Mckayla Twiggs Departs ANASTASIA, Kenneth Aikens to Join THE LION KING, and more!

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Happy Trails to Mckayla Twiggs, who departed Anastasia this past Sunday! We can’t wait to see what’s next for you, Mckayla!

Kenneth Aikens will make his Broadway debut in The Lion King next month! Find out more:


Check out an article on “Imperfect,” a new single from Rachel Arianna (Number the Stars) that was released today, as well as the music video, on HuffingtonPost.com!

Watch another edition of the Anastasia Broadway.com vlog “Royal Misfits” HERE!

Alexa Valentino (Number the Stars) has booked a pilot! Here she is on set:

“Angelica,” featuring Eliza Holland Madore (Peace, Love and Cupcakes, Matilda, Once), hits theaters via limited release on November 17th! Get more details:

Watch Jake Ryan Flynn (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) sing the iconic Frozen anthem “Let It Go” at Broadway Sessions!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Anastasia, School of Rock, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Cabaret for a Cause!

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CABARET FOR A CAUSE Performance Videos, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY at Broadway Sessions, and more!

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Check out these performance videos from Cabaret for a Cause:

The full cast performing “You Will Be Found” from Dear Evan Hansen, featuring soloists Sam Poon (Runaways, Macbeth, The King and I), Ava DeMary (Matilda, Billy Elliot, Evita), and Sophia Gennusa (Camp Rolling Hills, Doctor Zhivago, Matilda)!

Analise Scarpaci (Matilda, A Christmas Story) performing “Raining” from Rocky!

Sadie Seelert (A Little Princess, Mary Poppins) performing “Climbing Uphill” from The Last 5 Years!

Taylor Richardson (Smokefall, Annie, A Christmas Memory) performing “For Forever” from Dear Evan Hansen!

Watch Ryan Sell (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) perform “My Best Girl” from Mame at Broadway Sessions!

Watch Jake Ryan Flynn (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) perform “Don’t Let Me Go” from Shrek at Broadway Sessions!

Bonale Fambrini (The King and I) will guest star on “Kevin Can Wait” next Monday at 9/8c on CBS!

“Transformers,” featuring Isabela Moner (Evita), arrives on Blu-Ray and DVD today!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, School of Rock, Waitress, and Cabaret for a Cause!

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YBAN Interviews Christopher Paul Richards, Devin Trey Campbell Sets KINKY BOOTS Departure Date, and more!

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YBAN’s Lindsay talked to Christopher Paul Richards (Finding Neverland) ahead of tonight’s premiere of his new CBS show “Me, Myself & I” and the release of his new film “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women”! Read the interview HERE.

Devin Trey Campbell will depart Kinky Boots on October 22nd! Go see him before then if you can!


Here’s Eleanor Koski (Les Miserables) singing “What It Means To Be A Friend” from 13 at Cabaret for a Cause!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Cabaret for a Cause, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, School of Rock, Waitress, Anastasia, Kinky Boots, and A Bronx Tale!

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CABARET FOR A CAUSE Performance Videos and Broadway Flea Market Information, Ciela Elliott Joins OCCUPIED TERRITORIES, and more!

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Cabaret for a Cause will be on 45th Street in front of the Imperial Theater during Broadway Flea Market!

Also, check out all these videos from Cabaret for a Cause‘s event this week:

Emerson Steele (Violet) singing “Being Alive”:

Diego Lucano (School of Rock, Peace, Love and Cupcakes) singing “Reviewing the Situation”:

Carly Gendell (School of Rock) singing “Gimme Gimme”:

The full cast performing “You Will Be Found”:

Congratulations to Ciela Elliott, who has been cast in the upcoming Off-Broadway production of Occupied Territories! The show is set to run from October 20th to November 5th at 59E59.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory now has a new block of tickets available through September 2018! Get more details on BroadwayWorld.com.

Tickets for We Have A Voice, with lots of kids and teens from Broadway shows, are still on sale! Find out more:


Alexa Valentino (Dream Street, Number the Stars) has a brand new single! Get it on iTunes now.

