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By now, if you’re not watching (or finished with) the Netflix sci-fi drama Stranger Things, you’re officially behind. But beyond the hit show’s excellent acting and supreme storytelling, its cast is a bevy of unspoken musical talent. Who knew?
From Broadway actors to rock-band drummers, here is a sampling of the Stranger Things cast’s musical talent.
Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven):
Last year, actress Millie Bobby Brown (who portrays Eleven) started casually uploading performance videos to her YouTube channel, singing songs by Adele and others. But after filming Stranger Things (you can tell by her hair), she picked it up again, covering Amy Winehouse, John Legend, Birdy and more. Watch her sing John Lennon’s “Imagine” below.
Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair):
Seeing how Caleb McLaughlin got his break on Broadway playing Young Simba in The Lion King, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the kid can sing. Check him out breaking into song during this interview below, starting around the 4:40 mark.
Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler):
Finn Wolfhard stood out in Stranger Things playing Mike Wheeler, the emotional core of the group of young boys. In a video he released recently on Twitter, he again tapped into that emotion — though channeling a different era — performing a guitar cover of the Nirvana favorite “Lithium.” The response was so positive that Wolfhard promised a new, full-length cover coming to his YouTube page soon.
Early morning Lithium! pic.twitter.com/qmIRnaO3y5
— Finn Wolfhard (@FinnSkata) August 14, 2016
Joe Keery (Steve Harrington):
Just because Joe Keery’s character, Steve Harrington, doesn’t seem to give a damn about underground music (he does spend a bit too much time picking on the punk-loving Jonathan Byers character, after all), don’t let that fool you. In real life, Keery is drummer in Chicago psych-rock band Post Animal, showing he’s got a bit of a nerdy music fan inside of him yet.
Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson):
Much like McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo started out on Broadway, scoring early roles in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and as Gavroche and Petit Gervais in Les Miserables. Still, even if you’re expecting greatness, hearing Matarazzo is a true joy. Watch him sing at what looks like a kid’s birthday party, performing the best version of Les Miz‘s “Bring Him Home” that Chuck E. Cheese’s has ever seen.
Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers):
Stranger Things‘ most well-known castmember, Winona Ryder has been acting since she was a teenager in the 1980s. Throughout her long, fruitful career, we’ve gotten a sense of her skills as a lip-sync performer in Beetlejuice and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s awesome “Talk About the Blues” music video, but seldom has she put her own singing out there. The exception is one wonderful scene in 1999’s Girl, Interrupted, in which she plays a charming cover of “Downtown” by Petula Clark that’s sure to put a smile on your face.
This story originally appeared on Billboard.com.
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