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

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Sorry it took me so long to post but i was there last night and he absolutely killed it! Of the four Evans that I've seen (Ben Platt, Michael Lee Brown, Taylor Trensch and Andrew), he is second only to Ben Platt and with time I feel like his performance will only grow. While he does play the character similarly to the way that Ben Platt does, he does make the roll his own. Vocally he is very strong with "Waving through a Window" and   "If I could tell her" being standouts. He has easy chemistry with the entire cast, but particularly with Mallory Bechtel and Lisa Brescia. The only thing is that he looks noticeably young next to Alex Boniello. I did notice that he was understandably very nervous during the first scene as he was visibly shaking, although this actually worked well for the character. Overall this was an incredible debut for such a young performer and rest assured the character and the show are in very good hands! Also for those asking about Michael Park, he started laughing at one of Andrew's reactions during to break in a glove and ended up skipping a line in the song. He recovered quickly though!

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It is actually.  Not a lot of that happening in Broadway shows these days.  Wonderful accomplishment for such a young man.

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Might seem a strange question but with the current spate of sexual harassment episodes what 'protection' is set in place for a 16yo in the theatre work place. Don't know the age group that need supervision, eg Annie. What are the laws re a 16yo in USA?

Most states in Australia, 16 is legal age so could perform without a guardian.

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I asked this question a couple days ago as well. Here in the US, there is usually a child guardian and an understudy at theater so Ive been wondering if Michael Lee Brown is backstage when Andrew performs. I do not know what the cutoff age is though for someone to require a child guardian.
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HeatherAV said: "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?"

I was there, and it honestly wasn't a huge mistake. He simply skipped a line. There was a bit of an awkward pause in the middle of a phrase, but he picked it up at the next line. I forget the exact spot it happened. It was later in the song.

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RWPrincess said: "I asked this question a couple days ago as well. Here in the US, there is usually a child guardian and an understudy at theater so I’ve been wondering if Michael Lee Brown is backstage when Andrew performs. I do not know what the cutoff age is though for someone to require a child guardian."

MLB is an Alternate and understudy, so yes...he is there for every performance. There's usually a clause that says once the show starts they have to be within a certain distance of the theatre in case they are called to go on...but I don't remember the details. It's the same way for all understudies in a show like this that doesn't have on-stage understudies. 

 

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musicals1989 said: "RWPrincess said: "I asked this question a couple days ago as well. Here in the US, there is usually a child guardian and an understudy at theater so I’ve been wondering if Michael Lee Brown is backstage when Andrew performs. I do not know what the cutoff age is though for someone to require a child guardian."

MLB is an Alternate and understudy, so yes...he is there for every performance. There's usually a clause that says once the show starts they have to be within a certain distance of the theatre in case they are called to go on...but I don't remember the details. It's the same way for all understudies in a show like this that doesn't have on-stage understudies.


http://www.playbill.com/article/ask-playbillcom-child-actors-on-broadway-com-148947

This article states "And, even on Broadway, for a performer who's under 16, the show is required to hire a supervisor for the child to be at the theatre at every performance." so it would appear not

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I don't really get why his actual age matters at all in the quality of his work. So many of you said "finally a teenager playing a teenager," but, as an actor, I find that really ludircrious. Gavin Creel was playing the lead in Book of Mormon - who is 18 - well into his late 30s. It doesn't matter. 

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The Quality of an actors work to an audience usually includes how they physically match the character.

In most cases there are obvious differences between a teenager and an adult in their mid twenties or thirties: height, muscle  mass, voice pitch, maturity etc.

The casting of adults to play teenagers is normally a practical decision in terms working hours and avoiding additional costs like chaperones and not about who is best for the part.

I think that the art improves if actual teenagers play those roles, as long as they have had the appropriate level of training.

Thanks to the availability of high quality youth theatre and performing arts high schools, many times you can’t tell the difference between someone who is still in high school and recent BFA graduates, skills wise.

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How long will Andrew be in the show? I have tickets for a Wednesday matinee in July.

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Hes not performing Wednesday matinees currently and I would suspect it will remain that way.
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broadwayghost1 said: "How long will Andrew be in the show? I have tickets for a Wednesday matinee in July."

 

Who knows...If he has a voice left by then

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Thanks for the info. Telecharge let me exchange my tickets for the night performance.

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I have tickets for August 17 Saturday night and was also wondering if hed still be in the cast. I thought I read somewhere that he mentioned taking a year out of his life for this role That would suggest thru the end of this year. Anyone know ???
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Contracts for people in shows last a year so unless he has to leave early for something, I'd expect him to be here until next January

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Ive heard hes only contracted through the Summer so time will tell.
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Do you know how far into the Summer? Looking to get tix
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LesWickedly said: "I’ve heard he’s only contracted through the Summer so time will tell. "

You heard wrong, Blanche. 

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JSquared2 said: "LesWickedly said: "I’ve heard he’s only contracted through the Summer so time will tell. "

You heard wrong, Blanche.
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Didn’t claim it was official. If you know please inform us. 

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Because he is only 16 I would hope they only contracted him for 6 months to see if his voice holds up... the role destroyed Ben Platt who is way older than 16
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bwaylinds said: "musicals1989 said: "RWPrincess said: "I asked this question a couple days ago as well. Here in the US, there is usually a child guardian and an understudy at theater so I’ve been wondering if Michael Lee Brown is backstage when Andrew performs. I do not know what the cutoff age is though for someone to require a child guardian."

MLB is an Alternate and understudy, so yes...he is there for every performance. There's usually a clause that says once the show starts they have to be within a certain distance of the theatre in case they are called to go on...but I don't remember the details. It's the same way for all understudies in a show like this that doesn't have on-stage understudies.


http://www.playbill.com/article/ask-playbillcom-child-actors-on-broadway-com-148947

This article states "And, even on Broadway, for a performer who's under 16, the show is required to hire a supervisor for the child to be at the theatre at every performance." so it would appear not"


Thanks for posting this article. Everything I've read so far about Andrew makes it seem like the show is overprotective of him. So I wonder if they may have a guardian anyhow even though he's already 16. At least for the first contract.

 

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I wonder if he has a guardian mainly because of the severity of this role. They know the damage it has done to other performers and I think its great if they are doing all they can to protect him and his voice. No idea, but just my guess. Its also an emotionally taxing role for a 16 year old, so I feel having a guardian in this specific scenario makes sense. 

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I wonder if he has a guardian mainly because of the severity of this role. They know the damage it has done to other performers and I think its great if they are doing all they can to protect him and his voice. No idea, but just my guess. Its also an emotionally taxing role for a 16 year old, so I feel having a guardian in this specific scenario makes sense. 

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He already called out yesterday because he was sick. Yikes.


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