|BRODY BETT (alt. Michael Llewellyn Davies, Jack Llewellyn Davies) Brody is 8 years old. Previous roles include The Grand Duke (Cinderella), Curly the Lost Boy (Peter Pan), King of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland), Tiny Tim and Ghost of Christmas Future (A Christmas Carol) and Chip (Beauty and the Beast). He has perfect pitch, plays the piano and drums.|
|SETH ERDLEY (alt. George Llewellyn Davies, Peter Llewellyn Davies, Jack Llewellyn Davies) Seth is thrilled to make his national tour debut with Finding Neverland. Favorite credits: School of Rock (Zach Mooneyham), Pippin (Theo), and Oliver (Oliver). Thanks to Lauren, Dean, Lyn, Blythe and Mr. Marrs. Love and thanks to Dad, Mom, Emma, Ethan, my friends and family for your support. Phil. 4:13|
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|CALEB REESE PAUL (alt. George Llewellyn Davies, Peter Llewellyn Davies, Jack Llewellyn Davies) Caleb is thrilled to be making his National Tour debut! Never-ending thanks to the cast and creative team, Stewart/Whitley Casting, NETworks, Shirley Grant Management, Bob Marks, Denise Simon, Janine Molinari, Hudson, family and friends, and everyone who believed along the way! www.calebreesepaul.com; @calebreesepaul|
|PAUL SCHOELLER (alt. George Llewellyn Davies, Peter Llewellyn Davies, Jack Llewellyn Davies) Paul is honored to work with the cast and crew of Finding Neverland! National Tour: The Sound of Music (Friedrich). Regional: A Christmas Story (Ralphie); Seussical, Jr. (Jojo). Thanks to Lisa Calli and the FNL creative team. I thank God for giving me talent and my parents for supporting me.|
|JOSIAH SMOTHERS (alt. Michael Llewellyn Davies, Jack Llewellyn Davies) Josiah is excited to make his National Tour debut with the first Broadway show he ever saw! Josiah is a dancer/singer/actor at Studio Bleu Dance Center and a member of Chloe and Maud Arnold’s Jr. Tap Company. Josiah would like to thank his family, Mr. Dave, Shirley Grant Management, Miss Kim, and God for this opportunity. Follow him on Instagram or Facebook @itsjosiahsmothers|
|ETHAN STOKES (alt. George Llewellyn Davies, Peter Llewellyn Davies, Jack Llewellyn Davies) Ethan is from Wisconsin, and is excited to be making his National Tour debut. Favorite credits: Jungle Book KIDS (Mowgli), Seussical Jr. (Jojo) and Aladdin Jr. NYC workshop (Genie). Special Thanks to Treehouse Theater, iTheatrics, and Stewart/Whitley. Love to Mom, Dad, Allyson, Mackenzi, cats, grandparents, family and friends. Believe!|
UMD Writer’s Bloc – 03/07/2019
“But it is this intentional averageness that makes Peter (Seth Erdley), George (Paul Schoeller), Jack (Josiah Smothers) and Michael (Brody Bett) Llewelyn Davies so fabulously refreshing as they terrorize the park with daring sword fights, buried treasure and tales of swashbuckling pirates. Erdley, Schoeller, Smothers and Bett are perfectly darling and easily fill your daily dose of cuteness with their wooden swords and tri-cornered pirate hats as they run through the park with their mother…”
DC Theatre Scene – 02/28/2019
“The kids are stellar—often funny, delivering lines with a mix of purity and sarcasm in a perfectly British way. The boys have their own backyard shindig, wherein they form a band, complete with a washboard and drums via wooden spoons, to sing ‘We’re All Made of Stars.’ Schoeller’s George is the standout, strumming a small guitar and leading the troupe as the eldest would”
MD Theatre Guide – 02/28/2019
“…the four moppets were enchanting.”
Broadway World Washington D.C. – 02/27/2019
“…the enormously talented kids…do their very best to deliver a fun evening of entertainment for all…”
DC Metro Theatre Arts – 02/27/2019
“…the kids (Seth Erdley, Paul Schoeller, Josiah Smothers, and Brody Bett on Tuesday night) are cute. …Peter (Erdley), who gets to play some additional dimensions and does so nicely…”
Theatre Bloom – 02/27/2019
“…six incredibly talented youngsters who shuffle to fill the four brothers’ roles at various performances throughout the week. The four who opened the show (Paul Schoeller as George, Josiah Smothers as Jack, Brody Bett as Michael, and particularly Seth Erdley as the more somber and pensive Peter) are not only talented with strong voices, they are utterly engaging. They provide a great energy to the show and are more thangame for embracing Michaels’ not-for-the-faint choreography. Their chemistry is so strong they could very well be brothers, and their relationships with Barrie and their mother are completely natural and easy…young Erdley is an outstanding young actor who grasps the mature soul of his character and goes toe to toe with his enthusiastic counterpart Sullivan.”
