Cleveland (Oct. 17-Nov. 5, 2017)
Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com – 10/23/2017
“And on Friday night, Norton youngster Harper Schmid, 5, one of two local girls cast as Lulu for the Cleveland run, added an adorable touch in her short but sweet time on stage.”
Columbus (Nov. 7-12, 2017)
Kansas City, MO (Nov. 14-19, 2017)
Minneapolis, MN (Nov. 21-26, 2017)
Cherry and Spoon – 11/22/2017
“And as a special treat, the role of little Lulu (who appears in the final scene only) is locally cast in each tour stop, and here in Minneapolis is played alternately by Prewitt Anderson and Estela Antivilo. I saw the former, and although only 5 years old and up way past her bedtime, she hit every mark and said every line clearly and stole every heart in the theater”
Appleton, WI (Nov. 28-Dec. 3, 2017)
Des Moines, IA (Dec. 5-10, 2017)
Isabelle Lee Busch
Faith, Family, and Technology – 12/06/2017
“One other cool thing that I enjoyed about this performance is how they cast 2 young, local girls to trade off playing a small part in the show. 5-year-old Eliana Mann from Urbandale played the part of Lulu in the opening night performance and she was great.”
Omaha, NE (Dec. 12-17, 2017)
Omaha.com – 12/13/2017
“Two little Omaha girls play Jenna’s daughter. Tuesday’s performer, Vienna Maas, was natural and adorable.”
Denver, CO (Dec. 19-31, 2017)
Milwaukee, WI (Jan. 2-7, 2018)
Cincinnati, OH (Jan. 9-21, 2018)
East Lansing, MI (Jan. 23-28, 2018)
Lansing State Journal – 01/24/2018
“Of course, one of the key highlights of the evening was DeWitt’s own 4-year-old Callie Rodgers (Vivian Southwell at other performances), making a delightful appearance at the end of the show. She sparkled for the entire audience to enjoy.”
Baltimore, MD (Jan. 30-Feb. 4, 2018)
Temperance “Tempie” Oppel
Baltimore’s Child – 01/31/2018
“But one thing certainly stood out—the adorable little blonde girl who took the stage during the musical’s final scene. Tempie Oppel stole the show as ‘Lulu,’ the main character Jenna’s two-year-old daughter. … Tempie’s lines were few, but the audience was charmed to pieces by her spirited dancing and cute-as-a-button kiss on her stage mom’s cheek. Bravo, Tempie!”
DC Metro Theater Arts – 01/31/2018
“We won’t spoil the ending but let’s say you will leave with tears of joy in your eyes, thanks largely to the arrival of Lulu and all her charms. She was wonderfully played on opening night by Temperance Oppel and will be played on alternate dates by the no doubt equally lovable Korie Mitchell.”
Buffalo, NY (Feb. 6-11, 2018)
Buffalo Vibe – 02/07/2018
“And our local kindergarteners who plays five-year-old Lulu must be mentioned. We saw Isabella Maritato on opening night. She could not have been more darling. Sophia Vandette will alternate with her, and surely she is just as adorable.”
Philadelphia, PA (Feb. 13-18, 2018)
Boston, MA (Feb. 20-Mar. 4, 2018)
BroadwayWorld Boston – 02/23/2018
“On opening night, Simonne Stern from Beverly, MA went on as little Lulu in her Boston Opera House debut (she alternates performances with Kelsey Davis from Millis, MA).”
Pittsburgh, PA (Mar. 6-11, 2018)
Entertainment Central Pittsburgh – 03/07/2018
“Lulu, Jenna’s daughter, appears at the end of the play and provides a beautiful and cute spark. The Lulu part is played by young girls in each city of the tour. On the Pittsburgh tour stop she is played by Ainsley Christof and Camlyn Reace.”
Charlotte, NC (Mar. 13-18, 2018)
Dallas, TX (Mar. 28-Apr. 8, 2018)
BroadwayWorld Dallas – 04/03/2018
“And, just in case there weren’t already enough sweet treats on stage, four-year-old Eliza Chabot of Farmers Branch (who alternates nightly with Quinn Johnson of Grapevine), enters late in the evening as the cherry on top, with the most adorable smile you’ve ever seen onstage (and she knows all the lyrics, too!).”
Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Apr. 11-22, 2018)
Tampa, FL (Apr. 24-29, 2018)
Durham, NC (May 1-6, 2018)
Greenville, SC (May 8-13, 2018)
Carolina Curtain Call – 05/10/2018
“In addition, two precious local tots from the Upstate alternate the role of ‘baby’ Lulu in the final scene: Charlotte Bates opened the run and Regan Ciccarelli.”
Washington, DC (May 15-Jun. 3, 2018)
DC Metro Theater Arts – 05/18/2018
“Jenna’s daughter Lulu is played on alternate performances by two local children, Alexa M. Lueck and Eva Pieja. I saw Miss Lueck, whose dancing with Ogie during curtain call was delightful.”