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of School of Rock, Anastasia, The Lion King, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Frozen, and Cabaret for a Cause!

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BroadwayCon 2017 Begins, FALSETTOS at Barnes & Noble Tonight, and more!

It’s the first day of BroadwayCon! Check the banner above to know where you’ll find current and former Broadway kids today.

The cast of Falsettos appeared at Barnes & Noble tonight! Get more details on TheaterMania.com.

Lexi Underwood (The Lion King) just finished filming a pilot titled “The Nerd Posse”! Check out pictures on J-14.com.

The cast of On Your Feet will do a benefit for Help Is On The Way Today this Sunday! Find out more on MetropolitanRoom.com.

Did you know Grayson Taylor (New York Spring Spectacular, Mothers and Sons) is an author? You can purchase his books on Amazon.com!

Watch alumni Madeleine Pace (Once) and Swayam Bhatia (Dream Street) make cameos on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on NBC.com!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of On Your Feet, Falsettos, School of Rock, and Kinky Boots!

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ON YOUR FEET Cast Changes, Rush Policy for A BRONX TALE, and more!

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Kevin Tellez returns to On Your Feet as Johnathan Meza exits. Happy Trails, Johnathan! We can’t wait to see what’s next for you.

A Bronx Tale now has a rush policy! Get more details on TheaterMania.com.

Get a sneak peek at “The Glass Castle,” which features Sadie Sink (The Audience, Annie) and Iain Armitage (young Broadway critic), on EW.com!

“Transformers: The Last Knight,” featuring Isabela Moner (Evita), will arrive in theaters on June 23rd, 2017! Find out more on IMDb.com.

Take a look on the set of Hairspray Live on AccessHollywood.com!

The Shops at Columbus Circle will feature free performances of Anastasia, Kinky Boots, Falsettos, Waitress, Holiday Inn, and School of Rock! Get more information on Playbill.com.

The kids of Matilda, Fun Home, and more decorated Ziggy Bear! Check out pictures on TheaterMania.com.

Zoe Manarel (Matilda, A Little Princess) will take part in a reading of The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen! Find out more:

Julian Silva (The Lion King) has booked an episode of “Blue Bloods”! Air date is TBA. Get more details:


Watch Anthony Rosenthal (Falsettos) celebrate Halloween with his sister Celia in this video!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of On Your Feet, School of Rock, Hairspray Live, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and Waitress!


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RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR Cast Announcements, Alumni Join HAIRSPRAY LIVE, and more!

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Four new cast members for this year’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular have been announced! Congratulations to Tyler Hentz, who will play Patrick, and to Hayden Bercy, Finn Douglas, and Landon Maas, who will all play Ben. Check out a picture of Hayden and Finn below, and watch a video of Landon reacting to finding out he booked Ben HERE!

Former Broadway kids Riley Costello (Everyday Rapture, Bye Bye Birdie, 13) and Heather Tepe (Billy Elliot, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Gypsy) have joined the ensemble of Hairspray Live! Find out more about the cast on Playbill.com.

Congratulations to Nerghiz Sarki (Dream Street), who makes her Broadway debut as Bielke in Fiddler on the Roof! Here she is with her onstage dad Danny Burstein:

Check out video from auditions for the roles of Ben and Patrick in Radio City Christmas Spectacular below–if you look closely, you can catch a bunch of our alumni!

Josiah Jacoby (Dream Street) performed for Vice President Joe Biden, Katie Couric, Bono, and Michael Bloomberg last night at an event with Broadway Youth Ensemble!

“Wishful Whiskers,” a new film featuring Sophie Knapp (Once, Dream Street, A Little Princess), needs your help! Find out more:

And here are videos from the kids of Cabaret for a Cause, School of Rock, and Hairspray Live!





Happy Trails to Hayley Feinstein and Tre Jones, YBAN Alumni on the Emmys Red Carpet, and more!

