LITTLE ME: Growing Up Broadway

LITTLE ME: Growing Up Broadway

Marc Tumminelli sits down with Broadway and 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 child performer as well as share his own unique insight of seeing kids go from the classroom to Broadway, sometimes overnight and the parents waiting in the wings. Performers will share tales of backstage stories, nightmare auditions, opening nights, unexpected closings, stage moms and dads, wranglers, unemployment, college and more. Produced by the Broadway Podcast Network.

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April 15, 2021 64 min
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 w...
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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 ma...
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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 rol...
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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...
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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 maki...
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March 11, 2021 75 min
Hear the story of how Broadway and West End star Linzi Hateley who went from being a high school student to starring as the title role in the original production of Carrie in this week’s episode of LITTLE ME! Linzi Hateley sits down with Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli and shares how her passion for theater developed at a very young age, playing Duffy and Pepper in a London tour of Annie, attending Italia Conti Academy ...
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It's LITTLE ME's first Birthday! We welcome back the guest that started it all - Broadway teen superstar - ANDREW BARTH FELDMAN in our first anniversary episode. So much has happened since the release of the very first episode of LITTLE ME: Growing Up Broadway on March 4, 2020. Broadway Workshop director - Marc Tumminelli and long time student, Andrew Barth Feldman break down the past year of ups and downs and unexpected tu...
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February 25, 2021 71 min
What is it like to star in the film version of the most beloved musical of all time? In this episode of LITTLE ME, actress, singer, and dancer Aileen Quinn breaks down her experience playing the title role in the 1982 hit film Annie, which launched her to worldwide stardom at only 9 years old! Aileen sits down with Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli and shares incredible stories of starting her career as a young child acti...
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February 18, 2021 53 min
Renowned theatrical agent Nancy Carson breaks down her wonderful career representing child actors in LITTLE ME’s first SPOTLIGHT episode! Nancy Carson sits down with Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli and shares her inspiring story of establishing Carson-Adler Agency in the 1970s alongside Marion Adler in a male-dominated industry, how Annie changed the game for child performers and demonstrated the need for proper voice ...
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February 11, 2021 65 min
Lion's and Tigers and Bears and Jessica Grové! Jessica talks about her magical teens years playing "Dorothy" in the MSG/National Tour of The Wizard of Oz! Broadway's Jessica Grové sits down with Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli and shares her story of growing up in Ohio and performing in community theater shows with her family-including two productions of The Music Man, auditioning, attending a callback,...
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February 4, 2021 59 min
Heather Tepe shares her remarkable Broadway story on this week’s episode of LITTLE ME! Heather sits down with Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli and tells LITTLE ME listeners her dream of performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as a young girl, dressing up as Annie and singing “Tomorrow” in beauty pageants, the heartwarming story of her third grade classmates decorating their classroom when she booked the role of ...
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January 28, 2021 62 min
Jess LeProtto shares his backstage Broadway story in this week’s episode of LITTLE ME: Growing Up Broadway. Jess sits down with Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli and tells his story of beginning dance classes at the age of three, performing in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Nashville, booking his first Broadway show at the age of 11-The Boy From Oz, going on as young Peter Allen with 40 of his family members and ...
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January 21, 2021 54 min
Broadway Star, Lilli Cooper breaks down her time starring in Spring Awakening while attending high school in this week’s episode of LITTLE ME! Lilli sits down with Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli and shares her amazing story of growing up only blocks away from Broadway, visiting her dad, Tony Award-winning actor Chuck Cooper backstage at his shows, finding her group of friends through musical theater, and booking her ve...
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In Episode 31, Little Me host and Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli is joined by Broadway veteran Andrew Keenan-Bolger! Andrew shares his incredible story of growing up as a theater kid in Detroit, booking one of his first auditions in New York Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, beginning his lengthy career of working for Disney Theatricals, running wild with other Broadway kids at the Marriott Marquis on two-show days, pe...
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December 17, 2020 66 min
In episode 30, Little Me host and Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli welcomes Broadway legend Donna Marie Asbury for an incredibly fun chat about her nearly 50 year career working on Broadway! Donna tells her backstage and on stage story of her start singing "These Boots Where Made for Walkin'" in Tony Grant's Stars of Tomorrow, meeting her first manager Loretta Marshall, booking her first Broadway show - t...
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In episode 29, Little Me host and Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli catches up with Broadway superstar - Richard H. Blake! Richard shares his incredible story of making his Broadway debut at the age of 12 in 1987 in the musical Teddy and Alice, moving directly to MACBETH on Broadway alongside Christopher Plummer, Glenda Jackson and Cherry Jones on Broadway and then becoming the youngest person in history to have his name ...
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December 3, 2020 66 min
In episode 28, Little Me host and Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli is joined by TV, film and Broadway star Jenna Ushkowitz for a in depth chat! Jenna shares her incredible story of growing up on Long Island, making her Broadway debut in The King And I, performing on Sesame Street, booking a ton of commercials, backstage hang outs with Lou Diamond Phillips & Donna Murphy, performing on the Macy's Thanksgiving Para...
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In episode 27, Little Me host and Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli sits down with Broadway child star, Shelley Bruce! At the age of 7, Shelley Bruce made her film debut in "The Godfather," she went on to appear in dozens of TV commercials, before becoming the understudy to a then unknown Sarah Jessica Parker in the Broadway revival of "The Innocents”. in 1977 she originated the role of the orphan 'Kate&#...
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In episode 26, Little Me host and Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli catches up with TONY nominee, Jarrod Spector! Jarrod tells his story of his start at the age of 5 on the Al Alberts Showcase as well as incredible backstage stories of winning Star Search at the age of 6, making his Broadway debut as Gavroche in Les Miserables, playing the role of Frankie in Jersey Boys, receiving a 2014 TONY nomination for creating the r...
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November 6, 2020 66 min
Little Me host and Broadway Workshop director, Marc Tumminelli catches up with Broadway legend, Rachelle Rak in episode 25 of Little Me: Growing Up Broadway. Rachelle tells her story of growing up in Pittsburgh, PA and dancing every day at her mothers dance studio before leaving high school to perform in the Broadway National Tour of CATS! Rachelle tells us the backstage story of being on tour while still being a high school stude...
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