Drama Desk Awards Tonight, Stars in the Alley Photos and Videos, and more!

Good luck to all of tonight’s Drama Desk Award nominees!

Check out pictures from Friday’s Stars in the Alley on Playbill.com and TheaterMania.com! Also, watch performance videos from She Loves Me, Tuck Everlasting, and Fun Home!

Read an interview with Abigail Shapiro (Liberty) and Milly Shapiro (You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Matilda) on SaysMeSaysMom.com!

Watch Randy Rainbow’s interview with the Matildas of Matilda below or on BroadwayWorld.com!

Casey Butler (Finding Neverland) and Mary Stewart Sullivan (A Little Princess, Enron) will take part in a reading of Florinda’s Time on June 12th and 13th! Get more information in the picture below:

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of On Your Feet, Ruthless!, and Matilda!





YBAN at LES MISERABLES and SCHOOL OF ROCK, Niles Fitch on “Mistresses” Tonight, and more!

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YBAN’s founder Lindsay saw Les Miserables yesterday and is seeing School of Rock tonight! Break a leg to the School of Rock kids, and here are some of her pictures:

Tonight, Niles Fitch (The Lion King) will appear on “Mistresses” on ABC! Get more information HERE.

Watch Aviva Winick (Matilda) playing the title character in the premiere of Junie B. Jones Jr. below!

Here’s video of Cayen Martin (The Lion King) hanging out with kids at Black Star Project!

Check out Elizabeth Teeter (The Crucible, The Audience, Mary Poppins) singing “Loud” from Merman’s Apprentice at the Metropolitan Room!

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











RUNAWAYS All-Teen Cast Announced, Photo Coverage from 2016 Theatre World Awards, and more!

The all-teen cast of Runaways has been announced! It will feature MJ Rodriguez, Frenie Acoba (Matilda), Taylor Caldwell (School of Rock), Sophia Anne Caruso (Lazarus, The Nether, The Sound of Music LIVE, Ruthless!), Aidan Gemme (You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Finding Neverland, Waiting for Godot, Mary Poppins), Matthew Gumley (The Addams Family, Mary Poppins, Elf, Beauty and the Beast), Sam Poon (The King and I, Macbeth), Jeremy Shinder (A Christmas Story), Ripley Sobo (Matilda, Once), Chris Sumpter (Matilda), Sumaya Bouhbal, Kenneth Cabral, Maxwell Cabral, Xavier Casimir, Joshua DeJesus, Adleesa Edwards, Reyna Guerra, Christina Jimenez, Kylie McNeill, Cele Pahucki, Siena Rafter, Claudia Ramirez, Ren, Deandre Sevon (Mother Courage and Her Children), and Maxwell Vice. Get more information on Broadway.com!

Check out photo coverage from the 2016 Theatre World Awards on Broadway.com and TheaterMania.com!

See pictures featuring the kids of the Matilda Original Broadway Cast at Pop from the Heart on BroadwayWorld.com!

Get to know Jeremy T. Villas (You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Kinky Boots) in the Facebook post below:

See Eduardo Hernandez (On Your Feet) talk about his experience with the show with the New York Times! (Go to 16:10 in this video.)

Maya Grace Fischbein (Fun Home) will take part in InViolet’s InProgress: New Play Festival on June 11th! Find out more:


Check out Evie Dolan (School of Rock) in Dance Spirit Magazine:


See Tori Murray (Ruthless!) and her castmate Kim Maresca perform live tonight! Get more details:


And here are pictures and videos from the kids of She Loves Me, Kinky Boots, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Tuck Everlasting, Matilda, and School of Rock!









Lilla Crawford and Jenna Ortega Join NEW YORK SPECTACULAR, CHARLIE BROWN Press, and more!

Congratulations to Lilla Crawford (Annie, Billy Elliot) and Jenna Ortega, who have joined the cast of New York Spectacular! Get more information on Broadway.com.

Check out a sneak peek video from You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown below or HERE, and check out photo coverage from the show on BroadwayWorld.com and TheaterMania.com!

The cast of She Loves Me celebrated their cast album recently! Check out pictures on Playbill.com.

Check out pictures of the School of Rock kids taking over the NYC subways on Broadway.com!

And here are pictures from the kids of The King and I, Ruthless!, School of Rock, On Your Feet, New York Spectacular, Fun Home, Tuck Everlasting, Matilda, Finding Neverland, and Les Miserables!











Elizabeth Crawford’s Birthday, YBAN Interviews Sophia Gennusa, and more!

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Happy birthday to Elizabeth Crawford (Tuck Everlasting)! We hope you had a great day, Elizabeth!

