FEATURE: Youngest Uncle and Niece Both Acting on Broadway

Jesus Del Orden and Sophia Rodriguez have a lot in common: they’re both on Broadway and, most importantly, they’re family.

Jesus started his Broadway career at 9 years-old when he got the role of Young Lola on Broadway’s Kinky Boots, and he got to work with renowned performers like Wayne Brady, Brendan Urie and Billy Porter at such a young age. Now, three years later, he is about to finish his one-year run as Young Simba on Disney’s The Lion King. Little did he know that his whole family would become involved. Back in September, his own little niece began her Broadway journey as Lulu on Waitress.

They are currently performing together, just two blocks down from each other, every week on big stages alongside prodigious actors, singers, and Broadway performers.

This uncle-niece duo seem to be able to accomplish just anything.

Jesus Del Orden made his Broadway debut appearing as Young Lola in Kinky Boots for two years. He is currently playing Young Simba in The Lion King. His last show with the Disney show will Be on November 17th. TV/Film Credits: Sunny Day Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, Life. Jesus would like to thank his family, his Manager Susan Rybin and acting classes at Rybin Studio of Drama, Agent Barry Kolker, singing teacher Tristian Wyant.

Sophia is excited to be making her Broadway debut as Lulu in Waitress. She is playing Jordin Spark’s on stage daughter until November 23rd. Sophia loves dancing, singing and gymnastics. She gives thanks to her whole family for believing in her and traveling with her to auditions, her manager Susan Rybin of Rybin Talent Management and to her agent Barry Kolker.

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Remembering Laurel Griggs

We are saddened to report the passing of Laurel Griggs (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Once) at the age of 13. Laurel was a brilliant young lady whose impact in the lives of everyone she met went far beyond her immense talent. Her wisdom and kindness were gifts to the theatre community during her time on Earth.

She made her Broadway debut at the age of 6 in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Aftewards, Laurel joined the Broadway company of Once, where she played the role for 17 months – the longest-running Ivanka in the Broadway production’s history. Her career continued with TV and film, such as the animated series “Bubble Guppies” and her multiple appearances on the legendary “Saturday Night Live”. Our thoughts are with her family and friends during this difficult time.

Friends and family can leave messages and honor her memory via a donation to Broadway Cares at Dignity Memorial.

Below, we remember Laurel through highlights via pictures and videos.

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Harmony Helper Unveils First App to Give Singers a 24/7 Digital Rehearsal Room that Delivers Better Performances

 

New Singer Learning Tool includes the
First and Only Customizable Sheet Music Scanner

 

MOUNT LAUREL, NEW JERSEY – 29 October, 2019Harmony Helper ®, the premier app that provides singers the convenience and control of a 24/7 digital rehearsal room anytime, anywhere – today announced the full launch of the first and only product that adds customizable sheet music scanning to simplify practicing and help singers deliver their best performance. The Harmony Helper app allows singers that cannot afford a vocal coach or rehearsal space to develop the skill levels they need to make the most of their time in the spotlight. It levels the playing field for amateurs and pros alike.

Based on patented technology, the app is the first comprehensive, easy-to-use learning tool that features accurate real-time feedback, vocal part customization, pitch tracking, record/playback, and vocal part volume control.

“As a musical theatre actor myself, I know that old school rehearsals can leave you feeling frustrated and unprepared,” said Andrew Goren, founder and CEO of Harmony Helper. “With Harmony Helper, everyone has access to the professional-caliber tools they need, whether they’re singing at home for friends or rehearsing for a Broadway audition. With great rehearsals come great confidence. Now every singer can deliver the performance of their lives.”

Harmony Helper’s new customizable sheet music scanning feature is the first and only of its kind. Users simply upload or take a photo of their sheet music. Harmony Helper then uses Optical Music Recognition (OMR) technology to auto-generate vocal parts. The user then creates their own custom vocal part by answering a few questions about the song. The song is then translated into an easy-to-read piano roll format with accompaniment and flexible part volume controls, giving singers the ability to isolate specific vocal parts and sound while practicing. This unique feature makes all music available to practice the moment a singer is ready to begin learning. For singers who are just learning or struggle with reading sheet music, this patented technology eliminates the friction to allow the aspiring singer to practice. Performers no longer need to be dependent on scheduling time with accompanists to play and record music, and the real-time feedback feature takes away the stress of scheduling with a coach to quickly prepare for an audition or performance.

