Remembering Laurel Griggs

We are saddened to report the passing of Laurel Griggs (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Once) at the age of 13. Laurel was a brilliant young lady whose impact in the lives of everyone she met went far beyond her immense talent. Her wisdom and kindness were gifts to the theatre community during her time on Earth.

She made her Broadway debut at the age of 6 in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Aftewards, Laurel joined the Broadway company of Once, where she played the role for 17 months – the longest-running Ivanka in the Broadway production’s history. Her career continued with TV and film, such as the animated series “Bubble Guppies” and her multiple appearances on the legendary “Saturday Night Live”. Our thoughts are with her family and friends during this difficult time.

Friends and family can leave messages and honor her memory via a donation to Broadway Cares at Dignity Memorial.

Below, we remember Laurel through highlights via pictures and videos.

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Danielle Becht in “James and the Giant Peach” NJ Premiere, Lilla Crawford Interview, and more!

Danielle Becht (Dream Street) will star as James in the New Jersey premiere of James and the Giant Peach! Congrats, Danielle! The show runs from March 11th through April 3rd, 2016. Get more information on BroadwayWorld.com.

Lilla Crawford (Annie, Billy Elliot) spoke to BroadwayWorld about her upcoming film “Little Miss Perfect”! Read the interview HERE.

The 13 Wishes cabaret in LA is this Sunday! Get tickets and more information now on 13Wishes.net.

Mattea Conforti (Matilda) is highlighted in “The Progress”! Read the article on NewJerseyHills.com.

Next week, Cabaret for a Cause performs two shows to benefit Story Shifters! Get tickets and more information on CabaretForACause.us.

Raquel Wallace (Dream Street) will take part in Lyrics for Life on March 19th in L.A.! Get tickets and more information on LyricsForLifeNYC.com.

Listen to “Free 2 Love,” a new song by Alexa Valentino (Dream Street, Number the Stars), HERE! It will soon be available on iTunes. Check out a picture of Alexa in the recording studio, as well as a picture of her filming a promo for her new movie, below!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of The Lion King, Dream Street, On Your Feet, Matilda, Fun Home, and School of Rock!


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Alessandra Baldacchino’s Birthday, Mavis Simpson-Ernst on “Brain Games” Tonight, and more!

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Happy birthday to Alessandra Baldacchino (Fun Home, A Little Princess)! We hope you had a great day, Ali!

Mavis Simpson-Ernst (Evita, A Little Princess) guest-starred on “Brain Games” tonight at 9:00 pm EST on National Geographic! Congrats, Mavis!

Taylor Richardson (Smokefall, Annie, A Christmas Memory) spoke to Shockya.com about filming “Jack of the Red Hearts”! Read the interview HERE.

Don’t wait until the last minute to get your tickets to “Together At Last,” the upcoming cabaret show starring Emma Howard (Violet, Matilda) and Jaidyn Young (Annie)! You can get them HERE.

Here’s a throwback video of Isabella Russo (School of Rock) singing “Let It Go” from Frozen at age 10!

Brandon Niederauer (School of Rock) has released a new music video with his band! Watch it below:

Nathaniel Cullors (Motown) will be featured on “Little Big Shots,” hosted by Steve Harvey! Tune in on March 13th on NBC at 8pm to watch! Also, check out a picture of Nathaniel with Steve Harvey as well as a sneak peek below:

Here’s video of Luca Padovan (School of Rock, Newsies), Jersey Sullivan (School of Rock), and Ethan Khusidman (School of Rock, Soul Doctor, Chaplin) perform “Faithfully” by Journey at Broadway Sessions!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of A Room of My Own, The Lion King, School of Rock, Matilda, Les Miserables, and The King and I, as well as from many of the other Broadway kids at the recent Broadway Serves event!


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Presley Ryan’s and Shane Davis’s Birthdays, WOMEN WITHOUT MEN Casting, and more!

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Happy birthday to Presley Ryan (Fun Home, The Sound of Music LIVE, A Little Princess) and Shane Davis (Matilda)! We hope you both had a great day today!

Congratulations to Shannon Harrington (White Christmas tour), Alexa Shae Niziak (Matilda, A Christmas Story, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), and Beatrice Tulchin (Matilda, A Christmas Story), who have been cast in the upcoming Off-Broadway show Women Without Men at the Mint Theater! Get more information on BroadwayWorld.com!

