See ALADDIN’s New Title Star Clinton Greenspan Prepare for a Day in Agrabah


(mellow music)
(rain hitting pavement) – [Clinton] My name is Clinton Greenspan, and I play Aladdin in Disney’s
“Aladdin” on Broadway. Aladdin starts off as a boy who isn’t sure of things, and throughout the play he really grows into this mature kind of young man. Finally getting to play this
role onstage after, you know, it being such a key
character in my childhood, I mean, like, I remember having
the movie on the TV stand, VHS of course, and my mother
would always role her eyes when I (laughing) wanted to play it. To take over the role of
Aladdin was truly (laughing) a dream come true. I mean, I still get
emotional about it sometimes. It’s a gift. I usually try to get here at least 20 minutes before my call. I don’t really like having a lot of stuff packed up in my dressing room. I have some random knickknacks
like pictures from tour, and then I also have a
picture of Salvador Dali, who’s one of my favorite artists. He is such a weirdo, and I kind
of like to connect with that before I go onstage ’cause it’s a sort of freedom that I get. I also have Spider-Man toys left and right that just help remind me of what my kinda therapeutic escape is. But when you know you’re coming
in to a comfortable space that is your home, you
get excited about it. You get excited that it is your place, that it is your safe space. Playing Aladdin has given
me a whole different level of self confidence, self love, even. You know, you are constantly
facing things that scare you, and facing things that make you unsure, and there’s uncertainty in life, and this role really has helped me through a lot of that stuff, you know? It’s helped me realize
my potential in things, and helped me realize
what I have to offer. And you know, I walk outside
this building everyday, and I just feel this new kinda strength because of the role of Aladdin. I do my warmups, my breathing techniques, and trying to wake up lips up. It helps wake my body up,
but I make sure to kinda just do some conditioning for
like five to 10 minutes. I need to make sure that I’m
always listening to my body. That’s very important. You can’t push it. And so, especially on two-show days, I will go and just do
like 30 minutes, if even, of conditioning before
I come to the theater. I don’t wanna push anything too much, but I wanna wake my body
up and get balanced. You think you build stamina
in time, and in a way you do, but it’s still a lot of work on your body, and it’s still a lot of
work with your lines. You don’t wanna fall
into this autopilot mode. You have to keep pushing your body, and you have to stay present. The kids at the stage door
are the best reminders of what I’m doing. You know,
they’re the ones who are like, “Hey, I love watching
princes and princesses on TV, “in movies, and you’re doing one on stage “that I just saw for 2 1/2
hours, and you made my day.” And that reminder, right
there, keeps me going. Playing this role has helped me realize how far I’ve actually
made it on my journey. This is for the younger
crowd, for the kids out there, who are doing shows after
school, during school, and tell themselves that it’s not for me, or not sure if I can do that. It might take time, but it’s so worth it when you can sit back later on in life and tell yourself,
“I’ve actually made it.” I made it (laughing). (mellow music)

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