Sam Middleton Jr. Joins MRS. DOUBTFIRE, Disney on Broadway and the Kids of THE LION KING Celebrate Black History Month, and more!

Congrats to Sam Middleton Jr. (Les Miserables tour), who has joined the cast of Mrs. Doubtfire as the understudy for the role of Christopher Hillard!

Celebrate Black History Month with members of the Disney on Broadway family, including the kids of The Lion King:

Presley Ryan went on in the roles of both Lydia and the Girl Scout at Beetlejuice this week!

Congratulations to the cast of The Inheritance on their 100th performance! See pictures of the celebration on Playbill.com.

Also on Playbill.com, get a peek at Flying Over Sunset!

Upcoming auditions include:

  • Disney’s open casting call in Seattle in June for kids for their Broadway and tour productions of The Lion King and Frozenget more information here
  • The movie adaptation of the musical 13 is holding an online open casting call – get more information here
  • The Jungle will return Off-Broadway at St. Ann’s Warehouse this spring, and they are holding an open call!

Also, take a peek at the open casting call for Trevor, coming Off-Broadway this spring, on Playbill.com!

Fathom Events is playing the Met Opera production of Porgy and Bess, with Emerson Davis (Once On This Island), on February 15th in movie theaters across the country! Get more details HERE.

Ayla Schwartz (Frozen) will appear in the new Amazon Prime show “Hunters,” arriving February 21st! Here’s a sneak peek:

Here’s the entire performance of “SW: A New(sical) Hope,” written by Andrew Barth Feldman (Dear Evan Hansen) and starring Gaten Matarazzo (Les Miserables, Priscilla Queen of the Desert):

Bryan Holden Chan (The Lion King) and Layla Capers (The Lion King) booked an episode of “Sesame Street”! This marks Layla’s second appearance on the show and Bryan’s first.

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Forbidden Broadway, Beetlejuice, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and Frozen!

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Pictures and Videos from the Kids of BEETLEJUICE, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, FLYING OVER SUNSET, and more!

Check out these pictures and videos from the kids of Beetlejuice, Forbidden Broadway, Flying Over Sunset, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Frozen, Tina, Caroline, Or Change, and The Lion King!

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William Thomas Colin Joins FLYING OVER SUNSET, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY on “Playbill – The Game Show,” and more!

Congrats to William Thomas Colin (A Christmas Story tour), who will make his Broadway debut in Flying Over Sunset!

Joshua Turchin and his Forbidden Broadway castmates took part in “Playbill – The Game Show”!

You can see Carly Gendell (School of Rock) in Pippin at PPAS in March! Get tickets HERE.

Vincent Crocilla (New York Spectacular) has been cast in Lost in Yonkers at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, FL!

And here are pictures from the kids of Medea, Beetlejuice, Tina, and The Lion King!






YBAN at BEETLEJUICE, 2-for-1 Tickets Available for FORBIDDEN BROADWAY and UNKNOWN SOLDIER, and more!

YBAN founder Lindsay made it to the “show about death” last night! Huge thanks to Presley Ryan, who gave a fantastic performance and backstage tour at Beetlejuice. Be sure to head to the Winter Garden Theatre for a laugh-out-loud good time!

Get 2-for-1 tickets to Forbidden Broadway at the York Theatre Company and Unknown Soldier at Playwrights Horizons as part of Off-Broadway Week! Find out more, including a full list of participating shows, on BroadwayWorld.com.

Sony and Netflix will distribute the upcoming movie musical of Matilda with a theatrical release in the U.K. first, followed by a Netflix release! Get more details on BroadwayWorld.com.

Sisley Carretas (Pedro Pan) won this year’s BroadwayCon Lip Sync Contest, along with “America’s Got Talent” star Luke Islam! Check out their winning performance here:

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Dear Evan Hansen, Tina, Frozen, and The Lion King!






Kaden Amari Anderson and Jaden Myles Waldman Join CAROLINE, OR CHANGE; MEDEA Extends Through March 8th; and more!

Congratulations to Kaden Amari Anderson and Jaden Myles Waldman (Radio City Christmas Spectacular), who will make their Broadway debuts in Caroline, Or Change this spring! Get more details on TheaterMania.com.

