“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!

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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.”

“Act One”, Chloe Grace Moretz, and more

Tonight, Act One officially opens at Lincoln Center. Break a leg to the cast! Matthew and Noah – have fun tonight!

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Do you want to win tickets to see Act One? Find out more at the Lincoln Center Theater Facebook fan page.

Last night, The Library opened at the Public Theater. I added review quotes to our Library page. You can photo coverage from the after party at Playbill.com, Broadway.com, and TheaterMania.com. Chloe Grace Moretz will be on the Today show today to talk about The Library. She has also been cast in the upcoming film “The 5th Wave.” AND that’s not all! The trailer for her next film “If I Stay” is out now. Check it out below. Congratulations on everything, Chloe!

 


Bios for A Little Princess are now up on our Little Princess page. Please take a look at those. Also, congratulations to Olivia Lombardi (A Little Princess) who just won the Hal Leonard Voice Competition out of 300 applicants! Her winning auditions is below.

 

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

 

Review Quotes, “A Little Princess”, and more!

We have added review quotes to the Les Miserables, Mothers and Sons, and A Raisin in the Sun pages. Take a look!

We will cover the off-broadway premiere of A Little Princess by Kids of the Arts! The production features two rotating casts of kids from Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tours, and beyond. The show will run May 22-25th at the Hudson Guild Theatre. You can find more information at ALittlePrincessNYC.com. We have also added our own Little Princess page as well as updated the Links page with social media links for many of the actors. Read this BroadwayWorld.com article for more information on the production, and you can watch a trailer below!

Sebastian Hedges Thomas is out of Kinky Boots for the week. Cameron Colley will be on all week as Young Charlie while Nicky Torchia (A Christmas Story tour) takes over as standby until Sunday. Welcome, Nicky!

Aidan Gemme (Waiting for Godot, Mary Poppins), Jake Lucas (Newsies), and Sydney Lucas (Fun Home) performed at the Broadway Battles Bullying event last night. You can find pictures from the event at Playbill.com.

Matthew Schechter (Act One) will perform in the Lightning Thief benefit concert for Theatreworks USA on April 21st! The concert will happen at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on April 21st at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased by emailing development@twusa.org.

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

 

“The Library”, “Matilda”, and more!

Tonight, The Library opens at the Public Theater. Break a leg, Chloe!

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The cast of Matilda celebrated their 1 year anniversary and you can find pictures from their bowling party at Broadway.com and Playbill.com.

Milly and Abigail Shapiro have added on another performance at 54 Below! In addition to their May 5th show, they will offer a May 21st show. Tickets can be purchased at 54Below.com.

And here are some pictures and videos from the kids of Violet, Les Miserables, The Lion King, and Matilda (including a special announcement from Chloe Grace Moretz)!

 

Teshi Thomas (The Lion King) at dance class

Gaten Matarazzo singing at the 76ers game with his sister Sabrina