Photo Coverage: Backstage With Broadway's Rising Stars Class of 2018

Town Hall presents Broadway Rising Stars, a national showcase that introduces New York audiences to the next generation of up-and-coming talent as chosen by a panel of discerning judges from among the most outstanding new graduates from schools such as the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, CAP21, Circle in the Square Theatre School, Marymount Manhattan College, The New School, NYU's Steinhardt Department of Music and Performing Arts, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and other acclaimed institutions. The 2018 Rising Stars is spearheaded by Scott Siegel, creator/writer/host of Town Hall's beloved Broadway by the Year series.

In the eleven years since Broadway Rising Stars first began, participants have scored top billing casting in Broadway shows as diverse as Wicked, Beautiful, Jekyll & Hyde, Hair, Les Miserables and Hamilton. Past Rising Stars have appeared on television in The Glee Project, Glee and A Christmas Carol. They have starred on the West End, been nominated for the prestigious Olivier award and played in countless national tours both in the U.S. and abroad.

BroadwayWorld attended the event and you can check out photos from backstage below!

Full list of students are as follows:

Steinhardt:
Joseph Valle-Hoag
Stephanie Bacastow
Emily Janes

Wagner College:
Nick Manna

CAP 21:
Hannah Mount

NYU - Tisch:
Will Brockman
Emma Maxwell

Circle in the Square Theatre School:
Melanie Gettler

Marymount:
Makyra Alexander
Maddy Waters

AMDA:
Brittneyann Accetta
Giancarlo Pinzon
Ashley Ryan
William Taitel
Giliana "Gigi" Encarnacion
Dongwoo Kang

Carnegie Mellon:
Christopher J. Essex

UCLA:
Kelsey Lee Smith

CCM:
Emily Royer

Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

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Photo Coverage: Backstage With Broadway's Rising Stars Class of 2018
The Men of Broadway's Rising Stars-Christoper J. Essex, Joseph Valle-Hoag, Nick Manna, William Taitel, Will Brockman, Giancarlo Pinzon and Dongwoo Kang

Photo Coverage: Backstage With Broadway's Rising Stars Class of 2018
Christoper J. Essex, Joseph Valle-Hoag, Nick Manna, William Taitel, Will Brockman, Giancarlo Pinzon and Dongwoo Kang

Photo Coverage: Backstage With Broadway's Rising Stars Class of 2018
The Band-Jerry DeVore, Zak Eldridge, Jonathan Russell and John Fischer (Musical Director)

Photo Coverage: Backstage With Broadway's Rising Stars Class of 2018
Jerry DeVore, Zak Eldridge, Jonathan Russell and John Fischer

Photo Coverage: Backstage With Broadway's Rising Stars Class of 2018
The Ladies of Broadway's Rising Stars-Melanie Gettler, Stephanie Bacastow, Emily Royer, Maddy Waters, Brittneyann Accetta, Makyra Alexander, Gigi Encarnacion, Emily Janes, Emma Maxwell, Kelsey Lee Smith, Hannah Mount and Ashley Ryan

Photo Coverage: Backstage With Broadway's Rising Stars Class of 2018
Melanie Gettler, Stephanie Bacastow, Emily Royer, Maddy Waters, Brittneyann Accetta, Makyra Alexander, Gigi Encarnacion, Emily Janes, Emma Maxwell, Kelsey Lee Smith, Hannah Mount and Ashley Ryan

Photo Coverage: Backstage With Broadway's Rising Stars Class of 2018
Melanie Gettler, Stephanie Bacastow, Emily Royer, Maddy Waters, Brittneyann Accetta, Makyra Alexander, Gigi Encarnacion, Emily Janes, Emma Maxwell, Kelsey Lee Smith, Hannah Mount and Ashley Ryan

Photo Coverage: Backstage With Broadway's Rising Stars Class of 2018
Scott Sigel joins the ladies of Broadway's Rising Stars-Melanie Gettler, Stephanie Bacastow, Emily Royer, Maddy Waters, Brittneyann Accetta, Makyra Alexander, Gigi Encarnacion, Emily Janes, Emma Maxwell, Kelsey Lee Smith, Hannah Mount and Ashley Ryan

Photo Coverage: Backstage With Broadway's Rising Stars Class of 2018
Scott Siegel joins tonight's cast that includes-Brittneyann Accetta, Makyra Alexander, Stephanie Bacastow, Will Brockman, Gigi Encarnacion, Christopher J. Essex, Melania Gettler, Emily Janes, Dongwoo Kang, Nick Manna, Emma Maxwell, Hannah Mount, Kyra Pemberton, Giancarlo Pinzon, Ashley Ryan, Emily Royer, Kelsey Lee Smith, William Taitel, Joseph Valle-Hoag and Maddy Waters

Photo Coverage: Backstage With Broadway's Rising Stars Class of 2018
Scott Siegel, Farah Alvin, John Fischer, Nili Basman with the cast -Brittneyann Accetta, Makyra Alexander, Stephanie Bacastow, Will Brockman, Gigi Encarnacion, Christopher J. Essex, Melania Gettler, Emily Janes, Dongwoo Kang, Nick Manna, Emma Maxwell, Hannah Mount, Kyra Pemberton, Giancarlo Pinzon, Ashley Ryan, Emily Royer, Kelsey Lee Smith, William Taitel, Joseph Valle-Hoag and Maddy Waters

Photo Coverage: Backstage With Broadway's Rising Stars Class of 2018
Holly Cruz (Associate Choreographer), Farah Alvin (Co-Director), Scott Siegel and Nili Bassman (Choreographer)

Photo Coverage: Backstage With Broadway's Rising Stars Class of 2018
Holly Cruz, Farah Alvin, Scott Siegel and Nili Bassman

Photo Coverage: Backstage With Broadway's Rising Stars Class of 2018
Holly Cruz and Nili Bassman

Photo Coverage: Backstage With Broadway's Rising Stars Class of 2018
AMDA Students-Dongwoo Kang, William Taitel, Giancarlo Pinzon, Brittneyann Accetta, Gigi Encarnacion and Ashley Ryan

Photo Coverage: Backstage With Broadway's Rising Stars Class of 2018
AMDA Students-Dongwoo Kang, William Taitel, Giancarlo Pinzon, Brittneyann Accetta, Gigi Encarnacion and Ashley Ryan

Photo Coverage: Backstage With Broadway's Rising Stars Class of 2018
Emily Janes, Joseph Valle-Hoag and Stephanie Bacastow from Steinhardt

Photo Coverage: Backstage With Broadway's Rising Stars Class of 2018
Emily Janes, Joseph Valle-Hoag and Stephanie Bacastow

Photo Coverage: Backstage With Broadway's Rising Stars Class of 2018
Will Brockman-NYU Tisch

Photo Coverage: Backstage With Broadway's Rising Stars Class of 2018
Scott Sigel and Barbara Siegel

Photo Coverage: Backstage With Broadway's Rising Stars Class of 2018
Scott Siegel and Barbara Siegel

Photo Coverage: Backstage With Broadway's Rising Stars Class of 2018
Gigi Encarnacion and Barbara Siegel

Photo Coverage: Backstage With Broadway's Rising Stars Class of 2018
Gigi Encarnacion and Barbara Siegel

Photo Coverage: Backstage With Broadway's Rising Stars Class of 2018
Makyra Alexander and Maddy Waters-Marymount

Photo Coverage: Backstage With Broadway's Rising Stars Class of 2018
Makyra Alexander and Maddy Waters



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