YBAN Celebrates 7 Years, Fina Strazza Joins ANIMAL at Atlantic Theatre Company, and more!

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We can’t believe we are celebrating 7 years online today! We have grown and expanded immensely since 2010 and we are honored to call ourselves the first news source for kids working on Broadway and Off-Broadway. Thank you all so much for your continued support and helping us accomplish things we couldn’t have imagined those several years ago!

Fina Strazza (Matilda) has been cast in Atlantic Theatre Company’s Animal! Get more details on Broadway.com.

JJ Batteast (Motown) will appear in the upcoming film “Detroit,” directed by Kathryn Bigelow! Watch the trailer on DarkHorizons.com.

Check out pictures from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Playbill.com!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Amelie, School of Rock, The Lion King, Waitress, Miss Saigon, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

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Livestream Information for Drama League Nominations Announcement, Jake Katzman Books Video Game, and more!

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You can watch a livestream of the Drama League nominations announcement, which will take place next Wednesday! Get more details on BroadwayWorld.com.

Jake Katzman (Kinky Boots) has booked a video game! More details to come. Find out more:


Ellie Kim is scheduled to swing on for School of Rock performances on April 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, and 21st! Check her Instagram for more:


“The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel,” a new podcast series featuring Rileigh McDonald (Matilda), returns on April 17th! Be sure to listen!

Get your first look at Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on EW.com!

Watch a special message from the School of Rock cast to their West End counterparts, who just won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music, below or on BroadwayWorld.com!

Here’s Paul Luke Bonenfant (School of Rock) performing a cover of “Believer” by Imagine Dragons!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Amelie, Anastasia, On Your Feet, Kinky Boots, School of Rock, Waitress, Sunday in the Park with George, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Lion King!

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Understudies on in SCHOOL OF ROCK, Olivia Chun Takes Over SCHOOL OF ROCK Social Media, and more!

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Congratulations to Gianna Harris and Ellie Kim, who went on for Tomika and Shonelle, respectively, in School of Rock yesterday!

Today, Olivia Chun (School of Rock, The King and I) took over the School of Rock Instagram and Snapchat accounts! Take a look at her posts–both usernames are SORMusical.

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Kinky Boots, Sunday in the Park with George, A Bronx Tale, School of Rock, Miss Saigon, On Your Feet, and Waitress!

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SAMARA Feature With Jasper Newell, “The Son” With Sydney Lucas Premieres Tonight, and more!

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Here’s Jasper Newell (Samara) sharing his thoughts on his show!

Tonight, “The Son” premieres on AMC at 9/8c, featuring Tony nominee Sydney Lucas (Fun Home)! Make sure to tune in!

“Stranger Things,” starring alumni Caleb McLaughlin (The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, The Lion King) and Gaten Matarazzo (Les Miserables, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), is nominated for Show of the Year at the MTV Movies & TV Awards! Congrats! Get more information on Deadline.com.

Check out Sunday in the Park with George‘s Instagram stories, where Mattea Marie Conforti did a takeover today! Find out more in her post:


Also, “3 Generations,” featuring Mattea Marie Conforti (Sunday in the Park with George, Matilda), will arrive in theaters May 5th! Get more details:

“Going In Style,” with Jeremy Todd Shinder (Runaways, A Christmas Story), is in theaters now! Here’s a trailer:

You can catch Ellie Kim going on in the role of Katie in School of Rock on April 16th at 3pm! Find out more:


And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Waitress, School of Rock, Anastasia, The Lion King, Miss Saigon, On Your Feet, Sunday in the Park with George, and Amelie!

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AMELIE Opening Night, YBAN Kids and Alumni at “Speech & Debate” Premiere, and more!

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Happy opening and break a leg to the company of Amelie!

Head over to our Instagram @YoungBwayNews for pictures of some of our alumni and current Broadway kids at the premiere of the film of “Speech & Debate,” or check them out below!


Watch a cover of “Something Just Like That” from Paul Luke Bonenfant (School of Rock) below:

Caleb McLaughlin (The Lion King, The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek) and Gaten Matarazzo (Les Miserables, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) will appear on Lip Sync Battle with their “Stranger Things” co-stars! Find out more:


Here’s a picture of alum Austyn Johnson (Matilda, Dream Street) on the set of “The Greatest Showman”!

