Kevthewriter sings and dances about Hugh Jackman’s unlikely hit, The Greatest Showman.
Zac Efron turns 30 today. He began acting while he was still in high school; one of his early roles was a guest appearance on Firefly playing a young Simon Tam. He then was cast as Cameron Bale on The WB’s Summerland; a recurring character at first, he was promoted to regular status for the show’s second and final season. His breakthrough role came in 2006, when he was cast as Troy Bolton in what became a three film series, a Disney Channel movie with the appropriate title High School Musical.
Wynton Marsalis celebrates his 55th birthday today. A trumpeter who is accomplished at both jazz and classical music, Marsalis performed with the New Orleans Philharmonic at 14 years of age. After graduating from the Juilliard School in 1981, he immediately began to make a mark as a recording artist. In 1983, he became the first, and so far only, artist to win Grammys for classical and jazz recordings in the same year, the first for a recording of the trumpet concertos of Haydn, Hummel and Leopold Mozart, the second for his album Think of One: