30 facts you may not know about Stranger Things

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17. Caleb McLaughlin and Gaten Matarazzo knew each other from Broadway

Before playing tight pals Lucas and Dustin on Stranger Things, Caleb McLaughlin and Gaten Matarazzo actually knew each other beforehand. And they both have Broadway origins.

"McLaughlin, a New York native, studied dance at the Harlem School for the Arts. He played Young Simba in “The Lion King” on Broadway. That’s when he actually met “Stranger Things” costar Gaten Matarazzo, who was playing Gavroche in Broadway’s “Les Misérables” in 2014."

If you’re familiar with Les Misérables in name only, allow me to say that it has a lot of singing in it, courtesy of the 1980 musical based on the 19th century novel by Victor Hugo. While the Broadway adaptation continues to be popular, you may be familiar with the 2012 film that earned Anne Hathway an Oscar for her performance.

Likewise, The Lion King is also filled with several singing numbers and dance performances. So for a really good idea of how talented the two boys are, the sweet video above shows them singing, with some light dancing and general goofiness.