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Find out what your favorite stars were doing as kids. Whether they were starring on Broadway or their backyard cabaret act, host Marc Tumminelli will get the full story! Marc sits down with Broadway, TV & Film stars to dish about how it all got started on LITTLE ME: growing up Broadway! As a theater educator and the owner of Broadway Workshop, Marc gets his guests to open up about the good, bad and ugly of being a young person with a dream of the bright lights of Broadway. Performers will share tales of hitting it big, local auditions, school theater, backstage stories, child stardom, nightmare auditions, opening nights, unexpected closings, stage moms and dads, wranglers, unemployment, college and everything else Marc can get out of them!

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In this weeks episode of LITTLE ME: Growing Up Broadway, Brooklyn Shuck recounts how she moved to NYC from Kentucky and took Broadway by storm, appearing in 6 back to back Broadway shows. Little Me host, and Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli catches up with Brooklyn Shuck and they breakdown her time on Broadway and on TV. Brooklyn shares her backstage stories of taking a class at Broadway Workshop and quickly making her Broadway debut in ANNIE. She tells the Little Me audience about playing the iconic role of Matilda in MATILDA and her time in the Broadway productions of Les Miserables, Tuck Everlasting, Harry Potter and the cursed child and The Ferryman and what it's like being part of a history making family of performers and so many other incredible stories. Brooklyn talks about playing the role of Lynn in the CBS/Paramount Plus drama EVIL and all the ups and downs of being a child actor! Produced by Marc Tumminelli and The Broadway Podcast Network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Allison Smith recounts over 1000 performances as ANNIE on Broadway and her time starring on the 1980's hit CBS comedy Kate & Allie on this weeks all new LITTLE ME: Growing Up Broadway! Little Me Host and Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli sits down with Broadway, Film and TV star, Allison Smith to get her full story on the record. Allison shot to stardom as the 4th Annie on Broadway, replacing Sarah Jessica Parker. Allison shares her favorite memories of her over 1000 performances on Broadway in Annie. Allison tells the Little Me audience about going from a normal New Jersey kid to the original Broadway company of EVITA starring Patti LuPone almost over night, her favorite co-stars in her long run as Annie, and her iconic performance as Jennie Lowell on the CBS sitcom Kate & Allie. Allison shares some of her magical memories of all of her TV work including; her time on The West Wing, working with the Kate & Allie cast, writing projects, TV musical performances, missed opportunities, the highs and lows of playing America's favorite orphan and what she is looking forward to in the next chapter of her extraordinary life. Produced by Marc Tumminelli and The Broadway Podcast Network IMDB - ALLISON SMITH Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Broadway's Erika Henningsen breaks down her career creating the iconic role of "Cady Heron" in Mean Girls the Musical and making her Broadway debut as :Fantine" in Les Misérables in this week's episode of LITTLE ME! Erika sits down with Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli and shares how she fell in love with musical theater through her grandmother, watching movie musicals as a child, taking summer theater classes, performing in several musical productions in high school and realizing that she wanted to pursue this as a career when she played Belle in Beauty and the Beast, and her biggest takeaway from attending the competitive musical theater program at University of Michigan. Erika tells LITTLE ME listeners about her fearless performance as Kim in Showboat with the New York Philharmonic, being a part of the out-of-town run of the musical Diner for which Sheryl Crow wrote the score, making her Broadway debut in Les Misérables, why it was a full circle moment for her, and what it was like playing Fantine at only 23 years old.  Erika also talks about her journey to booking the role of Cady Heron in Mean Girls, the meaningful compliments she and her cast received from Patti LuPone, what she misses most about leading a show on Broadway, working with Tina Fey again on the star-studded TV show Girls5eva in which she played the younger version of Paula Pell’s character Gloria, her love of teaching musical theater workshops, and her passion for social activism. After a sold-out residency at The Green Room 42 this past spring and summer, Erika will be performing a solo show at Chelsea Table & Stage on Sunday, September 19! Marc and Erika break down what to expect from this new show! Produced by Marc Tumminelli and The Broadway Podcast Network https://www.chelseatableandstage.