Here's what happens when a kid interviews a Broadway superstar

Nadine Bubeck

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Kid Reporter Nicholas Bubeck snagged an interview with Broadway superstar, Ellie Pulsifer, the talented 12-year old playing Annie in her first Broadway tour.

Watch what happens when the two kids chat:

Here's Nicholas' article on Ellie:

Eight times a week, 12-year-old Ellie Pulsifer plays the role of “Annie” in the national Broadway tour. I got to interview the 7th grader about being a star.

The first time Ellie saw the word “callback” was in the e-mail for the Annie tour. She scored the lead role after doing multiple shows as a kid.

“I always did competitive dance, then tried a summer camp doing ‘The Greatest Showman.’ I fell in love with acting and went on to be in shows like ‘Shrek,’” said Ellie.

Ellie is from Florida but is spending many months on the road. She’s on tour for the show traveling by plane and bus, staying in hotels.

“We do mostly night shows so during the day I got to school online and submit my assignments.”

The actress loves being on tour and says playing Annie is an honor.

“Annie carries the show, so it comes with responsibility. Everything is worth it because I get to sing ‘Tomorrow’ every night.”

But Ellie says her favorite song of the show is “Hark Knock Life” because she gets to use fun props.

“I sometimes get nervous backstage, but when the lights go down and you can’t see the audience, the nerves go away.”

So far, Ellie’s favorite tour stop was in LA because she got to perform at the Dolby Theatre- it was a dream come true.

“I’m obsessed with Broadway and hope to eventually perform in New York.”

Before her big break, Ellie was an entrepreneur. When covid hit, she started a business where she sold mini waffle makers and mixes to pay for her vocal lessons. Now, instead of making waffles, she’s drinking tons of tea before shows to rest her throat and prep for performances.

“Before showtime I stay pretty chill and zen.”

Ellie’s mom joins her on tour while her siblings and dad stay home. While she’s not singing on stage or doing online school, she can be found crafting and drawing.

And Ellie says if you have dreams to be a star, never give up.

“If I had given up, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Annie is touring at ASU Gammage March 24th-26th.

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Nadine Bubeck is a multi-media personality, mompreneur, author, keynote speaker, influencer and blessed boy mom times three. ​ The TV News anchor turned all things mama is a travel, parenting and lifestyle contributor on TV and writes for a handful of publications and websites. Follow Nadine: @mamaandmyboys on Instagram and TakeTheTripFamily.com

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