The Washington Post – 02/27/2019
“…the chipper punchlines landed by the plucky young actors playing the kids.”
Springfield News-Leader – 01/30/2019
“Offering fine support are the boys alternating as the Llewelyn Davies children…”
BroadwayWorld Dayton – 01/18/2019
“…Ethan Stokes, Brody Bett, Caleb Reese Paul and Seth Erdley. The boys were integral to the story and all did a marvelous job.”
Dayton Local – 01/17/2019
“The parts of Sylvia’s four sons are rotated, on the night I attended, Peter was played by Ethan Stokes. Stokes, like each of the boys, possesses a talent level way beyond his years. From cute childlike antics, even at a fancy dinner party, to heart wrenching drama the boys expertly portray every emotion. Furthermore, for a rendition of ‘We’re All Made of Stars,’ the boys form a boy’s band that I would actually go see in concert.”
BroadwayWorld Madison – 01/13/2019
“While I ordinarily find a stage with children and a dog to be a trite gimmick, in this production it was not only necessary, but worked very well, thanks to the professionalism and talent of those kids! Seth Erdley, Paul Schoeller, Josiah Smothers, and Brody Bett, all did an amazing job at their portrayal of the Llewelyn Davies boys who inspired the show. Their vocals, choreography and theatrical presence brought a sense of realism to this fantastic tale of a man finding his own inner child.”
Isthmus – 01/12/2019
“And a massive round of applause should be given to child actor Caleb Reese Paul, who plays her son, Peter Davies, whose relationship with Barrie draws him out of his shell. The two sing a powerfully sad duet, ‘When Your Feet Don’t Touch the Ground.’”
The Gazette – 12/30/2018
“The Llewelyn Davies boys were adorable throughout, but their standout moment came when they whipped up their big number, ‘We’re All Made of Stars,’ dreaming of possibilities.”
Broadway World Albuquerque – 12/14/2018
“Caleb Reese Paul (Peter), Paul Schoeller (George), Ethan Stokes (Jack), and Josiah Smothers (Michael) are phenomenal as the Llewellyn Davies children, never missing a beat.”
Broadway World Salt Lake City – 12/05/2018
“The children, who rotate their roles nightly, are phenomenal. At the reviewed performance, Ethan Stokes played George, Josiah Smothers played Jack, and Brody Bett played Michael. Seth Erdley gave an exceptional performance as Peter.”
Front Row Reviewers Utah – 12/05/2018
“Stokes, Erdley, Bett, and Paul each hold their own onstage, equals to those they work with. In a show with many great things about it, these young actors may be what’s best about Finding Neverland. Even in duets, some with one of the brothers, but Peter’s duets with Barrie, all boys clearly and strongly hit the notes, keep in character, and are thoroughly adorable.”
Front Row Reviewers Utah – 11/30/2018
“Breathing believability into the realistic aspect of this story are the fatherless children, the Davies brothers who inspire the creation of the Darling brothers and the lost boys, Ethan Stokes as George, Paul Schoeller as Peter, Caleb Reese Paul as Jack, and Brody Bett as Michael- a darling favorite of mine no pun intended. They encompass true boyhood. They are playful, funny, genuine, and comfortable onstage. And they rotate playing different brothers depending on the performance night, along with two other young performers Seth Erdley and Josiah Smothers. Talent flows from the ability to handle that rotation alone, but I haven’t even started talking about their singing voices. They are perfectly on pitch and sing beautiful harmonies number after number. I’ve never heard a better voice from a young man as I did tonight from Schoeller. He sings a duet with leading man Sullivan, and more than holds his own and carries powerful harmonies and emotion-impressive talent from one so young.”
The Spokesman-Review – 11/16/2018
“The young actors playing the Davies boys Thursday night – Stokes, Paul Schoeller, Caleb Reese Paul and Brody Bett – all deserve high praise. Each performed beautifully, and their performance of ‘We’re All Made of Stars’ was particularly moving.”
Broadway World National Tours – 10/17/2018
“Throughout the show there are many moments that tug on the heartstrings. In a cast composed primarily of adults, Caleb Reese Paul as Peter holds his own; especially in the scenes opposite Sullivan where the two interact directly. The cheeky We Own the Night was a particular favorite for me, and a nice break to a dull adult dinner party and a great example of the imagination of a child breaking through the world of the adults. When Reese Paul and the other Llewelyn Davies children prepare for their own backyard show with the song We’re all Made of Stars the cast’s youngest performers warm your heart with their energy and enthusiasm.”
