Antonyo Awards Stream Tonight, PETER PAN LIVE and Lincoln Center’s ACT ONE Stream Beginning This Weekend, and more!

Good luck to all those nominated for Antonyo Awards tonight!

Beginning at 2pm EST (earlier today), Peter Pan Live is available to stream for the next 48 hours! Watch HERE.

Also beginning earlier today, through July 3rd, you can stream Lincoln Center’s Broadway production of Act One with Matthew Schechter! Get more details and watch now on LincolnCenter.org.

Also streaming now is our graduation concert to celebrate the Class of 2020, featuring performances by alumni from Matilda, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Evita, and more, all graduating from high school or college this year! Please watch and donate to Feeding America and Brown Girls Do Ballet via the links in the YouTube description, then let us know so we can give you a shoutout on our social media! Watch HERE. (Please note that one song in the concert contains some adult language.)

Robert Montano (Radio City Christmas Spectacular) and Amanda Swickle (Tink!) both made it into the Top 5 of BroadwayWorld’s Next On Stage competition!

Here’s your first look at “Upside Down Magic,” a new Disney Channel movie premiering July 31st and featuring Elie Samouhi (A Christmas Story Live)!

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Finally, in case you missed it, here’s the recent Annie Q&A hosted by Cabaret for a Cause!

ANNIE Panel with Cabaret for a Cause Rescheduled, Laura Benanti Seeking Teens for HBO Max Series, and more!

Cabaret for a Cause’s Annie panel has been rescheduled for June 17th at 8pm EST on their Facebook page! In the meantime, watch the full Fun Home Q&A that they hosted:

Laura Benanti is seeking teens ages 15-18 for a new series on HBO Max! Get more details on Playbill.com.

Also for teens, in this case ages 12-16: there is another workshop of the new musical Pitch In set for next week! Register HERE.

Winter Donnelly (Frozen, Our Dear Dead Drug Lord) has formed a band with her brother called Muo Duo, and they just released a new single titled “Digital Island Resort”! Stream it HERE.

Watch a throwback to the New York City Center cast of Runaways performing at the 2016 Broadway for Black Lives Matter concert on Playbill.com!

Joshua Turchin (Trevor, Forbidden Broadway, The Pill) stopped by The Stage Door Show recently!

Also, check out the newest episode of Joshua’s series “The Early Night Show,” featuring Michael Orland, Sami Bray (The Bedwetter, 1984), and Ariela Rozentul!

Finally, while her school’s production of Bring It On was cancelled, Tyrah Skye Odoms (Annie) was able to perform a virtual edition of it! Watch this clip:

ANNIE Q&A, PETER PAN LIVE Stream, and New Works Series with Joshua Turchin, Grace DeAmicis, and Presley Ryan Postponed in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter, and more!

Yesterday’s Annie Q&A and this weekend’s Peter Pan Live stream have been postponed in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, as has last night’s New Works Series stream featuring a song by Joshua Turchin (Trevor, Forbidden Broadway, The Pill) and performances by Grace DeAmicis (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and Presley Ryan (Beetlejuice, Fun Home, The Sound of Music LIVE, A Little Princess). We will update you with new dates and times soon. Get more details on the Peter Pan Live stream HERE and information on the New Works Series stream HERE.

Broadway and Off-Broadway alumni! If you are a high school or college senior, the deadline to submit for inclusion in our graduation celebration post is Friday, June 5th! Please contact us at admin@youngbway.org and share with us where you’re graduating from and where you’re heading next so we can celebrate you.

“Harmonize Against Hunger,” a virtual cabaret to benefit Feeding America and Project Broadway, will take place on June 26th! Performers include Gaten Matarazzo (Les Miserables, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Meg Donnelly (The Sound of Music LIVE), Matthew Gumley (Elf, The Addams Family, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast), Joshua Colley (Les Miserables, Newsies, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown), Analise Scarpaci (Mrs. Doubtfire, Matilda, A Christmas Story), Sophia Gennusa (Matilda, Doctor Zhivago, Camp Rolling Hills), Rachel Resheff (Fish in the Dark, Mary Poppins, Billy Elliot, Shrek, The People in the Picture), Shereen Pimentel (The Lion King), and Michael Nigro (The Sound of Music LIVE), who is also one of the executive producers of the event. Find out more on BroadwayWorld.com.