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode of LITTLE ME, the multi-talented Laura Bell Bundy breaks down her illustrious career playing several of the most notable roles in musical theater – Tina in Ruthless, Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray, Glinda in Wicked, and Elle Woods in Legally Blonde! Laura sits down with Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli and shares incredible stories of growing up in a musical family, learning to act and sing by mimicking her environment, winning the Miss Peewee Hemisphere Pageant and receiving a prize of a brand-new car at five years old, her mom being her biggest cheerleader and advocate, going on the Phil Donahue Show, signing with Ford Modeling and seeing her first Broadway show, Starlight Express! Laura tells LITTLE ME listeners about booking her first major production – The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, originating the role of Tina in Ruthless! The Musical in which her understudies were Britney Spears and Natalie Portman, filming The Adventures of Huck Finn, Life with Mikey, and Jumanji in the following years, performing in Gypsy at Paper Mill Playhouse opposite Betty Buckley and Deborah Gibson when she was a senior in high school, booking the role of Amber Von Tussle in the hit Broadway musical Hairspray, what it was like to be a standby for Kristin Chenoweth in Wicked and the excitement of going on as Glinda for the first time, creating the role of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, and receiving her first Tony Award nomination for her incredible performance. Laura talks about her new album Women of Tomorrow, her passion for women’s equality, and the importance of artists educating audiences about social justice issues. Make sure to check out Laura’s podcast Women of Tomorrow on Broadway Podcast Network and look forward to seeing her in the upcoming television series Fairly OddParents! Produced by Marc Tumminelli and the Broadway Podcast Network. https://www.laurabellbundy.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Joanna Pacitti breaks down her story of winning the nationwide search for the first Broadway revival of Annie in this week’s episode of LITTLE ME: Growing Up Broadway! Joanna sits down with Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli and talks about growing up dancing and singing, performing in local theater, auditioning for the 1997 Broadway revival of Annie and competing with girls all across the United States for the title role, finding out from original Annie, Andrea McArdle that she booked the role, her love for Sandy, the joy of working and connecting with Martin Charnin, being filmed by Turning Point, and the excitement of performing in the pre-Broadway tour. Joanna tells LITTLE ME listeners about the tragedy she experienced when she was let go from the show, the sadness of walking away from her cast who had become family, receiving support from past Annies, Andrea McArdle and Sarah Jessica Parker, and how this experience changed her as a person. Joanna talks about moving to Los Angeles at 16 years old and her transition into the music industry, writing and recording her songs, her experience on American Idol, and her dream of coming to Broadway. Produced by The Broadway Podcast Network Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Listen to Broadway star and jazz singer Nicolas King talk about working with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry on this week’s episode of LITTLE ME! Nicolas sits down with Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli and talks about growing up going to his grandmother, Angela Bacari’s cabaret gigs, acting in many national commercials, taking trips back and forth from Rhode Island to Manhattan several times per week for auditions, making his Broadway debut in Beauty and the Beast and recently learning that he was the longest-running Chip, performing opposite Andrea McArdle and creating connections with the wonderful cast of the show, and making an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and talking about his love for Liza Minnelli. Nicolas shares the story of getting asked by Tom Selleck—who was also on the same episode of the Tonight Show with him—to audition for A Thousand Clowns and booking the Broadway play after 7 callbacks, getting a knock on his dressing room door from Carol Burnett and Hal Prince who offered him a role in their new play Hollywood Arms, and working with his idol, Neil Simon on his final piece of work before the project unfortunately fell through.  Nicolas tells LITTLE ME listeners how Michael Jackson saved his grandmother’s life, getting to know Liza Minnelli after meeting her many times throughout the years, receiving the call from Liza to open for her on the road, the many magical moments of working with Liza on and off for 10 years, her unwavering support for his singing career and his amazing solo albums. http://www.thenicolasking.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hear singer and actress Lindsey Alley break down her time performing as a "Mouseketeer" on the Mickey Mouse Club on this week’s episode of LITTLE ME! Lindsey sits down with Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli and talks about growing up watching movie musicals as a child, playing Annie at the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre and developing a friendship with Burt Reynolds, having fun filming Ernest Saves Christmas, and making her big break in the Mickey Mouse Club! Lindsey tells LITTLE ME listeners about being a Mouseketeer for six years, receiving fan mail and being recognized in public, acting and singing alongside future pop stars Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears, the challenges of growing up on live television