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When I Grow Up: Kids Playing Kids on Broadway from Baby June to Matilda - An Historical View
Matilda the Musical is but one of several contemporary Broadway musicals (Fun Home, The School of Rock, Finding Neverland, A Christmas Story) in which child performers under the age of 16 not only perform principal roles but also make up a sizable portion of the ensemble. Are kids proving to be an ever more important part of the Broadway experience? Influential casting director Bernie Telsey observes: "It does seem like a kid-heavy moment."
In his lively and interactive presentation, performance historian Brian Herrera will discuss the history of kid actors in Broadway musicals since the 1940s. Are there really more kids on Broadway than ever before? What makes this a "kid-heavy moment" for Broadway?And what is it like to take a cast full of kids on the road in a national tour of a musical like Matilda?
Free to all ATG Members.
Brian Eugenio Herrera is a writer, teacher and scholar presently based in New Jersey but forever rooted in New Mexico.
He is Assistant Professor of Theater at Princeton University where his work, both academic and artistic, examines the history of gender, sexuality and race within and through U.S. popular performance. He is the author of The Latina/o Theatre Commons 2013 National Convening: A Narrative Report (Howl Round, 2015) His book Latin Numbers: Playing Latino in Twentieth-Century U.S. Popular Performance (Michigan, 2015) was awarded the George Jean Nathan Prize for Dramatic Criticism and received Honorable Mention for the John W. Frick Book Award from the American Theatre and Drama Society. Also a performer, his autobiographical solo show I Was the Voice of Democracy has been seen in more than a dozen states, as well as Beirut and Abu Dhabi, since 2010. Brian is presently at work on two new book projects: Starring Miss Virginia Calhoun, a narrative portrait of an obscure early 20th century actress/writer/producer, and Casting - A History, a historical study of the material practices of casting in US popular performance.