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.
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!
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!
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!
Congratulations 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!
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! 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:
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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