and her wonderful experience studying theater at University of Missouri. Lindsey talks about being a part of the readings of Paper Moon, understudying Donna Lynne Champlin in Carol Burnett & Carrie Hamilton’s play Hollywood Arms on Broadway, having a “pinch me” moment while auditioning for Hal Prince, working on the musical version of First Wives Club, her YouTube show On The Patio, and her solo show and so much more. Produced by The Broadway Podcast Network https://www.lindseyalley.com/ Lindsey's YouTube Channel Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hairspray star - Nikki Blonsky talks about how she went from being a high school theater kid to starring in one of the most successful movie musicals of all time in this week’s episode of LITTLE ME! Nikki sits down with Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli and shares her story of growing up with a passion for music, her unique theater training high school and how it provided her with a strong foundation for taking on the role of Tracy in the 2007 film Hairspray. Nikki shares her story on finding out she booked the role of "Tracy" while working at Cold Stone Creamery on Long Island, watching the film prior to its release and seeing her dreams come true right in front of her eyes, and traveling the world for a 10-month press tour with her mom—and Zac Efron! Nikki talks about receiving a Golden Globe nomination, performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and why it was one of the highlights of her career, starring in the television show Huge on ABC Family, seeing herself on a billboard in Times Square, filming Smash and Ugly Betty, being the “Queen of Cameo” and engaging with her fans through the platform, her coming out video that gained widespread attention on Tik Tok and the Internet, and her new podcast Nikki Nights. Produced by the Broadway Podcast Network Follow Nikki on Instagram Follow Little Me Podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Broadway and Disney Channel star - Maya Jade Frank catches up with Marc Tumminelli this week on LITTLE ME: Growing Up Broadway. Maya Jade Frank, now 19 years old, looks back at her professional stage debut in the New York Musical Festival production of Hurricane, her first major job in the Broadway national tour of Les Miserables, making her Broadway debut in the original revival cast of EVITA starring Ricky Martin and then taking over the role of Jane banks in MARY POPPINS on Broadway. Marc and Maya remember her early days at Broadway Workshop and playing the role of the littlest star fish in very first Broadway Workshop main stage of THE LITTLE MERMAID. Maya dishes on playing Belissa in Disney Channel's Bizaardvark, and receiving an Emmy nomination for her work on Nickelodeons History and Heritage and creating the YA SISTERS with her sister Tehya, Produced by the Broadway Podcast Network https://www.theyasisters.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
TONY Nominee, Jennifer Damiano talks about being a teenage Broadway star in episode 40 of LITTLE ME: Growing Up Broadway. Jenn sits down with Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli and tells listeners about her wonderful experience performing in shows with Random Farms Kids Theater, playing Josefina and Samantha in The American Girls Revue at American Girl Place, traveling to Los Angeles for a Sex and the City promo, and making her Broadway debut in the original company of Spring Awakening at 15 years old. Jenn shares what it was like being in the hottest show in New York in tenth grade, her magical first experience attending and performing at the Tony Awards, booking the role of Natalie in Next to Normal and why the show changed her life, working with the talented Michael Greif, being a part of the evolving nature of the show between the Off-Broadway and Broadway productions, and receiving her first Tony Award nomination at only 17 years old for her brilliant portrayal of Natalie. Jenn talks about the excitement and fear surrounding Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the transition from the intimate feel of Next to Normal to the big Broadway production of Spider-Man, working again with Duncan Sheik on American Psycho and Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, and tells listeners to look forward to Black No More, a new musical at The Signature Theatre with The New Group when theater returns to New York. Produced by The Broadway Podcast Network Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hear the story of how Broadway and West End star Linzi Hateley who went from being a high school student to starring as the title role in the original production of Carrie in this week’s episode of LITTLE ME! Linzi Hateley sits down with Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli and shares how her passion for theater developed at a very young age, playing Duffy and Pepper in a London tour of Annie, attending Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London as a teenager, the wonderful experience of auditioning for Carrie and being in the same room as choreographer Debbie Allen, and finding out she booked the role of Carrie on her 17th birthday. Linzi discusses the feat of being the youngest actor to ever star in a show at Royal Shakespeare Company, the beautiful relationship she developed with her Carrie costars Barbara Cook and Betty Buckley, transitioning