|FRANKIE LEONI (Young Calogero) Frankie is thrilled to make his touring debut in A Bronx Tale and continue in the role that he portrayed in the Broadway production! Thank you to Antonia DeNardo at Millennium Artists, my amazing team at Abrams Artists Agency, Tara Rubin Casting, the cast and crew, and FWCD School. Special thanks to my parents for their love & support, and a shoutout to my best friend and brother Rocco! Follow @leoniboyz|
|SHANE PRY (Young Calogero alt.) Shane is extremely grateful to make his professional debut in this awesome role and production! Other favorite performances include Willy Wonka Jr. (Charlie), “PA Live!” (television show), workshops inspired by Disney’s The Descendants (Ben), Frozen (Hans) and Shawnee Riverfest. Huge thanks to Marc, Anya, Paradigm, Tara Rubin Casting, the creative team, DANJ and all of his dance teachers, Christina, Danny, Midge, mom, dad, Cassidy, family/friends, and God.|
Twin Cities Arts Reader – 02/20/2019
“The real crime in A Bronx Tale is that child actor Frankie Leoni isn’t featured after the first several scenes. Sure, there’s violence, gambling, and outright murder going on – but after seeing Leoni’s effusive energy, charisma, and triple threat of acting, singing, and dancing, you really kind of wish that the whole show was about Young Calogero….The high-energy sequence of ‘Roll ‘Em’ and ‘I Like It’ (both of which heavily feature the excellent Leoni) is about as perfect a one-two combo as ever can be found … You might want to come back again, though, just to see Frankie Leoni rock in it scene after scene. Keep an eye on that kid, he’s going places.”
Twin Cities Pioneer Press – 02/20/2019
“Meanwhile, Frankie Leoni does a fine job with young Calogero as we watch him lose his innocence.”
Broadway World National Tours – 02/13/2019
“…we become invested in the story of young Calogero (played with confident aplomb by Frankie Leoni on open night in Nashville)…”
JHP Entertainment – 02/13/2019
“Opening night in Nashville featured Leoni in the role and I have to say, he absolutely stole the show. The young actor’s stage presence, timing, delivery and his ability to belt a tune and keep up with the rest of the cast as they perform Sergio Trujillo’s blissful choreography was mind-blowingly entertaining….I have to admit, I kept waiting for the full switch and inevitable exit of Leoni as the young Calogero, but was pleasantly surprised the talented young actor remained a central part of the story as long as he did.”
Nashville Parent – 02/13/2019
“…the 9-year-old version played by the enthusiastic Frankie Leoni…”
Carolina Curtain Call – 02/07/2019
“…a confident and spunky Frankie Leoni played an opening night the hearty youth role of Young Calogero…”
Run DMT – 02/01/2019
“Throughout the performance, two cast members truly stood out to me:…and Frankie Leoni (Young Calogero). The talents of these two young performers added a fun spunky softness and balance to the overt machismo. Not to mention the pipes on Bell and Leoni will blow you away.”
BroadwayWorld Tampa/St. Petersburg – 01/30/2019
“In his early years Young Calogero played with the upmost professionalism by Frankie Leoni witnesses a murder and is forced to participate in a line-up. … Commanding the stage and truly being the one to watch Frankie Leoni sang ‘I LIKE IT’ to the point where I was literally breathless, with such tremendous power in someone of his age he danced and sang larger than life on such a big stage and truly deserves mentioning.”
Dallas News – 12/31/2018
“The story begins with a murder witnessed by the 9-year-old Calogero, Palminteri’s given name, played with swagger and style by Burleson’s own Frankie Leoni (who alternates with Shane Pry at some performances.”
Datebook (San Francisco Chronicle) – 11/29/2018
“Leoni, as the younger Calogero…has the snappy zing to his dance moves of a much more mature performer.”
