RUTHLESS! Invades Bryant Park, Bobbi MacKenzie Performs National Anthem, and more!

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BroadwayWorld has more footage from Ruthless! at Broadway in Bryant Park! Take a look below:

Bobbi MacKenzie (School Of Rock) sang the National Anthem at a recent Jets game! Watch below:

 

Felicia Velasco, the child guardian of On Your Feet, talks about the life of a child guardian and takes you backstage at On Your Feet! Take a look at the segment below:

And here are more pictures from the kids of School of Rock, Matilda, On Your Feet, Les Miserables, Ruthless!, Kinky Boots, and The Lion King!

 

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Cabaret for a Cause Videos, FUN HOME at Broadway in Bryant Park, and more!

More videos from Cabaret for a Cause are now on YouTube! Check out Brooke Tyler performing “The Hymm of Axiom”, Eleanor Koski, Mckayla Twiggs, Maya Grace Fischbein, and Ali Baldacchino performing “Beautiful”, Joshua Turchin, Cole Alex Edelstein, David Rosenthal, and Evan Gray singing “Stars”, Rachel Jackson performing “Who Will Comfort Me”, and Eliza Farr performing “Castle”!





Gabby Pizzolo represented Fun Home at Broadway in Bryant Park! Take a look at those pictures and video below:

 

 

And here are more pictures from the kids of Trip Of Love, New York Spectacular, Tink, and The Gold!




 


“Bad Moms” Release, TRIP OF LOVE To Close, and more!

trip-of-love Unfortunately, Trip of Love will close on August 7th. Go see it while you can! Get tickets at TripOfLove.com

Congrats to Oona Laurence (Matilda) whose film “Bad Moms” comes out today! We are so proud of you! Check out the trailer below:

And here are more pictures and video from the kids of New York Spectacular, Falsettos, Motown, School of Rock, Tink, and Fun Home!











RADIO CITY Ballerinas To Return, LIBERTY To Close, and more!

Alexandra Hoffman Rachel QuinerCongrats to Alexandra Hoffman and Rachel Quiner who will reprise the role of Clara at this year’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular! More casting to come. Congrats, girls!

Unfortunately, Liberty will play its last performance on July 24th. See it while you can!

Congrats to Ruthless! which recently celebrated its 1-year anniversary!

Sophie Knapp (Once) has booked a short film called “Wishful Whiskers”! More details to come. Congrats, Sophie!

It is confirmed that the entire cast of Fun Home will perform a benefit concert in Orlando! On July 24th, the entire company will perform at Dr. Phillips Center to benefit Equality Florida. For more information, go to TheStageReview.net.

Video from the Teen Mash Mob (with Evie Dolan and Brandon Niederauer of School of Rock) is now up on YouTube! Watch below:

Alexandria Suarez (On Your Feet) was interviewed on Univision recently! Take a look at the full interview at Univision.com

And here are more pictures from the kids of Finding Neverland, Motown, School Of Rock, Matilda, New York Spectacular, and Trip of Love!





TINK and MISSING GEMINI Casting, Highlights from Broadway Kids for Orlando, and more!

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Kaitlyn Schieble will play Megan O’Brien in Off-Broadway’s Missing Gemini next month while Amanda Swickle and Sophia Guarnaschelli join Colton Maurer in NYMF’s Tink this July. Congratulations!

Alumni news: Anthony Pierini (Mary Poppins, Big Fish) will guest star on “Royal Pains” tonight and Jad Grey (Radio City Christmas Spectacular) has booked a guest star on the show “The Night Shift”. Congrats, Anthony and Jad!

In case you missed Broadway Kids for Orlando, you can watch a highlight reel below:

Gabby Pizzolo (Fun Home) took part in a Talks at Google event with her Fun Home castmates where they performed and did a Q&A. Watch below!

Gabby also performed at the Celebration for Arts Education event and you can find pictures from that over at Tumblr.com!

The cast of Finding Neverland recently hit 500 performances! Check out their celebrationg at Broadway.com.

And here are more pictures from the kids of Les Miserables, Tink, Fun Home, Dream Street, The Lion King, School of Rock, On Your Feet, and New York Spectacular!




A DOLL’S HOUSE Closes, SCHOOL OF ROCK Kids Take Their Final Bows, and more!

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Jeffrey Kishinevskiy and Cori Wilson have taken their final bows in School of Rock with Jeffrey exiting May 29th and Cori exiting June 11th. Happy Trails and we can’t wait to see what’s next!

McKenna Keane (Waitress) recently met James Corden right before the Tony Awards! See the pictures below:

And in case you missed Sophia Anne Caruso in Lazarus, you can see her cover “Life on Mars”, which she sang in the show. Watch below!

