|JENA SIMMONS (Noël) Jena is 10 years old and is thrilled to be making her Debut as Noel in the First U.S. National Tour of Noel the Musical. At the age of 6, Jena began her theatrical journey appearing as Little Eponine, the Farmer’s Daughter and the Urchin in Les Miserables at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. Other professional theatre credits include Gypsy as Baby June at the Garden Theatre and Annie as Annie at the Alhambra Theatre. Student productions include Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley as Cousin Sophie and Mulan as Mushu. Jena made her Television debut in an Investigation Discovery series as Marivon. Jena’s been in various TV commercials such as Carnival Cruise Lines, HHgregg Appliance, Chrysler, Universal Studios and Garden of Life. Toy Commercials include Tybo Tie Dye, Zits, Magnaflex, Play Face Pals and Flip A Zoos. Jena actively models in the commercial print industry most recently for Walgreens. Visit jenasimmons.com|
|ELLIE BROWER (Noël u/s) National Tour Debut! Ellie has appeared in Annie (Annie), Little House on the Prairie. (Laura Ingalls), Freckleface Strawberry (Francine Freckle) and Addams Family. Film: “The Darkening Sun” (upcoming). 2018 Hal Leonard North American Vocal Competition Finalist. Ellie speaks reads and writes Mandarin Chinese. Thanks to the NOEL team, Nancy Carson, and my loving family!|
The Gazette – 11/25/2018
“Jena Simmons, 11, from Jupiter, Fla., is utterly charming in the title role. When Noel finally dries her tears, Simmons belts out her big solo with all the gusto you’d expect from her previous professional star turn as ‘Annie.'”
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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.
BroadwayWorld.com - 05/04/15
“There are terrific performances by...an impressive newcomer, Leon Outlaw, Jr., one of three boys alternating in the role of young Michael Jackson."
Hollywood Reporter - 05/04/15
“...a young Michael Jackson, (a showstopping Leon Outlaw Jr.)..."
LA Times - 05/02/15
“There's no denying the appeal and importance of the deep Motown repertoire, delivered in a serviceable, energetic fashion by the earnest and vocally gifted cast, with standouts such as Leon Outlaw Jr. as a young Michael Jackson...The show's real find is Outlaw as Michael Jackson, fronting the family act that gave Motown a much-needed Adrenalin boost in 1970. Outlaw channels the tone, electric energy and crisp phrasing of the young Michael, making his performances effervescent highlights in this packed jukebox."
Examinerz - 03/27/15
“Actor Reed Shannon (who additionally portrayed the younger Berry and Little Stevie Marvel) appears to channel each the vocals and the charisma of Jackson."
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