On March 19, 150 New York City public school students made their Broadway debuts at the Shubert Theatre (home to the hit revival of Hello! Dolly) as part of the 4th annual Shubert Foundation High School Theatre Festival. The students spent the day attending workshops led by Broadway's leading professionals before taking to the Broadway stage to perform selections from iconic musicals and plays.
Students participating in the festival also received guidance and teaching from Charlie Stemp (Hello, Dolly!), Molly Griggs (Hello, Dolly!), Lilli Cooper (SpongeBob SquarePants), John Cariani (The Band’s Visit), Tony Award Winner Baayork Lee (A Chorus Line), and Sasha Hutchings (My Fair Lady, Hamilton).
Flip through photos of the night below:
See 150 NYC Students Make Their Broadway Debuts at the Shubert Theatre
The five participating schools were selected from over 25 schools across the city. They are: the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens, Talent Unlimited High School in Manhattan, William Cullen Bryant High School in Queens, Professional Performing Arts High School in Manhattan, and LaGuardia High School for Music, Art, and Performing Arts in Manhattan.
The students performed selections from Ragtime, Machinal, Henry's Law, West Side Story, and 42nd Street.
Sponsored by The Shubert Foundation, the festival is presented in partnership with the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE).