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7 Broadway Newcomers to Watch in 2020

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|by Amy Sapp |

These up-and-comers are ready to make their mark in ‘Wicked,’ ‘Mean Girls’ and more

As 2019 comes to a close, set your sights on the rising Broadway stars of 2020. A slew of great talents have made Broadway their home this year, and we have picked out seven for whom you should keep an eye out in the New Year.

Each performer on our list makes his or her Broadway debut this season, and you can catch them live by booking a seat with ShowTickets.

Catch Hannah Corneau as Elphaba in ‘Wicked’ in 2020 (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Catch Hannah Corneau as Elphaba in ‘Wicked’ in 2020 (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Antonio Cipriano
Jagged Little Pill
The 2017 Jimmy Award winner made a name for himself in the concert and cabaret theater scene well before making his Broadway debut, frequenting venues like Feinstein’s/54 Below with rockstar-level performances. His breakout role in Jagged Little Pill showcases his mature vocals and poised stage presence in the role of love interest Phoenix. We have no doubt that Jagged Little Pill is just the beginning for this burgeoning actor’s career onstage.

Hannah Corneau
Broadway’s newest Elphaba, Hannah Corneau, has made her mark at the Gershwin Theatre. She has taken one of the title roles of Wicked and made it uniquely her own, with a vocal tone so beautifully unique that it must be heard to be believed. New York audiences have seen her most recently in the Transport Group’s production of Renascence.

Aneesa Folds
Freestyle Love Supreme
After taking courses with the Freestyle Love Supreme Academy, Aneesa Folds was invited to audition for a role in the current Broadway engagement for the hip-hop group, Freestyle Love Supreme (co-founded by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda). Thankfully for us and all audiences in Manhattan, Folds accepted the task and landed her debut Broadway role for the 2019-2020 season. Folds’ abilities to capture audience’s attention with her remarkable rhymes and clever improv make her one of our stars to watch as we move into the New Year.

Nkeki Obi-Melekwe
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Step aside. Nkeki Obi-Melekwe has come to Broadway, and you need to see her unbelievable portrayal in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical. Obi-Melekwe alternates the titular role with Tony Award nominee Adrienne Warren. Undoubtedly, Obi-Melekwe mastered the stylings and persona of the Queen of Rock ’n’ Roll on the West End before bringing her spectacular performance to select New York audiences this season. She's one to keep an eye on as she shimmies into what we can only predict will be a successful Broadway tenure.

Mia Pinero
West Side Story
Mia Pinero ends 2019 by making her Broadway debut as the understudy and swing for Maria in Ivo Van Hove’s reimagining of West Side Story. Though this show marks her first Broadway musical, Pinero’s professional stage experience is extensive. She has led casts as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at the Playmakers Repertory Company and as Laurey in Oklahoma! at Weston Playhouse. With her powerful vocals and poignant acting, it’s no surprise she’ll be tackling West Side Story as Maria for certain performances.

Reneé Rapp
Mean Girls
Broadway, your next powerhouse vocalist has arrived, and her name is Reneé Rapp. Rapp can be seen eight shows a week as leading lady Regina George in Mean Girls at the August Wilson Theatre. Have you heard her vocal runs on songs like “World Burn” and “Someone Gets Hurt?” Trust us. Pull up YouTube and immediately search for her official renditions of these songs from the musical. Then, immediately purchase your front row seat to Mean Girls to witness her performance in person.

Celia Rose Gooding 
Jagged Little Pill
From Pace University to the Broadhurst Theatre, Celia Rose Gooding – who just so happens to be the daughter of Tony winner LaChanze – is making a name for herself as a standout performer. She now stars as Frankie Healy in Jagged Little Pill, taking down the house with her knockout voice. Book your seat now to see what we mean in the Alanis Morissette musical.

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