Andrew Keenan-Bolger set to direct Coming-of-Age short film written by Eric Ulloa

Two beloved Broadway alums team up for a coming-of-age film project. Andrew Keenan-Bolger will direct Mikey’s Armya short film written by alum Eric Ulloa, set to begin filming later this month in New York.

Mikey’s Army tells the story of a 16-year-old who finds himself at a turning point in his life. Not feeling quite ready for such a moment, he unwittingly conjures up the guts of a trio that oozes glitz and glamour: a drag queen, an international pop star and an action movie idol.

The cast will star Nicholas Dantès (station eleven) as Mikey, Claybourne Elder (Company) as Chad Hartman, Krystina Alabado (mean girls) as Autumn Jones, Shuga Cain (RuPaul’s Drag Race) as Lady Slay, Jennifer Sanchez (Sunday in the park with George) as Mom and Timmy Thompson as Brian.

“In today’s ever-changing world, I think it’s more important than ever to tell upbeat and uplifting stories,” said Jamie Forshaw, who produces with Evan Mayer, Kyle Beckley, Mike Mosallam and Thomas Lab. “Who among us hasn’t wished for some magical force to appear and banish all our troubles? We are proud to bring this fabulous and uplifting new film to life in the hope that it will inspire young people around the world who are struggling to be themselves.

Thomas Schumacher, Reyana Productions and Drama Club Productions will serve as executive producers, and a release date for the film will be announced shortly.

Keenan-Bolger is perhaps best known for his performance (vlogs) as Crutchie in Newsbut also appeared in Eternal Tuck and Mary Poppins, among others. Beyond the stage, the viral sensation has worked behind the camera as a director for a number of projects, including the popular digital series Submissions only.

Ulloa appeared in On your feet! on Broadway and is a 2020 American Theater Wing Jonathan Larson Grant finalist. He was also a 2020 Kleban Award finalist. In addition to Mikey’s Army, his other works include 26 pebbles, By the way, The Nana Projectand Reindeer sessions.

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