When I Grow Up: Broadway's Next Generation (Live at 54 Below) [CD]
The album features some of Broadway’s youngest and brightest upcoming stars from shows such as A Christmas Story, Mary Poppins, Bonnie & Clyde and Evita.! “When I Grow Up: Broadway’s Next Generation” is not your typical kid’s cabaret: these future stars tackle the adult repertoire of their heroes, performing tunes from shows such as Avenue Q, Once On This Island, Next to Normal, [title of show], Company, Into The Woods and more!
Appearing on the album are Caleb McLaughlin (The Lion King), Emily Rosenfeld (Annie), Ethan Haberfield (Mary Poppins), Grace Capeless (A Christmas Story), Isabela Moner (Evita), Kelsey Fowler (Grey Gardens, Sunday in the Park with George, Mary Poppins, Bonnie & Clyde), Matthew Gumley (Mary Poppins, Elf, Addams Family, Beauty and the Beast), Matthew Schechter (Waiting for Godot, Mary Poppins, Elf, Newsies), Neil McCaffrey (Mary Poppins, Billy Elliott), Rozi Baker (Shrek, Mary Poppins, Bonnie & Clyde) and Zoe Considine (A Christmas Story). The 54 BELOW show was conceived by Van Dean, directed by Kenny Howard with music direction by Michael J. Moritz, Jr. and assistant directed by Yvette Kojic. The album is produced by Michael J. Moritz, Jr. and executive produced by Van Dean and Kenny Howard, of The Broadway Consortium, and Ken Mahoney. “When I Grow Up: Broadway’s Next Generation” is the latest in the “Live at 54 BELOW” series that started earlier this year with albums by Patti LuPone, Norbert Leo Butz, Christiane Noll and Andrea McArdle and will be joined in September by debut albums from Aaron Tveit and Laura Benanti as well as more titles to be announced shortly.