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'The Broadway Boys' Continue To Bring Classics To Younger Audience

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Back in 2005, "The Broadway Boys" was created to give six young talents a chance to perform and tour in between Broadway shows, but with growing success on the Great White Way and many of them booked, The Broadway Boys had to expand the roster to 30 so there could always be six available to perform. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.

Oh what a night, late December 2013. That's when we caught up with singing sensation The Broadway Boys doing their annual holiday concert at The Cutting Room.

Jesse Nager is the artistic director and one of the Boys.

"The Broadway Boys is a collection of guys from all different Broadway shows," Nager says. "We get together, we re-arrange traditional musical theatre tunes, add elements of pop and funk and gospel and, of course, six-part harmony, and take our show on the road."

The Boys make big numbers like Defying Gravity even more Wicked.

Daniel Torres says that the hip arrangements bring Broadway classics to a newer, younger audience.

"We have a lot of school groups that come, a lot of kids that have never heard these tunes at all, so to have them hear it for the first time and really love it and want to own it or sing the songs themselves is really rewarding to us," Torres says.

A special guest on this night is 13-year-old Raymond Luke from Broadway's Motown.

Q: Tell me, what is it really like playing a young Michael Jackson?
Luke: It's, I mean, it's pretty weird in a way because I feel like he's inside my body sometimes.

The guys say that Broadway is a venue, not a genre, and they prove it every time they get on stage.

And wouldn't be great if these updated versions inspired a return of Broadway songs to the radio?

"I bet that if you gave some tune to Beyonce, she'd be able to do something really fantastic with it," Nager says.

"Michael Bublé is one of my favorite male singers," Torres says.

You can hear The Broadway Boys on stage across the country and on the Broadway channel on Sirius XM satellite radio.

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