Check out these videos of Fabi Aguirre (On Your Feet, Les Miserables) and Sam Poon (The King and I, Macbeth) performing at Cabaret for a Cause!

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Check out all these pictures from the Cabaret for a Cause photoshoot!

Mia Sinclair Jenness (Les Miserables, Number the Stars, The Sound of Music LIVE) is headed back to Les Miserables, this time as Little Cosette! And fresh off playing Matilda in the Matilda tour, she will be appearing as Matilda at the Boston Tree Lighting!

Bobbi MacKenzie (School of Rock) was named one of the coolest black kids in America by Ebony.com! Read the article on her HERE, and watch the video below:

Sophia Anne Caruso (Lazarus, The Nether, The Sound of Music LIVE, Ruthless!) is among Crain’s New York 20 Under 20! Find out more on CrainsNewYork.com.

Here is a montage from KOTA’s Heart to Heart event at 54 Below for Free2Luv!

Here’s more video from the Broadway Salutes event featuring Jake Lucas (The King and I) and Sydney Lucas (Fun Home)!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of School of Rock, Dream Street, The Lion King, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Fun Home, Kinky Boots, Matilda, Lazarus, and Les Miserables!


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James Ignacio’s and Sawyer Nunes’s Birthdays, BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES Closes, and more!

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Happy birthday to James Ignacio (The King and I) and Sawyer Nunes (Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Finding Neverland, Matilda)! We hope you both had a great day today!

Before Your Very Eyes closed today! Congrats to the cast and crew on a great run!

Carly Gendell (School of Rock) was highlighted in the Newbury Port News recently! Read the article HERE.

Congratulations to all the kids in both Cabaret for a Cause shows today on what we are sure were great performances! Get more information in the picture below:

The West End production of Gypsy, starring Imelda Staunton, that just closed could come to Broadway in 2017! Get more information on Broadway.com.

Congrats to Analise Scarpaci (Matilda, A Christmas Story), Sean Reda (Les Miserables, Radio City Christmas Spectacular), and Maddox Elliot (Dream Street) on their recent voiceover bookings!

Kayla Mak (Radio City Christmas Spectacular) spoke with Dance Informa about what she is thankful for! Read the article HERE.

Watch the episode of “Limitless” featuring Timothy TV Cao (Matilda) now on CBS.com!

And here are pictures from the kids of School of Rock, On Your Feet, Ruthless!, Finding Neverland, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Fun Home, Matilda, and Kinky Boots!


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FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Begins Previews, Alexandra Vlachos’s Birthday, and more!

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Happy belated birthday to Alexandra Vlachos (Matilda), who turned 10 this past Monday! We hope your day was great!

Happy first preview to the company of Fiddler on the Roof! A special “break a leg” to Hayley Feinstein (A Little Princess)!

Congratulations to Hayleigh Jusas (Dream Street, A Little Princess), who has booked a web film for Disney! Here she is on set:

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Check out pictures of Gabriella Pizzolo (Fun Home, Matilda) at a panel about “Broadway at the White House” on HuffingtonPost.com!

Here is a sneak peek of “Stick It To The Man” from School of Rock!

There are just a few tickets left to Cabaret for a Cause on November 29th! Get yours now on CabaretForACause.us!

Kolette Tetlow (Iowa) can be heard this Sunday during the American Music Awards! Here she is in the recording studio:

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Here are some pictures of Josiah Jacoby (Dream Street) and Rachael McVey (Dream Street) celebrating opening night of A Christmas Story at the Walnut Street Theatre!

In addition to the previously-announced kids of School of Rock, the kids of Fun Home will also be performing at “Puttin’ On The Brits” this Sunday! Find out more HERE.

Finding Neverland has announced that it will give a behind-the-scenes look at the show to more than 3,000 New York City public school students! Get more information on Playbill.com.

Congratulations to Ashley Lanzoni (Dream Street), who has booked a Nick Jr. voiceover gig! Get more information in her Twitter post:

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Radio City Christmas Spectacular, On Your Feet, Fun Home, Matilda, Before Your Very Eyes, The King and I, School of Rock, and Lazarus!


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ACT ONE on PBS Tonight, RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR Begins Previews, and more!

