Austyn Johnson (Dream Street, Matilda tour), Trey Middleton (Matilda tour), and Serena Quadrato (Matilda tour) are making their Broadway debuts in Matilda tonight! Austyn will be playing Amanda, Serena will be playing Lavender, and Trey will be the swing for Bruce and Tommy. Get more information in KOTA’s post about Austyn below:
Congratulations to Gabriella Pizzolo (Fun Home, Matilda) and Grace Capeless (The Lion King, Matilda, A Christmas Story), who have both been cast in the upcoming movie remake of “Beaches”! Gabby will play Young CC, the younger version of Idina Menzel’s character, and Grace will play Young Hillary, the younger version of Nia Long’s character. Find out more on TVLine.com!
Get your tickets now for Lyrics for Life, which is Saturday, September 10th; they’re going fast! Get more details HERE.
Hear Caleb McLaughlin (The Lion King, The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek) sing from The Lion King on EW.com!
And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Fun Home, School of Rock, Matilda, Les Miserables, Ruthless!, and Kinky Boots!
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!
Happy birthday to Meliki Hurd (Matilda)! We hope you had a great day, Meliki!
Congratulations to Willow McCarthy, who made her debut in the title role in Matilda yesterday afternoon!
Congratulations to alum Giuseppe Bausilio (Billy Elliot, Newsies, Irving Berlin’s America), currently performing in Aladdin on Broadway, who has joined the cast of the upcoming Broadway revival of Cats! Get more information on BroadwayWorld.com!
Watch the latest installment of “Forever 17,” the backstage vlog at Tuck Everlasting, on Broadway.com!
Congrats to She Loves Me, On Your Feet, Waitress, and Fiddler on the Roof, which have all won Outer Critics Circle Awards! Get the full list on BroadwayWorld.com.
Watch Oona Laurence‘s (Matilda) episode of “Blindspot” on NBC.com!
Kids from Dream Street and The Sound of Music LIVE and their castmates in KOTA’s School of Rock promoted the show recently at Rahway Day in New Jersey! Go see the show May 20-22 (I’m seeing it!), and check out pictures below:
I attended the premiere of “Uncle Gareth” this weekend, which features Alexa Valentino (Dream Street, Number the Stars)! Congrats, Alexa! Check out the pictures below:
Check out Christie Kim (The King and I) singing “Caro mio ben” in this video!
See a day in the life of Baylee Littrell (Disaster!):
We just found this video of the School of Rock kids singing “My Generation” at Puttin on the Brits back in November!
And here are pictures and videos from the kids of School of Rock, Waitress, Tuck Everlasting, Matilda, Les Miserables, and Fun Home!
You can also find more videos from Cabaret for a Cause below!
The Outer Critics Circle nominations will be announced on April 19th! Winners are announced May 9th with an awards ceremony on May 26th.
In case you missed Alexandria Suarez (On Your Feet) on #LiveAtFive with Broadway.com, you can watch it below!
Broadway World has even more pictures from Claire and McKenna Keane‘s photoshoot right outside the Brooke Atkinson Theatre where their Broadway debut show Waitress will begin previews tomorrow! Take a look HERE.
Get your tickets for Jaidyn Young and Emma Howard‘s cabaret at 54 Below on March 30th! I (Lindsay) saw it just a few days ago and we loved it from start to finish! Get your tickets HERE.
And here are more pictures from the kids of Tuck Everlasting, Matilda, Les Miserables, Disaster!, and Fun Home!
Congratulations to Raghav Mehrotra and Gianna Harris, who have both joined the company of School of Rock! Raghav will be a swing, and Gianna will play the role of Shonelle; both make their Broadway debut in the show. Read Raghav’s bio HERE, and check out a picture of Gianna before making her Broadway debut below!
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Congratulations to Claire Keane and McKenna Keane, who will make their Broadway debuts in Waitress sharing the role of Lulu! Get more information on TheaterMania.com.
YBAN’s Lindsay saw “Together At Last,” Emma Howard (Matilda, Violet) and Jaidyn Young‘s (Annie) cabaret show, in LA! The show comes to NYC’s 54 Below next week–get tickets and more information HERE! In the meantime, check out Lindsay’s pictures from the performance below:
Bid on tickets to School of Rock and a meet-and-greet with Bobbi MacKenzieHERE!
YBAN talked to the kids and teens of Lyrics for Life in LA about the special night of song and dance to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention! Thanks to Kids of the Arts for an incredible evening! Read or listen to the interview HERE!
Watch Gabby Pizzolo (Fun Home, Matilda) perform at the Vineyard Theatre gala below or on BroadwayWorld.com!
Here are some behind-the-scenes photos from “Inspired by Punk Rock,” a new film featuring Alexa Valentino (Dream Street, Number the Stars)!
And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Matilda, Tuck Everlasting, Dream Street, School of Rock, The King and I, Fun Home, and She Loves Me!
On Saturday March 19th, dozens of talented kids and teens gathered at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center in LA for Lyrics for Life, a benefit concert presented by Kids of the Arts for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (http://afsp.org). This organization strives to prevent suicide as well as provide resources to those suffering from mental illnesses. It also assists those affected by suicide by bringing hope, love, and support. We talked to many of the night’s performers about the important evening!
QUESTION: What makes you the most excited about tonight?
(Note: You can either listen or read a transcript of all the interviews below!)
I’m really excited to see all the amazing performers come together as one big group and just support this amazing cause.
–Lexi Underwood (The Lion King)
I’m really excited to watch all my friends perform and get to see what songs they’re doing and getting to support this cause, too.
–Issie Swickle (Annie)
Helping with the cause!