Medea has been extended at BAM through March 8th! Go see it if you can.

YBAN founder Lindsay got to see one of Andrew Barth Feldman’s final performances in Dear Evan Hansen last night! You have until Sunday to see him give a beautiful performance in the iconic striped polo.

Today was the first day of BroadwayCon! Here’s a look at what was going on with our featured shows, kids, and alumni:

Anne Frank, a Musical will return Off-Broadway at Actors Temple Theatre and they are casting actresses ages 13+ for the roles of Anne and Margot Frank! Get more details on Backstage.com.

The Public Theater is holding an EPA for the upcoming Off-Broadway production of Cullud Wattah! Get audition information on Playbill.com and advice for attending an Equity audition as a non-Equity performer HERE.

Ella Dane Morgan (Waitress) is taking over our Instagram account on January 25th (this Saturday!) to take you through a day at BroadwayCon! Be sure to check it out! Also, Ella will perform in a benefit for Australia’s fires at The Green Room 42 this Sunday; get tickets HERE.

Mia Sinclair Jenness (Mary Page Marlowe, Les Miserables, Number the Stars, The Sound of Music LIVE) is now appearing in a commercial for Steak ‘n Shake!

Dear Evan Hansen is holding its second annual essay contest for juniors and seniors in the greater New York area! Find out more:

“Songs for St. Jude,” with lots of alumni, will now begin at 11am on February 22nd!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Medea, The Lion King, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Forbidden Broadway!






Ava DeMary Appears on CBS’s “FBI,” GiaNina Paolantonio in GoNoodle Commercial for “Sonic the Hedgehog,” and more!

Congrats to Broadway alum Ava DeMary (Matilda, Evita, Billy Elliot), who appeared on last night’s episode of “FBI” on CBS!

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GiaNina Paolantonio (Matilda) did another GoNoodle commercial for the upcoming movie “Sonic the Hedgehog”!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Beetlejuice, The Lion King, Medea, Sing Street, and Tina!







Zoe Glick Cast in UNKNOWN SOLDIER at Playwrights Horizons, Best Broadway Plays and Musicals of the Decade Lists from TheaterMania, and more!

Zoe Glick (Frozen) has been cast in the upcoming Off-Broadway production of Unknown Soldier at Playwrights Horizons! Read the full cast announcement HERE.

Congrats to Waitress, Once, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, which made it onto TheaterMania’s top 10 Broadway musicals of the decade list; and to What the Constitution Means to Me, The Ferryman, and The Inheritance, which made it onto TheaterMania’s top 10 Broadway plays of the decade list!

Also, congratulations to Kinky Boots and The Lion King, which are both among the highest-grossing Broadway shows of the decade! Check out the full list on Playbill.com.

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Sing Street, A Christmas Carol, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and Waitress, as well as Young Broadway Actor News’ Top 9 Instagram posts of 2019!









Alexander Bello, Jonah Mussolino, and Chinua Baraka Payne Cast in CAROLINE, OR CHANGE; Sophia Anne Caruso and Julia Nightingale Guest Star on “Evil”; and more!

Congratulations to Alexander Bello (The Rose Tattoo, All My Sons), Jonah Mussolino (A Bronx Tale), and Chinua Baraka Payne (The Lion King), who have been cast in the upcoming revival of Caroline, Or Change! Check out the casting announcement on Playbill.com.

Last night, Sophia Anne Caruso (Beetlejuice) and Julia Nightingale (Generation Me) guest starred on “Evil” on CBS!

Isabella Iannelli (The Rose Tattoo) performed at a special party for the upcoming “In The Heights” movie! The first trailer for it is also out now, with Isabella as well as Gregory Diaz IV (Matilda, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown), Reyna Guerra (Runaways), Kevin Tellez (On Your Feet), and Jordan Vergara (On Your Feet)!

 

 

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Andrew Barth Feldman (Dear Evan Hansen) is up for Broadway.com’s Star of the Year! Vote now!

“Ship: A Visual Poem,” with Antonio Watson (Tina), will play Sundance! Get more details on Variety.com.

Young Broadway Actor News founder Lindsay had a blast hanging out with alum Ella Dane Morgan (Waitress) and her mom Laura in Los Angeles, enjoying boba and shaved ice!

