Gahanna native Mike Faist is a member of the cast of Disney's Newsies, the hit Broadway musical.

Gahanna native Mike Faist's parents have every reason to be proud of their son. He's a bright, articulate, talented young man who is living his dream as a member of the cast of the hit Broadway musical Newsies.

Oh, and as if that weren't enough, he's also good-looking. If you don't believe us, read the comment section of the YouTube video introducing members of the cast that features Mike.

But before you do, make sure to read our print feature on Mike here.

One last piece of interesting info -- in all the year's we've been doing The Beat, we've talked to a host of stage actors, including those in touring productions and local folks doing their thing in NYC, and Faist is one of the very few for whom dancing is their first love. Most will rate dancing below acting and singing (and maybe below doing media ops), but for Mike it's like the cake (as iopposed to icing on the cake, because it's the main thing... never mind).

Anyway, we thought that was cool.