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Act One, featuring Matthew Schechter (Richard III, Newsies, Elf, Waiting for Godot, Mary Poppins) and Noah Marlowe (Mary Poppins), aired on PBS tonight! Did you watch?

Congratulations to the company of Radio City Christmas Spectacular, which began previews tonight! We hope the show was awesome!

Happy 18th anniversary to The Lion King! Here’s to another 18 years!

The release date for “Jack of the Red Hearts,” featuring Taylor Richardson (Annie, A Christmas Memory) and Sophia Anne Caruso (Lazarus, The Nether, The Sound of Music LIVE, Ruthless!), is now the week of February 26th, 2016! Watch the team working on the trailer in the video below:

In case you missed it, here is video of Sophie Knapp (Once, A Little Princess, Dream Street) on “Dr. Oz”!

Alexa Valentino (Dream Street, Number the Stars) has joined Free2Luv as a Youth Advocate! Check out her official announcement below:

Congratulations to Tahlia Ellie (The Gray Man), who has booked a New York lottery commercial, set to air soon after Thanksgiving! Check out her pictures on set:

Here is Isabella Russo, as her School of Rock character Summer, teaching a lesson in rock history!

Here’s a throwback video to the Fun Home kids dancing in their Hamilton Halloween costumes!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of The Lion King, Ruthless!, School of Rock, Fun Home, Matilda, Lazarus, On Your Feet, Les Miserables, The King and I, and Kinky Boots!


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Heart to Heart TODAY, ON YOUR FEET Opening Night Coverage, and more!

Heart to Heart, Kids of the Arts’ event at 54 Below benefiting Free 2 Luv, was today! We wish we could’ve been there, but we are sure the cast did a fantastic job! Congratulations to all. Get more information on 54Below.com.

Check out pictures from opening night of On Your Feet on BroadwayWorld.com, TheaterMania.com, and Broadway.com!

Gabriella Pizzolo (Fun Home) is Broadway.com’s latest Fresh Face! Watch her interview below or on Broadway.com!

Congratulations to Megan Trageser (Dream Street), who just wrapped a pilot for Adult Swim! Get more information in her Facebook post below:

In case you missed it, you can check out the School of Rock Vanity Fair article on VanityFair.com!

The upcoming Cabaret for a Cause (on November 29th) is holding auditions! More details in the Instagram post below:


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Also, get your tickets to Cabaret for a Cause HERE, and check out the current lineup below:

You can see the official track list for this year’s Carols for a Cure CD on Playbill.com! Also, check out Fun Home‘s Carols for a Cure song, “Home’s With You,” below or on SoundCloud.com!

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


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BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES First Preview, CABARET FOR A CAUSE Lineup, and more!

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We are wishing a great first preview to the company of Before Your Very Eyes tonight!

Check out the recently announced lineup for Cabaret for a Cause‘s two November 29th shows!

Check out more photo coverage from Emerson Steele‘s (Violet) 54 Below solo show on Playbill.com!

Pre-order the cast album of School of Rock now on iTunes!

See if you can spot Hayley Feinstein (A Little Princess) at the end of this clip from Fiddler on the Roof rehearsals! (You can also watch the video on BroadwayWorld.com.)


Here’s video of Brooklyn Shuck (Matilda, Annie), Sydney Shuck (Annie tour), and Raleigh Shuck (How the Grinch Stole Christmas! tour) singing “Cowboy Take Me Away” by the Dixie Chicks at Broadway Does Country!

Check out these new promo videos from School of Rock!

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


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Past Ivankas to Perform at ONCE Goodbye Concert, Eden Duncan-Smith Article, and more!

Many past Ivankas from Once will perform at the Once goodbye concert at the Highline Ballroom tomorrow night! Get more information HERE!

Check out this interview with Eden Duncan-Smith (The Lion King, “Annie”) on MommyNoire.com about school and her audition for “Annie”!

 

Check out this Playbill.com article about the “Into the Woods” and “Annie” movie musicals!

Take a look at Eliza Holland Madore‘s (Matilda, Once) pictures from the closing night of Once!

 

K’Lynn Jackman (The Lion King) now has a website! Check it out here: http://www.KLynnJackman.com/

And here are pictures from the kids of Once, Matilda, Pippin, and A Christmas Memory!

 


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