VIRAL VIDEO: A Future Broadway Star Is Born

The Houston Chronicle reports:

This time Idina Menzel didn’t want to “Let HIM go.” The “Frozen” singer and Broadway legend was closing out her Grand Prairie show and invited children to join her on stage to sing along to “Let It Go. Menzel nonchalantly began talking with Luke, the only boy on stage, and asked if he knew the song they were about to perform.

The young boy confidently answered, “‘Let It Go,’ obviously! What kind of question is that?” Menzel asked the boy to stand up and said, “Let me just tell you what I’ve been through, OK?” The singer goes on to explain that during her world tour in the last month that every time that a boy would come up, he would tell Menzel he doesn’t really like her song.

Without skipping a beat Luke responded with, “Heck to the no! I’m offended.” A tickled Menzel hands the microphone to Luke and asked all the children to sing the chorus of “Let It Go.” That’s when Luke blew the audience away.


(Tipped by JMG reader Victor)

  • David J

    This kid has talent, and showmanship as well, together at age 11? Amazing.

    • GeoffreyPS

      I’m a bit baffled why the YouTube poster called him a little boy. That’s not a label i would use for an 11-year old.

      • pluky

        it’s one i use for 22 year olds, but then i’m ancient.

      • Bj Lincoln

        I would call him a boy. Not little or a young man yet.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    What wonderful parents this kids has. Coming of age in the 70’s and 80’s was rough for a little queer boy. He can be himself, be happy and be productive.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      To say nothing of the 1950s, thank you very much.

      • Octavio

        I hope you can still do a time step. Some skills should never be forgotten.

        • BillyDee4

          My sons learned the Time Warp as soon as they learned how to walk. I was a weird Dad.

      • narutomania

        And neither was my fully choreographed Fourth of July number complete with musical accompaniment (on cassette tap, of course), sparklers, somersaults, and tumbles in the late 70s!

        • Johnny Wyeknot
          • narutomania

            Minus the rifle, and (gulp) it wasn’t far off.

          • Johnny Wyeknot

            I saw this movie at the theater and I laughed so hard I had tears running down my face remembering my pathetic tap dance routines!

    • Joseph Miceli

      Yes. I’ve been described by others as a “butch top,” but as a little boy I could sing all the words to “Goldfinger!” in my Shirley Bassey voice. I was very, very good. The parents were NOT amused.

      • SilasMarner

        That’s so sad the parents weren’t amused.

        • Joseph Miceli

          They just let me know that I disappointed then by being a waiter . At 52 my response was ” well your opinion of my life doesn’t really matter anymore .” Sad really , but After telling me how stupid and clumsy when I was growing up I really just don’t care anymore . It’s amazing how you can still love someone but know that you shouldnot let them have power over you

          • Ron Robertson

            Wow. Sorry you had to deal with that kind of garbage. My parents weren’t perfect, but they’ve tried their best, and these days they’re really a joy to be around. Wishing better for you.

          • Bj Lincoln

            Girls knew they had few choices in life before getting married and stuck at home with kids for the rest. I hid being smart and was not encouraged to do anything. Higher education was to find a smart man to marry. I was a big disappointment to my family. I did go back at age 34 and became an artist with a BFA. That is what I wanted. Still poor as dirt but much happier. Married a poor woman who makes me very happy. Life is good in spite of the family I left behind.

          • SilasMarner

            Cudos to you on what makes you happy.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Mine just acts like there’s nothing wrong but they still manage to get the digs in . Of course if I complain about it or tell them how rude they are being I’m the crazy one . Now they wonder why I don’t come bye

      • Acronym Jim

        My go-to song was “White Boys/Black Boys” from the Hair soundtrack.

        Mom was amused. Dad, not so much.

      • Alan

        I was doing the score from ‘1776.’

    • BobSF_94117

      I hope he recognizes the efforts of previous generations and stays off our lawns.

  • Kevin Perez

    Grand Prairie! Good for him!

    • Joe in PA

      Grand Prairie TEXAS? Wow,

      • bambinoitaliano

        What do ya know. The more hate the state generate, the more fabulous kids they spawn. Can’t fight the law of nature.

        • Joseph Miceli

          Maybe God is trying to tell them something .

        • Statistics Palin

          It’s called Post Traumatic Growth. I don’t think Alan Turing became great from being treated nicely.

  • Joe in PA

    I’m smiling, thank you Joe Jervis.

  • Bluto
  • Do Something Nice

    Good stage presence. Singing voice not all that great.

    • 1amgroot

      Sort of agree. But he’s young and will definitely improve.

      • Do Something Nice

        Agreed. It’s just that I’ve heard incredible voices from young boys and girls. His isn’t developed – yet.

        • bambinoitaliano

          I watch enough talent competition shows to know that personality is just as important as pure vocal talent. What ever they call it the X factor, star quality or the It factor. Entertainment business can be a crap shoot often. We shall see if we live long enough to witness this boy make it.

    • David Gervais

      You do know how talented kids get from Grand Prairie to Carnage Hall, right?

