Welcome to BroadwayWorld's exclusive talk show, BACKSTAGE WITH Richard Ridge. Follow Richard as he visits the theater's best and brightest in their dressing rooms, on their stages and favorite hang outs to talk about their lives, careers and all of the things you don't know, but want to know.
In this installment, Richard presents the brother and sister powerhouse duo Celia and Andrew Keenan-Bolger, she starring in the hit new play Peter And The Starcatcher and he in Disney's newest blockbuster, Newsies. Below, the famous siblings talk about finding success in New York at a young age, all about thier respective Broadway hits this season, other ventures (SUBMISSIONS ONLY!) family life, and just why they continue to do everything they can in support of gay marriage.
Celia made her Broadway debut in 2005 starring in William Finn's musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, where she originated the role of Olive Ostrovsky. For this performance, she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Also on Broadway, she has played the coveted role of Eponine on the revival of Les Misérables from October 2006 to April 2007. Most recently, she starred as Mary Flynn in the Encores! production of Merrily We Roll Along. Off Broadway, she appeared in the Playwrights Horizons' Saved, the Bachelorette at the Second Stage Theatre and Adam Bock's A Small Fire, opposite Michele Pawk and Reed Birney.
Andrew performed in the original 2000 cast of Seussical on Broadway, and has also appeared on Broadway in Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol, and Mary Poppins. He has appeared in the first national tours of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Ragtime, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, as well as Disney's Aladdin, High School Musical on Stage! at North Shore Music Theatre and Perez Hilton Saves the Universe at the 2008 Fringe Festival. He is the co-creator, director and sometimes star of the hit web series SUBMISSIONS ONLY, which showcases what really goes on off stage in the world of aspiring theatrical professionals, and is broadcast on BroadwayWorld.com.
To catch Celia and Andrew nightly on the Great White Way, visit www.peterandthestarcatcher.com and www.newsiesthemusical.com, respectively.