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After three sold out engagements, FUTUREFEST returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below!
Presented by the Foundation of New American Musicals and Open Hydrant Theater Company, this popular Los Angeles/New York City showcase spotlights rising local young talent in a celebration of the next generation of musical theatre artists.  At FutureFest, middle/high-school and college students sing songs from new musicals written by leading and rising lyricists/composers.
Songs by Stephen Schwartz, Scott Alan, Ryan Scott Oliver, Jeff Thomson, Oliver Houser, Michael Cooper, Jordan Mann, Ben Toth, Chad Beguelin, Erik Przytulski, Michael Kooman, Christopher Dimond and many others have been showcased at this event, hosted by special celebrity guests. Past hosts have included Patrick Cassidy (Assassins), Jeff Marx (Avenue Q), AJ Holmes (Team StarKid/Book of Mormon), Jonah Platt (Wicked), Paris Barclay (Glee, DGA President), Ben Toth (Musical Director, Kristin Chenoweth, Cheyenne Jackson) and Graham Phillips (13,The Good Wife).
Students are selected from a variety of middle/high schools/colleges such as  NYU, Pace University, Fordham, Columbia, Stuyvesant HS, Bronx High School of Science, Regis HS, Bronx Prep, Democracy Prep, Monsignor Farrell, Notre Dame Academy, Pelham HS, Bronx School of the Arts, and LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts.
Bob Klein, Linda Shusett, and Marcia Seligson (Past Producing Artistic Director of Reprise, UCLA) and Luis Cardenas and Sarah Rosenberg (Artistic Directors of Open Hydrant Theater Company) are proud and honored to bring FutureFest to New York City! Join us for an exciting evening of musical theatre presented by tomorrow’s rising stars.
The evening will be hosted by Sasha Forman.

Happy Thanksgiving, “Nella the Princess Knight” with Akira Golz Nominated for an Image Award, and more!

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Happy Thanksgiving! Check out these videos of Once On This Island and Anastasia performing on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade earlier today! In addition to those shows, several of our kids and alumni performed with “Sesame Street,” Camp Broadway, and Jimmy Fallon and the Roots. Congratulations, everyone!

Congrats to “Nella the Princess Knight,” starring Akira Golz (Matilda), which is nominated for an Image Award! Get more details:

Will Meyers (Generation Me) will guest star on “Fresh Off The Boat”! Find out more:

“She’s Gotta Have It,” with Taliyah Whitaker (brownsville song (b-side for tray)), hits Netflix today! Congratulations, Taliyah!

Marco Schittone (Tuck Everlasting) guest starred on “The Gifted”! Congrats, Marco! Watch his episode on Fox.com.

Get a glimpse at backstage life at Anastasia on BroadwayBox.com!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Miss Saigon, A Christmas Story Live, School of Rock, Waitress, and Anastasia!

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SCHOOL OF ROCK and A BRONX TALE Cast Departures, THE TRAVELING LADY and NYMF Shows Close, and more!

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Happy Trails to Gianna Harris, Brandon Niederauer, Sammy Ramirez, Paul Luke Bonenfant, Raghav Mehrotra, and Jersey Sullivan, who all played their final performance in School of Rock today! We can’t wait to see what’s next for all of you!

Happy Trails to Hudson Loverro, who played his final performance in A Bronx Tale today! Congrats on a great run!

Finally, Happy Trails to the companies of The Traveling Lady, Play Like a Winner, Generation Me, and Peace, Love and Cupcakes, which all finished their runs today! Best of luck in all your future endeavors!

Christian Mullins (Kinky Boots tour) made his Broadway debut in Kinky Boots this week!

Watch footage from the A Bronx Tale performance at this week’s Broadway in Bryant Park below or on BroadwayWorld.com!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Peace, Love and Cupcakes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, School of Rock, Kinky Boots, On Your Feet, Generation Me, A Bronx Tale, The Lion King, Anastasia, and Frozen!

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Happy Belated Birthday to Nicole Scimeca, Avey Noble on “What Would You Do?,” and more!

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Happy Belated Birthday to Nicole Scimeca (Anastasia)! We hope you had a great day!

Alum Avey Noble (Radio City Christmas Spectacular) guest starred on What Would You Do? tonight on ABC at 9pm!

YBAN’s Audrey was at the opening of Peace, Love and Cupcakes last night and had a great time! Congratulations everyone!

Broadway in the Boros featured a performance from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this afternoon in Borough Hall Plaza!

Alyssa Marvin (Number the Stars, Dream Street), Madeleine Pace (Once), and more will be performing at the Broadway Comedy Club on Sunday at 5pm!

Congrats to Luca Padovan (Marvin’s Room), who has booked the role of Paco on Lifetime’s upcoming series “YOU”!

Milo Manheim (Generation Me) and his mom Camryn Manheim spoke with the New York Post! Check out the article at NYPost.com!

Zoe Wilson (Play Like A Winner) spoke with The Interval NY! Check out the feature at TheIntervalNY.com!

And check out these pictures and videos from the kids of Peace, Love and Cupcakes, Really Rosie, Anastasia, Generation Me, Marvin’s Room, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

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PEACE, LOVE AND CUPCAKES Opens at NYMF, Jersey Sullivan’s Birthday, and more!

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Happy Opening to the cast of Peace, Love and Cupcakes at New York Musical Festival! I saw their opening performance tonight, and it was such a fantastic, fun show. You can still see it now through Sunday!

Happy belated birthday to Jersey Sullivan (School of Rock)! We hope you had a great day, Jersey!