Dylan Boyd makes NEVERLAND Debut, SHE LOVES ME Cast Album out now, and more!

Dylan Boyd Hayden Wall Congrats to Dylan Boyd who made his Broadway debut in Finding Neverland! Here he is with Hayden Wall (School of Rock) who cheered him on on his opening night.

The She Loves Me cast album is out now! Go get it at Amazon.com.

Congrats to Sam Poon (Runaways, The King and I, Macbeth) who has booked a short film! More details to come.

Josh Colley and Mavis Simpson-Ernst appeared on SIRIUS XM radio tonight to talk about You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. We’ll let you know if we find a link for that interview!

Fun Home is taking submissions for its fan compliation “Ring of Keys” video! You have until June 15th (which is quickly approaching). Get all the details at FunHomeBroadway.com. In case you missed the cast of Fun Home singing “Ring of Keys” with their Sing of Hope piano, you can watch it below!

Get a sneak peek at tomorrow’s Tony Awards with the cast of Fiddler on the Roof!

Take a look at the School of Rock watching their co-star Alex Brightman receive his Sardi’s caricature!

And here are pictures from the kids of School of Rock, Matilda, Fun Home, Les Miserables, and On Your Feet!






GiaNina Paolantonio’s Birthday, Brooklyn Shuck to Join LES MIS, and more!

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Happy Birthday to GiaNina Paolantonio (Matilda)! We hope you had a great day.

Brooklyn Shuck (Annie, Tuck Everlasting, Matilda) will join Les Miserables at the end of the month in the ensemble as well as cover Young Cosette and Young Eponine. Congrats, Brooklyn!

Carly Gendell (School Of Rock) will take over the School of Rock Instagram account at their Tonys party right after the ceremony! Go check them out at https://www.instagram.com/sormusical/. Also in School of Rock news, the kids were featured in an article in a Variety article about kids on Broadway. Read it HERE.

The current lineup of Cabaret for a Cause is below! A full cast announced is to come on Monday.

Lots of alumni news! Grace Capeless (The Lion King, Matilda) booked a Rap Game promo for Lifetime and you can find behind-the-scenes photos from that at her FB page. Stephen Sayegh (A Little Princess) appeared on the most recent episode of “Inside Amy Schumer” on Comedy Central! We will have video soon. And lastly, the trailer for “Stranger Things”, feat. Caleb McLaughlin (The Lion King) and Gaten Matarazzo (Les Miserables) is out now! Watch below:

The cast of On Your Feet will perform at A Capitol Fourth, a 4th of July celebration on PBS, on July 4th at 8pm! The full line-up can be found at BroadwayWorld.com.

Josh Colley and Mavis Simpson-Ernst (You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown) appeared on NY1 to promote their show! Watch the interview at NY1.com.

The kids of School Of Rock watched their co-star Alex Brightman receive his Sardi’s carciature! Check out photo coverage over at TheatreMania.com.

Check out video of the kids of Fun Home helping to paint the Fun Home-themed Sing for Hope piano!

And here are more pictures from the kids of Les Miserables, She Loves Me, Matilda, School of Rock, Kinky Boots, New York Spring Spectacular, On Your Feet, The King and I, and Waitress!















KING AND I Kids Welcome Their Co-Stars, Alumni Hit the Stage and Screen, and more!

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The kids of The King and I welcomed their new stars Daniel Dae Kim and Marin Mazzie with a party! Check out pictures from TheatreMania.com.

Our alumni are staying busy! Bailey Ryon (Matilda) is now starring as Mary in The Secret Garden at Arden Theatre in Philadelphia through June 19th. To get more info, go to Philly.com. And Grayson Taylor (Mothers and Sons, New York Spring Spectacular) guest starred on Inside Amy Schumer this week in a sketch parodying “The Knick”. He is wearing black facial hair and a stethescope. Watch below! (P.S.: Do not watch if you are squeamish!)

 

 

And here are more pictures and video from the kids of Tuck Everlasting, School of Rock, Kinky Boots, Ruthless!, and Matilda!












 

“The Little Mermaid”, Archery, and “Pop from the Heart”: Get to know Sophia Gennusa!

Sophia GennusaWhen you were a kid, what did your school projects involve? Now what would those school projects involve if you’re a 12 year old with a Tony Honor and two Broadway shows on your resume? Tony Honor recipient Sophia Gennusa, who previously starred in Matilda and appeared in Doctor Zhivago, is using her talents for good through Pop for the Heart, a cabaret which aims to raise money to fight children’s leukemia. I (Lindsay) talked to Sophia about the cause as well as her hobbies, what her typical day is like, and all things pop culture she currently enjoys. Pop from the Heart will be held on May 22nd at 4pm at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Let’s jump in!

