Drama Desk Awards Tonight, Stars in the Alley Photos and Videos, and more!

Good luck to all of tonight’s Drama Desk Award nominees!

Check out pictures from Friday’s Stars in the Alley on Playbill.com and TheaterMania.com! Also, watch performance videos from She Loves Me, Tuck Everlasting, and Fun Home!

Read an interview with Abigail Shapiro (Liberty) and Milly Shapiro (You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Matilda) on SaysMeSaysMom.com!

Watch Randy Rainbow’s interview with the Matildas of Matilda below or on BroadwayWorld.com!

Casey Butler (Finding Neverland) and Mary Stewart Sullivan (A Little Princess, Enron) will take part in a reading of Florinda’s Time on June 12th and 13th! Get more information in the picture below:

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of On Your Feet, Ruthless!, and Matilda!





Drama Desk Nominations Announced; Young Stars from SHE LOVES ME & DISASTER Receive Nominations

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The Drama Desk Award nominations were announced today! We are so thrilled for Nicholas Barasch (She Loves Me) and Baylee Litrell (Disaster!) who both received nominations for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. You can find the full list below (with our featured shows highlighted in bold). Congratulations, everyone!

Outstanding Play

The Christians, Playwrights Horizons
The Humans, Roundabout Theatre Company
John, Signature Theatre
King Charles III
The Royale, Lincoln Center Theater

Outstanding Musical
First Daughter Suite, Public Theater
Daddy Long Legs
School of Rock
Shuffle Along
Waitress

Outstanding Revival of a Play
Cloud Nine, Atlantic Theater Company
Death of a Salesman, New Yiddish Rep
Henry IV, Donmar Warehouse at St. Ann’s Warehouse
Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Roundabout Theatre Company
A View From the Bridge
Women Without Men, Mint Theater Company

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
The Color Purple
The Golden Bride, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene
Fiddler on the Roof
She Loves Me, Roundabout Theatre Company
Spring Awakening

Outstanding Actor in a Play
Andrew Garman, The Christians, Playwrights Horizons
Avi Hoffman, Death of a Salesman
Frank Langella, The Father, Manhattan Theatre Club
Tim Pigott-Smith, King Charles III
Mark Strong, A View From the Bridge

Outstanding Actress in a Play
Georgia Engel, John, Signature Theatre
Mamie Gummer, Ugly Lies the Bone, Roundabout Undeground
Marin Ireland, Ironbound, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater/Women’s Project Theater
Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Nicola Walker, A View From the Bridge

Outstanding Actor in a Musical

Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof
Robert Creighton, Cagney, York Theatre Company
Michael C. Hall, Lazarus, New York Theatre Workshop
Zachary Levi, She Loves Me
Benjamin Walker, American Psycho

Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Laura Benanti, She Loves Me
Carmen Cusack, Bright Star
Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple
Jessie Mueller, Waitress
Annette O’Toole, Southern Comfort, Public Theater

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

Bill Camp, The Crucible
David Furr, Noises Off, Roundabout Theatre Company
Matt McGrath, The Legend of Georgia McBride, MCC Theater
Richard Thomas, Incident at Vichy, Signature Theatre
Michael Shannon, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Brooke Bloom, Cloud Nine
Megan Hilty, Noises Off
Kellie Overbey, Women Without Men
Saycon Sengbloh, Eclipsed, Public Theater
Jeanine Serralles, Gloria, Vineyard Theatre

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Nicholas Barasch, She Loves Me
Christopher Fitzgerald, Waitress
Baylee Littrell, Disaster!
Paul Alexander Nolan, Bright Star
A.J. Shively, Bright Star

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple
Alison Fraser, First Daughter Suite
Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen, Second Stage
Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me
Mary Testa, First Daughter Suite

Outstanding Director of a Play
Rachel Chavkin, The Royale
Sam Gold, John
Rupert Goold, King Charles III
Joe Mantello, The Humans
Jenn Thompson, Women Without Men
Ivo van Hove, A View From the Bridge

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Michael Arden, Spring Awakening
John Doyle, The Color Purple
Rupert Goold, American Psycho
Bartlett Sher, Fiddler on the Roof
Bryna Wasserman, Motl Didner, The Golden Bride

Outstanding Choreography

Joshua Bergasse, Cagney
Spencer Liff, Spring Awakening
Lynne Page, American Psycho
Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea
Savion Glover, Shuffle Along

Outstanding Music
Sara Bareilles, Waitress
Michael John LaChiusa, First Daughter Suite
Andrew Lloyd Webber, School of Rock
The Lobbyists, SeaWife, Naked Angels
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star

