Friday, October 19, 2018
News Roundup

Trinity twins make Broadway debuts in 'Newsies,' 'Kinky Boots'

A touch of jealously surely would have been forgiven. He was, after all, a 10-year-old boy who left his school and friends to follow his twin brother around the country.

Cameron Colley watched audiences from San Francisco to Washington cheer his brother, Joshua, and the national touring company of perhaps the most celebrated musical of all time, Les Misérables. And because he was so good, Joshua landed on Broadway in the blockbuster Disney musical Newsies.

"Cameron was incredible supporting his brother,'' their dad, Brad Colley, said last week. "And now it's his turn.''

Eighteen months after the Colley family left their home in Trinity to follow Joshua's rising star, both boys are on Broadway. Cameron signed a six-week contract last Thursday to play the young Charlie character in Kinky Boots, which won six Tony awards this year, including best musical.

Brad and Robbie Lynn Colley, actors themselves, can now walk a few blocks from their apartment in Hell's Kitchen to watch both their boys on Broadway; Joshua at the Nederlander Theatre and Cameron at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

"It's like a dream,'' said Brad. "Amazing.''

The family settled in New York after Joshua took the part as Les in Newsies, which won the Tony Award in 2012 for best score and choreography. He is at the theater for eight shows a week, splitting the duty with another young actor.

"Every night it's packed,'' Brad said. "I go to pick Joshua up and get to stand at the back and watch them take their final bows. It's such a touching and proud moment. The cast is like family.''

The Colley boys are both represented by the CESD agency in New York. Before getting his shot on Broadway, Cameron completed a role in a short film called A Dream of Flying directed by fashion designer Georgina Chapman, co-founder of Marchesa. It's part of Canon U.S.A.'s Project Imaginat10n which employs celebrities to direct films based on photographs selected by renowned Hollywood director Ron Howard. Joining Chapman are actors Jamie Foxx and Eva Longoria, musician James Murphy and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.

"Cameron plays a kid who gets to fly,'' his dad explained. "What could be better than that for your first film? He gets to strap on a harness and fly!''

Joshua, though busy with Newsies, has enjoyed some other projects, including voiceovers for Nickelodeon Jr.'s Team Umizoomi, which uses animated characters to teach children life lessons. Joshua originated the role of the Shadow King, his dad said, and will soon be singing as the Gingerbread Man.

Meanwhile, Brad and Robbie Lynn manage to get home each month to perform educational musicals like Bullyproof at area schools and community centers as part of the business they formed in 1999, Play 'N Around Theatre Company.

"It's good for us,'' Brad said. "We're so busy with the boys in New York, it feels like moonlighting. And it gives us a release.''

The boys, who will turn 12 in January, may be rising stars, but they're still expected to complete school work. They were fourth-raders at Longleaf Elementary when they hit the road with their parents. Now their mother guides them through the Pasco County homeschooling network. Their field trips include places like the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

What's next?

"We've been asked to submit multiple videos of the boys for television series,'' their dad said. "Every week it's something new. We're enjoying the ride.''

Comments
Crash closes NB lanes of Howard Frankland Bridge heading into Tampa

Crash closes NB lanes of Howard Frankland Bridge heading into Tampa

Northbound lanes on the Howard Frankland Bridge are closed heading toward Tampa following a multi-vehicle crash early Friday morning.
Updated: 4 minutes ago
Walt Disney World to open nature-themed resort in 2022

Walt Disney World to open nature-themed resort in 2022

The as-yet-unnamed resort will open in 2022. It will have 900 hotel rooms as well as villas for Disney's timeshare program.
Updated: 1 hour ago
After Hurricane Michael, a hunt for surviving oysters in Apalachicola

After Hurricane Michael, a hunt for surviving oysters in Apalachicola

APALACHICOLA — T.J. Ward’s phone rang. Service had improved in the days since Hurricane Michael. "Get another scrub brush and a squeegee,"he told his sister. "The littlest one you can find." The retail shop of the Ward family’s 13...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Price helps Red Sox finish off Astros in 5 games, head to World Series

Price helps Red Sox finish off Astros in 5 games, head to World Series

Former Rays starter David Price put his postseason woes behind him, pitching the Red Sox past the defending champion Houston Astros 4-1 Thursday night in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series.
Updated: 1 hour ago
After a harrowing night, this Pinellas cop backs body cameras: ‘They can’t lie’

After a harrowing night, this Pinellas cop backs body cameras: ‘They can’t lie’

INDIAN SHORES — Officer Matthew Holm shined a flashlight at the oncoming car, the bright beam cutting through the early morning darkness in this sleepy beach town. He motioned for the driver to pull over. Instead, the car accelerated right at him.Hol...
Updated: 1 hour ago
College football Week 8 viewing guide

College football Week 8 viewing guide

Lamest time window: Late. The marquee games are spread out well, but the primetime spot will have the fewest national implications.Noon: Can Jim Harbaugh start reversing his 1-5 record against rivals when No. 6 Michigan travels to No. 24 Michigan Sta...
Updated: 2 hours ago
St. Pete’s 4-year body camera debate boils over at City Hall

St. Pete’s 4-year body camera debate boils over at City Hall

ST. PETERSBURG — Four years of frustration over the city’s inability to decide whether officers should wear body cameras peaked during Thursday’s City Council meeting when civil rights leader Sevell Brown confronted Police Chief Tony Holloway.Earlier...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Leader of Clearwater’s strong mayor initiative goes to work for prominent Scientologist

Leader of Clearwater’s strong mayor initiative goes to work for prominent Scientologist

CLEARWATER — The chairman of the group backing Clearwater’s Nov. 6 strong mayor referendum began a job this month with a company owned by a prominent Church of Scientology donor that focuses on local and state government education.Zach Thorn, 29, had...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Did you know the first black explorer of North America landed in St. Petersburg in 1528?

Did you know the first black explorer of North America landed in St. Petersburg in 1528?

The History Council shines a light on the largely unknown historical landing of the Panfilo de Narvaez expedition of 1528 in St. Petersburg
Published: 10/19/18
Carlton: How a shortage of candor could tilt a commission race (Bribery scandal? What bribery scandal?)

Carlton: How a shortage of candor could tilt a commission race (Bribery scandal? What bribery scandal?)

In one of the most interesting local races around, first-time candidate Mariella Smith, a Democrat, looks like she’s got a longtime politician on the ropes.But forget, for a minute, that Smith’s opponent is veteran Republican Hillsborough County Comm...
Published: 10/19/18