On Sunday, October 15, veteran teen performers of Broadway, Film, and TV are coming together to perform songs from dream roles they usually don’t get professionally cast in – actual teen roles. They often have to sit back and watch as adults in their twenties and even thirties play the roles of teenagers on stage and screen. The concert is entitled #WeHaveAVoice: Broadway Teens. This is their opportunity to take on roles from shows such as Spring Awakening, Dear Evan Hansen, Bring It On, Grease, Next to Normal, Bye Bye Birdie and more. The proceeds will benefit Covenant House, an agency which helps homeless, runaway and at-risk kids. Click here for more info and tickets.
Credits: Runaways, The King and I, Macbeth, Les Miserables, Billy Elliot, Fly the Musical
How did you get involved with #WeHaveAVoice?
I had some Broadway friends who did the Sleep Out for Covenant House, but I wasn’t old enough. I wanted to do something and I know that I can share my talents along with my friends and put on a show to raise money. Sam Pinkleton was my director in Runaways, and he really inspires me to give back. I also look up to Kimberly Marable and Dionne Figgins who are the co-founders of Broadway Serves. There are so many great role models working on Broadway who give back and I just aspire to be like them.
What will you be singing and why did you choose that song?
It is a really pretty song. Another person I look up to very much is Alex Lacamoire and he is one of the arrangers of the song. I thought it would be a great opportunity to sing a duet with my girlfriend.
What was it like being on Broadway or touring with a show?
I have actually been on three different tours: Scrooge, Les Miserables and Billy Elliot, each one special in its own way. One Off-Broadway show: Runaways, and two Broadway shows: Macbeth and The King and I. Touring is a lot of fun because I got to see over 50 cities, make tons of friends who are now like family, and just have a great time performing for so many excited audiences. Being on Broadway is very different than tour. I went to school during the day and did shows at night and weekends, 8 shows a week. The most rewarding part of working so hard is the relationships I have made. I have been really lucky to work with some of the most talented and kind people in the world.
Do you have a favorite memory or funny behind-the-scenes story from a show?
When I was in The King and I on Broadway, I swung 11 tracks plus understudied 2 principal tracks. The first time I went into the show was actually in my little brother’s track because he got a stomach virus. Then, the first time I went on in a principal role as Prince Chula, I had not yet had a rehearsal at all. I found out a couple hours before and ran to the theater to run my song and have a costume put together for me. I can’t say it was my best performance ever, but I got through it with the love and support of my fellow cast members.
If you could be stuck in an elevator with any Broadway star, who would it be?
Phillipa Soo so I could thank her for giving half Asians like myself stage time.
Alex in A Clockwork Orange
When I’m not performing, you can usually find me…
Writing music, playing video games, and going to concerts.
What’s your favorite Broadway show?
What is the funniest joke that you heard recently?
I can never remember jokes that I am told.
If you were a flavor of ice cream, what would you be and why?
Green tea ice cream to celebrate my Asian heritage