Photo Coverage from WAITRESS’s First Anniversary Celebration, THE LION KING to Hold Open Call in Los Angeles, and more!

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Check out pictures from the 1-year anniversary celebration at Waitress on Playbill.com!

The Lion King is holding an open call in Los Angeles, CA, this weekend! Get more information on Playbill.com.

The Drama Desk Award nominations were announced today! Check out the full list of nominees, with our featured shows’ nominations highlighted, HERE.

Watch the new trailer for the next American Girl movie, starring Zoe Manarel (Matilda, A Little Princess) below or on ETOnline.com!

There’s just ten more days until Tunes in Times Square! See Diego Lucano (School of Rock) and many others perform!


Paul Luke Bonenfant (School of Rock) now has a vlog! Watch the first episode:

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

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Photo Coverage from Opening Night of ANASTASIA, Mattea Marie Conforti Joins “The Ollie & Moon Show,” and more!

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Check out photo coverage from opening night of Anastasia on Broadway.com, BroadwayWorld.com, TheaterMania.com, and Playbill.com!

Congratulations to Mattea Marie Conforti (Sunday in the Park with George, Matilda), who will star as Moon in the upcoming Sprout series “The Ollie & Moon Show”!

The Outer Critics Circle Award nominations were announced today, and several of our featured shows were nominated! The nominees include Anastasia, A Bronx Tale, Holiday Inn, If I Forget, Miss Saigon, and Falsettos. Check out the full list of nominees HERE.

We want to say break a leg to all the girls who auditioned for Radio City Christmas Spectacular today!

Watch the stars of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory guess the candy in a video on Broadway.com! Also, check out pictures from Charlie‘s Gypsy Robe Ceremony on BroadwayWorld.com. Finally, watch video of the cast being interviewed on opening night below or on BroadwayWorld.com!

Zoe Manarel (Matilda, A Little Princess) will lead the upcoming film “An American Girl Story: Summer Camp, Friends for Life”! Watch the trailer:

You can soon see Zachary Unger (Newsies, Big Fish, Chaplin) in a commercial for Yankee Candle! Watch it below or on iSpot.tv.

Tonight at 10pm, Mavis Simpson-Ernst (You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Evita, A Little Princess) appeared on “The Americans” on FX! Get more information:

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

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ANASTASIA, A BRONX TALE, and more receive Outer Critics Circle Nominations

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Today, the Outer Critics Circle nominations were announced! Anastasia leads the pack overall with 13. Winners will be announced May 8. The annual Gala Awards Dinner and presentation of awards will be held May 25 at 3 PM at Sardi’s Restaurant. Below we have the full list of nominees (our featured shows highlighted in bold) as well as a list of nominations sorted by our featured shows. Congratulations!

See the full list of nominees below:

Outstanding New Broadway Play
A Doll’s House, Part 2
Indecent
Oslo
Sweat

Outstanding New Broadway Musical
Anastasia
A Bronx Tale
Come From Away
Groundhog Day
Holiday Inn

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play
If I Forget
Incognito
A Life
Linda
Love, Love, Love

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical
The Band’s Visit
Hadestown
Himself and Nora
Kid Victory
Spamilton

Outstanding Book Of A Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Terrence McNally, Anastasia
Itamar Moses, The Band’s Visit
Chazz Palminteri, A Bronx Tale
Danny Rubin, Groundhog Day
Irene Sankoff & David Hein, Come From Away

Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens, Anastasia
Alan Menken & Glenn Slater, A Bronx Tale
Tim Minchin, Groundhog Day
Irene Sankoff & David Hein, Come From Away
David Yazbek, The Band’s Visit

Outstanding Revival Of A Play (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
The Front Page
Jitney
The Little Foxes
Othello
The Price

Outstanding Revival Of A Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Finian’s Rainbow
Hello, Dolly!
Miss Saigon
Sunset Boulevard
Sweeney Todd

Outstanding Director of a Play
Lila Neugebauer, The Wolves
Jack O’Brien, The Front Page
Daniel Sullivan, The Little Foxes
Rebecca Taichman, Indecent
Kate Whoriskey, Sweat

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Christopher Ashley, Come From Away
David Cromer, The Band’s Visit
Darko Tresnjak, Anastasia
Matthew Warchus, Groundhog Day
Jerry Zaks, Hello, Dolly!

