If you thought Stranger Things' Dustin's talents ended with opening curiosity doors, being an excellent friend, and taking care of demodogs, then think again. It turns out the boy can also sing. Few things in this world are more precious than videos of Gaten Matarazzo singing. The 15-year-old actor who plays Dustin has a beautiful voice, and it's one he's been putting to use for years. You definitely have to hear and see Matarazzo in musical action, because it is too amazing for words. Who knew Dustin could also carry a tune? The Demogorgon better watch out.
Before Matarazzo played Dustin on Stranger Things, he was wowing crowds on Broadway when he appeared as Benjamin in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. A few years later in 2014, took his talents over to Les Misérables where he played Gavroche. You obviously won't be able to see him performing in the role any longer, as his commitment to the hit show Stranger Things probably takes up a huge chunk of his time, but luckily for you there are tons and tons and tons of videos on YouTube in which you can watch the then-11-year-old performing in action. Who knew Dustin could also carry a tune?
Skip to 2016 after Matarazzo skyrocketed to fame thanks to his role in the Netflix series, the young actor was asked to sing the national anthem alongside his sister, Sabrina Matarazzo, before a Mets game. And the singing duo's performance was, not surprisingly, incredible. Matarazzo has an amazing voice and it's pretty clear that singing isn't just a hobby for him.
But that's not to say that, of all the Stranger Things kids, Matarazzo is the only one with some sort of musical talent. Matarazzo appeared with his costar, Caleb McLaughlin, in a short video for The Guardian last year in which the two boys performed karaoke and sang the soundtracks from classic '80s films like Ghostbusters and The Goonies.
But when McLaughlin isn't doing karaoke, he's putting his talent to more serious use. After attending Harlem School of the Arts, the 16-year-old who plays Lucas on the show, also began a career for himself back in 2012 when he played Young Simba in Broadway's The Lion King. He also played a young Ricky Bell in BET's miniseries, The New Edition Story, earlier this year.
Then there's Millie Bobby Brown, who surprised us all last year when she flawlessly rapped Nicki Minaj's verse on Kanye West's "Monster" during an appearance on The Tonight Show last year. The show's host, Jimmy Fallon, was so impressed with her skills that he invited her back to the show last month where she performed a phenomenal rapping recap of Stranger Things Season 1.
And let's not forget about last week when the whole gang — Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin, and Noah Schnapp — appeared on the Late, Late Show and sang an epic Motown medley alongside host James Corden. The kids joined Corden on his show to star in a documentary-style sketch parody about a forgotten music group cleverly called The Upside Downs. According to the boys, they formed the group while they were in school together, though Corden being much older than the rest of them is what usually caused him to stand out. The band eventually broke up after everyone except for Corden was offered a role on Stranger Things, and the sketch ended with the group performing an impressive medley of classic Motown hits including The Four Tops' "I'll Be There," The Temptations' "My Girl," and The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back."
So it's safe to say that singing and performing are kind of a big part of the Stranger Things kids' lives, Matarazzo especially. His character on the show seems a bit too preoccupied with defeating demogorgons to really do anything song-and-dance related, but if he were to return to Broadway after wrapping up the final season of the Netflix show, we definitely wouldn't be opposed.
Editor's Note: A previous version of this article mistakenly referred to Gaten Matarazzo as Gaten Matazarro. We regret this error.