See that guy up there? His name is Damon McToy, and he’s going to be a big star. We’re calling it here first, y’all (you know how we like to be the first ones to do that).
McToy won a YouTube competition to perform in Monday night’s NewMusicalTheatre.com concert at The Canal Room and his performance of Pasek and Paul’s “Monticello” brought the house down. Seriously. It was an amazing moment to witness, not in the least because it was so unexpected.
Sure, the contest was a cool idea. A fun way to celebrate what NMT.com is about. But did anyone expect it to produce the most electric performance of the night? Hardly. Then McToy took the stage and put everyone around him to shame.
“Monticello” is about every performer’s dream—leaving their small town behind to become a big star. It was the perfect song choice and the perfect performance. McToy lived it out, right there on that stage. Perhaps best of all, he reminded us why we love musical theater so much in the first place, and made us so glad there are people out there still writing it, producing it, performing it every day.