“Harmony Helper is an indispensable educational resource that will change how every individual and music group approaches learning music,” said Mark S. Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director, Paper Mill Playhouse. “Harmony Helper solves a myriad of logistical issues facing performers and beginners while giving students the confidence they need to master their music. I consider this app a true game-changer for the arts industry.”

“Learning to sing requires only one really big commitment: practice. Harmony Helper allows you to practice singing anytime, while simultaneously training both your brain and ear,” said Rob McClure, Tony-nominated actor and artistic advisor at Harmony Helper. “Unlike other apps on the market, Harmony Helper makes it possible for singers to practice any song they want with no song library limit. The sheet music scanner feature puts control back into the singer’s hands, without having to impose on your Musical Director or accompanist to record their individual parts. As a Broadway performer, this is incredibly valuable and a first for the industry.”

Harmony Helper’s transformative features include:

  • Sheet Music scanning/conversion: Allows singers to simply take a photo of any sheet music or upload directly into the app. Using OMR technology, written music is converted to MusicXML and MIDI so it can be viewed in a piano roll format, heard, and rehearsed.
  • Vocal part customization: Singers create their custom vocal part for a more personalized experience.
  • Real-time feedback: Patented pitch tracker accurately visualizes the singer’s pitch and timing in real-time, calibrated to their abilities and level of expertise.
  • Vocal Part Volume Controls: Hear the song in a multitude of different ways using volume controls for vocal parts, metronome, and accompaniment.
  • Guided Approach to Learning: Patented 5-Step Approach to Learning and Holding Harmonies equips singers with the necessary tools to tackle even the most complex songs, so they can walk into every live performance or rehearsal confidently prepared.
  • Easy Record and Playback: Listen to a song anytime and anywhere, then step into a quiet room to record/practice. Then listen to the recording take alone or with other vocal parts.

In the coming months, Harmony Helper will be announcing the general release of its group sharing features. The patented technology will enable music directors, coaches, and teachers to seamlessly share songbooks and instructions with performers and group members. Performers will receive their music via the app and can easily isolate their part so they can practice on their own time, not just when the director or accompanist is available.

Pricing:

  • Free 7-day trial (unlimited songs)
  • Monthly subscription (unlimited songs): $4.99
  • Annual subscription (unlimited songs): $49.99

Availability:

Harmony Helper is now available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Harmony Helper is a singer’s best friend and the only app that utilizes patented technologies to provide singers with the convenience and control of a 24/7 digital rehearsal room anytime, anywhere, regardless of skill level. Harmony Helper improves singing accuracy and builds confidence, helping singers and performance groups deliver their best performances. The innovative learning tool is easy-to-use and complete with the most comprehensive list of features, including part customization, sheet music scanning, real-time feedback, vocal part volume control and a novel 5-step approach to mastering a song. Founded in 2017 by CEO and founder Andrew Goren, Harmony Helper is comprised of a passionate team of expert technologists, seasoned entrepreneurs, and well-respected Broadway performers and performance experts. For more information, visit https://harmonyhelper.com.

Robert Montano and Carlos Carreras Join CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR, THE ROSE TATTOO Begins Previews, and more!

Congrats to Robert Montano and Carlos Carreras who have been cast in this year’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular! This is Robert’s 3rd year and Carlos’s 1st year!

Happy 1st preview to The Rose Tattoo! The show officially opens on October 15th.

Beetlejuice released a longer clip of “Dead Mom” feat. Sophia Anne Caruso! Watch below.

Makayla Joy Connolly made her Broadway debut in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child this week! Check out the pictures below.

The Tony Awards have announced that the 2020 ceremony will take place on June 7th, airing on CBS at 8/7c. Nominations will be announced on April 28th.

