IF I FORGET Begins Previews, Mavis Simpson-Ernst and Laurissa Romain at 54 Below Tonight, and more!

Happy first preview to the company of If I Forget at Roundabout Theatre Company!

Tonight, Mavis Simpson-Ernst (You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Evita, A Little Princess), Laurissa Romain (South Pacific), and others will sing Demi Lovato at Feinstein’s/54 Below! Get tickets HERE.

Watch alumna Rozi Baker (Mary Poppins, Shrek, Bonnie & Clyde) sing backup on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”!

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

 

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Best of Broadway 2015, SCHOOL OF ROCK and RUTHLESS! in the news, and more!

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Our Broadway and Off-Broadway shows made a couple of this year’s Best of Theatre lists! In Entertainment Weekly, The King and I is 9th, The Audience is 5th, and Fun Home is 2nd. Time Magazine ranks Lazarus (11th), Finding Neverland (9th), The King and I (4th) among its list. Congratulations, everyone! You can view the full lists at Time.com and EW.com.

The kids of School of Rock and Ruthless! were featured in different articles today! Take a look at the links below.

BB Kids: Bobbi MacKenzie and More Make Broadway Debuts in School of Rock
Westfield girl lights up stage in off-Broadway production of ‘Ruthless!’

Congrats to Sofia Roma Rubino (School of Rock) who went on for Summer last night – the same night as her birthday!

Congratulations to Maria May (Billy Elliot) who will appear on “What Would You Do?” yet again! Her air date is TBA.

A performance schedule for The Lion King kids is out now! You can view the schedule at Julian Silva’s FB fan page.

Lots of opportunities this month to see our past and current kids in action! Kids from Fun Home, Sound of Music LIVE, and more will perform with This Way 2 Broadway, a showcase after a culmination of workshops, for young actors on Monday night (Dec. 14th) at 6pm at Symphony Space! More details can be found at BroadwayWorld.com. Then on Dec. 18th-19th, kids from Motown and Dream Street will perform in Evergreen at Prospect Theatre Company! Get your tickets at ProspectTheatre.org.

Go behind-the-scenes of Ruthless! and watch Tori Murray prep for the stage by watching the video below:

And here are more pictures and videos from the kids of Les Miserables, School of Rock, King and I, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Matilda, Fun Home, Lazarus, and Dream Street!

 










 

Jorge Vega’s Birthday, RADIO CITY Casting, and more!

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Happy Birthday to Jorge Vega (Radio City Christmas Spectacular)! We hope your day was wonderful.

More casting for Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been announced! Kayla Mak returns as one of the Claras and Jack Mastrianni (A Christmas Story) and Jack Broderick (Matilda) will join Sawyer Nunes as one of the Patricks. Congratulations, everyone!

Sam Chuck (Les Miserables) will take part as Little Jake in New York City Center’s Annie Get Your Gun with Megan Hilty! Performances are Oct. 27-28, 2015. More info can be found at NYCityCenter.org. Congrats, Sam!

The first production photos for Before Your Very Eyes are now on BroadwayWorld.com! Take a look.

Poster art for “Coat of Many Colors” (feat. Hannah Nordberg of Little Miss Sunshine) is now online! Take a look below. The TV movie will air Dec. 9th on NBC at 9/10c (click on it for a full image).

The Lion King will record new production footage in honor of their 18th anniversary and they’re inviting the public to attend! Filming will take place on Oct. 30th. Attendees should arrive by 12:30pm to begin at 1pm. Filming will last for 3-4 hours. To RSVP, visit TheLionKing.com/CircleOfLife.

Watch a brand new montage from First Daughter Suite feat. Carly Tamer below!

And here are more pictures from the kids of Tuck Everlasting, Finding Neverland, Dream Street, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Fun Home, Matilda, School of Rock, and Kinky Boots!

DREAM STREET Opening Night Coverage, Alexa Valentino in A Time To Shine, and more!

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There is now photo coverage from opening night of Dream Street up on BroadwayWorld! Check it out HERE!

Alexa Valentino (Dream Street, Number the Stars) has joined the lineup for the next A Time To Shine cabaret on August 23rd! Get more information HERE.

Congratulations to Jake Katzman (Kinky Boots), whose artwork was picked to be the logo for Broadway Serves! Check out photos below:

And here are pictures from the kids of Dream Street, Three Days To See, The King and I, Fun Home, Matilda, Kinky Boots, Les Miserables, and Finding Neverland!

 

YBAN at DREAM STREET, Luca Padovan and Aidan Gemme Join CHARLIE BROWN, and more!

First, I was lucky enough to see Dream Street‘s opening night last night! The show was awesome–I saw Nicole Wildy, Ashley Lanzoni, Abigail Paige Murphy, and the Blue Cast in the rotating roles. The entire cast was great, and I am sure their counterparts in the other casts are equally talented! Get your tickets now if you’re in the NYC area on DreamStreetNYC.com! I also got to meet two of the actors from the show who are featured on our site: Alexa Valentino (Number the Stars) and Sophie Knapp (Once, A Little Princess)–you can see our pictures below. All of us at YBAN wish “broken legs” to the entire cast and crew for the rest of the run!

