In this episode, you’ll meet two rising stars who tell us all about touring the country with big name musicals: Justin Schuman (left) and DeMarius Copes (right).
First up is Justin, who is fresh from the just-wrapped national tour of NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT. He gives us all the backstage scoop from this delightful Gershwin show, dishing on his favorite “eating cities” and how triple threats like him stay healthy and strong on the road.
You’ll hear how he became proficient in playing exactly one song on the ukulele for NICE WORK; what it was like being a “swing” for a big show like ELF at the Papermill Playhouse, and how much he loved his young experiences at the acclaimed Stagedoor Manor theatre camp. Be sure to visit Justin’s website at justinschuman.com and follow him on Instagram @schulaces for the latest on his career.
Pro tip: You’ll want to keep an eye on this up-and-comer, because next up, he heads back to Papermill Playhouse to join the cast of the new musical EVER AFTER. There’s a lot of anticipation for this production and we wish him all the best!
- NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Tour Sneak Peek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljUopZ4CPS0
- Full Casting Announced for Paper Mill Playhouse's EVER AFTER: http://www.theatermania.com/new-jersey-theater/news/ever-after-casting-paper-mill_72193.html
Our second half features DeMarius, who is now playing Henry in the first national tour of Disney’s NEWSIES. DeMarius discusses the whirlwind schedule of the young and energetic NEWSIES cast and what life is like as they sing and dance their way across the country.
He gives us fun insight into his character’s backstory (see if you can pick up the details when you see the show) and talks about how dedicated the fans of NEWSIES (aka the “fansies”) are to their favorite cast members, even creating fan artwork and fansie Instagram accounts. DeMarius talks about the excitement of going straight from college at Rider University to a big-time national tour (of the first Broadway show he ever saw!), and how he sustains his body and voice on the road to do eight shows a week.
Follow DeMarius on his official Instagram and Twitter (@demariusr_copes is his handle on both) to get a glimpse of all his adventures, and be sure to visit www.newsiesthemusical.com to find out when NEWSIES will be near you and to buy your tickets.
- Disney’s NEWSIES Tour Sneak Peek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPAzkdi0kvc
- Interview with NEWSIES choreographer with great mention and photo of Demarius: http://www.lamag.com/culturefiles/curtain-call-choreographer-gatelli-puts-the-bounce-in-the-newsies-steps/
- Disney Playlist Sessions: “Shut Up and Dance” with the cast of NEWSIES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWwdezFplzA
- NEWSIES Cast Surprises Uber Fans at Special Screening of Film Version with Live Encore: http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/NEWSIES-Cast-Surprises-Uber-Fans-At-Special-Screening-Of-Film-Version-With-Live-Encore-20150403#