Sumaya Bouhbal (Runaways) is raising money for three causes/organizations that support Black communities! Donate on ProudToBeAMover.com and read Sumaya’s original Instagram post below:

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Yesterday, as the president of the Black Student Union at my school, I was able to lead over 200 people in a conversation surrounding police brutality. We were able to raise WELL OVER 2,000 DOLLARS in less than 15 minutes with the help of @nicolejmove. We are still accepting donations!! Please donate to the link in my bio (the link is to Nicole’s non-profit where we are collecting the money before evenly distributing it). 100% of the money will be equally split between 3 causes/organizations we believe fit our goal and vision. The entire BSU is proud to donate in support of Black Trans protestors, The Black Visions Collective and to the family of David McAtee. I am beyond grateful for my community and the entire organization is overwhelmed by everyone’s support. #blacklivesmatter #blacktranslivesmatter #blackgirlmagic #blackpower

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Joshua Turchin’s “The Early Night Show” was recently featured on Sirius XM’s “On Broadway”!

Brie Zimmer (Happy Birthday, Wanda June) took part in “Beyond The Shelter” today to kick off Pride Month, streaming live on YouTube!

Listen to the two new episodes of the “Little Me” podcast now! Find the episode featuring Sydney Lucas (Fun Home) and Eli Tokash (Finding Neverland, Pippin) at this link, and the episode with Marissa O’Donnell (Shrek) at this link!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of The Lion King, Trevor, The Bedwetter, and Sing Street!









CULLUD WATTAH and Public Theater Summer Season Cancelled, “Ghostwriter” with Amadi Chapata Temporarily Available to Stream Free on AppleTV+, and more

Check out these Tony Awards throwbacks: the cast of Leap of Faith performing at the 2012 ceremony, and the casts of Pippin and Annie (with Jane Lynch) performing in 2013! #YoungBway10

The Public Theater has unfortunately cancelled their production of Cullud Wattah this summer, along with its summer programming through August 31st. Get more details on Playbill.com.

Now for a limited time, you can stream “Ghostwriter,” with Amadi Chapata (School of Rock), on AppleTV+ for free! Find out more in the Los Angeles Times.

“I Wish: The Roles That Could Have Been,” a 54 Below concert with Emerson Steele (Violet) and Nicholas Barasch (She Loves Me, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, West Side Story), will stream on April 22nd at 6:30pm EST! Get more information from the Times Square Chronicles.

Fabi Aguirre (Les Miserables, On Your Feet) appeared in her first Acapop! KIDS video: a cover of “Kids,” originally performed by One Republic!

Alumni Eleanor Koski (Les Miserables), Delilah Rose Pellow (Anastasia), and Nicole Scimeca (Anastasia) appeared in Rising Talent Magazine’s virtual concert today!

The cast of Flying Over Sunset had a Zoom party on what was their originally scheduled opening night! Check out these photos:

Here’s a brand new episode of “The Early Night Show” with Joshua Turchin (Trevor, Forbidden Broadway, The Pill), featuring Makayla Joy Connolly (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and Luke Naphat (Trevor)!

Alyssa Emily Marvin (Trevor, Number the Stars, Dream Street) and her siblings took part in last night’s “Disney Family Singalong”! Check out this clip:

Tess Murphy (Waitress) appeared on NBC Nightly News this week!

Catherine Ashmore Bradley (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) live-streamed a concert on (YOUNG)’s Instagram account yesterday!

Thank you to Emma Grace Berardelli (White Christmas tour) and Emily Jewel Hoder (Les Miserables tour) for their messages for our 10th anniversary! #YoungBway10

And check out this throwback from the kids of The Lion King!

Young Broadway’s 10th Anniversary Virtual Concert Streams on YouTube, New Episode of Joshua Turchin’s “The Early Night Show,” and more!

Tonight, we are celebrating 10 years online with a benefit concert for The Actors Fund! There is an incredible lineup of performers, and their performances in the concert earlier tonight are already available on our YouTube channel. Watch HERE, and be sure to donate to The Actors Fund and Actors’ Equity’s Curtain Up Fund HERE, or on Facebook!

We’re also reflecting on 2020 so far and what’s to come, including Mrs. Doubtfire, Sing Street, Caroline, Or Change, and Trevor!

The newest episode of “The Early Night Show” with Joshua Turchin (Trevor, Forbidden Broadway, The Pill) is now available on BroadwayWorld.com, featuring Eleanor Koski (Les Miserables), Christian Harmston, and Alex Vacchiano!