Outstanding Lyrics

Sara Bareilles, Waitress
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Dear Evan Hansen
Glenn Slater, School of Rock
Michael John LaChiusa, First Daughter Suite

Outstanding Orchestrations

August Eriksmoen, Bright Star
Larry Hochman, She Loves Me, Roundabout Theatre Company
Joseph Joubert/Catherine Jayes, The Color Purple
Andrew Lloyd Webber, School of Rock
Michael Starobin/Bruce Coughlin, First Daughter Suite

Outstanding Music in a Play

Billie Joe Armstrong, These Paper Bullets!, Atlantic Theatre Company
Estelle Bajou, Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally, One Year Lease Theater Company
Shaun Davey, Pericles, Theatre for a New Audience
Philip Glass, The Crucible
Tom Kitt, Cymbeline, New York Shakespeare Festival

Outstanding Set Design for a Play
Riccardo Hernandez, Red Speedo, New York Theatre Workshop
Mimi Lien, John
G.W. Mercier, Head of Passes, Public Theater
Christopher Oram, Hughie
Derek McLane, Fully Committed

Outstanding Set Design for a Musical
Es Devlin, American Psycho
Emily Orling, Matt Saunders, Eric Farber, Futurity, Soho Rep/Ars Nova
David Rockwell, She Loves Me

Outstanding Costume Design for a Play
Jessica Ford, These Paper Bullets!
Martha Hally, Women Without Men
Constance Hoffman, Pericles
William Ivey Long, Shows for Days, Lincoln Center Theater
Anita Yavich, The Legend of Georgia McBride

Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical
Jane Greenwood, Bright Star
Katrina Lindsay, American Psycho
Jeff Mahshie, She Loves Me
Alejo Vietti, Allegiance
Ann Roth, Shuffle Along

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play
Neil Austin, Hughie
Mark Barton, John
Bradley King, Empanada Loca, Labyrinth Theater Company
Tyler Micoleau, Antlia Pneumatica, Playwrights Horizons
Justin Townsend, The Humans

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical

Jane Cox, The Color Purple
Jake DeGroot, SeaWife
Ben Stanton, Spring Awakening
Justin Townsend, American Psycho
Jules Fisher/Peggy Eisenhauer, Shuffle Along

Outstanding Projection Design

Nicholas Hussong, These Paper Bullets!
Darrel Maloney, Tappin’ Thru Life
Peter Nigrini, Dear Evan Hansen
Finn Ross, American Psycho
Tal Yarden, Lazarus

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play

Fitz Patton, An Act of God
Fitz Patton, The Humans
Miles Polaski, Fulfillment, The Flea Theatre
Bray Poor, John
Ryan Rumery, Empanada Loca

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical
Mick Potter, School of Rock
Brian Ronan, Lazarus
Nevin Steinberg, Bright Star
Dan Moses Schreier, American Psycho
Scott Lehrer, Shuffle Along

Outstanding Wig and Hair

David Brian Brown, She Loves Me
Jason Hayes, The Legend of Georgia McBride
Robert-Charles Vallance, Women Without Men
Charles G. LaPointe, The School for Scandal, Red Bull Theater
Mia M. Neal, Shuffle Along

Outstanding Solo Performance

Simon Callow, Tuesdays at Tesco’s, 59E59
Kathleen Chalfant, Rose, Nora’s Playhouse
James Lecesne, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey
Daphne Rubin-Vega, Empanada Loca
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Fully Committed

Unique Theatrical Experience

ADA/AVA, Manual Cinema/3LD/The Tank
Antigona – Soledad Barrio/Noche Flamenca
That Physics Show
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
YOUARENOWHERE – 3LD/The Tank

THE LION KING Cast Changes, FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE Cast Album Available in Stores, and more!

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Happy Trails to Jahi Diallo Winston, who played his final performance as Young Simba in The Lion King last weekend! We can’t wait to see what’s next for you, Jahi!

And congratulations to Tre’ Jones, who has made his Broadway debut in The Lion King as Young Simba! Here’s his announcement post on Facebook:

The cast album of First Daughter Suite is now available in stores!

Check out interviews from Lyrics for Life in LA courtesy of Rising Star Magazine in the YouTube playlist below:

On Sunday, Rachel Resheff (Fish in the Dark, The People in the Picture, Billy Elliot, Shrek, Mary Poppins) returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below with a new show! Get more information and check out the updated list of special guests for the show on 54Below.com.

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Matilda, Annie, Fun Home, Disaster!, Kinky Boots, and School of Rock!