Outstanding Choreographer
Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand
Warren Carlyle, Hello, Dolly!
Savion Glover, Shuffle Along
Kelly Devine, Come From Away
Denis Jones, Holiday Inn

Outstanding Set Design (Play or Musical)
Alexander Dodge, Anastasia
Nigel Hook, The Play That Goes Wrong
Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Scott Pask, The Little Foxes
Douglas W. Schmidt, The Front Page

Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical)
Linda Cho, Anastasia
Susan Hilferty, Present Laughter
Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!
Ann Roth, Shuffle Along
Catherine Zuber, War Paint

Outstanding Lighting Design (Play or Musical)
Christopher Akerlind, Indecent
Donald Holder, Anastasia
Natasha Katz, Hello, Dolly!
Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Kenneth Posner, War Paint

Outstanding Projection Design (Play or Musical)
Duncan McLean, Privacy
Jared Mezzocchi, Vietgone
Benjamin Pearcy for 59 Productions, Oslo
Aaron Rhyne, Anastasia
Tal Yarden, Indecent

Outstanding Sound Design (Play or Musical)
Gareth Fry & Pete Malkin, The Encounter
Gareth Owen, Come From Away
Nicholas Pope, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Matt Stine, Sweeney Todd
Nevin Steinberg, Bandstand

Outstanding Orchestrations
Doug Besterman, Anastasia
Larry Blank, Holiday Inn
Bill Elliott & Greg Anthony Rassen, Bandstand
Larry Hochman, Hello, Dolly!
Jamshied Sharifi, The Band’s Visit

Outstanding Actor In A Play
Daniel Craig, Othello
Michael Emerson, Wakey, Wakey
Kevin Kline, Present Laughter
David Oyelowo, Othello
David Hyde Pierce, A Life

Outstanding Actress In A Play
Janie Dee, Linda
Sally Field, The Glass Menagerie
Allison Janney, Six Degrees of Separation
Laura Linney, The Little Foxes
Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2

Outstanding Actor In A Musical
Christian Borle, Falsettos
Nick Cordero, A Bronx Tale
Andy Karl, Groundhog Day
David Hyde Pierce, Hello, Dolly!
Tony Shalhoub, The Band’s Visit

Outstanding Actress In A Musical
Christy Altomare, Anastasia
Christine Ebersole, War Paint
Katrina Lenk, The Band’s Visit
Patti LuPone, War Paint
Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!

Outstanding Featured Actor In A Play
Michael Aronov, Oslo
Danny DeVito, The Price
Nathan Lane, The Front Page
Richard Thomas, The Little Foxes
Richard Topol, Indecent

Outstanding Featured Actress In A Play
Johanna Day, Sweat
Jayne Houdyshell, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Katrina Lenk, Indecent
Nana Mensah, Man From Nebraska
Cynthia Nixon, The Little Foxes

Outstanding Featured Actor In A Musical
John Bolton, Anastasia
Jeffry Denman, Kid Victory
Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!
Shuler Hensley, Sweet Charity
Andrew Rannells, Falsettos

Outstanding Featured Actress In A Musical
Kate Baldwin, Hello, Dolly!
Stephanie J. Block, Falsettos
Jenn Colella, Come From Away
Caroline O’Connor, Anastasia
Mary Beth Peil, Anastasia

Outstanding Solo Performance
Ed Dixon, Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose
Marin Ireland, On the Exhale
Sarah Jones, Sell / Buy / Date
Judith Light, All the Ways to Say I Love You
Simon McBurney, The Encounter

John Gassner Award
(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
Jaclyn Backhaus, Men on Boats
Sarah DeLappe, The Wolves
Paola Lázaro, Tell Hector I Miss Him
Qui Nguyen, Vietgone
Bess Wohl, Small Mouth Sounds

TOTAL
Anastasia – 13
Outstanding New Broadway Musical
Outstanding Book Of A Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Outstanding Director of a Musical
Outstanding Set Design (Play or Musical)
Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical)
Outstanding Lighting Design (Play or Musical)
Outstanding Projection Design (Play or Musical)
Outstanding Orchestrations
Outstanding Actress In A Musical
Outstanding Featured Actor In A Musical
Outstanding Featured Actress In A Musical (2x)

A Bronx Tale – 4
Outstanding New Broadway Musical
Outstanding Book Of A Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Outstanding Actor In A Musical

Falsettos – 3
Outstanding Actor In A Musical
Outstanding Featured Actor In A Musical
Outstanding Featured Actress In A Musical

Holiday Inn – 3
Outstanding New Broadway Musical
Outstanding Choreographer
Outstanding Orchestrations

If I Forget – 1
Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play

Miss Saigon – 1
Outstanding Revival Of A Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Opens, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Closes, and more!

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Happy Opening to the company of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! Break a leg today!

