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The New York Times featured freshman Leonay Shepherd as a next generation cabaret showstopper in "Meet the Next Generation of Cabaret Showstoppers"

10/22/2020

The New York Times featured freshman Leonay Shepherd as a next generation cabaret showstopper in "Meet the Next Generation of Cabaret Showstoppers"

Teens competing for the New York Cabaret Convention are proving that young people are invested in the Great American Songbook.

Leonay Shepherd, 18: Born and raised in Harlem; 2020 graduate of Professional Performing Arts School, now a freshman at Pace University.

“I would love to do everything — Broadway and cabaret, and I’m open to TV and film,” Shepherd said, adding, “I’m half Puerto Rican and half Caribbean, and growing up, I didn’t see many people that looked like me in musical theater. So that’s another driving force in my head — I want another little brown girl to see that if I can do it, she can do it.”

Read the full New York Times article.