Jesus Del Orden and Sophia Rodriguez have a lot in common: they’re both on Broadway and, most importantly, they’re family.
Jesus started his Broadway career at 9 years-old when he got the role of Young Lola on Broadway’s Kinky Boots, and he got to work with renowned performers like Wayne Brady, Brendan Urie and Billy Porter at such a young age. Now, three years later, he is about to finish his one-year run as Young Simba on Disney’s The Lion King. Little did he know that his whole family would become involved. Back in September, his own little niece began her Broadway journey as Lulu on Waitress.
They are currently performing together, just two blocks down from each other, every week on big stages alongside prodigious actors, singers, and Broadway performers.
This uncle-niece duo seem to be able to accomplish just anything.
Jesus Del Orden made his Broadway debut appearing as Young Lola in Kinky Boots for two years. He is currently playing Young Simba in The Lion King. His last show with the Disney show will Be on November 17th. TV/Film Credits: Sunny Day Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, Life. Jesus would like to thank his family, his Manager Susan Rybin and acting classes at Rybin Studio of Drama, Agent Barry Kolker, singing teacher Tristian Wyant.
Sophia is excited to be making her Broadway debut as Lulu in Waitress. She is playing Jordin Spark’s on stage daughter until November 23rd. Sophia loves dancing, singing and gymnastics. She gives thanks to her whole family for believing in her and traveling with her to auditions, her manager Susan Rybin of Rybin Talent Management and to her agent Barry Kolker.
The lineup for the next (YOUNG) event, set for September 15th at The Green Room 42, will include Eve Johnson (The Net Will Appear), Sami Bray (1984), Frankie Leoni (A Bronx Tale), Jacob Morrell (Shadowlands), Caitlyn Kops (How the Grinch Stole Christmas tour), Seth Black-Diamond (A Christmas Story tour), Willow McCarthy (The Ferryman, 1984, Matilda), Ayla Schwartz (Frozen), and Arianna Pereira (School of Rock tour). Get tickets HERE!
Congrats to Eila Francis (Dream Street), whose episode of “The Food That Built America” recently aired on the History Channel!
Congrats to Bella May Mordus, who made her official debut in Make Believe on Friday, going on for Kate! Check out pictures:
Tonight, Laurissa “Lala” Romain (South Pacific), Analise Scarpaci (Matilda, A Christmas Story), Abigail Shapiro (Liberty, How the Grinch Stole Christmas), and Milly Shapiro (You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Matilda) performed at The Green Room 42 as part of Sekhmet Sisterhood’s Night of Broadway! Get more details HERE.
Also tonight, Luca Padovan (Marvin’s Room, School of Rock, Newsies) and Allie Trimm (13, Bye Bye Birdie) performed in 54 Sings Jonas Brothers at 54 Below! Find out more about that event HERE.
And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Frozen, Make Believe, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The Lion King, and Dear Evan Hansen!
Learn more about Skye Turner‘s path to Tina from Fox4News.com!
Flying Over Sunset is a brand new musical arriving on Broadway in Spring 2020, and they are holding an EPA! Get audition information on Playbill.com.
Encores! at City Center is holding an EPA for their 2020 season, and are seeking a young actor and actress for Love Life. Get audition information HERE and advice for attending an Equity audition as a non-Equity performer on ActorAesthetic.com!
Finally, a yet-to-be-announced Broadway production is seeking Latinx actors and actresses age 5 or older to appear in video projection during the show! The production is holding an open call; you can get more details on Backstage.com.
Last night, YBAN founder Lindsay saw an improv show at The Groundlings in LA and ran into Broadway alumni Lexi Underwood (The Lion King) and Niles Fitch (Our Lady of Kibeho, The Lion King), as well as tour alumni Reed Shannon and Zyasia Jadea Page!
Shereen Pimentel (The Lion King) has joined the lineup for “Aged Out” at The Green Room 42, happening September 2nd! Get tickets HERE.
Kimber Tai Monroe (South Pacific) is appearing in a commercial for the upcoming BET show “Black Girls Rock”!
Here’s the full group routine from the season finale of “Dance Moms,” with GiaNina Paolantonio (Matilda) and featuring music from The Prom!
And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Make Believe, Frozen, The Lion King, and Radio City Christmas Spectacular!
We were disappointed to hear about Lara Spencer’s disparaging remarks toward boys who dance on “Good Morning America” today. #BoysDanceToo, and we are proud to count so many incredible young dancers among the ranks of our alumni and currently featured kids, not to mention all the boys out there aspiring to Broadway dreams! We support all of you and hope you continue to follow those dreams.
Gloria Manning (Tina, The Lion King) has been added to the “Youth from the Broadway Community” concert, happening tomorrow!
Alumni London Skye Gilliam (Waitress) and Katie Grober (Waitress) and current Broadway kid Delaney Quinn (Waitress) have all been added to the lineup for the next (YOUNG) concert, happening August 25th at The Green Room 42! Get tickets HERE.
And check out these pictures from the kids of What the Constitution Means to Me, Frozen, and The Lion King!
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