Earlier this week, I (Lindsay) went to see Inland Valley Repertory Theater’s production of Fun Home (feat. Broadway alum Maya Grace Fischbein) at the Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont, CA! Congratulations on a great performance, Maya!

“Fancy Nancy”, a Disney Junior show starring Mia Sinclair Jenness (Les Miserables), has been renewed for a 3rd season! Season 2 begins airing on October 4th.

Taylor Richardson (Annie, Smokefall, A Christmas Memory) has been cast in a new Netflix film “Sorta Like A Rock Star”. Click HERE for more info.

Joshua Turchin (Forbidden Broadway, The Pill) has booked a voiceover gig. More details coming soon.

Cate Elefante (Waitress) was on the set of a commercial this week! We will let you know when it begins to air.

We have some more videos from (YOUNG)! Take a look below.

 

 

 

 

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Beetlejuice and Make Believe!


 

 

 

 


Scarlett Sher Joins WAITRESS, WAITING FOR GODOT Announces Auditions, and more!

Congratulations to Scarlett Sher who will make her Broadway debut as Lulu next week in Waitress alongside the previously announced Delaney Quinn!

Theatre for a New Audience will present an Off-Broadway production of Waiting for Godot in Spring 2020 and they are holding an EPA for all roles, including a role for a young actor! Please see this audition notice for more information. Are you a non-Equity performer who wishes to attend this Equity audition? Please see ActorsAesthetic.com for advice.

Make Believe opened last night! Check out pictures from opening night at Broadway World as well as below:

Eleanor Koski (Les Miserables) will bring Sounds from the Heart to Green Room 42 on August 25th at 2pm at Green Room 42! The lineup includes Broadway and tour alumni such as: Diego Lucano (School of Rock), Gianna Harris (School of Rock), Eli Tokash (Finding NeverlandMary Poppins), Nirvaan Paul (School of Rock), and Shereen Pimentel (The Lion King). Get tickets HERE.

The Public Theater has released new highlights from Mojada! Watch below:

 

 

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Rachel Resheff (ShrekBilly Elliot, et al.) has booked a new film called “Giving Birth to a Butterfly”! Check out behind-the-scenes pictures below:

 

 

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Kaylin Hedges (Kris Kringle) has been cast in Loch Ness in central New York at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse! The production will open this fall. Go to fingerlakesmtf.com for more information.

Brooke Timber (Ballyturk) is currently appearing in an ad campaign for The Children’s Place’s Back to School line! Get a peek at an ad below.

 

 

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And lastly, Elliana Walmsley (Radio City Christmas Spectacular) filmed a special video with Carnival Cruise Line and Dance Celebrity! Watch below:

 

 

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Happy Opening to MAKE BELIEVE, Delaney Quinn Joins WAITRESS, and more!

Make Believe opens tonight at Second Stage! Congratulations to the entire company! Check out the newly released production photos HERE.

Congratulations to Delaney Quinn, who is making her Broadway debut in Waitress as Lulu! She follows in the footsteps of her older sister, Fiona, who is currently appearing as Young Anna in Frozen.

Congrats to Michaela Perez, who completes the cast of Our Dear Dead Drug Lord, playing at Second Stage Theater this fall!

NYCGO’s Broadway Week is happening next month! This is a bi-annual opportunity where theatregoers can buy 2-for-1 tickets for participating Broadway shows, like Beetlejuice, Waitress, and more. Go to NYCGO.com for details.

The newest episode of Beetlejuice‘s Broadway.com vlog is here! Watch Presley Ryan teach co-star Leslie Kritzer how to become a VSCO girl below:

And here are more pictures from the kids and teens of Beetlejuice, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Lion King, and Waitress!

 

 

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Young Broadway Alumni in Film, JOSEPH Might Come To Broadway, And More!

Today, “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” (with Isabela Moner), “The Kitchen” (with Gabriel Rush and Maren Heary), and “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” (with Gabriel Rush) arrive in theaters! Be sure to see them!

The current London production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is rumored to arrive on Broadway once its London run is complete. More details to come!

Congratulations to The Lion King alum and “Stranger Things” star Caleb McLaughlin who is set to star in the upcoming film “Concrete Cowboys” with Idris Elba! Get more details HERE.

