Producers soon called back with word that two spots had opened up.
"Everything panned out perfectly. We thought once we said no it was going to be like, 'That's done with. We'll never hear from them again,'" says Jacob. "But it just happened to work out to our benefit."
The Disney musical is based on the true story of scrappy child newspaper sellers in turn-of-the-century New York who go on strike when the price of papers goes up unfairly. They battle scabs, crooked officials and fearsome strikebreakers carrying metal pipes. The twins jumped aboard last month.
David plays a newsboy called Mush and Jacob plays a scab. Both also sing in the ensemble, no easy feat since they're also dancing to Christopher Gattelli's muscular, Tony Award-winning choreography.
Both carve out time to take their senior classes online and plan to walk with their class this spring for graduation. Then there's college — they'd love to room together — and, hopefully, have a spot in a dance company. Make that two spots.
Neither can brag that he appeared on Broadway first — they're both onstage when the curtain rises. David is listed first in the Playbill, but that doesn't bother Jacob. "I'm in there, so it's good. It doesn't matter where you are," he says, laughing.
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