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Congrats to Luca Padovan (Newsies, School of Rock) and Aidan Gemme (Finding Neverland, No Man’s Land/Waiting for Godot, Mary Poppins) who have joined the You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown concert at 54 Below as Linus and Snoopy respectively! They join previously announced cast members Joshua Colley (Les Miserables, Newsies) as Charlie Brown, Milly Shapiro (Matilda) as Sally, Mavis Simpson-Ernst (A Little Princess, Evita) as Lucy, and Zachary Unger (Big Fish, Chaplin, Newsies). Get more information on TheaterMania.com.

The American Repertory Theater’s production of Waitress has officially announced that it will begin previews on Broadway in March 2016 and open in April 2016! Get more information about the show on Playbill.com.

Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, recently performed at The Muny in St. Louis, Missouri, may be in talks to come to Broadway! It previously ran at Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut. Get more information about the rumors on BroadwayWorld.com!

And here are tons of pictures and videos from the kids of Dream Street on their opening night, as well as from the kids of Matilda and Les Miserables!

 

DREAM STREET Opening, Videos from the Kids of FUN HOME, FINDING NEVERLAND, and more!

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Happy Opening to the cast of Dream Street!

And check out BroadwayWorld’s pictures from Dream Street rehearsals HERE!

Also, YBAN’s Audrey is seeing the opening night of Dream Street tonight–stay tuned for her writeup about the show!

Congratulations to Sophie Knapp (Dream Street), who has booked a promo for Nickelodeon!

Also, Hayden Gelman (Dream Street) has joined Twitter! Follow her @haydenallie13!


Check out the video above of Casey Butler and Noah Hinsdale of Finding Neverland in the latest edition of “Backstage Games”!

Watch Oscar Williams and Sydney Lucas of Fun Home in a Frozen parody video below!

Check out this video of Swayam Bhatia (Dream Street) walking at the Auto Immune Fashion Show below!

Watch Alexa Valentino (Dream Street) sing “Everlasting” from Tuck Everlasting in the video below!

And here’s a video of Danielle Becht (Dream Street) singing the National Anthem!

And check out these pictures and videos from the kids of Dream Street, Fun Home, and The Lion King!

 

Fabi Aguirre at Birdland, FUN HOME Kids See Hamilton, and more!

Fabi Aguirre (Les Miserables) performed “Pulled” from The Addams Family at Birdland recently! Check out her performance in the video below.

The kids of Fun Home saw Hamilton recently! Check out their photos from that and other recent events, as well as other pictures from the kids of Dream Street and Les Miserables!

 

Julian Silva to Join THE LION KING, Lots of MATILDA Kids Leaving, and more!

Julian SilvaCongratulations to Julian Silva (Les Miserables national tour), who will make his Broadway debut in The Lion King next month! Check out his celebratory pictures and find out more information in the post below:

On August 30th, 2015, Matilda will say “Happy Trails” to Grace Capeless (A Christmas Story), Alexa Shae Niziak (A Christmas Story, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), David Rosenthal, Beada Briglia, Chris Sumpter, Christian Michael Camporin, and Sofia Roma Rubino. Go see them while you can! And best wishes to all of you on an awesome last few weeks with the show!

There is now photo coverage from Ruthless!‘s performance at Broadway in Bryant Park today! Check it out on TheaterMania.com!

Just Jared Jr. has coverage from Rachel Resheff‘s (Fish in the Dark, The People in the Picture, Shrek, Billy Elliot, Mary Poppins) 54 Below solo debut! Check it out on JustJaredJr.com!

Oona Laurence (Matilda) was featured in Entertainment Weekly for her new movie, “Southpaw”! Check out the article on EW.com!

There is video footage of the kids of School of Rock recording “Stick It To The Man”! Check it out on Broadway.com.

Check out more than 100 new rehearsal photos from Dream Street below!

And here are pictures from the kids of Dream Street and The King and I!

 

Athan Sporek’s Birthday, MERCURY FUR Begins Previews, and more!

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Happy Birthday to Athan Sporek (Les Miserables)! We hope you had a great day.

Mercury Fur begins previews! Break a leg, Bradley!

Jake Lucas (The King and I) and Sydney Lucas‘ (Fun Home) mom Karri was featured in Playbill.com this week! She talks about her day in the life as a mom to two child actors as well as gives advice to families with aspiring actors. Read the full article HERE.

The cast of Fun Home put their own spin on the song “Ring of Keys”! Take a look at the video below:

Eila Francis is featured on NJ.com for her role in Dream Street! Get to know the 8-year-old HERE.

And here are more pictures from the kids of Dream Street, Matilda, Three Days to See, Les Miserables, and Fun Home!




RUTHLESS! Extends, FUN HOME Gets Special Visitors, and more!

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Ruthless! has extended through the end of the year! The show will play its last performance on January 2, 2016. The show was also feat. on NBC 4 (and Tori Murray was interviewed)! Watch the feature below:

Fun Home has been visited by many special guests within the past couple weeks! At the Actors Fund performance, stars like James Monroe Iglehart and Brian Stokes Mitchell. And at another recent performance, stars like Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers, and more visited the cast backstage! Check out the pictures below:

Fun Home Actor’s Fund Performance
Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers & More Take a Field Trip to Broadway’s Fun Home

BroadwayWorld.com posted another video of the Matilda performance from Broadway in Bryant Park. Watch it over HERE!

And here are more pictures and video from the kids of Dream Street, The Lion King, and Matilda!

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