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Children Take Center Stage in Three New Broadway Musicals This Season

September 07, 2012

This year’s new crop of child-centered musicals place particularly heavy demands on the little talents who take center stage. Their parts are tremendous, featuring numerous musical numbers, dance routines, comedic scenes, and dramatic arcs. That can be a tall order for young actors, and a great feat for the casting directors who have to choose from thousands of young hopefuls.
Among the musicals set to open this season are children’s stories beloved by kids and adults alike: a revival of “Annie,” which starts previews in October; a musical adaptation of “A Christmas Story,” slated to run during the holiday season from November through New Year’s; and Roald Dahl’s “Matilda,” with performances beginning in March 2013. All three draw inspiration and content from the respective works of literature and film (or in the case of “Annie”, a cartoon strip) that precede them. All three embrace an adults-just-don’t-understand sensibility, with a child at the center who wins our hearts.
Part of what makes the young hero or heroine in each of these musicals so endearing is that they’re a little rough around the edges. Far from privileged, they are the underdogs who hope for something better. Read More