For All Events – 11/29/2018
“Memorable, in addition to a healthy peppering of humor and do-wop songs that instantly zoomed me back to the era, are Frankie Leoni as young Calogero…”
The Mercury News – 11/29/2018
“…spunky Frankie Leoni…”
San Francisco Examiner – 11/29/2018
“Calogero, played as a kid by the full-voiced Frankie Leoni…”
Outword Magazine – 11/22/2018
“Frankie Leoni is also excellent as the young Calogero.”
Culver City News – 11/19/2018
“…with Frankie Leoni stealing the show as Young Calogero in ‘Roll ‘Em’ as Sonny teaches him how to throw the dice with flare…”
Observations Along the Road – 11/16/2018
“Frankie/Shane…gave a remarkable performance: strong singing, strong dancing, strong voice, strong characterization. He was also a lot of fun to watch”
Daily Trojan – 11/15/2018
“…Leoni delights endlessly with his energy and musicality as young Calogero…”
Broadway World Los Angeles – 11/12/2018
“Leoni is a standout as little Calogero. It’s engaging to witness a boy’s unsteady development, and Leoni captures to perfection the difficulty of loving two paternal figures.”
The Fume of Sighs – 11/12/2018
“Young actors always capture the audience’s heart and Frankie Leoni, playing young Calogero, is no exception. But he has more than his youth going for him. His dancing flows out of him seemingly effortlessly.”
It’s Not About Me – 11/12/2018
“I know that Frankie Leoni, who plays the main character, Calogero, as a nine-year-old, has been playing the part since Broadway, but it still impressed me that he was so comfortable in front of the opening night audience in this very judgmental town.”
On Stage Blog – 11/12/2018
“Leoni is adorable onstage as he sings and dances with pizzazz beyond his age.”
Patch.com – 11/12/2018
“‘I Like It’ by 9-year-old Calogero (Frankie Leoni/Shane Pry, nearly stealing the show)…”
Los Angeles Daily News – 11/09/2018
“His dances look best, though, on tiny Leoni…the level of commitment yet ease with which the lad moves.”
Buffalo Theatre Guide – 10/20/2018
“His juvenile self, played in this production by Frankie Leoni, is a plum role for a young male on Broadway. The actor must be a true triple threat, and Leoni is up to the challenge. His performance benefits from being honed on Broadway.”
BroadwayWorld Central New York – 10/18/2018
“Young Calogero, played by Frankie Leoni, is an absolute thrill to watch on stage. He looks no older than 9 or 10 years old, and yet he had the entire audience in the palm of his hand. His singing and dancing were well beyond his years, but more impressive was the overall ‘greaser’ persona that he developed. There were surely many an audience member dying to pinch his cheeks.”
Democrat & Chronicle – 10/19/2018
“The show begins through the eyes of Young Calogero, superbly played in this performance by the heartwarmingly huggable Frankie Leoni, (also performed by Shane Pry) who, after witnessing the murder, becomes increasingly perplexed by the difference between good and bad and all the areas of gray in between.”
Rochester City Newspaper – 10/19/2018
“…and young Frankie Leoni plays the 9-year-old version of C for almost the entire first act. Both actors are incredibly strong leads, with stylized vocals and stunning focus amid the more than 18 musical numbers of the two-hour production.”
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Leon Outlaw Jr.
LEON OUTLAW JR. (Young Berry/Stevie/Michael Jackson alt.) At a very young age Leon began to sing and dance to the amazement of his parents. Inspired by Michael Jackson and James Brown, Leon made his stage debut at age 9. Ecstatic about being a part of Motown and Thanks God, family & Friends. Facebook, Leon-C-Outlaw-Jr; Twitter, @leoncoutlawjr; Instagram, LJOutlaw312.
Reed Lorenzo Shannon
REED L. SHANNON (Young Berry/Stevie/Michael Jackson alt.) was trained at NC Theatre Conservatory. He has performed roles in NCTC productions of Who’s Tommy, In the Heights and on the main stage in Oliver!. Reed received rave reviews while in the cast of “Les Misérable” (2014 – Gavroche) with NCT and Broadway Series South. www.reedshannon.com.