Lucille Lortel Nominations Announced, Emma Howard and Jaidyn Young’s 54 Below Cabaret TONIGHT, and more!

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The Lucille Lortel nominations have been announced! Congratulations to the companies of First Daughter Suite, Iowa, Lazarus, Mother Courage and Her Children, and Women Without Men, who were all nominated! Additionally, Sophia Anne Caruso (The Nether, The Sound of Music LIVE, Ruthless!) received her second Lucille Lortel nomination, this time for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical for Lazarus! Check out the list of YBAN nominations HERE, and check out the full list on Playbill.com.

“Together At Last,” Emma Howard (Matilda, Violet) and Jaidyn Young‘s (Annie) cabaret show, comes to 54 Below tonight! Get more information on 54Below.com, and congrats to Emma and Jaidyn!

The cast recording of On Your Feet is set for an April 29th release! Get more information on Broadway.com.

Check out the first production pictures from The Crucible on TheaterMania.com!

Get your tickets now for When I Grow Up at the Triad on April 2nd and 4th! More information HERE.

Dante Melucci has announced that he will play his final performance in School of Rock on May 8th. Go see him while you can, and get more information in his Instagram post below:


Hi all, I wanted to let everyone know that my final performance with "School of Rock: The Musical" will take place on Sunday, May 8. I've aged out of the role and so it's time for me to go. While I'm saddened at the thought of not taking the stage as the Freddy I created for the Broadway stage, I find comfort in the fact that it has been an amazing, almost impossible ride over the past year. I'm looking forward to what lies ahead for me. Thank you to everyone for sharing in this experience and for all your support and love over these past 12 months. You've helped make it a more complete experience for me. I've grown physically, for sure, but mostly I've matured into a kid who's fast learning about himself and what he's capable of. And for that, I'm forever grateful. Dante

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Hayden Wall (Soul Doctor) went on for James in School of Rock last night! Here he is before the show:


On as James tonight! 3rd role is a charm.

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




Lucille Lortel Nominations Announced, Sophia Anne Caruso Receives 2nd Nomination!

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The 2016 Lucille Lortel Award nominations have been announced! 14 year old Sophia Anne Caruso has been nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical for her performance in Lazarus! She received a nomination last year for her performance in The Nether. Take a look at our featured shows’ nominations below or you can view the full list at Playbill.com. Congratulations to everyone involved!

First Daughter Suite (feat. Carly Tamer)
-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical (2x)
-Outstanding Costume Design

Iowa (feat. Kolette Tetlow)
-Outstanding Musical
-Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Lazarus (feat. Sophia Anne Caruso)
-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical
-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical

Mother Courage and Her Children (feat. Deandre Sevon)
-Outstanding Revival

Women Without Men (feat. Shannon Harrington, Alexa Shae Niziak, Beatrice Tulchin)
-Outstanding Revival
-Outstanding Costume Design

FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE Cast Album Out Digitally, Kolette Tetlow Won SCHOOL OF ROCK Audition Contest, and more!

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The cast recording of First Daughter Suite is now out digitally! Congrats to all!

Congratulations to Kolette Tetlow (Iowa), who won the School of Rock audition contest AND received a callback at the audition yesterday!

I was lucky enough to see Fun Home today! I saw Gabby Pizzolo as Small Alison, Oscar Williams as Christian, and Zell Steele Morrow as John. Great job today, guys!

Check out opening night photo coverage from A Room of My Own on TheaterMania.com!

Watch a clip of Baylee Littrell (Disaster!) singing “I Am Woman” on the Today Show, and some other clips from Disaster!‘s performance, on Dropbox.com! Also, watch the full video of Baylee and his castmates performing on the Today Show below or on Today.com!

Alexandria Suarez (On Your Feet) will perform at a benefit at the Metropolitan Room on March 6th! Get more information in the Twitter post below:


And here are pictures and videos from the kids of The Lion King, Dream Street, A Room of My Own, The Secret Garden concert production, Disaster!, Fun Home, Tuck Everlasting, and Matilda!







FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE Cast Album Coming, SCHOOL OF ROCK To Hold Open Auditions, and more!

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The cast album for First Daughter Suite will arrive digitally on February 26th and in stores on April 1st! Get more information on TheaterMania.com!

School of Rock will hold open auditions for kids at the end of this month! Find out more on BroadwayWorld.com.

Congratulations to Ava Della Pietra, who went on as Shonelle in School of Rock yesterday! Here she is backstage:


For this Sunday matinee of @sormusical Ava went on as Shonelle! I was so excited!

