Thursday, September 21, 2023 2:44 pm
New York – A woman rides a magic carpet to Broadway.
Actress Mikayla Renfrow got the call to play Jasmine in “Aladdin.” The only problem was that she was on an international flight.
“How did I get here?” Renfrow said.
It was a fairy tale ending that almost didn’t happen.
Renfrow, an actress in Broadway’s “Aladdin,” was returning from Europe when her flight was delayed.
Then, she received word that they needed her to play Jasmine.
“My flight left in four hours. Our Jasmine Sonia was sick. Another substitute in the building was injured. That was our motivation, Mick needed to get to the theatre,” she said.
The task seemed impossible. She had to get off the plane, go through customs, JFK Airport and into Manhattan before showtime. But Renfrow has a spirit of his own, Delta Air Lines flight director Leicha Richardson.
“This is a Disney production and we’re just making sure we’re leading where she needs to be,” Richardson said.
The crew arranged a magic carpet ride in the form of a propeller helicopter. It took her just seven minutes to get from JFK Airport to Manhattan! Everything shines like jasmine. Recha in the audience helped make this possible.
“We want to make this happen for Mikayla. You know, she’s following her dream,” Richardson said.
“For her to be here is a gift. I did this show for her. I wouldn’t be on this show without her. Thank you for everything,” Renfrow said.
Renfrow spoke to the team on Eyewitness News Mornings @ 10 about her incredible journey:
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