London Skye Gilliam (Waitress) can be seen modeling for Nike!

 

 

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And check out more pictures from the kids of Frozen, The Lion King, Make Believe, and Waitress!

 

 

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“Stranger Things” Season 3 Trailer Arrives, Sam Primack Makes His ‘Evan Hansen’ Debut, and more!

The final trailer for season 3 of “Stranger Things” (with Broadway alumni Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, and Sadie Sink) is here! Watch below and be sure to watch it when it arrives on Netflix on July 4th.

Congratulations to Sam Primack (Dear Evan Hansen understudy) who just played his first performance as Evan Hansen! Watch his curtain call below.

Tess Murphy and Everleigh Primrose (Waitress) had a tea party with their co-star Shoshana Bean at The Plaza Hotel! Watch the adorable video below.

Maxwell Vice (Runaways) was highlighted by Tumblr this month for his work on Ice Vice Magazine (a magazine he founded!). You can see the full video below.

Broadway World has lots of pictures from the most recent Early Night Show starring Joshua Turchin (The Pill)! Check them out HERE.

And here are more pictures from the kids of Dear Evan Hansen, Frozen, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Lion King, The Secret Life of Bees, Waitress, and What the Constitution Means to Me!












 

Emmy Winner Susan Lucci & Broadway’s Best will headline “Fearless” NYC Pride Event! Tony Winner Cady Huffman, Hamilton Alum “Drag Race”, more!

Come see how Broadway does Pride!  Emmy award-winner Susan Lucci will join a bevy of performers from stage, screen and sports to celebrate LGBTQIA Pride, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion!  The night will include appearances by Tony Winner Cady Huffman, Broadway favorite Telly Leung, RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Yuhua Hamasaki and more to kickoff PRIDE Week in New York City!  On Monday, June 24, 2019, award-winning non-profit Broadway Sings for Pride will premiere their 9th annual Pride charity concert event.  Entitled Fearless, the two hour concert will take place at The JCC Manhattan, beginning at 7:30 PM.  Journey with Broadway Sings for Pride as they celebrate a half century of Pride! The night will include a retrospective of Pride from the last 50 years, as told by some of your favorite pop and Broadway songs, celebrities, Broadway performances, and special guest speakers.  The funds raised on this very special evening will go to worthy LGBTQIA organizations in the New York City area. For those who can’t attend, for the second year in a row, the event will be live streaming in 4k resolution (live streaming information will be made available at a later date).

The concert on Monday, June 24, 2019, will start at 7:30pm at the Goldman- Sonnenfeldt Family Auditorium, Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023.  Tickets can be purchased at www.BroadwaySingsForPride.com or https://tinyurl.com/PrideFearless

