From the Capital Region to Broadway

gabriella pizzolo charles franklin and george franklin

Gabriella Pizzolo, Charles Franklin, and George Franklin.

News this week that two Capital Region performers are headed for Broadway:

Ten-year-old Gabriella Pizzolo, an Albany area actress, is one of four girls who will rotate in the role of Matilda in the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit Matilda the Musical. Pizzolo has been in shows all around the Capital Region, including Ragtime and The Sound of Music at Schenectady Light Opera Company and last summer's Park Playhouse production of Shrek.

Also this week, Loudonville native Charles Franklin was named to the cast of the upcoming Broadway musical The Bridges of Madison County. The Jason Robert Brown musical premiered locally at the Williamstown Theater Festival this past summer. Franklin is currently a senior at Pace University. His brother, George Franklin, an 8th grader from Shaker Junior High, was in Broadway's A Christmas Story last season and is currently touring with the road company of Elf. Their sisters are also accomplished performers. And they're all students of Capital Region vocal coach (and Charles and George's mom) Lisa Franklin. So, you know, it's a shame there's not much talent in the family.

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The capital region has also had Jacob Clemente (Gypsy, Billy Elliot), Chris Flaim (Mary Poppins), Corey Snide(13), and Jack Mastrianni (a Christmas Story) all make it to broadway. What amazing talent from the capital region and a major congrats to Charles and Gabby.

Please add Brianna Fragomeni from
Guilderland who was also cast in Billy Elliott
on Broadway for 3 years.

Pretty sure that this article actually excludes someone else who was announced as going to Broadway on the exact same dayday as Charles was. It's a shame this excluded him...

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