Sunday, April 1, 2012

Broadway Boys: Mr. April 2012: Andrew Keenan-Bolger

Mr. April 2012
Andrew Keenan-Bolger

WHY HE'S MR. BROADWAY: He's the ultimate sidekick in a show about overcoming obstacles, battling the big guys in that David vs Goliath kind of way.  No, I'm not talking about the Occupy Movement.  This guy is in Disney's Newsies, the biggest hit show Mickey and Company have had on their hands in years.  Of course, if you know anything about Mr. April, you know he has made a professional career thanks in large part to Disney Theatricals - he's appeared in Mary Poppins on tour and on Broadway, and he was part of the world premiere of the stage version of Disney's Aladdin.  No stranger to family-friendly fare, he's also done much work on behalf of the Doctor - Seuss, I mean, having appeared in Seussical and the National Tour of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  You might - if Seuss and Walt aren't your cup of tea - have seen him in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  Of course, if you are reading this blog, chances are you are all about theatre on the Internet, and here is where the latest Mr. Broadway separates himself from his peers. He has starred in the web series The Battery's Down, and now produces and directs one of his own creation: Submissions Only.  He also has his own website, does a regular video blog for Newsies and is a regular on Twitter.  One of the really good guys in the New York theatre scene, on stage and off, it is no wonder that Andrew Keenan-Bolger is Mr. Broadway for April 2012!


  • AGE: Born May 16, 1985 (He's 26!)
  • FAMILY: His sisters are actress Celia Keenan-Bolger and actress-playwright Maggie Keenan-Bolger
  • EDUCATION: 2007 graduate of University of Michigan with a BFA in Musical Theatre
  • WHERE YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN HIM: Broadway: Beauty and the Beast, Seussical, Mary Poppins, Newsies; National Tour/Regional: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Mary Poppins, High School Musical, Ragtime, Aladdin, How the Grinch Stole Christmas; Television/Film: The Naked Brothers Band, Marci X; Internet: The Battery's Down, Andrew's Blog!, Submissions Only


Head shot, at the Newsies opening,
with his sister Ms. February Celia Keenan-Bolger,
his logo photo from his blog,
and at the opening night of Carrie

TOP: as the Cat in the Hat in Seussical 
(he played JoJo on Broadway)
BOTTOM: in How the Grinch Stole Christmas


Including a reading of White Noise and
a tour of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

DISNEY'S Aladdin
TOP: Andrew (center) with the cast in a production shot
BELOW: Andrew and his cast mates celebrate
the 4th of July in San Francisco

DISNEY'S Newsies
TOP: In rehearsal with Mr. October 2011, Jeremy Jordan, 
and Andrew in his current role of Crutchie


Here is a sample of his hilarious video blog:

Here's Andrew talking about his role in Newsies and working for Disney:

And behind-the-scenes at Newsies with Andrew at the show's sitzprobe!

(Photos from Playbill Online, Getty Images, Andrew's Bolg; Videos from YouTube, using the "Embed" feature.  No copyright infringement intended: pictures and videos meant to illustrate and educate through concrete support of facts.  Content of videos by Disney on Broadway and Andrew Keenan-Bolger.)

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