Happy trails to Hayley Feinstein, who played her final performance as Bielke in Fiddler on the Roof yesterday! We can’t wait to see what’s next for you, Hayley!

Happy trails as well to Tre Jones, who finished his run as Young Simba in The Lion King! We can’t wait to see what’s next for you, Tre!

Check out our alumni Holly Taylor (Billy Elliot), Gaten Matarazzo (Les Miserables, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), and Caleb McLaughlin (The Lion King, The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek) on the red carpet at the Emmy Awards last night!

You can see more coverage of Gaten and Caleb at the Emmys on BuzzFeed.com, and check out their performance of “Uptown Funk” below!

Claire Candela (Once) had the honor of playing guitar and singing for Glen Hansard in Boston! Check out a picture:

Brandon Niederauer (School of Rock) is featured on BroadwayBox.com!

Update: You now have until this Sunday to see Shahadi Wright Joseph (Hairspray Live, School of Rock, The Lion King) in School of Rock! See her while you can!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Cabaret for a Cause, School of Rock, and Matilda!


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THE LAYOVER Closes, THE LION KING and SCHOOL OF ROCK Cast Departures, and more!

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Happy Trails to Arica Himmel and the company of The Layover, which closed today! We can’t wait to see what’s next for you, Arica!

Happy Trails to Kyliegh Curran, who played her final performance as Young Nala in The Lion King today. We can’t wait to see what’s next for you, Kyliegh!

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Finally, happy trails to Shahadi Wright Joseph, who played her final performance as Madison in School of Rock today! She was also an understudy for Tomika. We can’t wait to see you in Hairspray Live and whatever else comes next, Shahadi! Here she is performing “If Only You Would Listen” in Orlando, Florida:

Luca Padovan (School of Rock, Newsies) and Sofia Roma Rubino (School of Rock, Matilda) took over BroadwayWorld’s Twitter account today!

Congrats to Josiah Jacoby (Dream Street), who will appear on “Mind of a Murderer” on Investigation Discovery on September 26th! Find out more:

Sophie Knapp (Once, Dream Street, A Little Princess) has booked a national commercial! Congratulations, Sophie! Get more information:

Here’s a sneak peek at “Curbside Waltz,” starring Tre Jones (The Lion King) and Olivia Chun (The King and I)!

Cabaret for a Cause performed at 92Y Street Fest today at 3:30pm! Get more information about the performance in their Facebook post:

Here’s Sophia Anne Caruso (Blackbird, Lazarus, Runaways, The Nether, The Sound of Music LIVE, Ruthless!) singing “Life on Mars” on the Lazarus cast recording!

Here’s Aviva Winick (Matilda) singing “Naughty” at the New York Public Library! (She starts at 1:32.)

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





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A DAY BY THE SEA Extends, New ON YOUR FEET Performance Schedule, and more!

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A Day by the Sea has extended through October 23rd! Get more information on TheaterMania.com.

On Your Feet has announced a new performance schedule! The show will have performances Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 2pm, Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm and 8pm. Get more details on Playbill.com.

I wrote an Odyssey piece on Lyrics for Life, complete with interviews from Laura Luc; Lyrics for Life performers Dylan Brod (Dream Street), Zachary Brod (On a Stool at the End of the Bar, Dream Street), Victoria Csatay, Alex-Renee Davies, Raquel Wallace (Dream Street), Jolie Rose Wasserman, and Madison Zamor (Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Dream Street); and performers from past years Megan Johnson and Devynn Pedell (Mary Poppins). Read it on TheOdysseyOnline.com!

You’re gonna miss Fun Home when they’re gone! Check out their music video of “When I’m Gone” below:

Watch Swayam Bhatia (Dream Street) and Madeleine Pace (Once) on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”!

Here’s a sneak peek at Gaten Matarazzo (Les Miserables, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) and Caleb McLaughlin (The Lion King, The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek) on “Chelsea”!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of On Your Feet, School of Rock, and Kinky Boots!




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