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Find out what your favorite stars were doing as kids. Whether they were starring on Broadway or their backyard cabaret act, host Marc Tumminelli will get the full story! Marc sits down with Broadway, TV & Film stars to dish about how it all got started on LITTLE ME: growing up Broadway! As a theater educator and the owner of Broadway Workshop, Marc gets his guests to open up about the good, bad and ugly of being a young person with a dream of the bright lights of Broadway. Performers will share tales of hitting it big, local auditions, school theater, backstage stories, child stardom, nightmare auditions, opening nights, unexpected closings, stage moms and dads, wranglers, unemployment, college and everything else Marc can get out of them!
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Find out what your favorite stars were doing as kids. Whether they were starring on Broadway or their backyard cabaret act, host Marc Tumminelli will get the full story! Marc sits down with Broadway, TV & Film stars to dish about how it all got started on LITTLE ME: growing up Broadway! As a theater educator and the owner of Broadway Workshop, Marc gets his guests to open up about the good, bad and ugly of being a young person with a dream of the bright lights of Broadway. Performers will share tales of hitting it big, local auditions, school theater, backstage stories, child stardom, nightmare auditions, opening nights, unexpected closings, stage moms and dads, wranglers, unemployment, college and everything else Marc can get out of them!
Produced by the Broadway Podcast Network.

    Joanna Pacitti - Fighter

    Joanna Pacitti - Fighter

    Joanna Pacitti breaks down her story of winning the nationwide search for the first Broadway revival of Annie in this week’s episode of LITTLE ME: Growing Up Broadway!
    Joanna sits down with Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli and talks about growing up dancing and singing, performing in local theater, auditioning for the 1997 Broadway revival of Annie and competing with girls all across the United States for the title role, finding out from original Annie, Andrea McArdle that she booked the role, her love for Sandy, the joy of working and connecting with Martin Charnin, being filmed by Turning Point, and the excitement of performing in the pre-Broadway tour.
    Joanna tells LITTLE ME listeners about the tragedy she experienced when she was let go from the show, the sadness of walking away from her cast who had become family, receiving support from past Annies, Andrea McArdle and Sarah Jessica Parker, and how this experience changed her as a person. Joanna talks about moving to Los Angeles at 16 years old and her transition into the music industry, writing and recording her songs, her experience on American Idol, and her dream of coming to Broadway.
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    • 59 min
    Nicolas King - Kid Fabulous

    Nicolas King - Kid Fabulous

    Listen to Broadway star and jazz singer Nicolas King talk about working with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry on this week’s episode of LITTLE ME!
    Nicolas sits down with Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli and talks about growing up going to his grandmother, Angela Bacari’s cabaret gigs, acting in many national commercials, taking trips back and forth from Rhode Island to Manhattan several times per week for auditions, making his Broadway debut in Beauty and the Beast and recently learning that he was the longest-running Chip, performing opposite Andrea McArdle and creating connections with the wonderful cast of the show, and making an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and talking about his love for Liza Minnelli.
    Nicolas shares the story of getting asked by Tom Selleck—who was also on the same episode of the Tonight Show with him—to audition for A Thousand Clowns and booking the Broadway play after 7 callbacks, getting a knock on his dressing room door from Carol Burnett and Hal Prince who offered him a role in their new play Hollywood Arms, and working with his idol, Neil Simon on his final piece of work before the project unfortunately fell through. 
    Nicolas tells LITTLE ME listeners how Michael Jackson saved his grandmother’s life, getting to know Liza Minnelli after meeting her many times throughout the years, receiving the call from Liza to open for her on the road, the many magical moments of working with Liza on and off for 10 years, her unwavering support for his singing career and his amazing solo albums.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Lindsey Alley - Mouseketeer

