Photo courtesy of Genevieve Rafter Keddy at BroadwayWorld.com.
In this week’s USA Weekend, they rounded up some of todayâ€™s biggest Broadway names to talk about their high school musical experiences, One of the Broadway stars they checked in with was Michael Longoria!
According to blogger Lorrie Lynch, Michael was a bit of an outsider before he transferred to an arts school (Los Angeles County School for the Arts, â€” Class of ’98). Now, he wins hearts nightly portraying Frankie Valli, but where he comes from it was taboo to be a guy interested in theater.
Michael said, “Itâ€™s so unfortunate that so much of the world is still so ignorant in that aspect. I went from being somebody who people looked at weirdly because I was in the arts to going to a school where I was one of the most popular kids.” He quickly fell in love with grabbing an audienceâ€™s emotions while on stage in such shows as West Side Story and A Chorus Line. â€œThereâ€™s something about being able to portray somebody else …that is always attractive to a teenager, a person whoâ€™s trying to figure out who they are.â€