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Education News The Broadway Junior Student Finale Plays Broadway's Ambassador Theatre May 23

A program of The Shubert Foundation and Music Theatre International, the performance brings NYC public school students to a Broadway stage.

Broadway Junior™ Student Finale Walter McBride

The Shubert Foundation and Music Theatre International host the 2024 Broadway Junior Student Finale May 23 at Broadway's Ambassador Theatre. The performance begins at 11:15 AM.

Co-hosted by MJ The Musical's Apollo Levine and The Great Gatsby's Samantha Pauly, the performance is the culmination of a mentorship program that helps build sustainable theatre education programs in NYC public schools. Hundreds of students who participated in the program bring a musical number from their fully produced school show to the finale performance, giving them a chance to sing and dance on a Broadway stage.

Students from all five boroughs are represented this year, with shows including Disney's Aladdin JR., Annie JR., Fame The Musical JR., Disney's Frozen JR., Disney's High School Musical JR., Into the Woods JR., Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical JR., Shrek The Musical JR., Disney's The Lion King JR., Disney's The Little Mermaid JR., and Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR.

The program is sponsored by The Shubert Foundation, Music Theatre International, and New York City Public Schools. Shubert Foundation President Diana Phillips and MTI President and CEO Drew Cohen will be on hand for the event, along with representatives from the NYC School Arts Office, prominent NYC arts educators, and members from the professional theatre community.

“New York City is home to some of the greatest arts and cultural institutions in the world. Opportunities like this give our students the confidence to pursue their artistic dreams and create memories that last a lifetime,” says Schools Chancellor David C. Banks in an earlier statement. “I am grateful to our partners at the Shubert Foundation and Music Theatre International for their commitment to the arts and to our young people.”

"Every year, our middle school students light up a Shubert stage with their exuberant performances and uplift us all with their infectious spirit and energy,” adds Phillips. “Almost 30,000 students have now benefited from this remarkable program and it is both a joy and a privilege for us to participate in these formative and memorable experiences.”

“From its inception, Music Theatre International has been a proud partner of The Shubert Foundation and the NYC Public Schools as we all help bring the joy of musical theatre to young people and their communities,” says Cohen. “Theatre builds collaboration, perseverance, empathy, confidence, and creativity—skills that will help students succeed in school and in life. We are grateful to the students, of course, and also to the teachers, teaching artists, and parents who make this opportunity a reality for the children.”

“How amazing that these middle schools are building the capacity to produce inclusive musicals for their school communities,” shares NYCPS Director of Theater Peter Avery. “To then have their kids share what they learned, their collaboration, their creativity on a Broadway stage…priceless!”

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