GR Mag – 10/10/2018
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VINCENT CROCILLA (Les alt.) is 9 years old and lives in Southern New Jersey. He is thrilled to be joining this amazing production and to be a part of the national touring cast of Newsies. He has been performing in the theater since the age of 5 and his regional credits include: Les Misérables (Gavroche), South Pacific (Jerome), Inherit the Wind (Timmy) and The Music Man (Winthrop). Vincent would like to thank his parents and brother Gianluca, Carson Adler Agency, Mona Greenberg, Director Jeff Calhoun and the entire creative team for this opportunity.
ANTHONY ROSENTHAL (Les alt.) Anthony has wanted to be a Newsie since seeing the original cast on Broadway two years ago. He is currently a resident of Seattle, where he started his training at PNB in Seattle, and was in “Swan Lake”. He's was in the 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of “Oliver!”, and productions with Book-it Repertory and Village KidStage.
BEN COOK (Ensemble) Broadway: Billy Elliot, Ragtime. National tour: Billy Elliot. Regional: The Kennedy Center, Folger Shakespeare, Ford’s Theatre. TV: "30 Rock", "Veep", "House of Cards" (season 3). Thanks to my family, MSA, CESD, Linda Townsend.
BWW Orlando - 01/29/15
“...Vincent Crocilla as his little brother Les...all add important layers to the newsboys. Crocilla is a comedic highlight..."
Show Biz N Flo - 01/28/15
“...standout moves by Ben Cook..."
The Charlotte Weekly - 01/09/15
“...Les (played by the scene-stealing Anthony Rosenthal, in the performance reviewed)..."
Around the Town Chicago - 12/18/14
“This is, however, an ensemble show where the dancers and the work they do under the direction (Jeff Calhoun) and the wonderful choreography (Christopher Gattelli) is mind- blowing. It is hard to believe that they can do so much and still sing and say their lines."
Chicago Theater Beat - 12/18/14
“Of the newsies, standouts include Jeff Heimbrock as Brooklyn leader Spot Conlon and Ben Cook as Race – the latter’s dance and gymnastics skills and unparalleled charisma are equally dazzling."
Talkin' Broadway - 12/18/14
“...his kid brother Les (the charming Vincent Crocilla, alternating with Anthony Rosenthal)..."
BroadwayWorld Baltimore - 12/04/14
“Vincent Crocilla (Saturday & Sunday matinee) performs the requisite Little Fella role with precisely the right amount of adorability to make the kid lovable rather than cloying and not a hint of stiffness or SuperFake StageKid Syndrome."
Louisville.com - 11/19/14
“The real star of the show is Davey’s little brother Les played by Vincent Crocilla. This youngster has better comedic timing and delivery than many A-list actors. He was definitely an audience favorite and had the crowd in an uproar of laughter at every turn."
Courier News - 11/19/14
“Crocilla portrays Les with a completely adorable and spunky demeanor that rings with authenticity."
Talkin' Broadway - 11/14/14
“On the night I saw the show, Anthony Rosenthal played Les. He has as much energy, dancing skills and singing ability as his older and more experienced cast mates. Rosenthal brings a world of charm to the stage when he performs four times in a week."
AXS.com - 11/06/14
“Standouts were Anthony Rosenthal as Les who was precocious without being a pain."
Broad Street Review - 11/06/14
“The other scene stealer is Davey’s younger brother, Les, played on opening night by Vincent Crocilla, (who alternated with Anthony Rosenthal in the role). His stage presence and singing voice filled the vast space of the Academy."
Morning Journal - 11/06/14
“...and his spunkier younger sibling, Les (portrayed Nov. 5 by Vincent Crocilla, who shares the role with Anthony Rosenthal), who gets many of the show’s best lines"
DelCoNewsNetwork - 10/31/14
“Other standouts in the top-notch cast are Zachary Sayle as “Crutchie,” Steve Blanchard as “Joseph Pulitzer” and Vincent Crocilla, 9, of Vineland, N.J. as Les."
NewsWorks.org - 10/31/14
“and at Wednesday's performance I saw a startlingly talented little guy named Vincent Crocilla in the role of the youngest newsie, played by Anthony Rosenthal in alternating performances"
Philly Network - 10/31/14
“and featuring an extraordinary nine-year-old New Jersey actor, Vincent Crocilla"
Concordy - 10/23/14