Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan, who created the roles of Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in the original Broadway production of Hamilton, hosted the third annual Shubert Foundation High School Theatre Festival for New York City Public Schools, presented March 13 at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre.
Excerpts of five fully produced shows from New York City public high schools were presented, ranging from musical theatre classics to bold and challenging dramas. Performed that evening were highlights from The Music Man (Frank Sinatra School of the Arts); Almost, Maine (Brooklyn High School of the Arts); Company (Susan Wagner High School); Angels in America (Urban Assembly School for the Arts); and Into the Woods (Edward R. Murrow High School).
More than 100 students from those five schools made their Broadway debuts.
Additional guest artist presenters that evening were Shoba Narayan, Nicholas Belton, and Paul Pinto from Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, and Rachel Bay Jones and Jennifer Laura Thompson from Dear Evan Hansen.
Flip through the photos of the night below:
See Okieriete Onaodowan Host 3rd Annual Shubert Foundation High School Theatre Festival
The Shubert Foundation, Inc. is the largest institutional funder of theatre education programs throughout NYC public schools and the nation’s largest private foundation dedicated to unrestricted funding of not-for-profit theatres, with a secondary focus on dance. For more information, visit shubertfoundation.org.
PLAYBILLder provided Playbills for the evening.