Performer Stuff Presents “In the Holding Room” Industry Podcast Episode 19
Written by: Christiaan Abbott
June 17, 2021
Performer Stuff continues with episode 19 of the podcast “In the Holding Room.” The podcast, hosted by Christiaan Abbott, features industry insiders and Broadway professionals to help you crush your next audition! New episodes drop on Performer Stuff every Wednesday.
Courtney Reed is in our “Performer Spotlight,” and she talks to us about her time auditioning for Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway. Going from workshops to out-of-town tryouts, the role of Princess Jasmine was not guaranteed to her on Broadway, so when you think about it, it was almost a full three years of auditioning.
Intro to this Episode
In this episode of “In The Holding Room,” Princess Month continues with Courtney Reed. Courtney performed on Broadway as an understudy for Lisa and Ali in the musical Mamma Mia! She was also on Broadway in the closing cast of In The Heights, performing as the understudy/replacement for the roles of Vanessa, Nina, and Carla. In 2011, she began performing in the original cast of the musical Aladdin as Princess Jasmine at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. In 2012, the musical put on several regional and international productions and was given a Toronto tryout the following year. Reed stayed in the role of Princess Jasmine when Aladdin opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre on March 20, 2014, and took her final bow on January 11, 2018. She later went on to reprise the role in the North American Tour for a limited engagement and once again in the West End production as part of its closing cast in 2019. Reed returned to the Broadway production for a limited engagement beginning October 16, 2019 and took her final bow as Princess Jasmine on October 27, 2019.
Click on the video below to watch “In the Holding Room” Episode 19