16y/o Jimmy Award Winner is Bway's Next Evan Hansen

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that makes much more sense. wish my school wasn’t athletic based or that could be a cool thought.

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At 16, my voice was nothing like it is now. Or even from my junior to senior year of hs. What if he has a voice drop mid run
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CedricOates said: "At 16, my voice was nothing like it is now. Or even from my junior to senior year of hs. What if he has a voice drop mid run"

I was thinking the same thing, my voice dropped again during my senior year or HS. Is that why teenagers are not usually cast in broadway shows? 

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Bwayfan292 said: "CedricOates said: "At 16, my voice was nothing like it is now. Or even from my junior to senior year of hs. What if he has a voice drop mid run"

I was thinking the same thing, my voice dropped again during my senior year or HS. Is that why teenagers are not usually cast in broadway shows?
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It makes sense in my head. The teenage body is very hit or miss. My cousin had a full on beard and his voice hasn’t changed since he was fifteen. Some develop really early and stop. I graduated high school, and then hit puberty. If i were a producer, i would stray away from casting teenagers in roles that are very heavy, like Evan Hansen, because at any point they could give out. Either vocally, or put on weight. 

My little opinion is that there are college graduates right out of musical theatre majors that can easily pass for high schoolers and have been training for this sort of career and yet they put a bet on someone who can potentially not vocally perform the role 6 months from now. Not hating on who they cast, but it’s a bet. And because of the fandom and all ... a big bet.

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They werenít as hard sings, but Alexandra Socha/Gerard Canonico were going on for Wendla and Moritz around 17 years old I believe. Jenn Damiano was 16 when Next To Normal opened which certainly was not an easy sing. Itís hard but not totally unheard of...at this level of difficulty though thatís tough. Though the producers will have him training nonstop w Liz Caplan Iím sure.
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InTheBathroom1 said: "It seems like that because it is. States/Regions have their own programs that give out awards for Best Actor/Actress in that specific region. Of course, the school has to pay fees and such to be a member and be reviewed by a team of panelists. The winners from the state go to the Jimmys and then the winners are selected there. And I think it's important to note that DEH was a sponsor of this year's program. My guess is that they were planning on casting a Jimmy person from the start.



Also important to note that at least in Wisconsin, participating schools must be less than 90 miles from the state's capital which eliminates a lot of schools.
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Just FYI Wisconsin has two regional competitions  - the Jerrys (recently renamed from the Tommys bc of Tom Wopat allegations) and Center Stage.  The first includes Madison, Milwaukee etc and the second is northern WI.  

I watched the livestream of the Jimmys and was blown away by his “I Love Betsy” - he is made for Broadway (at least someday - I hope for his sake this doesn’t turn out to be too much right out of the gate).  To me he also reads younger than 16 so it’s an interesting choice.  Regardless, he has something very special and I wish him all the best!!!

 

 

 

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I think it is great that a teenager is actually playing...a teenager.  Although I thought his acting was fine, the actor cast as the foster son (I think he was supposed to be 15) in Torch Song appeared to be about a decade too old for the role, and I personally found very jarring.

I agree with everyone else that I hope he gets plenty of training on protecting his vocal cords because, if he is up to the talent demands of playing Evan Hansen, imaging the potential future he has.

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Bwayfan292 said: "CedricOates said: "At 16, my voice was nothing like it is now. Or even from my junior to senior year of hs. What if he has a voice drop mid run"
I was thinking the same thing, my voice dropped again during my senior year or HS. Is that why teenagers are not usually cast in broadway shows?
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I wonder how long his contract is? My first instinct is that they've signed him for 4-6 months and the producers could offer him an extension if it's going well. It's an intense part, but I have faith that this team is working to make sure he's in top form –– vocally, physically, mentally, and educationally.

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Good for the show to cast an actual teenage boy to go along with actual teenage girl opposite him. due to the glories of YouTube I have previously watched the Jimmy awards from this year and have to say with all respect to how talented he is for a 16 year old, i was far more impressed by other candidates - just as I have been with other non-winners from other years (though Noblezada was great...).

on the other hand, his co-star Mallory Bechtel with spectacular as a 13 year old also on YouTube.. and 14/15/16/17 - just poised and fantastic. but based on who they often pick for the Jimmy award winner she wouldn't have won that or gotten close had she been involved - she's too good.


But I'm not a professional casting director..

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Im not sure if this is the board to ask this, but is Andrew doing the full 6 shows a week? (I mean, I cant see why he wouldnt but I thought I saw an article that said he was only doing 5, I probably misread it though)
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According to the official website, hell be doing 5 a week, having Tuesday night off as well. This is very smart of them and will hopefully ensure his health.
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Is anyone here going to be at the show tonight? Would love to hear reviews

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I agree. Would love to hear what people think. I really wish him the best! I see a lot of the premium tickets are now regular priced on telecharge ($179) and who knows it may be on TKTS. 

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Iím also looking forward to reports from tonight. I have one open slot (Saturday, 2/16, evening) remaining for my upcoming work trip and if reports are strong Iíll probably opt to see this over other remaining options.
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I'm also curious about tonight. I've been following Andrew on Instagram and Twitter and he seems to have a great personality. If anyone is interested, he also has his own Youtube channel and did a fantastic cover of Michael in the Bathroom from Be More Chill.

On another note, since he is a minor, I'm guessing he has a child guardian there with him. Does that also mean Michael Lee Brown or another understudy would be there as a backup? 

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Anyone there tonight?
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I'm so thrilled for him. He's a family friend of someone I know so I'll finally be getting around to seeing DEH just for his performance. I hope he had a fantastic debut!!

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Looking forward to reports!
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That's amazing for him!

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I saw on Michael Park's twitter that Michael was so engrossed in Andrew's performance that he (Michael) made a mistaken in Break in a Glove.  Does anyone know what happened?

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"His Broadway debut marks the first time an actual teen has starred in the teenage title role of the Tony Award-winning musical"

They make it sound like the show's been around for decades with dozens of actors having previously played the role.

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No, they made a factual statement about what has actually happened.
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JBC3 said: "No, they made a factual statement about what has actually happened."

You're arguing semantics, I'm referring to the tone. They certainly didn't make a reference to Trensch being the oldest actor to have played the role. He's the third replacement in less than 14 months, it's not exactly ground-breaking.