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Andrew Keenan-Bolger is yet another one of our next generation actors on the rise! On Broadway, he has starred in “Seussical,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “A Christmas Carol,” and currently “Mary Poppins,” playing “Robertson Ay” (taking over the role from fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” Mark Price). Around the country, Andrew has been on the First National Tours of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (playing “Leaf Coneybear”) “The Grinch” (playing “Max”), “Mary Poppins” (also playing “Robertson Ay”), and “Ragtime.” His other theatrical credits include “It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s Superman” (Dallas Theater Center), “High School Musical” (NAMT), and “Perez Hilton Saves The Universe” (2008 NYC Fringe). Andrew is also sought after for many theatre workshops/readings. Some of his more recent ones have been “Crutchy” in Disney’s “Newsies,” “Mike TeeVee” in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (Marc Shaiman/Scott Whittman, director Sam Mendes), “Jesse” in “Truck Everlasting,” “Omar” in Disney’s “Aladdin,” and “Hal” in “Rocket Scientist” (Playwright’s Horizon).

In addition to theatre, Andrew has shined in such films and TV shows as Nickelodeon’s “The Naked Brothers Band” (“Christophe”), “Marci X,” “One Life To Live,” weekly commentator on FNMTV on MTV, and the hit web series “The Battery’s Down.”

On Monday, February 7, you can catch Andrew along with Lindsay Mendez in Ryan Scott Oliver’s Songbook release concert at 7pm and 9:30pm at Joe’s Pub in New York City!  You can also catch Andrew 8 nights a week on Broadway in Disney’s “Mary Poppins” as “Robertson Ay” at the New Amsterdam Theatre (42nd Street & 7th Avenue) in New York City! For much more on Andrew be sure to visit http://www.andrewkeenanbolger.com

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? My sisters are my biggest inspiration. My sister Maggie and I grew up watching Celia perform. When you’re a kid and your big sis is doing something she thinks is cool you’re bound to follow in her footsteps.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Oh jeez. I don’t honestly know. I just try to bark out whatever’s on the page.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I’ve always wanted to work with Michael John LaChiusa. He writes the most ingenious, challenging material in modern musical theatre. I can now cross Ryan Scott Oliver off that same list 🙂

4. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? To always wear blinders. It’s easy to compare yourself and your achievements to people around you. The time you spend looking side to side, other people are moving forward.

5. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? If I wasn’t an actor, I’d probably be involved in some aspect of filmmaking. Either editing or directing.

6. Favorite place to rehearse/practice on your own? It’s such a cliche, but my shower. I’ve come up with some crazy shit standing under that faucet.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? I try to walk to Shake Shack rather than take the subway.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.

9. Favorite website? I really love flavorwire.com. It’s a totally hipster culture blog filled with lots of free music, art and news stories.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Absolutely Superman! I spent last summer working on the Strouse and Adams musical of the same name and became fascinated with America’s long obsession with the caped hero.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I make a mean grilled cheese.

12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My boyfriend, Brian Letendre 🙂

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Andrew Barbato is an actor of the next generation. At a mere 19 years old, Andrew is making his mark! He’s had lead roles in Wheelock’s Family Theatre’s productions of “Seussical,” “Peter Pan,” “Lord of the Flies,” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”  He is the founder of Cellar Door Productions, a local Boston theatre company that gives back to the community from which it sprang. Part of the troupe’s mission is to bring theatre to the community and to aspire social change with theatre. Andrew is currently a first year student at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre School. Most recently, Andrew performed in the industry reading of fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant, Bobby Cronin’s “The Beaten Path.” Keep your eyes peeled, cause Andrew’s coming! For more on Andrew, follow him on Twitter….

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Probably “Ariel” from “The Little Mermaid.”

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Lets see, I dont know how low I can sing, but I can sing an A about the “defying gravity F” You may not believe me, but ITS TRUE haha.

3. What has been your best and worst experience in a show? Best was probably being able to FLY when I was Peter Pan, and worst was probably when I played Danny Zuko in GREASE when I was in High School hahahah!

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Well, in 5th grade I won a talent show at the Boys and Girls Club for Hulla Hopping WHILE on a Pogo-Stick!

5. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My boyfriend, Brad. Or Bea Arthur…

6. Favorite way to stay in shape? Eating raw cookie dough, pizza, and french fries.

7. Boxers or Briefs? DEFINITELY briefs!

8. Favorite musician/singer? MIKA.

9. Favorite website? Facebook. I have an addiction.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? WONDER WOMAN.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite play/musical? “Caroline or Change”

12. Who do you consider to be your hero? As corny as it sounds…Mom and Dad. They are the cutest, most supportive, loving parents.

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