TINA, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES, and More Nominated for Antonyo Awards; Young Broadway’s List of Anti-Racism Resources, and more!

Congratulations to the following nominees from our featured shows, kids, or alumni in the inaugural Antonyo Awards, and to all others nominated as well! The Antonyo Awards are a celebration of the Black Broadway and Off-Broadway community and will take place at 7:00pm EST on June 19, 2020, also known as Juneteenth, a holiday which commemorates the end of slavery in America. Get more details, including the full list of nominations, on BroadwayWorld.com!

  • Best Featured Actor in a Play on Broadway – Jordan Barbour for The Inheritance
  • Best Featured Actor in a Musical Off-Broadway – Saycon Sengbloh for The Secret Life of Bees
  • Best Director – Whitney White for Our Dear Dead Drug Lord
  • Best Director – Lileana Blain-Cruz for Anatomy of a Suicide
  • Best Sound – Rucyl Frison for Anatomy of a Suicide
  • Best Orchestrations – The Secret Life of Bees
  • Best Orchestrations – Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
  • Best Original Score – The Secret Life of Bees
  • Best Book – Lynn Nottage for The Secret Life of Bees
  • Best Book – Katori Hall for Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
  • Best Actor in a Play on Broadway – LaChanze for A Christmas Carol
  • Best Actor in a Musical Off-Broadway – LaChanze for The Secret Life of Bees
  • Best Actor in a Musical on Broadway – Shereen Pimentel (The Lion King) for West Side Story
  • Best Revival – West Side Story (starring alum Shereen Pimentel)
  • Best Musical – The Secret Life of Bees
  • Best Musical – Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

We’ve compiled a list of 300+ resources (books, articles, movies, TV, documentaries, musicals, plays, and mental health/self-care resources) organized by age group for parents, kids, teens, and families to begin conversations surrounding race and to add more stories with Black characters to their libraries. Read it HERE!

Because of Winn Dixie might be coming to Broadway! Find out more on BroadwayWorld.com.

Alumni from Fun Home took part in a panel on Cabaret for a Cause’s Facebook page earlier today to benefit The Actors Fund!

Atticus Ware (Flying Over Sunset) took part in Theatre Charlotte’s recent Quarantine the Musical!

And here are pictures from the kids of Trevor, Caroline, Or Change, and The Lion King!

Photo Coverage of THE LION KING 20th Anniversary Celebration, SHADOWLANDS Boys Take Over BroadwayBox Instagram, and more!


Check out photo coverage from the 20th anniversary celebration of The Lion King on Playbill.com and BroadwayWorld.com! Also, watch this video of the cast performing with Elton John:

Jack McCarthy (Shadowlands, Finding Neverland) and Jacob Morrell (Shadowlands) took over the BroadwayBox Instagram for a day! Find out more on BroadwayBox.com.

Chloé Bryan is taking over the School of Rock Snapchat all this week! Find out more:

And here are pictures and videos from the kids of The Lion King, Once On This Island, School of Rock, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and Kinky Boots!

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New LION KING Kids, Darius Kaleb’s Upcoming Concert, and more!

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The new Lion King kids have finally been announced! Please say hello to K’Lynn Jackman, Nathaniel Logan McIntyre, Isaiah D. Negron, and Shahadi Wright Joseph who are making their Broadway debuts this week in The Lion King. I found a bunch of articles and videos of a couple of the kids today and you can find all of those below. The Lion King page has been updated with their headshots and bios. Congratulations and welcome, guys!

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Darius Kaleb (Motown, A Raisin in the Sun) is hosting a special concert for his upcoming CD single release! On September 29th at 7pm at Manhattan High School Auditorium, kids from Motown, Matilda, A Little Princess, and more will join Darius. For more information, go to this Facebook fan page post and make sure to “LIKE” the page to stay updated on confirmed guests! So far, Erica Simone Barnett, Hayley Feinstein, Kaci Walfall, and more are confirmed. We’ll keep you posted!

Leonay Shepherd (Little Miss Sunshine) posted a couple videos from some of her past projects. Below you’ll find her ad for Verizon as well as a commercial for Food Network’s Rachel vs. Guy Kids’ Cookoff Event. Enjoy!

And here are pictures from the kids of Les Miserables, Once, and The Lion King!