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        Something about practice practice practice?

    • lymis

      I am hardly an expert on developing singers. But it seems to me that the thing that holds people back the most is an unwillingness to let go, embrace the song, and sing out.

      Technique can be learned. That unselfconscious ability to let the music take you is is his gift. And it’s also what’s most likely to inspire him to learn to use his “instrument.”

    • Statistics Palin

      He has a great ear, but he needs coaching lest he lose his voice entirely from constantly forcing it. He’ll have the same vocal problems Adele is having, and those problems are ending her career.

  • bambinoitaliano

    The kid is a born diva. He knows how to seize the golden opportunity. Bravo!

  • 1amgroot

    I lived near Grand Prairie for a while…. not the most open minded part of the DFW area…. love this kid… you be you.

    • Tiger Quinn

      Who are you telling these lies to? I lived in Arlington for years. All due respect, Grand Prairie is a nightmare.

      • 1amgroot

        I undersold it? sorry i was being too kind.

      • Statistics Palin

        It’s called “understatement.” In the age of Covfefe, understatement is a lost art.

  • Gigi

    I’m not crying, I’ve got sand in my eye.

    • Ron Robertson

      I think we were hit by the same sandstorm.

    • Charlie

      a sandstorm in NoVA…truly a sign of impending doom!

    • It’s those ninjas again. The ones who like to chop onions in my den in total secrecy. I gotta find those guys…

  • Joseph Miceli

    Not only is that young man special , I had no idea Idina Menzel was so special too. Not everybody is patient with children, especially celebrities . This started my day off very nicely thank you 😊!

    • pj

      thanks joe. nice to balance all the hate with talent and love.

  • bdsmjack

    That was a great story to wake up to. I’m glad that boy has a supportive family, and now, a supportive Diva, too.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    I L-O-VE him… Can I adopt him??? Now?

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      My thought too. But he obvs has awesome parents already.

  • worstcultever

    Nice. Yay kid and yay Adele Dazeem!

    (but GODS i hate that song)

    • bambinoitaliano

      Either this or My Heart Will Go On and I Will Always Love You. Pick your poison :p

      • Amanda B. Rekendwith

        I’ll add the Natalie Cole version of ‘Unforgettable’ and Michael Buble’s ‘Feeling Good’ to your list.

      • TKW

        I love Linda Ronstadt’s and Dolly’s versions of “I Will Always…”. I always thought Whitney’s version was bombastic.

        • bambinoitaliano

          Whitney’s version is an indulgence for someone with a powerful vocal. Dolly’s version is organic and heartfelt.

        • That_Looks_Delicious

          Same here. Linda’s was the first version I knew and it’s still the one I hear in my head when I think of that song.

      • Steven B

        I felt the same way about I Will Always Love You until I saw this by Amber Riley on Glee. https://youtu.be/WAlkk6EjW6k

        • Scott Conrad

          Has anyone else noticed that in almost all videos from Glee the tops of the actor’s heads are chopped off. This is especially true on You Tube.

        • Craig Howell

          I still love this song, no matter who sings it, no matter how many times I’ve heard it. (I like opera too.) But how is Amber’s version any different from Whitney’s?

          • Steven B

            I prefer her voice and style.

        • Derrick Johns

          This song always make me cry no matter who performs it..

    • lymis

      I think it’s a great song. It just gets tiring because it’s WAY over exposed.

  • SpiderPIG

    “Who wants to go after that?”
    hahahaha

  • JT

    I hope he makes it through the voice change well.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      I didn’t.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Get him out of Texas!

  • zhera

    Damn! And he’s got confidence, charm, attitude,and stage presence as well!

    Luke, I see a bright future for you in entertainment.

    • David Walker

      Margaret Cho would have admiringly and lovingly called this boy “a FIT” — Faggot In Training. And good for him. Sing it!

      • Alan

        Sing out Louise.

      • Craig Howell

        I heard a kid very much like this perform in a theater during the Cleveland Gay Games in 2014. Just wowed everybody. We called him “pre-gay.”

  • Christopher

    What a great way to start the day!

    AWESOME!

    I wonder if Luke has a new Godmother now?

  • Amanda B. Rekendwith

    My favourite version of this song…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgOFvFGRQ2Q

    • DaddyRay

      That stage guy with the spray is too funny

      • Amanda B. Rekendwith

        He qualifies for “love my peeps!”

      • TKW

        OMG. I saw her do this performance at Splash years ago. Was a amazing!

  • MBear

    See girls? Even if the part was written for you, even if one boy can do it, everyone will fawn over him.

    *gigglesnark*

    (Ducking)

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    How cool was that ? Get an agent kid.

  • dcurlee

    Loved that ❀️

  • DaddyRay

    When Luke responded with, β€œHeck to the no! I’m offended.” with such perfect attitude I think we all knew

    • Ron Robertson

      Loved the shocked expression on his face when she mentioned that about her experience with other boys.