Winter Donnelly (Our Dear Dead Drug Lord, Frozen) live-streamed a concert on (YOUNG)’s Instagram account today!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Sing Street and Flying Over Sunset!




Young Broadway Actor News Hosting 10th Anniversary Online Concert, Eleanor Koski Livestreaming on (YOUNG)’s Instagram Account Today, and more!

We are presenting an online concert in honor of our 10th anniversary on April 13th (our birthday) at 7pm EST / 4pm PST on YouTube, to benefit The Actors Fund and their COVID-19 relief resources! More details coming soon. #YoungBway10

In 2012, we welcomed shows like Annie, Newsies, Once, and A Christmas Story!

And 2013 was packed with shows like Matilda, Kinky Boots, Big Fish, and Pippin!

Eleanor Koski (Les Miserables, “God Friended Me”) livestreamed a concert from her home on (YOUNG)’s Instagram account earlier tonight!

Here’s a new episode of “The Early Night Show” with Joshua Turchin (Trevor), featuring Madeleine Pace (The Hard Problem, Once), Lily Tamburo (Mrs. Doubtfire), and Anya Jimenez!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Trevor, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Bedwetter, The Lion King, Flying Over Sunset, and more!








Congratulations to the Class of 2019, Devin Trey Campbell in “A Little New Music” in Beverly Hills, and more!

Congratulations to the Class of 2019! See who’s graduating high school and college and what their post-grad plans are:

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, get tickets to see Devin Trey Campbell (Kinky Boots) perform in “A Little New Music” on June 26th in Beverly Hills!

Madison Smith (Matilda) has booked a new project!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is getting a vlog on Broadway.com!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Waitress, The Lion King, and Frozen!





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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INTERVIEW: Emma Howard and Jaidyn Young Are Now TOGETHER AT LAST!

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Teens Emma Howard (Violet) and Jaidyn Young (Annie) grew up in Southern California but didn’t meet until the final callbacks for Annie on Broadway as pre-teens. Last month they performed together for the first time in both California and New York. We talked to them about their beginnings in the arts, their lives as California girls, and how their cabaret Together At Last came to be!

1) How did you two start performing?

Emma: When I was around 4 years old, a family moved in across the street. The mother of the family ran a small children’s theater group and she invited my mother to have my siblings and I participate in their next show, The Wizard of Oz. I was cast in the role of a munchkin, and that was the start of my acting career. It was in that group that I first met Derek Klena who has also gone on to perform on Broadway in Wicked and Bridges of Madison County and Off-Broadway in Carrie and Dogfight.

Jaidyn: I pretty much was ALWAYS around music and performing. When I was in my mom’s belly she was managing a all girl singing group, so she says I heard music 24 hours a day before I was even born. And my older sister was involved in a local performing group so I was always hanging around and watching the rehearsals and shows. When I was 2 I started dancing and singing classes and when I was 6 I was in my first show, HONK! I was one of the little ducklings. Then when I was 7 I got my first professional gig, a soloist in the Glory of Christmas and we performed every night in front of 2700 people during the holidays. What I remember most is that every night I’d get to pet and play with the camels and the baby donkey. After that I was hooked!

2) What came first – acting, singing, or dancing?

E: I started taking dancing lessons around the age of 3. My father claims that I could sing the entire ‘Elmo’ song before I was able to speak in complete sentences. So I guess you’d have to say I started singing first.

J: The singing classes started really early because my mom was a singing teacher, I was always singing! Then the dancing, I begged the owner of the dance studio to let me start before I was 3 (that was the starting age for the studio), he finally caved and let me start dance classes when I was 2 and a half. And the acting started around 6 when I started doing local theater.

3) When did you know you wanted to pursue a professional career in performing?

E: When I was about 9, I was cast as ‘Oliver’ in a production of Oliver for a small theater group in North Hollywood. It was my first lead role. I had so much fun I thought I’d love to do it again and I asked my Mom where the best place to do musical theater was. That was the first time I heard about ‘Broadway’ in New York City. So my goal then was to get to Broadway. Luckily, my mom is very good at networking and finding out what was out there. A year or two later I was accepted into a summer program with Broadway Artists Alliance in New York City. That led to my signing with the Carson-Adler Talent Agency in New York City, which later led to auditions for Annie and later Matilda.

