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A Star is Born, Baby: Damon McToy Takes the New York Stage

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.

Video: NewMusicalTheatre.com, Filmed by Shoshana Feinstein

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  • Jillian March 3, 2011, 8:38 pm

    I saw this guy when he was a junior in high school… he played Collins in RENT: School Edition at a local theater and he was AMAZING. His talent never ceases to amaze me. He needs to be on Broadway, period.

  • Simone March 8, 2011, 10:38 pm

    Congrats, big brother! When you make it to broadway I’ll be in the front row! Or maybe the third. Whichever has a better view! 😀

  • Jen March 10, 2011, 11:12 am

    All I can say is: !!!!!!!

    Where can I see this man in person immediately if not sooner?

    • the mick March 10, 2011, 11:59 am

      It just so happens he booked another gig this month! Damon is performing in Carner & Gregor’s Barely Legal Showtune Extravaganza next Tuesday 3/15.

      See you there! 😉


  • Damon M. March 12, 2011, 10:02 pm

    Thank you all for the comments and the Mick Thank you so much for the write up. Hopefully ill meet you at the carner and Gregor event.

  • Grant Lauver May 24, 2011, 4:03 pm

    Damon McToy is AMAZING!!! I had the pleasure to work with him in Les Miserables.

  • Grant Lauver May 24, 2011, 4:04 pm

    Damon will be a HUGE star!!!

  • Benjamin Mctoy January 6, 2015, 12:32 pm

    Damon you are a true star way to go you will make it big keep going much love and respect need to make up for lost time love you son dad

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