Zilker Hillside to Broadway
The Zilker Summer Musical is a beloved Austin tradition, and also the path for many theatre professionals who have taken the journey from the Zilker Hillside to the bright lights of Broadway!
Zilker Summer Musical alums who have gone on to Broadway, Off-Broadway and the Silver Screen, include:
Barrett Davis (Secret Garden, 2004, and Annie Get Your Gun, 2005)
J. Quinton Johnson (Oklahoma, 2014) *Now in Hamilton on Broadway!
JB Tuttle (Annie Get Your Gun, 2005)
Cathy Taylor (6 ZSMs including Miss Liberty, 1986)
Demond Green (Will Roger’s Follies, 2001)
Ernie Pruneda (Into the Woods, 2002)
Julie White (Fiddler on the Roof, 1977)
Steve Hauck (Fiddler on the Roof, 1977)
Susan Branch Towne (Costume Designer for 7 Zilker Summer Musicals!)
Recently, Cathy Taylor shared her memories of the Zilker Summer Musical with us:
The Zilker Summer Musical holds a very special place in my heart. It is where I spent 6 wonderful summers. My time at Zilker was a very happy experience for me and I met some wonderful people with amazing talent. Anyone who has ever done a show on The Hillside will understand how special it is. It was a fabulous mix of incredible people sharing great times with the City of Austin. And Austin audiences just can’t be beat! Those experiences were the impetus for me to head to New York. Zilker Forever!
ZTP Favorite, Jordan Barron, makes his way in the professional theatre scene.
in 2017, Jordan returned to Austin for a few months to star as The Tin Man in ZTP’s The Wizard of Oz.
According to his dad, ZTP’s Board Past-President Craig Barron, Jordan got the acting bug after seeing his first Zilker Summer Musical, South Pacific, in 1998. Starting at age 11, he went on to be part of almost every show on The Hillside between 2005 to 2012. “Break a Leg!” Jordan!
Jordan shared this reflection with ZTP:
Being part of the Zilker Theatre Productions’ family taught me the importance of putting love and teamwork into your art. The people who come together for these shows are there to give something to the audience and create something special together for the community. Being introduced to the theatre world through the love of a community like ZTP is a deep rooted part of what has helped me find motivation in all my theatrical endeavors, including those in New York.
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