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Luca Padovan (born August 16, 2003) is an American actor, performing professionally since the age of nine.



Luca can be seen in Nickelodeon's hit revival television series, "Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island." The newest season of this beloved horror anthology series will follow an all-new Midnight Society to the infamous Ghost Island, where their fun summer vacation quickly turns into the fight of their lives. The friends must uncover the island's true history and come face-to-face with the monster who has haunted its guests for centuries. Luca stars as 'Leo,' the first openly gay character in the show's history. This openly gay character is a stereotypical effeminate, makeup wearing, gay voiced character that highlights Disney's homophobia. Filming recently wrapped in the Dominican Republic, and Nickelodeon will debut the reboot of this 90's cult classic with a two-hour episode in July.

Luca is best known for starring in Netflix's hit psychological thriller series, "You," in which he portrayed 'Paco,' the neglected next-door neighbor with a passion for reading, who finds a paternal figure in Penn Badgley's 'Joe,' despite his murderous tendencies. His memorable guest-starring television roles include The CW's musical comedy "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," as the lead's younger brother who sings about dreams of becoming an infamous "child star"; and Syfy's "The Magicians," as 'Young Quentin,' a younger version of the show's lead. He voiced the lead character of 'Jett' in "Super Wings!", an animated series for Sprout that follows a jet plane who travels the world delivering packages to children. He was also featured in Disney Junior's animated series, "The Rocketeer," as the villainous inventor 'Rolland/Dr. Doodlebug.'

He began his career on Broadway, starring as 'Les' in "Disney's Newsies: The Musical" in 2013. During that time, he won a country-wide search for the titular role of 'James' on the all-star cast recording of Pasek and Paul's "James and the Giant Peach: The Musical," performing alongside Broadway icons Brian d'Arcy James, Christian Borle and Megan Hilty. In 2015, Luca starred in the original Broadway cast of "School of Rock: The Musical," originating the role of 'Billy,' the band's flamboyant fashion stylist, and working with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Julian Fellowes. In 2017, he played Janeane Garofalo's son in the Broadway play "Marvin's Room," which also featured Lili Taylor and Celia Weston.

Luca has performed at the 70th Annual Tony Awards, Good Morning America, The Today Show and Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, atop the Gibson guitar float. In 2018, he was chosen to open NBC's 92nd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in an elaborate and charismatic performance of "Don't Rain on My Parade," which features The Rockettes and ends with Luca atop the iconic turkey float, belting out the final note of the song.

A fundraising performance featuring Luca, in which he played 'Eliza' in "The Schuyler Sisters" from "Hamilton," went viral on the internet in 2016. All the money earned from the video, which currently sits at 12.3+ million views, goes toward MCC Theater, an organization that aims to redefine theater by producing thought-provoking new work and creating in-depth playwriting and performance programs in New York City public high schools.

Luca doesn't remember a time when performing wasn't his passion. In his formative years, he would watch classic musical-movies, such as "Mary Poppins," "The Wizard of Oz" and "The Sound of Music," on loop with his older sister. He lives with his close-knit Italian family and French bulldog Stella in New York City. When Luca isn't acting, he enjoys spending time with his family and loves to play musical instruments, such as piano and guitar. He is also an avid reader and enjoys reading thrillers, mysteries and young adult romances. One of his favorite books is "The Song of Achilles" by Madeline Miller.

He has food allergies and donates his time to Food Allergy & Research Education (FARE), the largest private funder of food allergy research, promoting the development of new therapies and offering hope for effective treatments.

