Jelani Remy is an actor best known for his role as Simba in the Broadway, National Tour, and Vegas company of Disney’s “The Lion King”. He was also part of Disney’s “High School Musical” and “High School Musical 2”, “Parade”, “Cabaret”, Broadway’s “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations” where he played the role of Eddie Kendricks, “The Apple Boys”, and the Off-Broadway production of “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” among others. Jelani will be the guest in the upcoming Broadway Lecture Series at StageWorks at Studio 237 on March 11, 2023.

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