with the show to Broadway—which was her first time being in New York, feeling excited to be starring in her first Broadway musical, the overwhelming response from audiences, getting to celebrate opening night with her family, meeting Stephen King, author of the novel Carrie, and receiving praise for her portrayal of the character, and feeling devastated when she heard that the show was closing only 3 days after opening night. Linzi also talks about continuing her career after Carrie as Éponine and later Madame Thenardier in Les Misérables, the story behind the iconic Éponine scream, reuniting with Betty Buckley at Carnegie Hall a decade after Carrie and why it is a highlight of her life, and performing in the West End as Martha in The Secret Garden, The Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Olivier Nomination), Roxie Hart in Chicago, Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins, Nancy in Oliver!, Donna in Mamma Mia! and the recent re-release of her incredible solo albums. Produced by The Broadway Podcast Network Linzi Hateley on Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It's LITTLE ME's first Birthday! We welcome back the guest that started it all - Broadway teen superstar - ANDREW BARTH FELDMAN in our first anniversary episode. So much has happened since the release of the very first episode of LITTLE ME: Growing Up Broadway on March 4, 2020. Broadway Workshop director - Marc Tumminelli and long time student, Andrew Barth Feldman break down the past year of ups and downs and unexpected turns of 2020. When Andrew first joined us, he had just wrapped his wildly successful run as Evan in Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway. He was looking forward to a few small projects before heading off to Harvard. None of those things happened! Andrew fills Marc in on all his incredible projects over the past year including; his upcoming role in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, the creation of Broadway Jackbox, the benefit concert of Ratatouille the Musical, becoming the "King of Halloween", solving murders in Broadway Whodunit?, Teaching classes at Broadway Workshop and so much more. Andrew even turns the tables on Marc and gives him the opportunity to answer some quick fire questions. Produced by the Broadway Podcast Network Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What is it like to star in the film version of the most beloved musical of all time? In this episode of LITTLE ME, actress, singer, and dancer Aileen Quinn breaks down her experience playing the title role in the 1982 hit film Annie, which launched her to worldwide stardom at only 9 years old! Aileen sits down with Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli and shares incredible stories of starting her career as a young child acting in commercials, booking the role of a swing in Annie on Broadway on the same day as her audition, performing split tracks at only 8 years old, winning the role of Annie in the film over thousands of other girls, the wonderful experience of working alongside the multi-talented Carol Burnett, Albert Finney, Ann Reinking, and Bernadette Peters, and how they each took her under their wing during the filming process, attending the star-studded premiere of the movie at Radio City Music Hall, and quickly becoming one of the most notable child movie stars across the globe. Aileen tells LITTLE ME listeners about how her family helped her stay grounded during this exciting and crazy time in her life, going on an international tour promoting Annie and how this experience sparked an interest in learning about the world—which she would pursue later in her academic studies, performing in regional theater productions during the years following the release of Annie, the Annie film contract, acting alongside Helen Hunt in The Frog Prince, attending Drew University and her life-changing experience of studying abroad in Chile, returning to theater in the Broadway National Tours of Fiddler on the Roof, Peter Pan, and Saturday Night Fever as well as the Broadway production of Peter Pan, the full-circle moment of teaching at Monmouth University where scenes of Annie were filmed, and the excitement of forming her band, Aileen Quinn and the Leapin’ Lizards! Produced by The Broadway Podcast Network Find out more about Aileen Quinn and the Leapin' Lizards http://www.aileenquinnandtheleapinlizards.com/ On Facebook On Instagram Find out more about LITTLE ME on Instagram @littlemepodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Renowned theatrical agent Nancy Carson breaks down her wonderful career representing child actors in LITTLE ME’s first SPOTLIGHT episode! Nancy Carson sits down with Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli and shares her inspiring story of establishing Carson-Adler Agency in the 1970s alongside Marion Adler in a male-dominated industry, how Annie changed the game for child performers and demonstrated the need for proper voice training, fighting for diversity during the process of casting orphans in Annie, how she has learned to find a true spark in children who are passionate about acting, and the incredible stories of representing child actors who performed in two Broadway shows at once-one of them being the talented Cynthia Nixon! Nancy tells LITTLE ME listeners about the time she got chills listening to young Britney Spears sing for the first time, the close relationships she built with her family, and watching Britney become a huge star, the great pride she feels getting to watch her clients reach great success in their careers including those of Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Ariana Grande, Cynthia Nixon, and Natalie Portman, and reflects on her book, Raising a Star.  