PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Barely Legal's Sam Carner and Derek Gregor Pick Best Breakout Performances

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15 Aug 2014

Sam Carner and Derek Gregor's sixth annual Barely Legal Show-Tune Extravaganza, featuring college students discovered through breakout performances, will be held Aug. 21 at 54 Below. In anticipation of the evening, Carner and Gregor pick their favorite breakout performances as part of this week's Playbill Playlist

The 7 PM and 9:30 PM concerts will be hosted by Natalie Weiss (Everyday Rapture), who — alongside Tituss Burgess (Little Mermaid, Jersey Boys) and casting director and producer Michael Cassara — led this year's panel of judges who chose this year's cast based on video submissions and workshop sessions at Indiana University.

Judges also included composer and music director Will Van Dyke (Kinky Boots), casting director Jason Najjoum (Prospect Theater Company), agent Samantha Stoller (Abrams Artists) and director-choreographer Emily Maltby (The Lion, Under My Skin).

The 2014 Barely Legal cast includes Hannah Zazzaro (University of Cincinnati- College Conservatory of Music), Kyle Segarra (University of the Arts), Tiffany Ames (Oberlin College), Morissa Trunzo (Point Park University), Daina Goldenberg (University of Washington), Lydia Hall, Zachary Stewart (formerly of Indiana University), Mia Fitzgibbon (Indiana University), Kayla Eilers (Indiana University), Nat Zegree (Indiana University) and Emily Schultheis (Indiana University).

"We had a fantastic pool of applicants this year and could certainly have cast the show several times over," said Carner in a statement. "Out of that pool, the judges have selected a super-talented, wonderfully varied (and multi-national) group of young performers for this year's show. We can't wait to introduce these fantastic new voices to New York City — and vice-versa."



Carner and Gregor are the authors of Unlock'd, seen at Off-Broadway's Prospect Theater Company last summer; Island Song; and the short children's piece Love, Splat. Read more about the songwriters in Playbill.com's Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know.

This year, produced by Bandits Roost Entertainment, Barely Legal introduces a new component to the show — workshops and classes. In addition to pairing the students with Carner and Gregor and producers from the Bandits Roost team, the workshops and classes will introduce students to Broadway stars, casting directors, agents, actors, teachers and more.

54 Below is located at 254 W. 54th Street. For more information on Barely Legal, visit CandGBarelyLegal.com or CandGBarelyLegal.com/Contest. For tickets, visit 54Below.com.

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