“I’m amazed to be in a Tony Award winning show,” Spencer Milford said of Billy Elliot, his latest production.
At age six, Milford starred in the ensemble of the Shrewsbury Community Center’s production of Little Shop of Horrors.
Now, a 15 year-old, Milford is making his debut in his second Broadway production, Billy Elliot, in Chicago.
About why he auditioned for Billy Elliot, Milford said he saw the casting director, Nora Brennan, in New York, whom he had met when auditioning two years ago for the Broadway production, and she invited him to audition in Chicago. Milford went to the Chicago audition, and instead of getting five or six callbacks like most shows, Milford got into the show with only three.
“One of the parts I play is called Tall Boy and my other part is a Posh boy, but I am an understudy for Michael [Billy’s best friend], so I get to go on for Michael sometimes,” Milford said.
Milford began singing at the age of five, and he started dancing [tap, jazz, and ballet] at age seven. Some of Milford’s favorite previous productions are playing Boo Who, Cindy Lou Who’s brother, in the Boston and Baltimore off-Broadway production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Benjamin in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Dramarama Theatre Company.
In 2009, Milford won the “Sing for Your Tickets Tony Awards Competition” in New York. For the competition, he sang Electricity from Billy Elliot. “I was really, really excited when I found out I had won,” Milford said.
A saying Milford likes to live by is one that Derek Jeter [New York Yankees shortstop] said, “There may be people who have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you.”
Milford said Next to Normal is his favorite musical, and someone he admires is Norbert Leo Butz because he is an amazing Broadway actor from St. Louis. In December, Milford will be performing in the St. Louis Repertory Theatre production of Over the Tavern, playing the character of Rudy.
Milford’s 13-year-old sister, Logan Milford, who also acts, said she enjoyed the performances of Billy Elliot and said it was “an all around amazing show because it has something for everyone.”
After performing beside her brother last year in Hixson’s production of Annie Jr., (Logan was Annie and Milford was Oliver Warbucks) Logan said Milford is her idol.
“I look up to Spencer because he is multi-talented. He can sing, dance, and act, and on top of that he’s also amazing at any sport he plays, he’s an A-plus student, and he has lots of friends. He’s just…a star,” Logan said.
“He’s very unique in the fact that he is a young boy who is into dancing and acting. That makes him, you know, unique and pretty desirable,” said Fred Harrison, the drama teacher at Hixson Middle School, “He’s definitely the most talented boy at this age that I’ve ever come across. There’s no doubt that we’re going to be seeing him in more on this level.”
“I feel honored to be on stage with such talented people,” Milford said about the Billy Elliot cast. Milford just returned in the beginning of November.