    Lindsey Alley - Mouseketeer

    Hear singer and actress Lindsey Alley break down her time performing as a "Mouseketeer" on the Mickey Mouse Club on this week’s episode of LITTLE ME!
    Lindsey sits down with Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli and talks about growing up watching movie musicals as a child, playing Annie at the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre and developing a friendship with Burt Reynolds, having fun filming Ernest Saves Christmas, and making her big break in the Mickey Mouse Club!
    Lindsey tells LITTLE ME listeners about being a Mouseketeer for six years, receiving fan mail and being recognized in public, acting and singing alongside future pop stars Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears, the challenges of growing up on live television and her wonderful experience studying theater at University of Missouri.
    Lindsey talks about being a part of the readings of Paper Moon, understudying Donna Lynne Champlin in Carol Burnett & Carrie Hamilton’s play Hollywood Arms on Broadway, having a “pinch me” moment while auditioning for Hal Prince, working on the musical version of First Wives Club, her YouTube show On The Patio, and her solo show and so much more.
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Nikki Blonsky - Good Morning Nikki

    Nikki Blonsky - Good Morning Nikki

    Hairspray star - Nikki Blonsky talks about how she went from being a high school theater kid to starring in one of the most successful movie musicals of all time in this week’s episode of LITTLE ME!
    Nikki sits down with Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli and shares her story of growing up with a passion for music, her unique theater training high school and how it provided her with a strong foundation for taking on the role of Tracy in the 2007 film Hairspray. Nikki shares her story on finding out she booked the role of "Tracy" while working at Cold Stone Creamery on Long Island, watching the film prior to its release and seeing her dreams come true right in front of her eyes, and traveling the world for a 10-month press tour with her mom—and Zac Efron!
    Nikki talks about receiving a Golden Globe nomination, performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and why it was one of the highlights of her career, starring in the television show Huge on ABC Family, seeing herself on a billboard in Times Square, filming Smash and Ugly Betty, being the “Queen of Cameo” and engaging with her fans through the platform, her coming out video that gained widespread attention on Tik Tok and the Internet, and her new podcast Nikki Nights.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Maya Jade Frank - Littlest Starfish

    Maya Jade Frank - Littlest Starfish

    Broadway and Disney Channel star - Maya Jade Frank catches up with Marc Tumminelli this week on LITTLE ME: Growing Up Broadway.
    Maya Jade Frank, now 19 years old, looks back at her professional stage debut in the New York Musical Festival production of Hurricane, her first major job in the Broadway national tour of Les Miserables, making her Broadway debut in the original revival cast of EVITA starring Ricky Martin and then taking over the role of Jane banks in MARY POPPINS on Broadway. Marc and Maya remember her early days at Broadway Workshop and playing the role of the littlest star fish in very first Broadway Workshop main stage of THE LITTLE MERMAID.
    Maya dishes on playing Belissa in Disney Channel's Bizaardvark, and receiving an Emmy nomination for her work on Nickelodeons History and Heritage and creating the YA SISTERS with her sister Tehya,
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    • 57 min
    Jennifer Damiano - American Girl

    Jennifer Damiano - American Girl

    TONY Nominee, Jennifer Damiano talks about being a teenage Broadway star in episode 40 of LITTLE ME: Growing Up Broadway.
    Jenn sits down with Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli and tells listeners about her wonderful experience performing in shows with Random Farms Kids Theater, playing Josefina and Samantha in The American Girls Revue at American Girl Place, traveling to Los Angeles for a Sex and the City promo, and making her Broadway debut in the original company of Spring Awakening at 15 years old.
    Jenn shares what it was like being in the hottest show in New York in tenth grade, her magical first experience attending and performing at the Tony Awards, booking the role of Natalie in Next to Normal and why the show changed her life, working with the talented Michael Greif, being a part of the evolving nature of the show between the Off-Broadway and Broadway productions, and receiving her first Tony Award nomination at only 17 years old for her brilliant portrayal of Natalie.
    Jenn talks about the excitement and fear surrounding Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the transition from the intimate feel of Next to Normal to the big Broadway production of Spider-Man, working again with Duncan Sheik on American Psycho and Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, and tells listeners to look forward to Black No More, a new musical at The Signature Theatre with The New Group when theater returns to New York.
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    • 1 hr 2 min

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