Produced The Broadway Podcast Network http://carsonadler.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Lion's and Tigers and Bears and Jessica Grové! Jessica talks about her magical teens years playing "Dorothy" in the MSG/National Tour of The Wizard of Oz! Broadway's Jessica Grové sits down with Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli and shares her story of growing up in Ohio and performing in community theater shows with her family-including two productions of The Music Man, auditioning, attending a callback, and hearing that she booked the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at Madison Square Garden in the span of one week, the terrifying first days of rehearsals, getting the opportunity to work with a diverse cast, her comedic and sometimes challenging experiences performing alongside Roseanne Barr, and becoming acquainted with the large theatrical space within Madison Square Garden. Jessica tells us about performing as Dorothy on tour, stories of working with the entertaining Mickey Rooney, receiving invaluable advice from the amazing Eartha Kitt, feeling a sense of family with the cast of The Wizard of Oz, making her official Broadway debut as Éponine in one of the last casts of the original Les Misérables, playing Miss Dorothy in Thoroughly Modern Millie, the difficult adjustment of transitioning from a child actor to an adult actor, being a part of The Boy Friend and working under the direction of her idol, Julie Andrews, and performing in two Sondheim shows on Broadway-Sunday in the Park with George, and A Little Night Music.   Produced by The Broadway Podcast http://www.jessicagrove.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Heather Tepe shares her remarkable Broadway story on this week’s episode of LITTLE ME! Heather sits down with Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli and tells LITTLE ME listeners her dream of performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as a young girl, dressing up as Annie and singing “Tomorrow” in beauty pageants, the heartwarming story of her third grade classmates decorating their classroom when she booked the role of Baby June in Gypsy, working alongside the incomparable Bernadette Peters, the wonderful experience of learning from Sam Mendes and Jerry Mitchell, and having fun backstage with her young costars Heather talks about getting to play the title role in the musical Ruthless! in Sarasota, Florida, booking the workshop of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, originating the role of Annie Who, perfecting her baton twirling skills in The Grinch after learning for the role of Baby June, beginning her long journey as a Broadway swing while performing in the second year of The Grinch, the excitement of learning multiple roles, and getting the chance to perform in her school shows between Broadway gigs. Heather shares her incredible story of persevering and booking the role of a swing in Billy Elliot, the wild experience of auditioning for Matilda and rehearsing for a production of The Grinch at Madison Square Garden at the same time at Chelsea Studios, the excitement of getting cast as a swing in Matilda, developing close friendships with the kids in the show, why training and teaching new kids who were joining the show was her favorite part of the experience, meeting her future husband, Scott Difford while in Matilda, the adorable story of Scott proposing to her at her second home—the Shubert Theatre, leaving a time capsule in the Shubert after Gypsy and finding it again during Matilda, performing in Hairspray Live!, the experience of being on Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge, and her new journey as a personal trainer.   Produced by the Broadway Podcast Network @teepes @marctumminelli @littlemepodcast Heather Tepe https://youtu.be/VikHQBeGfsM Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jess LeProtto shares his backstage Broadway story in this week’s episode of LITTLE ME: Growing Up Broadway. Jess sits down with Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli and tells his story of beginning dance classes at the age of three, performing in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Nashville, booking his first Broadway show at the age of 11-The Boy From Oz, going on as young Peter Allen with 40 of his family members and friends in the audience, and the moment when Hugh Jackman gave him one final bow at the end of the show-the same generosity of which he would also witness from Bette Midler many years later during his run in Hello Dolly. Jess shares his experience being a student during the day and a Broadway actor at night for two years in a row while performing in Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, getting the call at the orthodontist’s office that he was cast in the revival of Bye Bye Birdie, singing with John Stamos onstage at a Beach Boys concert, and having the opportunity to learn physical comedy from his Bye Bye Birdie castmate, Bill Irwin. Jess