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RUTHLESS! Reviews, “Skeleton Twins” Success, and more!


Ruthless! received another rave review, this time from Playbill.com. Read it HERE!

“Skeleton Twins” (featuring Sydney Lucas of Fun Home) was released in NY and LA this past weekend and received an 89% grade from Rotten Tomatoes. The movie will be released in the rest of the country this weekend. Congratulations, Sydney!

And here are pictures and video from the kids of Mailtda and The Lion King!

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Lyrics for Life Tonight, Graham Montgomery’s commercial, and more!

Tonight is Lyrics for Life at Symphony Space to raise awareness for suicide prevention. Break a leg to all those performing!

Gaten Matarazzo‘s performance schedule for Les Miserables through October 5th has been added to his Facebook fan page. Take a look!

Graham Montgomery‘s (Kinky Boots) new commercial for Wink is out now. Watch below. Great job, Graham!

The kids of Cabaret for a Cause sang “Perfect” at the last cabaret. Check it out below.

And here are pictures from the kids of Once, The Lion King, and Les Miserables!

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MATILDA Casting Changes, GENERATIONS Casting, and more!

Note: If you want to find pictures from Raymond Luke Jr.’s last performance with Motown, please visit this post!

Brooklyn Shuck

Brooklyn Shuck (Annie) officially made her Matilda debut yesterday. Congratulations and welcome! Departing the company of Matilda yesterday is Marcus D’Angelo. Happy Trails, Marcus. We can’t wait to see what you do next!

15 year old Khail Toi Bryant (The Lion King) has been cast in Generations off-broadway at Soho Repertory Theater! The production will begin previews September 30th. Congratulations, Khail!

We added a page for Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Please take a look!

And here are more pictures and video from the kids of Les Miserables, Matilda, and The Lion King!

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NEWSIES Closing Coverage, ANNIE and MATILDA Sing Spice Girls, and more!


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I found more photo coverage from closing night of Newsies at TheatreMania.com. Take a look!

Full Force‘s CD came out yesterday and it features Raymond Luke Jr. (Motown)! Go get it over at iTunes today!

About a week ago, Grace Capeless (Matilda), Alexa Shae Niziak (Matilda), Analise Scarpaci (Matilda), Sadie Sink (Matilda), and Beatrice Tulchin (Matilda) all performed at the Puttin’ on the Brits concert as mini Spice Girls! You can find them singing a great Spice Girls medley down below.

Milly and Abigail Shapiro previewed their upcoming show very recently. Broadway World gives you a special video sneak peek over HERE.

“Lullaby”, the recent film featuring Zac Ballard (A Christmas Story), Brigid Harrington (Mary Poppins), and Sebastian Hedges Thomas (Kinky Boots), is now out on DVD. You can purchase it at Amazon.com.

If you watched the Emmys on Monday, you might have seen this commercial featuring Eliza Holland-Madore (Once, Matilda) alongside Ricky Gervais. If you missed it, watch below!

Another promo picture for the film remake of “Annie” has been released (and it featured Eden Duncan-Smith)! It’s stunning. Check it out at BroadwayWorld.com.

And here are pictures and video from the kids of Motown and The Lion King!

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New Matildas, MOTOWN Closing, and more!

FYI: I will be on vacation from today until Sunday so I will not update the blog until Monday. Just a heads up! Also, I apologize for the downtime these past couple days. Something went awry with the host. Anyways, on to the news!


matildaNew Matildas have been announced! Congratulations to 9 year old Tori Feinstein, 8 year old Eliza Holland Madore (Once), 9 year old Brooklyn Shuck (Annie), and 8 year old Fina Strazza who will take over over the next few weeks! Fina began her run this week. We are thrilled for these girls! We will have them up on our Matilda page shortly.

Unfortunately, Motown will close on January 18, 2015. But don’t fear! The production will return to Broadway in 2016. No theater or dates have been announced for the Broadway return. Go see it while you can!

Liberty is a new musical coming Off-Broadway to Theatre 80! The production will run October 14-November 25th. Tickets are now on sale at LibertyTheMusical.com. No casting has been announced yet.

“If I Stay” is now out in theaters. Be sure to go out and support Chloe Grace Moretz (The Library). Congratulations, Chloe!

