"She's very modest... but she stole the show"

Last year around this time, Capital Region native Gabby Pizzolo was performing as Young Fiona in a production of Shrek at the Schenectady Light Opera Company.

This year? Oh, you know, Michelle Obama is praising her during a "Broadway at the White House" event while she sits between Andrew Lloyd Webber and Matthew Morrison (see the video above). Among the other attendees: Gloria Estefan and Whoopi Goldberg.

So, a pretty typical year-to-year change for a 12 year old.

Pizzolo has already played a starring role on Broadway in Matilda. And she recently stepped into one of the star roles in the Tony-winning Broadway musical Fun Home.

Earlier on AOA:
+ From the Capital Region to Broadway
+ The Capital Region's theater district

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