Broadway’s youngest star taking the stage by storm is The Music Man‘s charming Winthrop, Benjamin Pajak. At just 11-years-old, Pajak is making his Broadway debut at the Winter Garden Theatre playing the cornet (live!) and dancing with legends Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster in one of the season’s biggest revivals. Although performing eight shows a week is a dream come true for Pajak, working closely with Jackman has its perks too. Two weeks ago, Pajak received a special signed Buccaneers jersey by his hero, Tom Brady, wishing him a happy birthday. The proof is here.
What do you consider to be your best asset?
My silly sense of humor
What was your proudest moment?
The first time I played my cornet perfectly in a performance of The Music Man. I think I kind of shocked myself!
What is your favorite drink?
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite condiment?
What is your current obsession?
Watching cute cat videos on Instagram
If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?
What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?
Right now, just to be able to keep on working in this industry. I’ve had the chance to work with the best in the business and I will forever be grateful for this experience – I don’t ever want to stop.
What’s the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
Let your goodness shine through your heart for others to see.
What’s the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
Lack of patience!
What in the world most thrills you?
Tom Brady winning the Super Bowl.
What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
What was the most embarrassing moment you’ve ever experienced on the job?
When I spit on Sutton [Foster] while singing, “Gary, Indiana.”
What is your favorite place in the world?
My grandparent’s house in Florida
Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?
I want both of my grandparents to be able to get on a plane and come to N.Y. I have not seen them since the pandemic. When I see them again I will hug and kiss them, eat dinner, then hug and kiss them again, and then take them to The Music Man – they have never seen me perform on stage.
What is your personal motto?
People will forget what you say and forget what you do, but people will never forget how you made them feel – Maya Angelou
To me, this means that I have to be kind and loving to everyone that I meet.