JR gave us exactly 2 weeks off from Annie before he auditioned for another show.
He auditioned for The Music Man and I had him all prepared that he wasn't going to the lead, but instead get the part of Marcellus (Harold Hill's friend played by Buddy Hackett in the 1962 movie).
And wouldn't you know it, JR proved me wrong and was cast as Harold Hill (the music man).
Of course we are thrilled for him, but the songs in The Music Man are hard! I'm so glad we have until May to practice.
If you ask JR what he wants to be when he grows up he'll tell you an actor. And then he has 3 actors he wants to be like: Johnny Depp, Matthew McConaughey (he might say that one just cause his mom is such a fan), and Hugh Jackman (Musical theatre and Wolverine...JR thinks he hung the moon).
So when I found Hugh Jackman talking about The Music Man being his first musical when he was 14 I couldn't believe it.