BWW Interview: From Miserable to Strange- Meet Broadway Veteran and STRANGER THINGS Star Gaten Matarazzo!
He has stormed the barricade in LES MISERABLES. He has worked his best Aussie accent in PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT. Now this Broadway baby is getting a little bit strange on Netflix.
13 year-old, Gaten Matarazzo stars in one of the hottest shows of the summer- Netflix's Stranger Things, led by Winona Ryder, David Harbour, and the true stars of the show, an unparalleled and much buzzed about bunch of kids. Gaten plays the lovable 'Dustin Henderson', a huge comic book fan and member of the gang that helps to uncover the odd occurrences of their small, 1980s town.
Below, Gaten tells us all about how he got the part, whether we can expect to see him back onstage, and even casts his Stranger Things costars in their own Broadway roles!
Yes! I think that Millie would be the Lady of the Lake in Spamalot. She can sing! And she's such a diva in the best way. She has such sass. I can picture her just snapping her fingers [Laughs].
I think Caleb would definitely be Seaweed in Hairspray. I mean, have you seen him dance?! He's great. And it really fits his personality. He's so funky and fun.
I think Noah [Schnapp] would be Crutchy in Newsies. It's such a sweet character and Noah is so nice. He's gentle and he's such a good kid. That's what Noah is.
Finn would definitely be Mark in Rent. He's a movie buff, first off all. And he's kinda like the dad of the group in some ways. In the best ways! He's like that fun dad that everyone likes.
And I have one more really special one. Joe Keery, who plays Steve Harrington, would play none other than the iconic role of Annie.
[Laugh] And why is that?
The hair! The hair of course!
Well I'm glad I could help you reconnect with your Broadway roots.
I miss Broadway! I'm still a theatre kid, don't worry!