Happy Trails and congratulations to Mattea Marie Conforti and the company of Sunday in the Park with George, which played its final performance today, on a great run! We can’t wait to see what’s next for you, Mattea!

Get a glimpse at Easter Sunday at Miss Saigon in this week’s episode of the show’s Broadway.com vlog, “American Dream”!

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


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Cate Elefante Joins TUNES IN TIMES SQUARE Lineup, Pictures from SCHOOL OF ROCK, and more!

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Cate Elefante (Waitress) has been added to the lineup for Tunes in Times Square, which is set to take place on May 7th! Find out more in Cate’s Instagram post:


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

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CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Announces Cast Album and Rush Policy, ANNIE Celebrates 40th Anniversary, and more!

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has announced that they will record a cast album and that they will begin a policy for rush tickets! Get more details about both on TheaterMania.com.

Happy 40th Anniversary to Annie, which originally opened on Broadway on this day in 1977!

“Shadowhunters,” starring Broadway alum Katherine McNamara (A Little Night Music), has been renewed for its third season! Find out more on Deadline.com.

The casts of Kinky Boots, The Lion King, A Bronx Tale, and many other shows will perform at this year’s Easter Bonnet Competition! In addition, Waitress and Sunday in the Park with George will be among the shows honored in a bonnet parade. Find out more on BroadwayWorld.com.

Check out Austyn Johnson (Matilda, Dream Street) featured in US Weekly!


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And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Sunday in the Park with George, Miss Saigon, Amelie, Anastasia, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Waitress, School of Rock, and Kinky Boots!

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IF I FORGET To Be Filmed For BroadwayHD, Gianna Harris On For Tomika In SCHOOL OF ROCK, and more!

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If I Forget will be filmed for BroadwayHD! Get more details on BroadwayWorld.com.

Gianna Harris is going on as Tomika in School of Rock tonight and on Friday! Find out more:


Ready to rock! Today and Friday I will be going on as Tomika!!!

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Alumni Annabelle Kempf (Billy Elliot) and Matthew Gumley (The Addams Family, Elf, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast) will play The Bitter End this Sunday! Find out more on Annabelle’s website.

Many of our featured shows received Drama League Award nominations, which were announced today! Check out the full list HERE.

Maya Grace Fischbein (Fun Home) talked about being a child understudy on Broadway with Backstage.com!

Lexi Underwood (The Lion King) has booked a pilot! Congrats!


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

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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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MISS SAIGON To Offer Actors’ Fund Performance, NEWSIES To Be Released Digitally, and more!

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Miss Saigon will offer an Actors’ Fund performance! Get more details on Playbill.com.

Newsies will be released digitally on May 23rd! Find out more on Playbill.com.

Tunes in Times Square returns next month featuring lots of kids! Our alumni and current kids set to perform include Paul Luke Bonenfant (School of Rock), Chloé Bryan (School of Rock), Olivia Chun (School of Rock, The King and I), Lilyana Cornell (Everybody, Les Miserables), Ava Della Pietra (School of Rock), Evie Dolan (School of Rock), Bonale Fambrini (The King and I), Gianna Harris (School of Rock), Shahadi Wright Joseph (Hairspray Live, School of Rock, The Lion King), Jake Katzman (Kinky Boots), Christie Kim (The King and I), Hudson Loverro (A Bronx Tale), Diego Lucano (School of Rock), Mehret Marsh (The Lion King), Dante Melucci (School of Rock), Tyrah Skye Odoms (Annie), Madeleine Pace (Once), Anthony Pierini (Big Fish, Mary Poppins), Sam Poon (Runaways, The King and I, Macbeth), William Poon (The King and I), Rachel Resheff (Fish in the Dark, The People in the Picture, Shrek, Billy Elliot, Mary Poppins), Nicole Scimeca (Anastasia), Sadie Seelert (A Little Princess, Mary Poppins), Abigail Shapiro (Liberty, How the Grinch Stole Christmas), Milly Shapiro (You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Matilda), Walden Sullivan (School of Rock), Eli Tokash (Finding Neverland, Pippin), Zach Thomas (The Lion King), Mckayla Twiggs (Anastasia, Les Miserables, Once), Annabelle Wachtel (School of Rock), and Timothy Yang (The King and I). Get more details on MagicalMusic.org.

There are now new Waitress highlights featuring Cate Elefante! Watch them on BroadwayWorld.com.

Lexi Underwood (The Lion King) appeared on “Henry Danger” last weekend! Watch the full episode HERE with a cable login, and check out a photo below!

Jake Katzman (Kinky Boots) will guest star on “Odd Mom Out”! Air date TBA. Find out more in his Facebook post:

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


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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