Raymond Luke Jr., “City of Conversation”, and more!

Today is Raymond Luke Jr.’s birthday! Happy Birthday, Raymond!


Production photos for City of Conversation have been released. You can view them at the LCT Facebook fan page.

TheaterMania.com posted pictures from the Easter Bonnet, which featured Luca Padovan, Zachary Unger, Sophia Gennusa, and more! Check them out at TheaterMania.com.

And here are pictures from the kids of The Lion King, Newsies, and A Little Princess!

Drama League Award Nominations

The Drama League Award nominations were announced today! Special congratulations to Sydney Lucas (Fun Home) for her Distinguished Performance Award nomination, competing against other actors and actresses like Neil Patrick Harris, Sutton Foster, and Tyne Daly. Congratulations, Sydney, and congratulations to all the nominees!

Act One – 1
-Distinguished Performance Award

Choir Boy – 1
-Distinguished Performance Award

Disaster! – 1
-Distinguished Performance Award

Domesticated – 2
-Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play
-Distinguished Performance Award

Fun Home – 3
-Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical
-Distinguished Performance Award (2x)

Good Person of Szechwan – 2
-Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play
-Distinguished Performance Award

Les Miserables – 2
-Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical
-Distinguished Performance Award

Mothers and Sons – 2
-Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play
-Distinguished Performance Award

A Raisin in the Sun – 3
-Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play
-Distinguished Performance Award (2x)

Waiting for Godot – 2
-Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play
-Distinguished Performance Award

Violet – 2
-Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical
-Distinguished Performance Award (2x)

Easter Bonnet, Shannon’s S.H.A.R.E. Foundation, and more!

If you are looking for a breakdown of our featured shows and their Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, that is below this blog post.

Results from this year’s Easter Bonnet are in! Once won Outstanding Bonnet Design and The Lion King won Outstanding Bonnet Presentation. Kinky Boots raised the most money out of every Broadway musical with $284,170. Mothers and Sons came in 2nd in Broadway Plays that raised the most money. Congratulations to all the winners! You can find a full list of stats at Playbill.com. AND you can watch the hilarious Easter Bonnet skit performed by Luca Padovan and Zachary Unger (Newsies) below!

Shannon’s S.H.A.R.E. Foundation, launched in memory of Shannon Tavarez, is so close to reaching 800 likes on Facebook! Please go like the fan page if you haven’t already.

I found this article from the Toronto Sun, which talks about Chloe Grace Moretz’s pre-show rituals for The Library. This may be seen as disturbing to some, so just a warning! You can read it at TorontoSun.com.

And here are pictures and video from the kids of Violet, Newsies, Disaster!, The Lion King, A Little Princess, The Sound of Music LIVE!, and Motown!

Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations

The Outer Critics Circle Award nominations were just announced and we broke down our featured shows, in alphabetical order, and their nominations below. Sydney Lucas (Fun Home) is nominated for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for Fun Home! Congratulations to all the nominees!

Act One – 4
-Outstanding New Broadway Play
-Outstanding Set Design (Play or Musical)
-Outstanding Actor in a Play
-Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Appropriate – 1
-Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play

Choir Boy – 1
-Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play

Far From Heaven – 1
-Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical

Fun Home – 7
-Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical
-Outstanding Book of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
-Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
-Outstanding Director of a Musical
-Outstanding Actor in a Musical
-Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (2x!)

Les Miserables – 3
-Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
-Outstanding Director of a Musical
-Outstanding Lighting Design (Play or Musical)

The Library – 1
-John Gassner Award

Mothers and Sons – 1
-Outstanding Actress in a Play

A Raisin in the Sun – 2
-Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (2x)

Violet – 3
-Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
-Outstanding Actress in a Musical
-Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

The Winslow Boy – 3
-Outstanding Revival of a Play
-Outstanding Director of a Play
-Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

“Violet” Opening, Analise Scarpaci, and more

Last night, Violet opened on Broadway! We added review quotes to our Violet page, so please check it out. We also have gathered A LOT of media coverage from opening night, which you can check out below:

Emerson Steele’s Facebook fan page
TheaterMania.com Video Coverage
Broadway.com Photo Coverage (Part 1)
BroadwayWorld.com Video Coverage
Broadway.com Video Coverage
BroadwayWorld.com Photo Coverage (After Party)
TheatreMania.com Photo Coverage
BroadwayWorld.com Photo Coverage (Curtain Call)
Broadway.com Photo Coverage (Part 2)

Teen Vogue spotlighted Emerson Steele (Violet) and talked about her journey to Broadway, her Harry Potter obsession, and they even called her the next Lea Michele! You can read the article at TeenVogue.com.

