By Michael Gioia
24 Oct 2012
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
"The way they tell us apart is [by the] freckle on my nose," said Jacob as he pointed to the tiny spot in the center of his face — the only (semi) noticeable difference between the teenage twins — to explain how more than a dozen newsboys attempt to keep identities clear at the Nederlander Theatre. "But they usually know [who I am] because I'm sitting in my chair that says 'Jacob.'"
Before Broadway, however, "Jacob" and "David" chairs weren't necessary where they danced. "It was our second family," explained David about their dance studio, The Gold School, located in their hometown of Brockton, MA. "I think the hardest part [of moving to New York] was leaving my dance studio," added Jacob, "because that's where I, like, lived."
At the age of two, the Guzman brothers took up a hobby that would pave the path to Broadway. "My sisters danced," said David. "One day [our mother] brought us [to the studio], and one of the classroom doors was open… [Jacob and I] just stopped and couldn't take our eyes off of it. The teacher said, 'Why don't you come sit down?' We were just mesmerized."
The Guzmans claim to be far from competitive — even though Jacob bested David for the title of America's Teen Male Dancer of the Year at the age of 14, and, if we're nitpicking, the brothers agree that David is the stronger ballet dancer. As it turned out, only one of the twins was initially cast in Newsies.Continued...