Nashville, TN (Jun. 5-10, 2018)
Olivia James Graves
Nashville Arts Critic – 06/09/2018
“…at show’s end, there’s a cute five-year-old added to the recipe, Lulu…For Nashville’s dates, Ellie James and Olivia Graves share Lulu duties and in one brief show-ending moment snag the spotlight and the audience’s hearts in the process.”
Lumination Network – 06/07/2018
“An especially interesting feature of the show’s tour comes from the little girls who alternate playing Lulu, Jenna’s daughter: Ellie James and Olivia James Graves, both 5 years old. Both of the girls are local talent, and Waitress marks their acting debut.”
Nashville Parent – 06/07/2018
“And a little something extra sweet comes in the ‘Opening Up’ finale. Here, two local 5-year-old girls – Eleanor ‘Ellie’ James and Olivia James Graves – alternate the role of Jenna’s daughter, Lulu. The walk on role serves as the stage debut for both little girls, certainly a wonderful experience they won’t forget.”
New Orleans, LA (Jun. 12-17, 2018)
Emma Jo Tassin
Chicago, IL (Jul. 3-22, 2018)
Around the Town Chicago – 07/04/2018
“…and the baby, around four years later, Lulu is handled by two actresses, Liana Gurevich (who we saw tonight) and Camryn Cavaliero.”
Madison, WI (Jul. 24-29, 2018)
Baltimore’s Child – 07/27/2018
“Still, by the time Jenna is triumphantly hefting her young daughter (played in rotation by Wisconsin-based urchins Rosalie Manson and Addie Manthey) there’s reason to be happy for everyone who deserves it.”
Isthmus – 07/26/2018
“Be sure to look for two of Madison’s littlest local actors in the finale: Rosalie Manson and Addie Manthey alternate in walk-on roles as Lulu – the cute-as-a-button namesake of the reinvented, reinvigorated diner, and the inspiration for Jenna’s new life.”
The Cap Times – 07/25/2018
“Finish off with a cute cameo from a Wisconsin kindergartener (Rosalie Manson, 5, from La Crosse) and that might just be all the ingredients we need.”
Los Angeles, CA (Aug. 2-26, 2018)
Observations Along the Road – 08/05/2018
“The remaining two cast members were Elizabeth and Catherine Last, who play Jenna’s daughter, Lulu, in the last scene. They alternate the role; we had Elizabeth at our performance. Their main job is to come on stage and be cute, and they do.”
Seattle, WA (Sept. 6-11, 2018)
Broadway World Seattle – 09/12/18
“And last, but certainly not least, local actress Bailey Gonzalez stole everyone’s heart in her few moments at the end as Jenna’s daughter Lulu.”
Portland, OR (Sept. 18-23, 2018)
Salt Lake City, UT (Sept. 25-30, 2018)
Essie Kathryn Barrett
Phoenix/Tempe, AZ (Oct. 2-7, 2018)
Las Vegas, NV (Oct. 9-14, 2018)
San Francisco, CA (Oct. 15-Nov. 11, 2018)
Costa Mesa, CA (Nov. 13-25, 2018)
Stage Scene LA – 11/13/2018
“Child charmers Catherine Last and Elizabeth Last alternate as Lulu.”
San Diego, CA (Nov. 27-Dec. 2, 2018)
Daily Actor – 11/29/2018
“And a special shout out to San Diego’s own Kensley Dibble, who plays Jenna’s daughter, Lulu (Sloane Viora shares the role with her), at the end of the show. She actually gave Morse a run for his money as a scene stealer.”
The San Diego Union-Tribune – 11/28/2018
“On Wednesday night, 5-year-old Kensley Dibble danced her toes off as Lulu, Jenna’s daughter. She alternates in the part this week with 5-year-old Sloane Viora of Point Loma.”
Tucson, AZ (Dec. 4-9, 2018)
Spokane, WA (Dec. 12-16, 2018)
San Antonio, TX (Jan. 8-13, 2019)
Memphis, TN (Jan. 15-20, 2019)
Austin, TX (Jan. 22-27, 2019)
Penelope “Ellie” Hall
Houston, TX (Jan. 29-Feb. 3, 2019)
Atlanta, GA (Feb. 5-10, 2019)
Richmond, VA (Feb. 12-17, 2019)
Naples, FL (Feb. 19-24, 2019)
Miami, FL (Feb. 26-Mar. 3, 2019)
West Palm Beach, FL (Mar. 5-10, 2019)
Jacksonville, FL (Mar. 12-17, 2019)
Oklahoma City, OK (Mar. 19-24, 2019)
St. Louis, MO (Mar. 26-Apr. 7, 2019)
Fayetteville, AR (Apr. 9-14, 2019)
Tulsa, OK (Apr. 16-21, 2019)
Indianapolis, IN (Apr. 23-28)
Grand Rapids, MI (Apr. 30-May 5, 2019)
Detroit, MI (May 7-19, 2019)
Worcester, MA (May 22-26, 2019)
Providence, RI (May 28-Jun. 2, 2019)
Rochester, NY (Jun. 4-9, 2019)
Schenectady, NY (Jun. 11-16, 2019)
Hartford, CT (Jun. 18-23, 2019)
Dayton, OH (Jun. 25-30, 2019)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Jul. 16-18, 2019)
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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.
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