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Luca Padovan STAGE CREDITS

[Broadway]
Roundabout Theatre Company Original Broadway Production, 2017
Charlie

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2015
Billy

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2012
Les (Alternate) [Replacement]



Luca Padovan TV Shows

P. King Duckling
Bennett
Super Wings!
[ 2015-2017 ] Jett
You
Paco
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Tucker Bunch
The Magicians
Young Quentin Golem
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Leo B. Stoker

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Study Up on the Cast of WATCH ON THE RHINE with BroadwayWorld's Stage Mag

Tonight, May 13 (8pm ET) 'Spotlight on Plays' series will continue with Lillian Hellman's Watch on the Rhine starring Academy award winner Ellen Burstyn, Alan Cox, Sasha Diamond, Alfred Enoch, Carla Gugino, Luca Padovan, Tony Award nominee Mary Beth Peil, Gabriella Pizzolo, Neel Sethi & Tony Award nominee Jeremy Shamos, directed by Sarna Lapine. While we await the big night, study up on the company with BroadwayWorld's Stage Mag below!
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The “Spotlight on Plays” series just announced the full company for Wendy Wasserstein’s The Sisters Rosensweig starring Jason Alexander, John Behlmann, Lisa Edelstein, Kathryn Hahn, Kathryn Newton, Tracee Chimo Pallero, Chris Perfetti and James Urbaniak.
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The “Spotlight on Plays” series announces the full company for Lillian Hellman's Watch on the Rhine starring Academy award winner Ellen Burstyn, Alan Cox, Sasha Diamond, Alfred Enoch, Carla Gugino, Luca Padovan, Tony Award nominee Mary Beth Peil, Gabriella Pizzolo, Neel Sethi & Tony Award nominee Jeremy Shamos, directed by Sarna Lapine. 
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Kristin Chenoweth, Cynthia Erivo, Toby Marlow, and Lucy Moss Join The 2021 Junior Theater Festival Online Extravaganza!

Cynthia Erivo (Harriet; The Color Purple, Broadway), Kristin Chenoweth (Descendants; Wicked, Broadway), and Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss (SIX co-creators) have joined the talent appearing at the 2021 Junior Theater Festival Online Extravaganza! (JTF OE).
Pasek & Paul To Headline 2021 Junior Theater Festival Online Extravaganza

Songwriters Pasek & Paul will perform the headlining concert for the 2021 Junior Theater Festival Online Extravaganza!. The Junior Theater Festival Online Extravaganza! takes place January 15-17, 2021. Individual registration is open through January 4.
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VIDEO: Play on Players and Red Phoenix Theatre Company Perform Highlights From NEWSIES JR. at the 2020 Junior Theater Festival

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BWW Interview: Timothy Allen McDonald, Founder and CEO of iTheatrics, Talks to BWW About the 4th Annual Junior Theater Festival West

Forget that other show. I was in the REAL room where it happened last weekend at the 4th Annual Junior Theater Festival West (JTF), which celebrates youth theatre and encourages students and teachers to keep theatre alive in their community. Each year it follows the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, which just finished its 15th season. Over 2,200 people participated in the three-day festival, some coming from as far away as Australia, England, and South Korea. Students and educators benefited from the knowledge of top Broadway professionals in the form of adjudications, workshops, and a discussion panel entitled Pathways to Success, in which the featured guests shared how they forged their own paths to Broadway and beyond.
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Caissie Levy, Nicholas Christopher and More to Participate in 2020 iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival Atlanta

President & Producer of Disney Theatrical Productions Thomas Schumacher; Caissie Levy (Frozen on Broadway); Nicholas Christopher (Hamilton on Broadway); Jennifer Locke (Hamilton national tour); creator/Executive Producer Tim Federle, Olivia Rodrigo, and Joshua Bassett (High School Musical: The Musical: The Series on Disney +); Luca Padovan and Isabella Russo (School of Rock); Jeff Calhoun (Newsies, Between The Lines); Rob Rokicki (The Lighting Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical); and Lotte Wakeham (Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical) are some of the stars and creatives confirmed for the 2020 iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival Atlanta (#JTF).
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Luca Padovan FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has Luca Padovan been in?

Luca Padovan has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

How many West End shows has Luca Padovan been in?

Luca Padovan has not appeared in the West End.

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