Young Show Tunes Superfan Earns Opportunity To See Broadway
While Nathan Broxton’s mother has quite the social media following, he recently stole the show through his beloved rendition of Broadway hits!
Nathan Went Viral By Belting Out Musical Bops
Nathan’s mother, Samantha (aka @raisingself), began uploading videos of the 11-year-old singing show tunes a couple of weeks ago, noting that they’d become an “obsession” for her son.
One video showed him jamming out to a song featured in Hamilton after seeing it live.
2022 favorite moments: Nathan was all about musicals this year. He saw Hamilton live. And got a great role during musical theater camp. #2022recap
Some bops from Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical got a shoutout, too! In fact, one video was captioned, “Let’s just call this Nathan’s audition!”
Let’s just call this Nathan’s audition for Matilda the Musical!
♬ Naughty (Deluxe Edition Only Bonus Track with All 4 Original Broadway Matildas) – Bailey Ryon & Sophia Gennusa & Oona Laurence & Milly Shapiro
Replying to @meganlyda4 This is my life now.
Leslie Odom Jr. Gave Him A Shoutout
Notably, various people in the theater world—including Leslie Odom Jr. and journalist Ayanna Presley—praised Nathan on Twitter.
Odom warmly remarked, “Young brother is far more committed than I even dreamt of being at his age. This is conviction! And I love to see it. On this trajectory, he’ll eclipse me in no time.”
Young brother is far more committed than I even dreamt of being at his age. This is conviction! And I love to see it. On this trajectory, he’ll eclipse me in no time. Ha 💪🏾 https://t.co/voIaxcGkcC
— Leslie Odom, Jr. (@leslieodomjr) January 10, 2023
As for Presley, she reshared a video of Nathan and noted, “We love to see the rise of a new theater kid. Protect him.”
We love to see the rise of a new theater kid. Protect him. pic.twitter.com/f8fAnovB25
— Ayanna P. (@AyannaPrescod) January 9, 2023
Additionally, we should add that the Twitter account for the Broadway production of A Strange Loop hopped beneath Presley’s tweet and appeared to express interest in potentially casting Nathan.
I wanna talk to homie in the back
— A Strange Loop on Broadway (@StrangeLoopBway) January 10, 2023
Delta Offers To Fly The Family To Broadway & Nathan Preps For TV Audition
With all the buzz surrounding Nathan’s love of show tunes, Delta Air Lines decided to get in touch with his mother in order to send his whole family to see a Broadway musical!
Samantha shared the news on Twitter, and she noted that the surprise left her “in shock.”
When you’re made for the stage, there’s no better place to see your dreams than NYC ✈️
— Delta (@Delta) January 12, 2023
However, she noted that they wouldn’t be going right away, as they were going to “have to be patient” and wait to see what musicals are lined up for the future.
I legit wanted to throw our schedules to the wind and go this weekend but my musical theater expert and bestie @kristenhowerton let me know that many shows are turning over this week. So we have to be patient. pic.twitter.com/ccV0tHJ3ok
— Samantha Sophia (@RaisingSelf) January 11, 2023
Meanwhile, though, the family is busy preparing for Nathan to “audition for an award-winning TV show.”
Every moment this week is an adventure since Musical Theater Twitter entered our life.
We’re consulting with an entertainment lawyer & agent, planning our expense paid trip to see Broadway musicals, self-taping an audition for an award winning tv show for Nathan. pic.twitter.com/2oUBW4MCvx
— Samantha Sophia (@RaisingSelf) January 13, 2023
Shoutout to Nathan Broxton, and wish him the best of luck!