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Emma Crow

EMMA CROW (Zaneeta Shinn) Emma Crow started dancing at the age of two at Christine Taylor’s North Jersey School of Dance Arts (NJSDA) in Hackettstown, NJ, where she was trained primarily by ballet mistress Luba Gulyaeva. In 2016, Emma was the overall gold medalist at The World Ballet Competition (WBC), and was chosen to perform at the All Star Galas in 2016 and 2018. She has been attending the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School (JKO) since 2018 where she is currently training with Cynthia Harvey, Robert La Fosse, Petrusjka Broholm, and Ethan Stiefel. Over the years she has performed with the ABT Company at the Metropolitan Opera House as a supernumerary. Emma has also performed at the Joyce Theater, and The Morgan Library in NYC.

Benjamin Pajak

BENJAMIN PAJAK (Winthrop Paroo) Broadway debut! Benjamin has appeared on promos for ESPN, and voiced lead characters for a popular animated show. Regional: You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (UCPAC); Mirror, Mirror (BKA). The Music Man is the dream that got me through the pandemic; many thanks to the creative team and Telsey + Co. for this opportunity! Many thanks to Barry Kolker and Bonnie Shumofsky Bloom for their constant support.

Kayla Teruel

KAYLA TERUEL (Amaryllis) is so excited to make her Broadway debut with such an incredible cast! Prior credits include Les Misérables National Tour (Little Cosette/Young Eponine) and The King and I National Tour (Princess Ying Yaowalak). Gratitude to Telsey + Co., the entire creative team, Nancy Carson, Jen Merlino, Catrina Clark, and Walker Clark. Love to Mom, Dad, Jana, and extended family throughout the U.S. and Philippines!

JT Church

JT CHURCH (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut! On television, he starred in Hallmark’s “Christmas Waltz,” was a Junior Pro and won the inaugural season of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars Junior,” and was the runner-up on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance: Next Generation.” He was a member of Abercrombie Kids “Kind Crew,” a team of kids enlisted to inspire other young people and spread kindness, which aired on Nickelodeon’s YouTube channel. JT dedicates his performance to his Uncle Bruce.

William Thomas Colin

WILLIAM THOMAS COLIN (Swing) is beyond excited to make his Broadway debut with The Music Man! Prior credits include A Christmas Story (National Tour). Thanks to Telsey + Co., the entire creative team, Kim Pedell, DanceWorks, Badiene Magaziner, Ruobing Zhang, and my family for your amazing love and support.

Carlee Flanagan

CARLEE FLANAGAN (Ensemble, Gracie Shinn, u/s Amaryllis) is honored and excited to be making her Broadway debut in The Music Man. She spends most of her days dancing back home at Stars on Stage Dance Academy studying all genres, but her favorite is lyrical/contemporary. Carlee would like to thank Bre, Greg, and the entire team at MSA NYC for their support and for believing in her at such a young age. She would like to send much love to her family and friends, but especially to Mom, Dad, and Lindsay and Kaylee, her two sisters, for always rearranging their schedules so that she can follow her dreams.

Ethen Green-Younger

ETHEN GREEN-YOUNGER (Ensemble, u/s Winthrop Paroo) is an 11-year-old singer/dancer/actor who is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut in The Music Man. When Ethen is not dancing or singing, he loves to read and design fashion. He is honored and grateful for the love and support from his family and friends. Ethen would also like to thank everyone who has helped him along his journey to manifestation; as he believes, to think of a thing is a prophecy of its fulfillment!

Emily Jewel Hoder

EMILY JEWEL HODER (Ensemble, Swing, u/s Amaryllis) is SO excited to be making her Broadway debut at 10 years old in The Music Man! She was last seen as Little Cosette/Young Eponine on the Broadway National Tour of Les Misérables. Her first regional production at the age of 6 was Annie (Molly) starring Sally Struthers at The Wick Theatre. Other Regional credits: The Music Man (Amaryllis), Wick Theatre; Annie (Molly), NC Theatre; Jungle Book (Mowgli), AP Miracle Theatre. Thank you to my family, friends, and teachers for all your support! Special thanks to Nancy Carson, Kim Pedell, and Telsey casting for a dream come true! And a big thank-you to Marilynn Wick, Norb Joerder, and Eric Woodall for always believing in me!