Analise Scarpaci (Matilda) will voice the character Darling in the upcoming US version of the animated series “Bodhi & Friends”! Congratulations, Analise!

Joy Kate Lawson (A Little Princess) added many pictures from her Easter Sunday and from hanging out with Mavis Simpson-Ernst (A Little Princess). Check it out!

Is Disaster! headed to Broadway? Possibly! According to BroadwayWorld.com, the initial off-broadway premiere attached some Broadway producers to the project. You can find more information at BroadwayWorld.com.

And here are more pictures and video from the kids of Fun Home, A Little Princess, The Lion King, A Raisin in the Sun, and Newsies!

“Punk Rock”, Raymond Luke Jr., and more!

Punk Rock is coming off-broadway to the MCC Theater in the fall! The production, which is currently casting a 11 year old girl, will go up October 29th and play through December 7th.

Raymond Luke Jr. (Motown) has a new website! Please visit raymondlukejr.com.

The Lion King is hosting an open call for children in NYC! The production is looking for kids for the Broadway and national tour productions. The open call is scheduled for April 26th with sign ups starting at 9am and auditions officially beginning at 10am. For more information, go to thelionking.com/kidscasting.

Luca Padovan (Newsies) confirmed on his Twitter today that he and Zachary Unger will perform at the Easter Bonnet competition tomorrow. Break a leg, guys!

PressOfAtlanticCity.com did a great article on Gaten Matarazzo (Les Miserables) and what it’s like to play Gavroche on Broadway. You can read the article over HERE.

And here are pictures from the kids of A Little Princess, Newsies, The Lion King, Violet, and Les Miserables!

“Violet” Opening, a few changes, and more!

Tonight, Violet opens on Broadway! Break a leg to the entire company! To Emerson and Emma – have so much fun tonight!


You all may have notice our navigation menu change a little bit. I moved every link to their appropriate show pages so there is no main “Links” page anymore. It should make finding everybody’s social media links a little bit easier!

Gaten Matarazzo posted more of his performance dates for Les Miserables at his Facebook fan page. Take a look!

We added review quotes to the Act One page. Go take a look!

And here are pictures and video from the kids of Act One, A Little Princess, Les Miserables, The Lion King, Violet, and Newsies!

News from “Act One”, “Violet”, and more!

We found more media coverage from the opening night of Act One! You can find it all below:

Broadway.com Photo Coverage (Part 1)
Broadway.com Photo Coverage (Part 2)
TheaterMania.com Photo Coverage
BroadwayWorld.com Photo Coverage

Press reels for Violet and Act One were released this week. You can watch the Violet press reel at BroadwayWorld.com and the Act One press reel below:

Rush tickets are available 2 hours in advance of every performance of The Library at the Public Theater! Each rush ticket is $20 and cash only.

Sophia Gennusa (Matilda) will perform during the opening number at this year’s Easter Bonnet competition, which will commence next week. In addition, the casts of Disaster!, Kinky Boots, Mothers and Sons, Newsies, Once, Lion King, and more are scheduled to perform, but no word on which cast members will perform. For more information, go to Playbill.com.

And here are pictures from the kids of A Little Princess and Newsies!


Lots of News!

The Wall Street Journal wrote a great article on Joshua Colley and Gaten Matarazzo (Les Miserables). Since the article is not available to everybody, I posted the article below this blog post for you to read.

We also added review quotes to the Les Miserables and Mothers and Sons pages. Take a look!

Act One opened last night! I am working on getting review quotes up. But for now, you can read this article featuring Matthew Schechter at VanityFair.com. You can also watch the opening night curtain call at the LCT Facebook fan page.