discusses the lengthy and intense audition process for So You Think You Can Dance, deciding to study musical theater at Pace University, why the most difficult part of Newsies was performing the curtain call, getting the chance to showcase his character skills in On the Town, the excitement of being a part of the Broadway revival of Cats, singing backstage with Renée Fleming and Joshua Henry at Carousel, his incredible experiences of acting and dancing alongside Bette Midler and Betty Buckley in the Broadway and touring productions of Hello Dolly, and working under the direction of the renowned Steven Spielberg on the upcoming film adaptation of West Side Story. Produced by the Broadway podcast Network Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Broadway Star, Lilli Cooper breaks down her time starring in Spring Awakening while attending high school in this week’s episode of LITTLE ME! Lilli sits down with Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli and shares her amazing story of growing up only blocks away from Broadway, visiting her dad, Tony Award-winning actor Chuck Cooper backstage at his shows, finding her group of friends through musical theater, and booking her very first professional audition at the age of 15- Spring Awakening! Lilli talks about sharing the experience of being a teenager and performing on Broadway with her Spring Awakening cast mates, embracing the uncomfortable subject matter of the show, going to LaGuardia High School during the day and signing autographs at the stage door at night, attending the Tony Awards, performing at Radio City Music Hall with the cast, and running onstage when the show won the award for Best Musical. Lilli gives us the backstage of being part of the Wicked family soon after graduating from Vassar College, performing as Elphaba in three different countries, why being the Elphaba standby on Broadway is the scariest job on Broadway, getting to audition for the role of Sandy in Spongebob Squarepants: The Broadway Musical with her friend-and star of Spongebob- Ethan Slater, the excitement of starring in Tootsie, working with the funniest people on Broadway, and the magical experience of receiving her first Tony Award nomination. Produced by The Broadway Podcast Network Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In Episode 31, Little Me host and Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli is joined by Broadway veteran Andrew Keenan-Bolger! Andrew shares his incredible story of growing up as a theater kid in Detroit, booking one of his first auditions in New York Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, beginning his lengthy career of working for Disney Theatricals, running wild with other Broadway kids at the Marriott Marquis on two-show days, performing in the Broadway National Tour of Ragtime and A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden, and his heartbreaking experience with Seussical the Musical. Andrew tells Little Me listeners about how his experience performing in a production of Peter Pan in Michigan helped him to fall back in love with theater all over again, studying musical theater at the University of Michigan, documenting moments backstage during the National Tour of Mary Poppins, the incredible Newsies fan base, being part of Tuck Everlasting from the first reading, the unexpected adventure of co-writing the Jack & Louisa book series and how it provided closure to his experience working on Seussical, and, most recently, acting opposite Nicole Kidman in The Undoing. Produced by Broadway Podcast Network https://www.andrewkeenanbolger.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In episode 30, Little Me host and Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli welcomes Broadway legend Donna Marie Asbury for an incredibly fun chat about her nearly 50 year career working on Broadway! Donna tells her backstage and on stage story of her start singing "These Boots Where Made for Walkin'" in Tony Grant's Stars of Tomorrow, meeting her first manager Loretta Marshall, booking her first Broadway show - the 1974 Broadway revival of Gypsy starring Angela Lansbury. Donna talks about the lessons she learned working with Lansbury as well as her time in the Broadway cast of the historic Sondheim/Prince musical - Merrily We Roll Along, touring and playing the title role in Evita, returning to Broadway in the musical SMILE, touring with Marvin Hamlisch, being part of the original cast of Jerome Robbins Broadway and the subsequent international tour, playing Belle in the LA company of Beauty and the Beast, her record breaking performance in the Broadway cast of Chicago and being entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for her 20 year run playing "June" in the hit revival. Donna shares her experience working with Hal Prince, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, Marvin Hamlisch, Andrea McArdle, Jason Alexander, Charlotte d'Amboise, Angela Lansbury, Tom Bosley, Burke Moses, Brooke Shields, Brandy Norwood, Melanie Griffith and some brilliant behind the scenes stories you have never heard! Produced by The Broadway Podcast Network Donna Marie Asbury - IBDB Donna Maire Asbury - Final Curtain Call Donna Maire on Inside Edition 1989 Tony Awards - Jerome Robbins Broadway Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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