YBAN’s Emily saw Kinky Boots tonight and loved it! Great job, Christopher Convery and Christian Mullins!

Falsettos will arrive on BroadwayHD on August 14th! Get more details on BroadwayWorld.com.

Ben Cook (Billy Elliot, Ragtime) has joined the cast of the world premiere of Mean Girls the musical in Washington, D.C.!

Today’s Broadway in Bryant Park featured performances from cast members from A Bronx Tale and Anastasia!

Watch alumni Nico Bustamante (A Room of My Own), Grayson Taylor (Mothers and Sons, New York Spring Spectacular), and Meliki Hurd (Matilda) appear on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Waitress, Play Like a Winner, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Peace, Love and Cupcakes, and Generation Me!

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Willow McCarthy’s Birthday, PLAY LIKE A WINNER Opens at NYMF, and more!

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Happy belated birthday to Willow McCarthy (1984, Matilda)! We hope you had a great day, Willow!

Happy opening to Zoe Wilson (Play Like a Winner, Three Days to See) and the company of Play Like a Winner at New York Musical Festival! Break a leg, everyone!

Avey Noble (Radio City Christmas Spectacular) will guest star on “What Would You Do?” this Friday at 9pm on ABC!

Korinne Tetlow (The Traveling Lady) will co-star in If Only at the Cherry Lane Theater starting next month! Get more details on TheaterMania.com.

Olivia Chun (School of Rock, The King and I) is taking over the School of Rock Snapchat this week!

Congratulations to Jordan Vergara, who made his Broadway debut last weekend in On Your Feet, filling in for Eduardo Hernandez while Eduardo is in Really Rosie! Find out more about Jordan’s debut:

Ryan Sell (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) has joined the lineup for Broadway in the Boros this Friday on Staten Island!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of 1984, Play Like a Winner, Peace, Love and Cupcakes, Generation Me, Frozen, and School of Rock!

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Alumni Performing with Broadway Workshop at 54 Below, Video of Brandon Niederauer Playing The Iridium, and more!

Hayden Gelman (Dream Street), Michael Nigro (The Sound of Music LIVE), and Rachel Resheff (Fish in the Dark, The People in the Picture, Mary Poppins, Billy Elliot, Shrek) will sing with Broadway Workshop at 54 Below on August 2nd! Get more details on 54Below.com.

Here’s a clip of Brandon Niederauer (School of Rock) playing the Iridium last month!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Really Rosie, A Bronx Tale, Kinky Boots, Anastasia, School of Rock, On Your Feet, Peace, Love and Cupcakes, and Miss Saigon!

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Walden Sullivan’s Birthday, Paul Luke Bonenfant on as Zack in SCHOOL OF ROCK Tonight, and more!

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Happy belated birthday to Walden Sullivan (School of Rock)! We hope you had a great day, Walden!

Paul Luke Bonenfant went on as Zack in School of Rock tonight!

Caleb McLaughlin (The Lion King, The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek) has joined the cast of the upcoming TBS show “Final Space,” alongside David Tennant, Fred Armisen, and more! Get more details on DigitalSpy.com.

Ella Dane Morgan (Waitress) and her mom Laura chatted with Camp Broadway! Read the interview HERE.

Allie Trimm (13, Bye Bye Birdie) will perform at the installment of New Writers at 54! on July 30th, which features new music by Alexander Sage Oyen! Get more details on 54Below.com.

Anastasia took part in today’s Broadway in the Boros event at 12pm at Albee Square Plaza!

The cast of School of Rock took part in a video for Bway Zone!

Also, here are the School of Rock kids doing their #Ham4All video!

As we announced yesterday, Grayson Taylor (Mothers and Sons, New York Spring Spectacular) will appear in Playwrights for a Cause, in Catherine Filloux’s Snow Day! Mehret Marsh (The Lion King) will be in Jose Rivera’s Fall of the Sparrow. Check out pictures of Grayson rehearsing:

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of School of Rock, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Lion King, On Your Feet, and Peace, Love and Cupcakes!

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Casey Nadzam’s Birthday, SCHOOL OF ROCK Swings and Understudies Going On This Week, and more!

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Happy belated birthday to Casey Nadzam (Peace, Love and Cupcakes)! We hope you had a great day!

Today through Wednesday, you can catch Chloé Bryan on as Tomika and Ellie Kim on as Madison in School of Rock! Also, Ellie will be on as Shonelle on Friday!

Zoe Wilson and her Play Like a Winner castmates sat with Times Square Chronicles to talk about their show! Read the interview on T2COnline.com.

The teens of Peace, Love and Cupcakes chatted about their show and did the Cupcake Challenge; check it out on BroadwayWiz.com!

Generation Me will have a preview concert at 54 Below on Sunday! Find out more HERE.

Once On This Island is holding an open casting call for African-American girls ages 7-11! Get more details:

And here are pictures from the kids of On Your Feet, Frozen, Miss Saigon, School of Rock, Peace, Love and Cupcakes, and Anastasia!

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Gianna Harris To Go On As Tomika in SCHOOL OF ROCK, Mattea Conforti Returns to “Power” Tonight, and more!

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Gianna Harris will be on as Tomika in School of Rock from July 21st to July 23rd!

Mattea Conforti (Frozen, Sunday in the Park with George, Matilda) returned to “Power” tonight at 9pm on Starz!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of A Bronx Tale, Anastasia, Peace, Love and Cupcakes, On Your Feet, Kinky Boots, and School of Rock!

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