We talked to Sophia Gennusa (Matilda, Doctor Zhivago) about her hobbies, love of theatre, and her upcoming cabaret show Pop from the Heart! Get tickets now for the event, which is on May 22nd! Read our interview HERE, and you’ll also find a ticket link there.

Check out pictures of the kids of On Your Feet and School of Rock at the Astaire Awards on Broadway.com and BroadwayWorld.com!

Watch an exclusive clip from Tuck Everlasting on Billboard.com!

Get a sneak peek at Liberty featuring Abigail Shapiro (How the Grinch Stole Christmas!) below!

Here’s Abigail Dylan Harrison (Ruthless!) singing “The Girl I Mean To Be” from The Secret Garden!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of School of Rock, The Gray Man, Matilda, Fun Home, Tuck Everlasting, and On Your Feet!









THE KING AND I Production Photos, Brooklyn Shuck Debuts in TUCK EVERLASTING, and more!

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Check out new production photos from The King and I on TheaterMania.com!

Congratulations to Brooklyn Shuck (Matilda, Annie), who made her debut as the ensemble boy in Tuck Everlasting last night!

Read an article and watch a video about Brandon Niederauer (School of Rock) covering Dr. Dre on OffBeat.com!

Missing Gemini will play Off-Broadway this summer! Get more information on Playbill.com.

Camp Rolling Hills will be part of New York Musical Festival this summer! Find out more on Playbill.com.

Kathryn Zimmer (Matilda) is featured in the Monroe Courier! Read the article HERE.

Nicholas Barasch (She Loves Me, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, West Side Story) talked to TheaterMania at the Drama Desk reception! Watch the video below or on TheaterMania.com!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of School of Rock, Ruthless!, Tuck Everlasting, Fun Home, and Matilda!









Young Stars of SHE LOVES ME and LAZARUS Receive Outer Critics Circle Nominations, Full List Announced!

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The Outer Critics Circle Nominations were announced today! Special congrats goes to our own Nicholas Barasch and Sophia Anne Caruso who were respectively nominated for their performances in She Loves Me and Lazarus! Take a look at our featured shows (in bold) and their nominations. (Note: Only new elements of Disaster!, which were not included in the original Off-Broadway production, were included). Congratulations to all the nominees!

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY
Eclipsed by Danai Gurira
The Father by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton
The Humans by Stephen Karam
King Charles III by Mike Bartlett
Thérèse Raquin by Helen Edmundson, based upon the novel by Émile Zola

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL
American Psycho
Bright Star
On Your Feet!
Tuck Everlasting
Waitress

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
The Christians by Lucas Hnath
Familiar by Danai Gurira
Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Hold On to Me Darling by Kenneth Lonergan
The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
Cagney
Daddy Long Legs
Dear Evan Hansen
Lazarus
Southern Comfort

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or off-Broadway)
David Bowie and Enda Walsh, Lazarus
John Caird, Daddy Long Legs
Alexander Dinelaris, On Your Feet!
Steven Levenson, Dear Evan Hansen
Steve Martin, Bright Star

OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE
(Broadway or off-Broadway)
Sara Bareilles, Waitress
Paul Gordon, Daddy Long Legs
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Dear Evan Hansen
Duncan Sheik, American Psycho

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
(Broadway or off-Broadway)
Blackbird
The Crucible
Fool for Love
Long Day’s Journey Into Night
A View From the Bridge

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or off-Broadway)
The Color Purple
Dames at Sea
Fiddler on the Roof
She Loves Me
Spring Awakening

JOHN GASSNER AWARD
(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
Boy by Anna Ziegler
I and You by Lauren Gunderson
Ironbound by Martyna Majok
The Royale by Marco Ramirez
Ugly Lies the Bone by Lindsey Ferrentino

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Evan Cabnet, Gloria
Mike Donahue, The Legend of Georgia McBride
Rupert Goold, King Charles III
Joe Mantello, The Humans
Ivo van Hove, A View From the Bridge

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Michael Arden, Spring Awakening
Walter Bobbie, Bright Star
Scott Ellis, She Loves Me
Rupert Goold, American Psycho
Michael Greif, Dear Evan Hansen

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER
Joshua Bergasse, Cagney
Spencer Liff, Spring Awakening
Josh Rhodes, Bright Star
Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea
Sergio Trujillo, On Your Feet!

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Reed Birney, The Humans
Gabriel Byrne, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Frank Langella, The Father
Mark Strong, A View From the Bridge
Ben Whishaw, The Crucible

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans
Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Lupita Nyong’o, Eclipsed
Nicola Walker, A View From the Bridge
Michelle Williams, Blackbird

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Alex Brightman, School of Rock
Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof
Robert Creighton, Cagney
Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen
Benjamin Walker, American Psycho

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Laura Benanti, She Loves Me
Carmen Cusack, Bright Star
Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple
Jessie Mueller, Waitress
Ana Villafañe, On Your Feet!