Sophia Anne Caruso and Presley Ryan made a TikTok with their Beetlejuice co-star Alex Brightman and Slave Play playwright Jeremy O. Harris!

Here’s the trailer for “John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch,” with kids from The Lion King, Mrs. Doubtfire, and more!

Suri Chen (Miss Saigon) modeled for The Children’s Place!

 

Check out these videos from the most recent “Switched” at 54 Below!

And here are photo and video highlights from this year’s Red Bucket Follies!

Raigan Olivia Saunders-Newton and Sophia Rodriguez Depart and Delaney Quinn and Scarlett Sher Return to WAITRESS, and more!

Happy Trails to Raigan Olivia Saunders-Newton and Sophia Rodriguez, who played their final performances as Lulu in Waitress this past weekend! We can’t wait to see what’s next for both of you!

Please welcome back to the diner Delaney Quinn and Scarlett Sher, who will finish out the run of Waitress as the final Lulus on Broadway!

Jai Ram Srinivasan (A Christmas Carol) is featured in the Loudon Times-Mirror!

MTI has acquired Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to be licensed to schools, community theaters, and more! Get more information on Playbill.com.

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Waitress, A Christmas Carol, Beetlejuice, The Rose Tattoo, and more, including photos of the kids of Broadway and Off-Broadway seeing The Gazillion Bubble Show at New World Stages!





EVITA and RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR Open, Cast Changes at FROZEN, THE LION KING, and EVITA, and more!

Happy Opening to Evita at New York City Center, which also announced its casting earlier this week: congratulations and break a leg to Isa Antonetti and Tessa Noelle Frascogna!

Happy Opening as well to the company of Radio City Christmas Spectacular! Break a leg, everyone!

Happy Trails to Winter Donnelly and Mimi Ryder, who played their final performances as Young Elsa in Frozen over the weekend! We can’t wait to see what’s next for both of you.

Jesus Del Orden and Suri Marrero are scheduled to play their final performances as Young Simba and Young Nala in The Lion King on November 17th. Go see them before then if you can, and check out our recent feature on Jesus and his niece Sophia Rodriguez, currently playing Lulu in Waitress, HERE!

Coming up for Suri as she departs The Lion King, she will be joining the cast of Frozen as one of the new Young Elsas, beginning performances this week before she’s even finished her run as Young Nala! Also joining Frozen as the other new Young Elsa is Anna Rae Haller, who will make her Broadway debut!

Finally, Broadway alum Layla Capers (School of Rock) will be joining The Lion King next week as one of the new Young Nalas! Congratulations, Layla!

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In the midst of all this exciting news, we also want to wish congratulations to The Lion King, which celebrates 22 years on Broadway today!

Reyna Guerra (Runaways) has been cast in Much Ado About Nothing at Pittsburgh Playhouse, now playing through November 17th! Get more information HERE.

The casts of Tina and Beetlejuice will perform during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year! Get more details on Broadway.com.

Also coming up, the casts of Dear Evan Hansen, Frozen, Waitress, and Beetlejuice will take part in Broadway Under the Stars, a free concert series this holiday season at Columbus Circle! Get more information HERE.

Andrew Barth Feldman (Dear Evan Hansen) will perform at the Never Is Now Summit later this month! Also, check out his newest vlog!

Brie Zimmer (Happy Birthday, Wanda June) will play Annie with Kidz Theater in December!

Season 2 of “You,” with Jenna Ortega (New York Spectacular), will arrive on Netflix on December 26th!

Congratulations to Julian Silva (The Lion King), who guest starred on last week’s episode of “How To Get Away With Murder”!

Swayam Bhatia (Really Rosie, Dream Street), Sumaya Bouhbal (Runaways), and Mehret Marsh (Tina, The Lion King) performed at Rockers On Broadway earlier this week! Get more information HERE.

Check out photos from backstage at Beetlejuice on Broadway.com!

Finally, the holidays are practically here! We have your guide to our featured Broadway and Off-Broadway shows and their performance schedules for the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.

And here are pictures from the kids of The Lion King, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, A Christmas Carol, and for all the women who thought they were Mad!

Photo Credit: Lauren Adler