Broadway World - 03/27/15
“Reed L. Shannon is a loud favorite with the crowd, not only because he is a kid, but also because the boy can move like a pro and belt out his ABC's like a young Michael Jackson."
Tampa Bay - 03/18/15
“When little Michael Jackson (Reed L. Shannon) comes out, hold on to your purple porkpie hat."
TBO.com - 03/18/15
“Reed L. Shannon gets a special shout-out for tackling the roles of young Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder."
BWW Orlando - 03/11/15
“Finally, Leon Outlaw, Jr. nearly stole Orlando's opening night performance as Young Berry, Young Stevie Wonder, and Young Michael Jackson."
Orlando Sentenial - 03/11/15
“But the house is brought down by Leon Outlaw Jr. as a young Michael Jackson. (Reed L. Shannon plays the role at some performances.)"
Orlando Weekly - 03/11/15
“Leon Outlaw, Jr. (alternating with Reed L. Shannon) was the audience favorite as a charismatic young Michael Jackson"
Florida Theater On Stage - 02/25/15
“The crowd favorite is Leon Outlaw Jr. (alternating with Reed L. Shannon) as Little Stevie Wonder and then Michael Jackson whose Jackson Five medley is a veritable time machine."
Miami Herald - 02/25/15
“Leon Outlaw Jr., who alternates in the role of young Michael Jackson with Reed L. Shannon, drives the audience crazy by taking it to a time of innocence and promise in the life of the now-lost superstar."
Herald Sun - 02/19/15
“Leon Outlaw Jr. played the young star during Wednesday night’s show, and gave a crowd-pleasing performance of multiple Jackson 5 hits."
BWW Boston - 02/12/15
“Leon Outlaw, Jr. (who rotates in the role with Nathaniel Cullors and Reed L. Shannon) has all of the swagger and all of the moves to be the King of Pop incarnate."
Philly Now - 01/16/15
“The mini Michael Jackson (Reed L. Shannon), who gracefully and stunningly leads the Jackson 5, was awe-inspiring. It was actually a striking experience to imagine what kinds of powers the Jackson 5 had back in the day, and despite how we revere them now, it must’ve been something really special to watch the Jacksons ascend to stardom in real time. MJ was 12 when “ABC” hit the air, and it doesn’t seem like Shannon was too far from that age last night. Dude deserves so many high-fives for destroying his gig, both in vocal execution and dance moves."
Twin Cities Daily Planet - 12/23/14
“As amazing as all of the characters were, one of the biggest standouts was the youngest member in the cast. Reed L. Shannon (Young Berry Gordy/Young Stevie Wonder/Young Michael Jackson) was such a shining light. Jaws dropped when this little boy opened his mouth to sing. He had spark, passion and stole the show with his outstanding presence."
Star Tribune - 12/17/14
“Other standouts include Reed Shannon’s stirring and vibrant Michael Jackson..."
DSM Magazine - 12/4/14
“Standouts included the young Michael Jackson (Reed L. Shannon), who bounded on stage and effortlessly channeled the preternatural talent of the Jackson Five star."
Broadway World St. Louis - 11/21/14
“Reed L. Shannon (the role is split with Leon Outlaw, Jr.) is also a joy as the younger versions of Gordy, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson."
MLive - 11/04/14
“Leon Outlaw Jr. and Reed L. Shannon are so talented in the roles of the young Gordy, young Stevie Wonder and young Michael Jackson that you'll probably have to blink several times to make sure you aren't seeing the originals on stage. They are that good."
Daily Tribune - 10/23/14
“...enjoy the hit parade as well as show-stopping performances by...Reed L. Shannon as Michael Jackson."
Detroit News - 10/23/14
“One of the biggest ovations, and justly so, came when young Reed L. Shannon came dancing out as Michael Jackson with the Jackson 5, purple hat cocked just so, his purple fringe vest an exact copy of one of MJ's '70s outfits. Shannon's voice perfectly evoked the beauty of Jackson's winsome young voice on songs like "Who's Lovin' You," and "I Want You Back.""
