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Buzzing in! Midwood native returns to Brooklyn to play Buzz Lightyear in Disney stage show

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He flew all around the galaxy and now he’s back performing in his hometown.

Midwood native Morris Beyda is returning to Brooklyn as Buzz Lightyear with the cast of “Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic” at Kings Theatre on March 25. The 30-year-old rug-cutter got his dancing start after he left Brooklyn for college, so he’s never had a chance to perform in his hometown until now, and he’s beyond pumped, he said.

“I can’t even tell you how excited I’ve been, it’s been a full circle for me,” Beyda said. “I’ve been trying to get to New York for a while to perform back home. This will be my first time bringing a show to Brooklyn since I grew up here.”

Growing up with a strong religious background, Beyda’s early schooling consisted mostly of Hebrew and Jewish learning. It wasn’t until he moved out of Brooklyn to attend Monmouth University in New Jersey that he began taking theater classes and taught himself how to dance. Beyda also credits his summer gig — helping out with kid’s performance groups at the Jewish Community Center — as the kick-starter to his career, he said.

”That’s what really got me into performanc­es,” Beyda said.

Beyda spent a semester in Orlando with the Disney College Program, where he auditioned for the “High School Musical” tour on a whim — and got the job, he said.

“That was my first-ever dancing job,” Beyda said. “I just went on a whim just believing in how much I wanted to do this, and my work ethic, and ended up booking it. And to this day I’m super proud, because it started everything for me.”

That was back in 2009 — and since then, Beyda has toured the world performing in “High School Musical,” “Phineas and Ferb,” and now “Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic,” which is a fun sing-along performance that takes the audience on a journey through six magical Disney lands, he said.

Beyda is eager and thankful to return home and take the stage at Kings Theatre in Flatbush with his whole family cheering him on, he said.

“It’s cool to play where I grew up, and it’s going to be fun to have all my family in attendance — I’m thankful,” he said.

“Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic” at Kings Theatre [1027 Flatbush Ave. between Tilden Avenue and Duryea Place in Flatbush, www.kingstheatre.com, (800)745–3000]. March 25–27. Showtimes vary. $28.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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