Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Nominations Announced, Free Encore Performance of RUNAWAYS, and more!

Frozen, 1984, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Once On This Island, Anastasia, Waitress, and Kinky Boots have all been nominated for Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards! Check out the full list on Broadway.com.

Runaways will have a free encore performance! Get more details on TheaterMania.com.

Olivia Bond (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) finished her run on “MasterChef Junior” just short of the Top 5. We’re so proud of you, Olivia!

❌SPOILER ALERT❌ I didn’t make it to the semi finales. 😭 Masterchef Junior has been an experience of a lifetime. It has taught me so much, and I’ve had a blast working on it. I have made so many new friends, and it is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. And I promise, I will keep on cooking, and perfect those macarons! 😂I just wanted to thank some very special people who have helped me throughout my masterchef journey! My Mom & Dad…They have done so much and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. They have supported me so much! 💕I would love to thank my little brother & Big Sis, Remy. I loved having you, (my best friend) on masterchef with me! 💖 and Damian, you have given me so much support, and I couldn’t ask for a better brother! ❤️ love ya! 😘 I would like to thank the extraordinary, Karolina. You have helped me get where I am today, you met me the second day I was born, and I love you so much! 💗I would like to thank My godmother, Lin, my sister from another mister, Katrina, & her parents Jeff and Lizztte. Everyone has helped me so much on this jouney! And I wanted to thank my friends, for being there for me. My masterchef Junior friends and my new and old friends. I just wanted to say thank you💗😘

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Ava Della Pietra (School of Rock) will promote her new EP at Rockwood Music Hall!

Check out these performance videos from Tunes in Times Square!

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Also, here are pictures from Tunes in Times Square!


And check out this picture from the kids of School of Rock!

FutureFest

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After three sold out engagements, FUTUREFEST returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below!
Presented by the Foundation of New American Musicals and Open Hydrant Theater Company, this popular Los Angeles/New York City showcase spotlights rising local young talent in a celebration of the next generation of musical theatre artists.  At FutureFest, middle/high-school and college students sing songs from new musicals written by leading and rising lyricists/composers.
Songs by Stephen Schwartz, Scott Alan, Ryan Scott Oliver, Jeff Thomson, Oliver Houser, Michael Cooper, Jordan Mann, Ben Toth, Chad Beguelin, Erik Przytulski, Michael Kooman, Christopher Dimond and many others have been showcased at this event, hosted by special celebrity guests. Past hosts have included Patrick Cassidy (Assassins), Jeff Marx (Avenue Q), AJ Holmes (Team StarKid/Book of Mormon), Jonah Platt (Wicked), Paris Barclay (Glee, DGA President), Ben Toth (Musical Director, Kristin Chenoweth, Cheyenne Jackson) and Graham Phillips (13,The Good Wife).
Students are selected from a variety of middle/high schools/colleges such as  NYU, Pace University, Fordham, Columbia, Stuyvesant HS, Bronx High School of Science, Regis HS, Bronx Prep, Democracy Prep, Monsignor Farrell, Notre Dame Academy, Pelham HS, Bronx School of the Arts, and LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts.
Bob Klein, Linda Shusett, and Marcia Seligson (Past Producing Artistic Director of Reprise, UCLA) and Luis Cardenas and Sarah Rosenberg (Artistic Directors of Open Hydrant Theater Company) are proud and honored to bring FutureFest to New York City! Join us for an exciting evening of musical theatre presented by tomorrow’s rising stars.
The evening will be hosted by Sasha Forman.

RUTHLESS! Show Clips, Oscar Williams and Benjamin Harding Hosting “This Way to Broadway,” and more!

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Here are a few show clips from Ruthless!

Oscar Williams (Fun Home) and Benjamin Harding (Matilda) will host “This Way to Broadway” this weekend, which features lots of our alumni! Get more information about the event on BroadwayWorld.com.

Here’s video of Abigail Dylan Harrison (Ruthless!) singing “Small”!

In case you missed it, here’s the Broadway.com Fresh Face feature on Sarah Charles Lewis (Tuck Everlasting)!

Here’s Nicholas Barasch (She Loves Me, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, West Side Story) and Rachel Resheff (Fish in the Dark, Billy Elliot, Mary Poppins, Shrek, The People in the Picture) singing “Everything Has Changed” at Rachel’s recent 54 Below cabaret!

Here’s Jersey Sullivan (School of Rock) performing “Landslide”!

Congratulations to Toleeya Napolitano (Dream Street) and Tahlia Ellie (The Gray Man) (along with Nick Berninger and Victoria Csatay, also in KOTA’s School of Rock right now), who have all been accepted into Papermill Playhouse’s summer conservatory! Here’s Toleeya, Tahlia, and Nick together:

The Matildas learned how to bake at Schmackary’s! Watch the video below or on BroadwayWorld.com!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of School of Rock, On Your Feet, Matilda, Waitress, Fiddler on the Roof, and Tuck Everlasting!


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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!

 

Zachary Unger on “Billions,” DREAM STREET Articles, and more!

Congratulations to Zachary Unger (Newsies, Chaplin, Big Fish), who will appear on the show “Billions” on Showtime as Kevin Rhoades, Paul Giamatti’s son! We can’t wait to see it!

Maya Slaughter, Naina Slaughter, Danielle Becht, and Bobby Becht (Dream Street) are featured in the Morris Township-Morris Plains Patch! Check out the article on Patch.com.

Kaylin Ponce (Dream Street) is highlighted in an article as well! Check it out on NorthJersey.com.

Emily Glick (Dream Street) was featured in the Merrick Patch! You can read her article on Patch.com.

Hayden Gelman (Dream Street) has posted a new video! Watch it below, then subscribe to her YouTube channel HERE!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of The Lion King, Dream Street, Fun Home, Mercury Fur, Kinky Boots, Matilda, 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!

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