Ethan Lafazan

ETHAN LAFAZAN (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut in The Music Man. Previous theater credits include Into the Woods (Narrator), Merrily We Roll Along (Frankie Jr.), and Lion King Jr. (Young Simba) at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts. He is currently a seventh grader at Randolph (NJ) Middle School, and studies voice and acting at Annie’s Playhouse School of Performing Arts under Steven Bednaz, Annie Forgione, and Katie McShane. A trained competition dancer, Ethan studies at the Dance Academy of North Jersey under Jason Luks and has won several awards including Regional Junior Titlist at the American Dance Awards and Onstage NY. Ethan would like to thank his agent, Barry Kolker, and manager, Susan Lipton. He’d also like to thank his family, friends, teachers, and mentors for their unwavering support and inspiration.

Kayla LaVine

KAYLA LAVINE (Ensemble) is so excited to be making her Broadway debut in The Music Man! She has also participated in the Chita Rivera Awards, NBC’s opening number for the “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” The Cher Show on Broadway (pre-production), “Dance Against Cancer” with the Verdon Fosse Legacy, and Broadway for Biden’s “In Our America: A Concert for the Soul of the Nation.” Kayla was classically trained by Laurie Kanyok from the age of 13, and in spring of 2021 she graduated from the Institute for American Musical Theatre in NYC. Kayla is represented by Bloc NYC.

Tanner Quirk

TANNER QUIRK (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut! First National Tour/Toronto: Matilda (Eric); New York City Ballet: The Nutcracker (Nutcracker Prince/Fritz), Swan Lake (Small Jester), and Romeo + Juliet (Mandolin Boy); NAMT: The Consoling Mechanism (Asher). Thanks to Telsey, The Music Man team, Nancy Carson, Mom, Dad, Beckett, and Esmé.

 

Review Quotes

amNY

“… adorable Benjamin Pajak as Winthrop…”

Deadline

“Benjamin Pajak, coming into his own with the crowd pleaser “Gary, Indiana””

Hollywood Reporter

“Tyke actor Benjamin Pajak is delightful as Marian’s socially withdrawn little brother, as are the large number of other children in the cast, who sing and dance as if they’ve been treading the boards for decades.”

New York Stage Review (Finkle)

“Benjamin Pajak gets a paragraph of praise to himself. He’s Marian’s lisping young brother Winthrop Paroo. It may be that the young man, who plays a few notes on a trumpet, is the most unselfconscious member of the cast. Evidently, it all comes natural to him. If there’s a scene-stealer on this stage, he’s it, reviving the old warning against acting with children or dogs.”

New York Stage Review (Oxfeld)

“And arguably even better is the ensemble of teen and kid singers and dancers enlisted as the children of River City, especially the winsome Benjamin Pajak as young Winthrop”

New York Theatre Guide

“Any effort to resist the virtuosic children in this production, particularly Benjamin Pajak as Marian’s brother Winthrop, would prove a fool’s errand.”

Showbiz 411

“…Benjamin Pajak, who nearly steals the show.”

Slant Magazine

“Pajak is a sweetly sophisticated young actor, and Winthrop’s caring, goofy relationship with his older sister is at the heart of this Music Man’s most tender moments.”

Time Out New York

“…Little Benjamin Pajak is a treasure…”

Variety

“Although often deadly to theatrical norms, these kids are little dynamos and really well directed. Tops among this disciplined gang is Benjamin Pajak, who is a little marvel as Winthrop Paroo, Marian’s kid brother. Even in a great big show like this, Zaks clears the room for a quiet and very sweet fishing scene beautifully underplayed by Pajak and Jackman…even a kiddo like Kayla Teruel, who plays one of Marian’s music students adorably named Amaryllis, owns the stage for her brief turn in “Piano Lesson.””

Washington Post

“…adorable Benjamin Pajak delivers a sweet performance…”

The Wrap

“…young Benjamin Pajak is a charmer as the stuttering boy Winthrop…”
 

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