ANASTASIA Casting Announced, Nathaniel Logan McIntyre Books Role in “Magic Camp,” and more!

Congratulations to Nicole Scimeca (Grinch Nashville), who will make her Broadway debut in Anastasia! Get more details about the casting on Playbill.com.

Nathaniel Logan McIntyre (The Lion King) has booked a role in the upcoming Disney film “Magic Camp”! Find out more on MovieWeb.com.

Jeremy T. Villas (Kinky Boots, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown) will take part in a reading of The Bishops on January 19th! Get more information on BroadwayWorld.com.

Mavis Simpson-Ernst (Evita, A Little Princess, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown) will guest star on “The Americans”! Find out more:

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

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RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR Closes, First Installment of YBAN’s When I Grow Up Interview Series, and more!

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Happy Trails to the company of Radio City Christmas Spectacular, which played its final performance today! We can’t wait to see what’s next for all of you!

We are launching a monthly interview series with YBAN alumni today called When I Grow Up! The first installment is now up on our website; our founder Lindsay chatted with Katherine McNamara (A Little Night Music) about her Broadway kid days and about Season 2 of “Shadowhunters,” which premiered at 8pm tonight on Freeform! Read the interview HERE.

Watch the final curtain call of Matilda below!

Check out the last curtain call of Fiddler on the Roof below or on BroadwayWorld.com!

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

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Casting Announced for Broadway Return of MOTOWN, “Little Miss Perfect” Trailer, and more!

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Congratulations to JJ Batteast (Motown tour, The Lion King tour) and Leon C. Outlaw Jr. (Motown tour), who will both make their Broadway debuts as Young Berry Gordy/Stevie Wonder/Michael Jackson in the Broadway return of Motown! Get more information on Playbill.com.

Here’s the trailer for “Little Miss Perfect,” featuring Lilla Crawford (Annie, Billy Elliot)!

Watch Nathaniel Cullors (Motown) on “Little Big Shots” below–skip to 29:55 to see his part!

Tonight, Baylee Littrell (Disaster!) will sing with his dad, Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell! Get more information in the post below:

Also, check out Baylee in a PSA for New Yorkers to Prepare for Disaster in the video below:

This year’s Stars in the Alley will take place on June 3rd! Get more information on Playbill.com.

Watch the first Tuck Everlasting Broadway.com vlog HERE!

Watch Sophia Gennusa (Matilda, Doctor Zhivago) on “Limitless” on CBS.com!

Check out Swayam Bhatia (Dream Street) guest starring on “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend!

Toleeya Napolitano (Dream Street) has booked a BarkBox commercial! Check out her pictures from the shoot below:

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Matilda, School of Rock, Disaster!, The King and I, Les Miserables, and Tuck Everlasting!













THE LION KING Cast Changes, FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE Cast Album Available in Stores, and more!

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Happy Trails to Jahi Diallo Winston, who played his final performance as Young Simba in The Lion King last weekend! We can’t wait to see what’s next for you, Jahi!

And congratulations to Tre’ Jones, who has made his Broadway debut in The Lion King as Young Simba! Here’s his announcement post on Facebook:

The cast album of First Daughter Suite is now available in stores!

Check out interviews from Lyrics for Life in LA courtesy of Rising Star Magazine in the YouTube playlist below:

On Sunday, Rachel Resheff (Fish in the Dark, The People in the Picture, Billy Elliot, Shrek, Mary Poppins) returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below with a new show! Get more information and check out the updated list of special guests for the show on 54Below.com.

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Matilda, Annie, Fun Home, Disaster!, Kinky Boots, and School of Rock!













Lyrics for Life and Cabaret for a Cause Press, Outer Critics Circle Nominations on April 19th, and more!

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Broadway World has all the pictures from the recent Cabaret for a Cause and Lyrics for Life events! Check out the links below:

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Lyrics for Life – Performance
Lyrics For Life – Red Carpet

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!







New FUN HOME, SCHOOL OF ROCK, and WAITRESS Cast Members, YBAN at “Together At Last,” and more!

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Congratulations to Cole Januzzi and Maya Grace, who will both make their Broadway debuts in Fun Home! Here’s a picture of Cole and Maya during their last week of rehearsal!


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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!


Happy Broadway Debut to Gianna Harris, or @giannaharris04! You ROCKED it!

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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 MacKenzie HERE!

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!








INTERVIEW: LYRICS FOR LIFE Unites Kids and Teens to End the Stigma

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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!)

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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.

 

Kelsi Taylor (Singer)

SMOKEFALL and A ROOM OF MY OWN Close, SCHOOL OF ROCK and THE LION KING Departures, and more!

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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!














SHE LOVES ME Opening Night, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Coming to Broadway in Spring 2017, and more!

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Happy Opening to She Loves Me! Break a leg to Nicholas Barasch (West Side Story, The Mystery of Edwin Drood) and the company!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will open on Broadway in Spring 2017! Find out more on Playbill.com.

Check out a montage from Ruthless! below or on BroadwayBox.com!

In 2 days, Lyrics for Life hits LA! The cast includes Jaidyn Young (Annie). Check out a promo from hosts Madisyn Shipman (Enron) and Casey Simpson below, and get tickets and more information HERE!

Graham Montgomery (Kinky Boots) is featured on BroadwayWorld! Watch the video below or on BroadwayWorld.com!

Check out behind-the-scenes pictures and video from the shoot of the music video for “Free 2 Luv,” an original song by Alexa Valentino (Dream Street, Number the Stars)!

Check out this amazing video of all the past and present Matildas, from the Broadway, US Tour, West End, Stratford, Sydney, and Melbourne productions of Matilda, telling the Acrobat Story!

Congratulations to Gabriel Rush (Billy Elliot), who has booked a new film called “Christmas All Over Again”! Get more information in the Facebook post below:

Check out these videos from Cabaret for a Cause: Akira Golz (Matilda) performing “Hero,” Brooklyn Nelson (Matilda) performing “Almost There,” and Sofia Roma Rubino (School of Rock, Matilda) performing “Count on Me”!

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of The Lion King, Disaster!, School of Rock, Matilda, The King and I, Fun Home, and Cabaret for a Cause!










YBAN at 13 Wishes Cabaret, Young Artist Awards TONIGHT, and more!

YBAN owner Lindsay had a great time today at the first-ever cabaret for 13 Wishes, which brought together kids and teens from the entertainment industry to bring the arts to those who have no access otherwise! Find out more about the organization on 13Wishes.net, and check out Lindsay’s pictures from before the cabaret and with Major Curda (The Little Mermaid, Radio City Christmas Spectacular) and 13 Wishes founders Maya Jade Frank (Mary Poppins, Evita, A Little Princess) and Tehya Rose Frank (Lincoln Center Ballet) below! Also in the performance was Hayden Signoretti (Finding Neverland, Mary Poppins, Richard III).

The Young Artist Awards took place tonight in LA! Break a leg to our alumni Ripley Sobo (Matilda, Once), nominated for her performance in “Steve Jobs,” and Myles Erlick (Billy Elliot), nominated for his performance in “The Next Step”!

Peyton Ella (The Sound of Music LIVE, A Little Princess) will take part in Lyrics for Life in LA! Get tickets HERE.

Cabaret for a Cause is tomorrow! Get your tickets to both performance HERE!

Here’s Carly Gendell (School of Rock) singing “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele, with Diego Lucano (School of Rock) on piano, at Broadway Sessions!

Check out Corinne Wilson (School of Rock) and Evie Dolan (School of Rock) singing “Riptide” by Vance Joy at Broadway Sessions!

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