–Jillian Shea Spaeder (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn)
Helping with the cause and it’s fun singing in front of everybody!
–Jamie McRae (H-E-B commercial, The Fine Bros)
I like making people smile when we’re on stage.
–Carolyn Dodd (Game Shakers)
Spreading awareness and spreading positivity and I think that’s really all that matters and it’s a great way to spread love.
–Jordan Mazarati (Supergirl)
It’s just such a great cause. That’s what make me excited. And to perform!
–Joy Kate Lawson (A Little Princess)
I’m excited to perform!
–Peyton Ella (Sound of Music LIVE)
I’m excited to perform and we get to use our talents for a good cause and that’s the most amazing thing you can do.
–Raquel Wallace (Dream Street)
I agree with everyone. I mean it’s great that we’re performing to prevent suicide and mental illness. So that’s great that we get to do the things we love and support a cause.
–Madisyn Shipman (Game Shakers)
I think it’s great because this show is so important with this cause especially for young people because so many people deal with mental illness and are afraid to speak up because it’s not talked about with young people so I think it’s cool to have so many young performers standing for this and it’s been successful in New York so it’s so fun to kind of follow it to LA.
–Alex Davies (I Don’t Need To Know)
I’m just excited to be performing for a special cause, especially since [suicide] is an event that’s been happening a lot around the world and it needs to be stopped.
–Michael Keith (Macy’s, Verizon commercials)
Well I think that suicide is a cause that can be prevented and all we need to do is fund the research for it.
–Casteen Legaspi (FASO Children’s Ensemble)
Well I’m happy and excited to help suicide prevention and supporting this new cause.
–Sophie Nack (Truth Be Told)
All the people in the audience and having them here!
–Emilie LaFontaine (Les Miserables at Musical Theatre West)
I’m just so excited to be a part of this. I was watching the rehearsals earlier and everyone is so talented. Like, it’s crazy. Like, literally, everyone is just so talented and so I’m just excited to listen to everyone perform.
–Jaidyn Young (Annie)
I am most excited to raise money for such an amazing cause. I think [suicide] is a big problem and I think that it’s really an honor to be a part of it and to be able to raise money for [suicide prevention].
–Brooke Besikof (Carnegie Hall soloist)
I know it sounds cheesy but I’m really glad that this is for charity. I get an opportunity to perform. Performing isn’t super rare but it’s not super often but nonetheless it’s really special when I get a chance to do it for a cause instead of just pleasure, which it always is.
–Major Curda (The Little Mermaid)
Well, I get to sing in front of people I act with, sing with, dance with, and it’s a great cause.
–Shane Davis (Matilda)
I love performing with all these great people. They’re amazing performers and I’m really lucky to be working with them.
–Lilly Mae Stewart (Annie)
Seeing all the amazing talent. All the kids are absolutely amazing.
–Darielle Loprete (Lyrics for Life stage manager)
It’s really fun. I’m definitely on the older end but I remember when I was their age and performing, so that’s really cool to see younger people already getting involved in such an important cause and performing for something that means a lot to a lot of people.
–Heather Braverman (Take It Off)
What makes me the most excited about tonight is my performance is – well, I’m singing “Reflection” in Chinese and English, which is really cool because I kind of got to learn a new language. But what makes me the most excited is it’s for a really good cause. All the money is getting donated, so it’ll be really nice to see all of the people that are being helped from this concert.
–Chelsea Chiu (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)
Same as Chelsea, it’s for a really good cause. And there’s a lot of famous people performing, like Piper Curda and all those people!
–Erica Delos Santos (Violinist)
Seeing all the people here to see us!
–Scarlet Spencer (WowWee commercial)
Well I’m so excited for all the performers, obviously. Me, and my friend Maddie [Shipman] are also hosting tonight so that’s gonna be really cool. And we’re also performing. It’s gonna be a really fun night and I’m stoked for it!
–Casey Simpson (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn)
I think just the fact that this is for such a good cause and there are so many talented people here. Just all of us being able to come together for such a great cause – something that I’m super excited about for tonight.
–Riley Curda (Jane by Design)
Just being able to perform with all these other talented people and it’s fun and it’s for a good cause.
–Saylor Curda (I Didn’t Do It)
I’m really excited. This is the first time this is being done here in LA and watching the rehearsal and see everybody else do it, it’s really coming together and seeing the whole thing fall into place makes me really excited to be part of it, too.
–Glory Curda (Sam and Cat)
I just love singing in general and I love performing in front of people so I’m really psyched to do that.
–Kayla DiVenere (Helix)
There’s a lot of great talent here and it’s gonna be so fun to see them perform. I’m telling you, I saw during rehearsals. These people are awesome so I’m really excited, but I think everyone is going to be excited about this. I think it’s gonna be pretty awesome.
–Daniel DiVenere (Warm Bodies)
I feel like it’s a really good cause. There’s so many good performers tonight and I think it’s really cool that we got this entire group to come out and we’re all very talented and it’s just really exciting to be here and to be a part of this.
Happy Trails to the companies of Smokefall and A Room of My Own, which both finished their runs today!
Happy Trails to K’Lynn Jackman, Grace Capeless (Matilda, A Christmas Story), and Julian Silva, who have finished their runs in The Lion King, and to Taylor Caldwell, who has finished her run in School of Rock! We can’t wait to see what’s next for all of you!
YBAN’s Lindsay had a great time at Lyrics for Life in LA last night! Check out her pictures below, and keep an eye out for more coming!
And here are pictures and videos from the kids of On Your Feet, Disaster!, Matilda, School of Rock, The Lion King, and Smokefall!
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