Check out pictures of the cast of Waitress as Sara Bareilles took her first bow on Playbill.com!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Miss Saigon, Sunday in the Park with George, School of Rock, On Your Feet, and Waitress!


THE LIGHT YEARS Closes at Playwrights Horizons, Pictures from THE LION KING, and more!

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Happy Trails to Graydon Peter Yosowitz (You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown) and the company of The Light Years, which closed at Playwrights Horizons tonight! We can’t wait to see what’s next for you, Graydon!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of The Lion King, Waitress, School of Rock, Kinky Boots, On Your Feet, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Amelie!

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Pictures and Videos from the Kids of WAITRESS, THE LION KING, ON YOUR FEET, and more!

Check out these pictures and videos from the kids of Waitress, The Lion King, On Your Feet, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Miss Saigon, School of Rock, Anastasia, and Sunday in the Park with George!

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Mckayla Twiggs Joins At This Performance Lineup, Christopher Convery on “The Blacklist: Redemption” Tonight, and more!

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Mckayla Twiggs (Anastasia, Les Miserables, Once) has joined the lineup of At This Performance on April 2nd, along with the previously announced Lianah Sta. Ana (Miss Saigon)! Get more details on Playbill.com.

Christopher Convery (Kinky Boots) was on “The Blacklist: Redemption” at 10pm on NBC tonight! Here’s a picture of him on set:

Rileigh McDonald (Matilda) will star in the upcoming podcast series “The Ghost of Jessica Majors”! Find out more in her Instagram post:


Lianah Sta. Ana (Miss Saigon) chatted with TFC Balitang America about her show in this video:

Sean Reda (Les Miserables) will appear alongside Zoe Manarel (Matilda, A Little Princess) in The Secret Garden in Denver!

Rachel Resheff (Fish in the Dark, The People in the Picture, Mary Poppins, Billy Elliot, Shrek) will star in the upcoming live action musical film “The Twelve Dancing Princesses”! Get more information on BroadwayWorld.com.

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Waitress, The Lion King, Amelie, Kinky Boots, Miss Saigon, and School of Rock!


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CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Begins Previews, Open Call for RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR, and more!

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Break a leg to the company of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on their first preview tonight!

Radio City Christmas Spectacular will hold an open call for girls to play Clara on April 25th! Get more information on RadioCity.com.

Lianah Sta. Ana (Miss Saigon) will appear in At This Performance on April 2nd! Find out more on NewYorkCityTheatre.com.

Watch highlights from Amelie below or on BroadwayWorld.com!

Here’s Gabriella Pizzolo (Fun Home, Matilda) singing “Ring of Keys” at the Broadway in Boston season announcement!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of School of Rock, Miss Saigon, Waitress, and On Your Feet!

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Annabelle Wachtel’s Birthday, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Broadway Revival Announced, and more!

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Happy birthday to Annabelle Wachtel (School of Rock)! We hope you had a great day, Annabelle!

Once On This Island will be revived on Broadway beginning this November! Find out more on Playbill.com.

Check out photo coverage from the release party for A Bronx Tale‘s cast album on BroadwayWorld.com!

Take a look at more opening night pictures from Miss Saigon on Broadway.com!

Get to know Lianah Sta. Ana, a high school senior and the Kim alternate in Miss Saigon, on APP.com!

Did you know Anastasia has a lottery? Enter HERE!

Brandon Niederauer (School of Rock) has a couple of upcoming engagements! He will play The Cutting Room on April 13th; get more information about that performance on TheCuttingRoomNYC.com. Brandon is also set to play the National Anthem at the Philadelphia 76ers game on April 6th; find out more in his Facebook post:

Mia Sinclair Jenness (Les Miserables, The Sound of Music LIVE, Number the Stars) will provide voiceover for “Captain Underpants”!



Watch Evie Dolan (School of Rock) from the new musical The Whipping Boy at 54 Below!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Waitress, On Your Feet, School of Rock, and Amelie!