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If you want to see Fiddler on the Roof, now is a great time! The show is donating $2 of each full-priced ticket to the Flint Water Crisis fund! Get more details on TheaterMania.com.

Playbill.com did a special feature on the School of Rock kids! Read it HERE!

“Jack of the Red Hearts,” which features Taylor Richardson (Smokefall, Annie, A Christmas Memory) and Sophia Anne Caruso (Lazarus, The Nether, The Sound of Music LIVE, Ruthless!), opens later this month! Taylor recently did a Q&A about the film at New York Film Academy. Check out pictures and an article about it on NYFA.edu.

Alexandria Suarez (On Your Feet) was featured on Humans of Broadway! Check out the post below:

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of The Lion King, Matilda, Women Without Men, School of Rock, and On Your Feet!







MOTHER COURAGE Postpones Opening, Giuseppe Bausilio To Join Aladdin, and more!

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Mother Courage and Her Children has postponed its opening night from its original date of January 7th, 2016. Get more information on Broadway.com.

Congratulations to alum Giuseppe Bausilio (Newsies, Billy Elliot), who will be joining the Broadway cast of Aladdin! Get more information in Giuseppe’s Instagram post below:


Guess who's joining Aladdin on Broadway!!! Awesome Christmas present!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #aladdin @aladdin @disney @disneyonbroadway

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Congrats to Ava Della Pietra (School of Rock), who went on for the role of Marcy last night! Check out her pictures below:

School of Rock has set a box office record for the Winter Garden Theatre! Congratulations to the entire company! Get more information on Playbill.com.

Here is another Rock History lesson from Isabella Russo (School of Rock)!

Congratulations to the eight Broadway and Off-Broadway kids who made TheaterMania’s list of the Top 7 Most Memorable Child Performances of 2015! Check out the list on TheaterMania.com.

Lazarus launched its digital lottery today–for $25 tickets!! Get more information about how those tickets can be yours on Playbill.com!

Check out a new commercial for Flexi Frisbee featuring Skye Alyssa Friedman (Annie) on FlexiFrisbee.com! Congrats, Skye!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of The Lion King, On Your Feet, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, School of Rock, Matilda, Fun Home, and Les Miserables!









SCHOOL OF ROCK, FUN HOME, FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE, and THE NETHER Make “Shows of the Year” Lists, and more!

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School of Rock and Fun Home made Broadway.com’s Top 5 Shows of the Year! Find out more on Broadway.com!

First Daughter Suite and The Nether made TheaterMania’s 9 Best Off-Broadway Shows of 2015! Get more information about all 9 shows on TheaterMania.com.

Douglas Baldeo will return to the role of Young Lola in Kinky Boots as a vacation swing from January 18th, 2016, to January 31st, 2016!

BroadwayWorld has pictures of the cast of Matilda recording their Carols for a Cure track! Check them out HERE.

And here are pictures from the kids of Fun Home, Ruthless!, Finding Neverland, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, School of Rock, Kinky Boots, On Your Feet, Matilda, and Lazarus!














Sam Chuck Still In LES MISERABLES, Rocco Wu Makes Prince Chulalongkorn Debut, and more!

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Exciting news–Sam Chuck has NOT left Les Miserables as we announced yesterday! He will continue to play the role of Gavroche through January 3rd, 2016!

Congratulations to Rocco Wu (The King and I), who made his Prince Chulalongkorn debut last night!

Waitress, Tuck Everlasting, Disaster!, She Loves Me, The Crucible, and more are among NewYork.com’s most anticipated Broadway shows of 2016! Find out more HERE.

Teshi Thomas (The Lion King) is in this music video for artist Kennedy Slocum! Watch it below:

The Sound of Music LIVE will re-air on NBC on December 26th at 8pm! Get more information in this Facebook post:

Brandon Niederauer, Ethan Khusidman, and Jersey Sullivan of School of Rock performed at NYU last night! Congrats, boys!

Jon Viktor Corpuz (The King and I) is featured on Humans Of Broadway! Read his post below:

School of Rock will offer rush tickets! Details below:

Rachel Quiner (Radio City Christmas Spectacular) was featured in My Paper Online! Read her article HERE!

Fiddler on the Roof, First Daughter Suite, Fun Home, The King and I, and more made BuzzFeed’s “18 Plays and Musicals I Loved in 2015” list! Read the full list on BuzzFeed.com!

And here are pictures from the kids of Finding Neverland, Dream Street, Les Miserables, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The Lion King, and School of Rock!