Encore Michigan - 10/23/14
“...and ohmigod, young Reed L. Shannon as 10-year-old Michael Jackson fronting the Jackson 5 in their prime. (Note: Shannon alternates with Leon Outlaw, Jr., no doubt similarly impressive.)"
Freep.com - 10/23/14
“Reed L. Shannon, who played young Michael on opening night, was spot-on in both the vocal and dance departments."
Ohio.com - 10/11/14
“Audience members called out to characters, sang along and went crazy over young Reed Shannon — a knockout singer and dancer as young Michael Jackson."
BLAC Detroit - Oct. 2014
“And prepare to be blown away by either Leon Outlaw Jr. or Reed L. Shannon, the two child actors who share the role of young Michael Jackson."
SF Bay View - 09/07/14
“The cast is phenomenal...Gordy as a child and an adult (Reed L. Shannon (the night I attended)), Stevie Wonder and, of course, Michael Jackson (Reed L. Shannon). "
Napa Valley Register - 08/27/14
“...And who couldn’t fall in love with Reed L. Shannon as the young Michael Jackson? Close your eyes and you’ll swear you’re listening to the young man who went on to achieve superstar status. The timbre of Shannon’s voice raised gooseflesh (“I’ll Be There”)."
Stanford Daily - 08/27/14
“Reed L. Shannon, who plays young musical prodigy Michael Jackson, wows the audience with his powerhouse voice and captivating grin."
BroadwayWorld.com San Francisco - 08/23/14
"Reed L. Shannon as a young Michael Jackson was worth the price of admission all on his own. I always have a worry about actors sounding (or not sounding) like their famous counterparts but Shannon hit it out of the park! It was like watching Michael perform onstage in real life. It was just a treat!"
A Beast in a Jungle - 08/21/14
"Reed L. Shannon’s jaw-dropping turn as Michael Jackson"
The San Francisco Appeal - 08/21/14
"...Reed Lorenzo Shannon is fantastic as young Michael Jackson..."
San Francisco Gate - 08/20/14
"... Any list of this show's musical highlights, of which there are many, has to start with young Reed L. Shannon as Michael Jackson (sharing the role with Leon Outlaw Jr.) wailing through Jackson 5 hits like "I Want You Back," "ABC," "The Love You Save" and "I'll Be There."
San Jose Mercury News - 08/20/14
"And when the pint-size Michael Jackson (a spot-on Reed L. Shannon) introduces "ABC," you can almost hear the gold records being pressed."
Chicagoist - 05/16/14
“Reed L. Shannon’s young Michael Jackson is a talented crowd-pleaser"
NWI Times - 05/16/14
“And some of the most lively and energetic scenes, rousing many musical emotions and memories, come from Reed L. Shannon as young Berry Gordy, Michael Jackson during the Jackson Five years, as well as the young, swaying, smiling and sunglasses-clad child prodigy Stevie Wonder."
Splash Magazines - 05/16/14
“However, the key players are Clifton Oliver (Berry Gordy), Allison Semmes (Diana Ross), Nicholas Christopher (Smokey Robinson), Jarran Muse (Marvin Gaye and Leon Outlaw, Jr. and Reed L. Shannon ) who share the roles of young Berry, Steve Wonder and Michael Jackson."
The Fourth Walsh - 05/13/14
“...and the spunky Reed L. Shannon (Michael Jackson) embodied their characters."
Chicago Theatre Review - 05/10/14
“Reed L. Shannon practically steals the show as Michael Jackson."
Showbiz Chicago - 05/10/14
“...I defy anyone not to find the love (and respect) in Reed L. Shannon’s Michael Jackson..."
Broadway World - 05/09/14
“And finally, credit must be given to youngest cast member Reed L. Shannon, who particularly shines as the young Michael Jackson. Performing such hits as "ABC" and "I Want You Back" in the second act, Shannon truly steals the show. He's real cute, but he's real talented too."
Rock Chicago - 05/09/14