Tickets for the NYC return of The Grinch are now on sale. Go to TheateratMSG.com to order yours.

Lots of Newsies news! First, we’d like to officially congratulate the cast on their 1,000th performance on Thursday! Next, the lottery for the final performances of Newsies will be supersized! 50 people will win tickets to the final performance on August 24th. Get there early. Good luck to all entering! Joshua Colley (Les Miserables, Newsies) recently shared his favorite Newsies memory with BroadwayWorld.com which you can read HERE. Also, I found more Newsies video. Below you’ll find the cast singing “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” at 54 Below as well as taking on the Ice Bucket Challenge this past Thursday. Enjoy!

Kaci Walfall (The Lion King) will appear on an episode of “Person of Interest” on CBS this fall. She will appear on episode 4. No exact date is set. Congratulations, Kaci!

Press pictures from the Broadway-bound Finding Neverland have been released. You can view them at Broadway.com.

We found even more pictures from Broadway in Bryant Park with the casts of Matilda and Motown. Go to 1067litefm.com and scroll down. Find “Media” and click the appropriate thumbnail.

For those who can’t make it to the Misdemeanor: Puppy Love event feat. Raymond Luke Jr. (Motown), you can watch a livestream over HERE.

And here are pictures and video from the kids of Newsies, Matilda, The Lion King, Motown, Ruthless!, and Once!

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Ice Bucket Challenge, “Misdemeanor: Puppy Love” Behind the Scenes, and more!

Caleb McLaughlin and Teshi Thomas (The Lion King) took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge along with their Lion King castmates! You can watch the video below! The Ice Bucket Challenge is done to raise awareness for ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. To donate to the cause, go to ALSA.org.

 Raymond Luke Jr. (Motown) posted more behind-the-scenes coverage from filming “Misdemeanor: Puppy Love” at his website so please take a look. He will have an official launch party at the Cutting Room on August 27th. Full details can be found at CuttingRoomNYC.com!

Darius Kaleb (Motown) posted a brand new episode of The Darius Kaleb Web Show recently where he takes you to Broadway Sleep Out 2014, a fundraiser for Covenant House in New York City! Watch over HERE.

I just found this international trailer for “Annie” featuring Eden Duncan-Smith (Fences, The Lion King)! Watch below!

Giuseppe Bausilio (Newsies) performed “Yankee Doodle Dandy” at Birdland earlier this week. Take a look. Great job, Giuseppe!

And here are pictures from the kids of The Lion King, Ruthless!, and Motown!

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FINDING NEVERLAND On Broadway, Sophia Anne Caruso is RUTHLESS, and more!

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Finding Neverland will transfer to Broadway! The production, currently playing at A.R.T. in Massachusetts, will begin performances in March 2015. No theater or set dates have been announced yet nor has it been announced which cast members will transfer with the production. Congratulations to the entire company! We are very excited to see it.

It was announced today that 13 year old Sophia Anne Caruso (Sound of Music LIVE!) will play Tina Denmark in the upcoming off-broadway return of Ruthless! The production will play nine performances in September to benefit BC/EFA. Congratulations, Sophia!

More “Cabaret for a Cause” pictures have been added by BroadwayWorld.com. Take a look!

Caleb McLaughlin (The Lion King) recently filmed a guest-starring spot on the ABC series “Forever”. No air date has been announced yet. Congratulations, Caleb!

A few kids from Broadway and Off-Broadway made Playbill.com’s Best Dressed list for this past season! To find out who, go to Playbill.com.

Glen Hansard (Once composer) was on hand at Once last night to celebrate it’s 1,000th performance. You can see Laurel Griggs and Madeleine Pace celebrate with Hansard and the rest of the cast at TheatreMania.com.

If you haven’t yet, check out the blog Abigail Shapiro is currently writing for Broadway World! In this blog post she talks about her and her sister Milly Shapiro’s (Matilda) recent 54 Below show!

“Boychoir”, featuring Sam Poon of Macbeth and Joe West of Sound of Music LIVE!, will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Congratulations, guys!

Judah Bellamy (Matilda) has booked a series regular role on a comedy series. No other details other than that, but we will bring you more details as they arrive. Congratulations, Judah!

And here are some pictures and video from the kids of Pippin, Matilda, Ruthless, and The Lion King!

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