Why You Should Know Theatrical Dynamo Liam Redford
Lisa Taylor/Visualized Memories LLC, courtesy Liam Redford
Fearlessly expressive, triple threat Liam Redford is undeniably Broadway-bound. But the 13-year-old isn't waiting until he's older to step into the spotlight. Liam's already played one of his dream roles, the title character in Billy Elliot: The Musical, in five regional productions of the show, beginning with his debut at the Grand Theater in Williamstown, NJ, and concluding at the Opera House Theatre Company in Wilmington, NC, this past summer. In less than two years, Liam performed as Billy exactly 100 times, but he says he never got tired of the role, finding something new to explore and appreciate in every show (can you say #professional?). A seasoned storyteller, Liam hasn't just excelled in the role of Billy–most recently, he performed in Fun Home at the Front Throw Theatre Company in Philadelphia, while continuing to train in dance, voice and acting.
Hometown: North Hanover, NJ
Trained at: Dansations School of Dance in Hainesport, NJ (Due to Liam's rigorous performance schedule, in the past year he's only been home about five weeks, so most of his training is on the go!)
Most-played song: "Any songs by Ben Platt"
Three words to describe his dancing: Electric, inspired, powerful
Favorite dancer of all time: Ben Cook
Advice for other dancers: "Always stay true to yourself, and bring your own self to every role."
Redford in "Billy Elliot: The Musical" at City Springs Theatre Company (M. Wood, courtesy Liam)
Go-to stress reliever: Improv dancing
Strangest thing in his dance bag: Wooden foot-stretcher
Must-see TV show: "Parks and Recreation" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
Dream dance role: "Billy Elliot was my dream role! I'd also love to play Mike in A Chorus Line one day."
Non-dance hobbies: "I'm learning circus skills like juggling and aerial work, plus acting and singing."