  • Statistics Palin

    The boy has an excellent ear, a great voice, and great stage presence, but he needs a vocal coach. He forces his voice as so many singers (e.g. Adele) do today, and if he continues to do so, he’ll ruin it before he’s out of his teens. I hope someone takes an interest in preserving his voice and developing his talent.

  • DumbHairyApe

    Sure he has a good voice, I was more impressed by his confidence and his deep insights into people, art and expression.

  • Lakeview Bob

    I am very proud of this beautiful little boy. He is smart, articulate and very talented. I am glad he is part of “our family”. He will serve as an inspiration to other young gay kids.

  • Octavio

    I smell unicorn glitter and Tinker Bell dust!

    • SilasMarner

      Oh definitely. A real gay boy in the making. πŸ™‚

  • Acronym Jim

    I am so glad Idina had the youth sing a second time. I’m all for audience participation, but I hate it when the screaming drowns out the singer. Save the cheering for when the song ends.

  • CharlestonDave

    There are some adorable home videos of the Superfruit guys (the two gay ones in Pentatonix) singing as children and adolescents. This kid has promise!

  • Steven B

    How fabulous is that?! You know, no matter what he ends up going doing with his life and whether or not he goes into a music career, that he will remember that day when he sang with Idina Menzel on stage to a cheering crowd.

    • Charlie

      I still remember that time I danced w/ Patti Labelle while she sang Lady Marmalade…but I was in my 20s…does that count?

      • Steven B

        Only IF everyone was cheering for you and not Miss Patti.

        • Charlie

          yeah…Luke wins!

  • Regan DuCasse

    Stop it!!!

  • Mark McGovern

    Fantastic! I love it when stars give regular folks those kinds of opportunities

  • boobert

    I think it was a setup, but I’m an old cynical gay ! lol

    • ErikDC

      Me too. That felt scripted to me. I don’t believe for a second that came together spontaneously.

  • EqualityForAll

    When I was growing up, only “queers” had talent. Therefore, my brothers and I were not allowed to display any. My father was such an unhappy and angry man for as long as I can remember. I truly suspect that he was closeting his own sexual orientation issues.

  • narutomania

    I just LOVE how, when she mentions that other boys on stage have said that they prefer the troll in the movie, he clutches his pearls before saying, “Heck to the no!”

  • narutomania

    WOW! Talented and so in the moment. How wonderful. I have tears in my eyes, so happy.

  • andrew

    Awesome.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    “Heck to the no” with a neck swirl…I love baby gays.

  • ColdCountry

    First thing that came to mind was lines from Neil Patrick Harris’ opening at the 2013 Tonys.

    “There’s a kid in the middle of nowhere sitting there, living for
    Tony performances singin’ and flippin’ along with the Pippins and
    Wickeds and Kinkys, Matildas and Mormonses.
    So we might reassure that kid and do something to spur that kid.
    Cause I promise you all of us up here tonight.
    We were that kid and now we’re bigger.”

    This kid’s got a future.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Spot on! Let’s hope he makes it!

  • Gianni

    Talented and I feel sure we have an up and coming little sister here. Love it.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Yeah, not bad, but can he do ‘Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves’?

  • greenmanTN

    I love how many (not all) modern parents are clued into the possibility of a gay child and it doesn’t really bother them that much. Whatever will be will be. (I really hate that song, but it’s applicable in this instance.)

    I don’t mean to stereotype or generalize gay people,but it does seem as if being gay often comes with certain talents and sensibilities. God knows I can’t sing a note, but it seems like so many gay people end up in certain industries; performance, visual arts, education, and health care. Do you think that’s true or is it a stereotype?

    There are a lot of fairly odd facts about gay men that are kind of strange. There is a higher incidence of left-handedness. Our ring fingers tend to be longer. The direction of the “swirl” of hair at the back of our heads is more likely to be counter-clockwise.

    It doesn’t matter really, it is what it is, but IMO the phenomena is interesting.

      • greenmanTN

        Now that was just mean! πŸ˜‰

        And for that, my good man, you shall receive one of nerdish lectures!

        The Man Who Knew Too Much is the only Hitchcock film he remade. In the original version, made during his British period before moving to the US, Edna Best is a sharpshooter who eventually saves the life of her daughter. In the remake Doris Day sings Que fucking Sera Sera so many goddamn times that some viewers (like me) are tempted to go on a shooting spree!

        The Hitchcock movie from the same period you probably haven’t seen but should, “Sabotage,” starring Sylvia Sydney. (Reportedly she and Hitch HATED each other and badmouthed each other until their dying day.) There are some brilliant moments in it.

        https://youtu.be/JIdDMLkdExg

        He complained that her face was so round (full?) it was like lighting Peter Lorre. Hitch could be a bitch.

  • John Calendo

    Fabulous begins early.

  • C.F. Cooper

    You could see it in the eyes of every little girl on that stage as they watched, a single overwhelming thought: “Kill”

  • To my disappointment it had to be staged. She HAD to know him (or of him) as she casually looks to the children and points to him, “What’s your name?” Duh… Gimme a break…