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meeting if they heard my CD," Young
says. "And I was right. I was lucky."
Four agencies offered to sign Young
while he was still a student, but rather
than committing himself to just one,
he decided to freelance with two.
Consequently, his senior-year work-
load increased considerably. In addi-
tion to classes and school productions,
Young was now also flying to New
York to audition for Broadway shows.
"I went out for a bunch of things
that I wasn't really right for," says
Young. "But then right when I gradu-
ated, it just happened to work out that
a part that I was perfect for became
available." The part was Marius.
In order to prepare, Young spent the
summer after graduation reading
Victor Hugo's epic novel upon which
the show is based. He also filled a
notebook transcribing Marius' lyrics in
the show ("older English and romanti-
cized speech") into a more modern
tongue, an exercise he says helped him
feel a greater affinity for his character.
Next came a brief two-week rehears-
al period, where Young and a handful
of others learned the show from
scratch, amidst a troupe of actors, the
majority of whom had come from the
national tour and recently closed
Young made his debut in Atlanta.
His siblings couldn't attend (Dena, 21,
is a student at George Washington
University, and Doug, 16, is spending
the semester in Israel), but his parents,
Judy and Russell, sat front and center.
"They were just blown away," says
Young. Not that they doubted him.
"They believe in me, but they didn't
think my success would come so soon."
"It's funny," he adds, "because in
March I'm going to be doing the nation-
al tour in Philadelphia, at the same place
I first saw [Les Miz] and decided it was
something I wanted to do."
Young's next project is anyone's guess.
On his agenda: recording a CD of
musical theater and pop songs, work-
shopping a new musical in New York
and trying his hand at the silver screen.
"If movie musicals keep going in the
direction that they're going, I'd love to
do something like that," he says.
But Young ' s grandfather has some-
thing else in mind. "My grandfather,
continuously, every time LI see him,
tries to get me to become a cantor, 'a
chazzan,' as he says." Young says he
might consider it in the future, but for
now, his heart belongs to the theater.
As for any 12-year-old future per-
formers he might inspire along the
way, Young offers some words of
advice: "If there's anything else in the
world you could see yourself doing, do
it," he says. "But you can do anything
you want if you try hard enough." ❑
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She performed in several high-
school shows. In Manhattan,
Werbel worked as an office temp
and waitress, while hiring an
agent to get her auditions for
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enough to land in the Les Miz
cast," she says.
Belonging to a Reform Jewish
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