By Michael Gioia
02 Jul 2013
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN
A highlight of the evening featured five young Bakers from different productions of Into the Woods performing a medley of Stephen Sondheim's "No More" and "It Takes Two" (which was changed to "It Takes Five").
"I'm so proud of them," coach and mentor Telly Leung, of Broadway's Godspell, told Playbill.com at the Jimmy Awards after party at John's Pizzeria in Times Square. "When I'm done with the two days that I coach them, I feel like, 'Good. Broadway's in good hands.' They're put into this pressure-cooker environment to rehearse all of this material in five days, and it's a competition, [but on] day one, I tell them, 'This is not a competition. The best part of being here is that you're going to meet your future castmates… This is your future family. If you can take your material and elevate it to a new level, you've won.'"
"They were so good," added Annie's Lilla Crawford, who chatted with the students June 27, following their visit to Annie. "I came out saying, 'Oh my gosh, these kids are talented!'"
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"It was a little tough back there! We were debating… It was hard to get down to three [choices for each category], and we couldn't get down to three women, so we opted for four," admitted judge Scandalios, who is chairman of The Broadway League and executive VP of The Nederlander Organization. "What's always amazing to me is that no matter what you're going through, you come and you see these kids, and you re-inspire yourself to love what you do."Continued...