Performers and speakers scheduled to appear:  Susan Lucci (Emmy Award Winning actress and New York Times best selling author, Broadway’s Annie Get Your Gun), Miss Lawrence (Fox Television’s Empire & Star, The Real Housewives of Atlanta), Yuhua Hamasaki (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Cady Huffman (Tony Winner for The Producers on Broadway, Director: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime” Weathervane Theater New Hampshire Summer 2019), Mark Segal (founder & publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News, Author of And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality), Sarah Rice (Sweeney Todd Original Broadway Cast), Wade Davis (Former NFL Player, Corporate Inclusion Advisor and Educator), Sally Kohn (CNN Political Commentator, Author of The Opposite of Hate), Michael Musto (Famed Journalist and NYC Nightlife Columnist), Telly Leung (Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway, Rent on Broadway), Michael James Scott (Aladdin: Broadway, Original Australian Cast, West End, U.S. National Tour, Something Rotten!, Hair), Sasha Hutchings (Broadway: Hamilton Original Broadway Cast, Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady Revival), Frenchie Davis (Grammy Nominated Vocalist, Rent on Broadway, NBC’s The Voice), Kay Trinidad (Hadestown on Broadway, Disney’s The Little Mermaid on Broadway), Russell Fischer (Broadway’s Jersey Boys), Rachel Eskenazi-Gold (The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway), Tessa Alves (Broadway: Beetlejuice, Rock of Ages), Ralph Meitzler (Broadway’s Rock of Ages), Vasthy Mompoint (Broadway: The Prom, SpongeBob SquarePants), Jonathan Burke (Choir Boy on Broadway), Justin Sargent (Rock of Ages on Broadway, Jesus Christ Superstar: Live on NBC), Jordan Baker (Broadway’s The Normal Heart), Keisha Gilles (The Book of Mormon on Broadway), Zell Morrow (Broadway: Fun Home, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two), Cole Grey (Fun Home on Broadway),  Brian Falduto (Film: School of Rock, Singer/Songwriter), Adam B. Shapiro (Off-Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof, HBO Film’s The Normal Heart), Catherine Bradley (Broadway’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two), Grace DeAmicis (Broadway’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two), Jack Pravda (Broadway’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two), Connor Mills (Broadway’s Kinky Boots), Cooper Lantz (Broadway’s Kinky Boots), Eric Walker Jr. (Broadway’s Kinky Boots), Tad Wilson (Broadway: Rock of Ages, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), (Mason Alexander Park (Hedwig and the Angry Inch National Tour), Phindi Wilson (Disney’s The Lion King Tours: United States, Madrid & Brazil), Sarah Parnicky (Off-Broadway’s Desperate Measures), Nathan James (Contributing Writer/Columnist at NBC News & HuffPost), Desmond is Amazing (11-year old award-winning LGBTQ activist, drag artist), Cece Suazo-Harris (Off-Broadway’s Street Children), Adrienne Fishe (Rent National & World Tours), STAR Theater for Social Change, Anne Fraser Thomas (Mariah Carey Christmas Concert, Marty Thomas Presents DIVA, Broadway Inspirational Voices), Mayo Performing Arts Company, Lindsay Cherin (NJ Idol, A Night of Future Broadway Stars).

Neal Bennington will produce the event with Charles Santoro serving as musical director, arranger and pianist. He will be joined by David Cinquegrana on guitar, Joe Mankin on bass guitar and John Ferrari on percussion.  Asaf Blasberg will serve as technical live stream director, along with Robert Miele as lead camera operator and John DeMarco camera assistant. Makeup services will be provided by: Amy Sue Nahhas, Emma Berley, Geneva Fong, & Danielle Lampo.

“Fearless” is made possible by the generous sponsorship of The Pierre Hotel, International Spirits & Wines of Mount Kisco, Tony Seker, Coloring Broadway, Anton Moore, AKA New York Hotels.

Launched in June 2011, Broadway Sings for Pride grew out of the tragic suicides which plague the gay community. We have received support from Neil Patrick Harris, Channing Tatum, Fran Drescher, Carol Channing, Frankie Grande, Bryan Cranston, Kathy Griffin, LeAnn Rimes, Bernadette Peters, Nathan Lane, Joy Behar, Wendy Williams and many others. Broadway Sings for Pride stages concerts and events that bring to light the challenges faced in the LGBTQ community, using the funds raised from these programs to aid LGBTQ youth and their families either directly or through supporting like-minded service organizations. We have been honored by Wagner College (Citizen Alum Award 2015 Honoree), Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival’s 2015 Non-Profit Organization All-Star Award, Tyler Clementi Foundation The Upstander Legacy Honoree Host Committee Member, and a four-time nominee for “Most Valuable Campaign” & “Most Valuable Organizer” from the New Organizing Institute.  Find out more on Instagram (Broadway Sings for Pride), Facebook (Broadway Sings for Pride) or on our website: www.BroadwaySingsForPride.com.

Bella May Mordus’s Birthday, Sophia Anne Caruso in Harper’s Bazaar, and more!

Happy Birthday to Bella May Mordus (The Ferryman), who turns 13 today!

Sophia Anne Caruso (Beetlejuice) recently did an interview with Harper’s Bazaar and you can read it HERE.

Madeleine Pace (Once, The Hard Problem) performed with Broadway Youth Ensemble at the International Auto Show this week at the Javits Center in NYC. Check out those pictures below:

 

And here are more pictures from the kids of The Ferryman, The Lion King, and Waitress!