Crawford won the part after a brutal audition, including dancing and singing, for producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Hairspray) and director Kenny Ortega (High School Musical). "It was, like, five hours of the most rigorous tests ever," says Crawford. He walked out very confident. He had a right to be, according to Zadan: "At the end of it, we all sort of looked at each other and said, 'He's the guy!'
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