What made you want to pursue acting professionally?
I have a godfather, John Treacy Egan, and he is a broadway veteran. When I was very young, he exposed me to broadway and performing at young age(4). My first broadway musical was The Little Mermaid, which he was in, and I was so mesmerized by all the magic of the lights, set, and costumes that made it seem so real. After a while, I got caught up in the virtual reality world, and I knew I wanted to perform. The funny thing was, I was REALLY shy.

Who are your mentors/inspirations?
Mostly, I need to give my parents credit for this one because they have been so influential towards my path in life. Even though they were a little surprised at first,(because they knew I was shy), they have supported me every step of the way. Some other inspirational mentors are pop singers such as; Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, and Ariana Grande. I say this because when they write their own music they let their creativity flow, reminding me to do the same and step out of my shell or comfort zone once in a while.

Other than musical theatre, what kind of music do you enjoy?
I enjoy pop because it has a wide variety of music and artists who create it. Also, I usually listen to it everywhere I go, haha. That’s why I chose it for my cabaret, because I thought it would be really entertaining.

Take us through a day in your life.
Well, like most people I wake up at around 7:30 am and school starts at 8:30 am. My goal is to get to school by 8:00 though. However, I tend to stall a lot, by just being awake in my bed, to lazy to get up, and staring at the ceiling. After I get myself up and get ready I head to school. After school is over, it really depends what I do. If I have an audition though, I try not to get out of school early,(although sometimes I have to), because I don’t like to miss stuff and I take academics seriously. After I head into the city, I make my way to the audition. Most people don’t realize it, but auditions can be really short, like 2-5 minutes short. Even though the actual time in the room auditioning can fly by, the actual travel time getting in and out of the city can take longer. I take this time to do homework. After dinner, I get ready for bed and go to sleep until the next day.

What other hobbies do you have, other than performing?

Some other hobbies of mine include doodling,(sometimes on school papers), dancing, writing, sometimes shopping, and I like to read. Also, I don’t do it as much, but I love archery. My hobbies take up my weekends, since I’m usually occupied on the week days.Pop from the Heart

What is a book or TV show or film you currently recommend?
For books, I recommend “WildWood” by Meloy Ellis. This is because I’ve been really into adventure books recently. For TV, I just started watching “The Flash” and wow, it is so good, I totally recommend it. And for film, I watch a wide variety of things but I just saw “The Jungle Book” and it was unbelievable, you need to go see it.

Explain to us what Pop from the Heart is.
Pop From The Heart is my own cabaret I’m doing to raise money and awareness for Children’s Leukemia. I actually started this with a friend of mine Maddie in school for a project. We wanted to think of an effective way to raise money and we figured, we could do a cabaret. John Treacy Egan is my director and Chris York is my musical director. It is on May 22, Sunday at 4:00 pm. Here is the link for tickets: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/958455 Hope you all can come!

What is the rehearsal process like for a cabaret?
Since I’m performing with some of my best friends for Matilda, Ava DeMary, Oona Laurence, Madilyn Morrow, and Sawyer Nunes it’s a lot of fun to hang out with them all and it is great to work with talented people like them. However, the only thing that is hard about rehearsals is actually having them. With all our busy schedules, it’s hard to plan a time where all of us could meet up. Luckily, we didn’t have much trouble and we worked out times. Sometimes, depending on the show, rehearsals can be really long and tedious, but we tend to shake things up and have fun while singing. After all, isn’t that what it’s all about?

Other than rehearsing material for Pop from the Heart, what else did you need to do in order to prepare for the show (i.e. research, marketing, etc.)?
As stated earlier, Maddie and I chose this as a school project. Once we had decided that we wanted to do a cabaret the next problem popped up, where to have it? In order to do this, we had to call a couple places in Manhattan to ask some availability dates. This is where help came in. Tiffany Schleigh, I want to send a huge thank you. Tiffany has her own organization for charity work as well called Cabaret For A Cause that I have been apart of for 2 years now. that raises money for various reasons such as cancer and homelessness. She helped me out a lot with renting the Laurie Beechman theater and getting the date and time. Most of the other planning consisted of research for the actual topic; Leukemia.

What do you hope to do next in your career?
I really hope I can spread more awareness by opening up the idea of more cabarets across the country. I also want to take a look into film. I have wanted to start doing more movies and TV because I watch so much of it and I really want to experience it.

Be sure to get tickets for Pop from the Heart over at OvationTix.com. Be there on May 22nd at 4pm at the Laurie Beechman! Get more info at WestBankCafe.com.