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Sanjit De Silva, Dry Powder
Matt McGrath, The Legend of Georgia McBride
Jim Norton, The Crucible
Robert Sella, Sylvia
Michael Shannon, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Pascale Armand, Eclipsed
Zainab Jah, Eclipsed
Judith Light, Thérèse Raquin
Saycon Sengbloh, Eclipsed
Myra Lucretia Taylor, Familiar

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Nicholas Barasch, She Loves Me
Roger Bart, Disaster!
Michael Esper, Lazarus
Christopher Fitzgerald, Waitress
Terrence Mann, Tuck Everlasting

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple
Andrea Burns, On Your Feet!
Sophia Anne Caruso, Lazarus
Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me
Hélene Yorke, American Psycho

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
Mike Birbiglia in Thank God for Jokes
Kathleen Chalfant in Rose
Anne Hathaway in Grounded
James Lecesne in The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey
Daphne Rubin-Vega in Empanada Loca

OUTSTANDING SCENIC DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Beowulf Boritt, Thérèse Raquin
David Korins, Misery
Mimi Lien, John
David Rockwell, She Loves Me
Walt Spangler, Tuck Everlasting

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
ESosa, On Your Feet!
Jane Greenwood, Bright Star
Katrina Lindsay, American Psycho
Jeff Mahshie, She Loves Me
Tom Scutt, King Charles III

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Donald Holder, She Loves Me
Natasha Katz, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Kenneth Posner, On Your Feet!
Ben Stanton, Spring Awakening
Justin Townsend, American Psycho

OUTSTANDING PROJECTION DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Lucy Mackinnon, Spring Awakening
Peter Nigrini, Dear Evan Hansen
Peter Nigrini, Grounded
Finn Ross, American Psycho
Tal Yarden, Lazarus

“Jack of the Red Hearts” to Air on Lifetime, “Here Comes Rusty” Premieres in Atlanta, and more!

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“Jack of the Red Hearts,” featuring Taylor Richardson (Smokefall, Annie, A Christmas Memory) and Sophia Anne Caruso (Lazarus, The Nether, The Sound of Music LIVE, Ruthless!), will air on Lifetime on April 23rd at 8pm! Get more information on MyLifetime.com.

Congratulations to Brandon Niederauer (School of Rock), whose film “Here Comes Rusty” had its world premiere in Atlanta over the weekend!

Congrats to Stephen Sayegh (A Little Princess), who will appear in the upcoming feature film “The Comedian” as Eddie Jr.! Get more information the Facebook post below:

Congratulations to Sophie Knapp (Once, Dream Street, A Little Princess), who has booked a new short film called “Hide and Seek”! Find out more:

“Free 2 Love,” a new anti-bullying single by Alexa Valentino (Dream Street, Number the Stars), is now on iTunes! Check that out HERE, and see below for a picture of Alexa with Chris London, the writer/director of her new film “Uncle Gareth,” at the cast party and private screening at the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of The King and I, Rachel Resheff‘s (The People in the Picture, Fish in the Dark, Shrek, Billy Elliot, Mary Poppins) recent 54 Below show, Matilda, School of Rock, Les Miserables, Tuck Everlasting, and Waitress!















THE CRUCIBLE Opening Night, TUCK EVERLASTING First Preview, and more!

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Happy opening to the company of The Crucible! Break a leg, Elizabeth Teeter (The Audience, Mary Poppins)!

Happy first preview to the company of Tuck Everlasting! Break a leg, everyone!

Congratulations to Meliki Hurd, who went on for Bruce in Matilda tonight! Here’s his announcement:


READY TO GO ON AS BRUCE TOMORROW!!!!🎉🎉🎉🎉😬😬 March 31 #brucey #ready #broadway

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The Matilda article in Girls World Magazine is now available! Check it out on Tumblr!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Disaster!, Les Miserables, School of Rock, Tuck Everlasting, Matilda, Annie, She Loves Me, and Kinky Boots!




WAITRESS Begins Previews, YBAN at WOMEN WITHOUT MEN, and more!

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Waitress begins previews tonight! Break a leg to the company!

YBAN blogger Emily and I were lucky enough to see Women Without Men last night before it closes tomorrow! Here we are with the cast members, as well as some YBAN alumni who were also at the show that night!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Disaster!, Matilda, Women Without Men, Tuck Everlasting, School of Rock, and Fun Home!