The cast of Fun Home will reunite for a special concert staging at College of Charleston. This reunion came about after South Carolina lawmakers attempted to withdraw funding from the school for including the source material in its curriculum. You can read more about it at Playbill.com and you can buy tickets for the 7pm and 9pm April 21st concerts over HERE.

Newsies has announced a new ticket policy! The ticket lottery has now been turned into a general rush. For more information, visit TheaterMania.com.

If you missed Chloe Grace Moretz (The Library) on the Today show yesterday, you can watch the interview below!

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Yesterday, I posted a BUNCH of videos from the kids of A Little Princess, Matilda, Kinky Boots, and Mothers and Sons. Instead of placing them all one by one here, I made a playlist of all those videos. Watch below!


And here are pictures from the kids of A Little Princess, The Lion King, Violet, and Act One!

What Little People Can Do

(via Wall Street Journal)



It’s probably safe to say that every boy with an interest in musical theater dreams of playing Gavroche in Broadway’s “Les Misérables.”

Now that a new revival of the show, starring Ramin Karimloo as protagonist Jean Valjean and Will Swenson as his nemesis Javert, is playing at the Imperial Theatre, two budding actors are getting their shot at the young street urchin’s famous second-act solo, “Little People.” Gaten Matarazzo, 11 years old, and Josh Colley, who is 12, currently alternate the role.

“By the first week we were already best friends,” said Mr. Matarazzo.

Gaten Matarazzo

Mr. Matarazzo commutes over two hours to the theater on 45th Street from Little Egg Harbor, N.J., near Atlantic City, so by the time he gets home after a three-hour performance, it can be 1:30 a.m.

Mr. Matarazzo on stage. Michael Le Poer Trench

“I sleep on the bus,” he said, especially because he has to report to school in the mornings. (He typically takes matinee Wednesdays off from his sixth-grade classes.)

The young actor, who usually auditions with the Michael Jackson song “Ben”—”I sing it differently than he did,” he said—made his Broadway debut in the 2011 musical “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.” He began trying out for the role of Gavroche in the “Les Misérables” tour when he was 7, eventually landing it last February. He traveled around the U.S. and Canada with the company until August.

One of the hardest parts of doing the show, he said, is getting shot in the second act and pretending to fall over the barricade.

“It gave me goose bumps the first time I did it,” said Mr. Matarazzo.

Eventually, he’d like to mature into the role of Enjolras, who belts the show’s anthemic “Do You Hear the People Sing?” (Actor Kyle Scatliffe is currently playing the part.)

“He’s so inspiring to me,” said Mr. Matarazzo.

For now, Gavroche’s personality suits him just fine, though.

“He’s a tough kid,” Mr. Matarazzo said. “In real life, I’m not so tough.”

Josh Colley

Mr. Colley’s parents run a theater company in Tampa, Fla., and they were the ones who suggested he try acting. After a stint in “A Christmas Carol” down south, he joined the tour of “Les Misérables” as Gavroche and found his way to Broadway in “Newsies,” for which he and his family moved to New York.

“My mom was always like, ‘You should play Gavroche one day.’ And I was like, ‘Who’s Gavroche?’ ” Mr. Colley recalled. “When I finally saw it, I thought, ‘Oh my God, this is awesome.’ ”

His commute, however, is far easier than Mr. Matarazzo’s. He currently lives near the theater on 45th Street. Still, Mr. Colley said, after the high of a performance, “it takes me a really long time to get to sleep.”

Bedtime tends to be around 12:30 a.m. On days off—Mondays—”I just hang around the house watching TV.” Regular viewing includes “The Carol Burnett Show,” “The Brady Bunch” and Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time,” he said.

Mr. Colley’s fraternal twin brother is also an actor, currently a standby to the young Charlie in “Kinky Boots,” just down the street from “Les Misérables.”

“We’re actually different in every way,” Mr. Colley said.

Eventually, he’d like to play Marius in “Les Misérables.” “That seems fun,” Mr. Colley said. “He’s the love interest in the show, and I want all the girls.”

Other characters in musicals he’d like to play—”like any kid,” he noted— are Oliver in “Oliver!” and the title role in “Sweeney Todd.”