J: At first it was just on a whim that I started auditioning for professional shows, really just to have the experience. Then I got my first job, Glory of Christmas and right after that I got another at a Dinner Theater in Annie. I was Kate and I was only 9 years old. I feel in love with performing and wanted to audition for everything after that. After I had played the part of Annie 3 times I found out about the Annie auditions for the Broadway Revival. Once I started progressing thru the callback process, I needed to get an agent. So that’s what I did and its just been one thing after the other since then.

4) How did the idea for this cabaret come about?

E: Jaidyn and I had wanted to perform together for a while, so when our mothers came up with the idea of a two-girl show we were totally onboard.

J: Ya, Emma and I had met during the Annie auditions in NYC. We stayed friendly throughout that year that we both lived in New York. But when we both moved back home to Los Angeles, we were both in a Cabaret and started talking about how we’d like to be able to sing more than just one song. Then our moms said lets put on our own show and it kinda just got created from our wanting to sing together and sing a lot of songs.

5) How are you deciding what to perform? Is there a certain theme you’re going for or something else?

E: The name of the show is Together At Last, which, of course, comes from one of the songs in ‘Annie’ and we felt it best described how the two of us are finally able to perform together, because while we both ended up on Broadway at the same time, we were in separate shows. We often talked about how cool it would be to be cast-mates, so this is our opportunity to finally do it. Our show explores how we met, what it was like at the final Annie auditions, our Broadway openings and life as a ‘Broadway Kid’, what it’s like now being a ‘Broadway Kid’ in Hollywood and our dreams for the future.

J: Before the show was created, we met many times to discuss how we met and how our time on Broadway was so cool. As we talked thru these sessions the show just kind of created itself. We knew what songs we’d like to sing so we just worked the stories around those songs.

6) What is your go-to audition song?

E: It’s changed over the years and depends on the audition. Right now it’s ‘One Perfect Moment’ from Bring It On. I also like to sing ‘Don’t Rain on My Parade’ from Funny Girl if they’re looking for more belting. I also love the music from “Carrie.”

J: My book of songs has changed thru the years. When I was younger I was always being seen as the “Annie Belter” type. So for a very long time I had this one go to song that was really obscure and no one really had hear about it, but it was a really good song to show off my belt. But since I have gotten back home and my voice has matured, I like to change it up for every audition and I don’t really like to use the same songs over again. It keeps it exciting and I don’t get bored. But I don’t really recommend that. I think its best if you have your favorite audition songs and always use the few that make you sound best.

7) Take us through a day in each of your lives.

E: Weekdays start with school. I attend Los Angeles County High School for the Arts where I am a Dance/Musical Theater major. The school is about 35 miles from my home, so I have to leave by 6:30 in the morning to get there by 8AM. We have our academic classes in the morning, then after lunch we have our arts curriculum for 2 ½ hours. School ends at 4 PM. Before I get home, I usually take a few more dance classes (jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary and hip-hop) at my favorite dance studio where I am in the studio’s company. Once I’m home it’s a quick dinner and time for homework.
My weekends are a little less crazy, but still filled with different lessons (acting and vocal) or rehearsals for different projects I might be involved in.

J: Well, I have chosen to go to a public High School. I really enjoy my everyday life. I usually get up around 7:00 and get dropped off for school around 8:00. Then its school all day until 2, from there I go to Cheer Practice most days or a game that I have to cheer at. Some nights I have Tumbling Class to learn new skills. And I try to have a voice lesson on the weekends. Some days I have an audition in LA and we try to swing by the Acting Coach before so that I can really get the lines down. When I have the time I try to take a Dance Class or go to the recording studio and record a song.

8) Many of our fans live on the east coast. So with that in mind, can you tell us what it’s like growing up/living in Southern California?

E: I think it’s kind of like living anywhere else, except the weather is usually nicer. In the winter, it gets kind of chilly and sometime rainy, but never as cold as what you guys get in the east. In the summer, it’s usually just as hot, but there’s no humidity, so that makes things a lot more tolerable. And, of course, in Southern California it’s so spread out that you have to drive everywhere. So you spend a lot of time in cars trying to get somewhere. Which can also be good because it gives you extra time to review music or go over your lines (since I’m too young to drive my parents take me).

J: Well, most definitely the weather is the best! Nothing beats Southern California weather. Most days its like 70 to 80 degrees. I love where I live. You can pretty much go to downtown LA if you want museums or theater, or Snow Skiing, or Water Skiing, or to the beach, or Disneyland, or Palm Springs if you want to be out in the desert. You can go to any of these places in under an hour. No where else has so many things you can do. But I do LOVE New York City. And I hope to one day call that my home too. The best of all worlds would be if I could have a home in both places!

