Theater: The Joy of Nerdiness

They sing, they spell--and they're headed for B-r-o-a-d-w-a-y

One girl walks only in straight lines, talks like a lisping machine gun and has pigtails pulled so tight she looks as if she's going to explode. Another kid is a portly know-it-all with a sinus condition and a special trick of spelling his words silently in advance--by tracing them on the floor with his foot. Then there's the overachieving Asian girl who objects to being introduced as someone who speaks five languages. Actually, she says a bit resignedly, it's six. And, she wonders, do the notes about her also "say that I only sleep three hours a night, and I...

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