Joe Locke: Broadway Bound and Beyond

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Rising star Joe Locke, known for his heart-stealing role in “Heartstopper,” is taking his talents to Broadway! This 20-year-old marvel is set to dazzle in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” playing Tobias Ragg. He’s been all-in on rehearsals, pouring his heart into this dream role since its announcement in December.

In an interview with The New York Times, Joe Locke shared his passion for musical theatre, revealing that watching “Next to Normal” on the West End sparked his desire to be in a musical.

“I was like, ‘I want to do a musical so bad,’” he said.

He mentioned how quickly things fell into place after expressing this wish to his agent, leading to his role in “Sweeney Todd.” Joe also offered insights into his character, Tobias Ragg, describing him as street-smart and a survivor in a harsh world.

“The easiest way to play him is that he’s a bit simple – he’s not a full egg, as the Irish would say.

“But I think he’s a very street-smart character who’s survived in a world where people like him shouldn’t survive.”

He further expressed his admiration for Stephen Sondheim, noting the cleverness in Sondheim’s songwriting, particularly in the use of wordplay.

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But wait, there’s more! Locke’s also stepping into the Marvel universe with “Agatha: Darkhold Diaries,” set to premiere on Disney+ this September. And for “Heartstopper” fans, rejoice! Locke will return as the adorable Charlie Spring in the show’s third season, currently in post-production.

Joe’s career is skyrocketing, but what about his love life? As an openly gay actor, he’s a beacon of representation in the LGBTQ+ community. However, he keeps his personal life under wraps, focusing on his blossoming career and advocacy for the community. From small-screen charm to Broadway and Marvel fame, Joe Locke is definitely one to watch! 🌟

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