9) What do your high school friends think about your Broadway experience? How often does your past experience on Broadway come up in conversation?

E: I started into high school right after I got done with Violet. It was the first time I had been back in LA after two years in New York. I tried to keep my Broadway credits quiet because I didn’t want people to like me or be jealous just because I’d been on Broadway. I don’t bring up my past experience much because I want my current skills to speak for themselves, not my past accomplishments. Sometimes my Musical Theater friends will ask me questions about how things were done in New York in comparison to how they’re being done in the particular project we’re doing, and sometimes I’ll be asked what it was like working with a particular actor, but other than that, it doesn’t come up much.

J: I just started High School this year. And I like to keep the two worlds separate. Most of my closest friends haven’t ever seen me perform. At school I’m just an average girl. I play volleyball, like to tumble and cheer and just hang out with my friends at Starbucks. So I don’t really talk much with anyone about my time on Broadway. Of course every once in a while it comes up when someone first finds out, and that’s always fun.

10) What’s been your favorite memory as a performer?

E: My first opening night is a wonderful memory. There was electricity in the cast and audience, walking the red carpet, attending the opening night party. It was kind of like a dream. I also got to go on once as ‘Lavender’ in Matilda. My main role was ‘Hortensia’, but I understudied for ‘Lavender’, which I got to do once. ‘Lavender’ has a rather lengthy monologue in the show, and I’ll never forget giving that monologue alone on the stage of the Shubert Theater in front of a full house.

J: There are so many. Opening night is so very special, the excitement and all the hard work coming to that one magical night was overwhelming and we were all making our Broadway Debut, so that was a really great night. Also, we were lucky to have Jane Lynch join us during the show and her opening night was really fun because all her “Glee” cast came and saw at the show and we all got to meet them and hang out with them at the afterparty! So that was a pretty special night. But probably the MOST FAVORTIE MEMORY for me was the night I got to go on as Annie for the first time on Broadway. The Palace Theater was standing room only and it was filled to to top balcony! I got a standing ovation and I can t even describe that feeling. It was so so very special, and one I will never forget!

11) What are your plans for the future (Broadway, education, TV, etc.)?

E: I plan to keep pursuing a career as an entertainer/actor. Where exactly that takes me, I have no idea right now. I’m working on developing my skills as an actor and hopefully doing some more film and television work. I just recently performed the role of “Becky” in Transparent! It has been so much fun to work with Jeff Tambor, Kathryn Hahn, Gaby Hoffman and the rest of the cast! But, of course, Broadway is my first love so I imagine I’ll be spending a lot of time in New York, too. I’m currently a sophomore in high school, so I’m just starting to look into colleges. If I do decide to go to college, I’ll most likely pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, which I imagine will be at a school in the East or Midwest

J: When I graduate I want to attend the University of Michigan in their Musical Theater Dept. A lot of the people in our cast went there and I admire all of their work so much. And then, I want to go back to NYC and be on Broadway again one day. That is my number one goal. I want to have an apartment there in the city and just be in the middle of it all. Now that I’m back in LA I am focusing my time on learning my craft and learning about Television and Film Acting. It’s a whole different thing than Musical Theater. I hope to one day have a career where I can maybe do a movie or television and from time to time get the opportunity to be on a Broadway stage again. And have homes in NYC and LA, now THAT would be the perfect life.

SCHOOL OF ROCK Understudies This Week, Alexandria Suarez Collabs on YouTube, and more!

Congrats to Shahadi Wright Joseph (School of Rock) who is on for Tomika tomorrow (6th) and the 7th! Go see her if you can!

Alexandria Suarez (On Your Feet) collabed with Tyler Mount in his latest video! Watch below:

TOMORROW (April 6th) Baylee Littrell (Disaster!) will take over Backstage.com’s Instagram account. Be sure to follow them at @backstagecast!

Joshua Colley (Les Miserables, Newsies), Douglas Baldeo (Kinky Boots), and Luca Padovan (School of Rock, Newsies) performed at Monday night’s Miscast 2016 gala! We’ll have video soon but here is a picture below:

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And here are more pictures from the kids of Annie, Matilda, Fun Home, Disaster!, School of Rock, She Loves Me, Les Miserables, and On Your Feet!


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