The Zilker Summer Musical (aka “ZSM”) is a beloved Austin tradition, and also the “yellow brick road” for quite a few actors who have taken the journey from the summer sun at the Zilker Hillside to the bright lights of Broadway.
Here, we’ll update you on the stories and journeys of ZTP stars who shared their talents with Zilker Summer Musical audiences and have realized their dreams on Broadway.
For those of you who believe in big dreams, your tax-deductible donation makes it possible for ZTP to offer the Zilker Summer Musical – and the entire audition process – admission-free to stars of the future and their families!
ZSM Alums Now On Broadway
Recently all of us here are Zilker Theatre Productions were thrilled by the news that ZSM alum J. Quinton Johnson (Oklahoma!, 2014) is joining the cast of Hamilton on Broadway. He’ll also be participating in this BroadwayCon panel about Hamilton in January 2017.
Here’s a photo of J. Quinton Johnson as “Will Parker” with a budding actor during the H-E-B sponsored Saturday “Li’l Ropers” pre-show for Oklahoma!
The ZTP team also loved hearing that Nicholas Rodriguez (Big River, 1999) was recently in the Off-Broadway Hamilton spoof “Spamilton” and is now starring in Carousel.
You also may remember some of the other Zilker Summer Musical alums who have gone on to Broadway, including:
Barrett Davis (Secret Garden, 2004, and 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!
*Please do contact us here if we have missed any of our talented actors, production team, or crew members from the rich history of 59 seasons of the Zilker Summer Musical!
Finally, you may remember ZSM alum, Jordan Barron, who recently had his first audition for a Broadway show.
According to his dad, ZTP’s Board 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.
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.
“Break a Leg!” on Broadway, Jordan!
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Behind the scenes here at ZTP, we are preparing for our upcoming Audition Workshops where budding stars will meet the Director, Music Director & Choreographer to learn how to prepare for The Wizard of Oz auditions.
Audition Workshops and Auditions are admission-free to the public as a result of generous donations made by our community.
They will be held in February and March 2017. Click here for details.
Sign-ups will be announced exclusively to newsletter subscribers for 24 hours before being released to the public – sign up here!
The band does not have a formal audition process, and is often filled very quickly with ZSM veterans. However, openings do come up. If you are interested in being part of the band, please email us here.