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The New Kid - 2005 - Chicago

A New York City Public High School is forever changed by the appearance of Jamal, a mysterious new student determined to make things better, by any means necessary. Dealing with contemporary themes, The New Kid is a story of unlikely heroes and finding hope and redemption in the face of apathy and injustice.


Chicago Cultural Center

( Chicago, IL)
78 E. Washington
Chicago, IL
by Nicole Rosky - Sep 28, 2020
Disney Junior's hit animated series 'Vampirina' has gained some Broadway veterans as guest stars. The show will welcome Audra McDonald, Christopher Jackson, Sutton Foster, James Monroe Iglehart and Santino Fontana for its third season.
by Rebecca Russo - Oct 31, 2019
Playhouse on the Square, in partnership with super sponsor, Dr. Thomas Ratliff, welcome everyone's favorite, precocious First Grader to The Circuit Playhouse in the musical version of the hit children's book series.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Oct 17, 2019
Los Angeles-based indie folk songwriter Jamie Drake shared the official video for 'Redwood Tree' with The Talkhouse. The song is featured on Jamie Drake's stunning debut album, Everything's Fine out now via AntiFragile Music. About the video Jamie Drake told The Talkhouse, “'Redwood Tree' is a joyous song, celebrating the creation of music itself, so it made sense to have fun with the video. It was a team effort all around — coming together over time, with all the right elements, people and ideas — similar to Kristen Meyer's collage art for the album and single covers.' Video director Marke Johnson of The Made Shop adds, 'The process was technically quite simple. We started with a time lapse video of Kristen actually creating what would eventually become the single artwork. We sped this up many times to show the unfolding of the twigs and flowers. Then Jamie just shot herself using an iPhone, a couple lights, and green face paint that only revealed her eyes and mouth as she sang each layered vocal part in turn. From there it was a fairly direct process of extracting the lips and eyes, and compositing them onto the emerging time lapse twig structure.'
by Michael Major - Oct 1, 2021
A spinoff of the iconic Disney Channel comedy 'That's So Raven' (2003-2007), season five welcomes Rondell Sheridan to the cast, who reprises his role from the beloved classic as Raven's easygoing and loveable dad, Victor Baxter.
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - Nov 4, 2019
SMALL SPACES is the perfect book to curl up with on dark fall or winter nights curled beneath a blanket while the wind howls outside and the tree branches scratch eerily at the window. Be forewarned going into this one -- you'll never look at scarecrows the same way again!
by Kaitlin Milligan - Nov 18, 2019
Susan Egan was featured in the second episode of the new Disney+  series Encore! She was a mentor to a group of former castmates of a high school musical production of Beauty and the Beast, who were tasked with re-creating their original performance in a high school reunion like no other.
by Josephine Tuso-Key - May 3, 2019
City Springs Theatre is the new kid on the block in the ATL theater scene, but they've been making a big splash with their last musical South Pacific. Now they're offering up BILLY ELLIOT, a musical based on the 2000 film. With music by Elton John and book and lyrics by Lee Hall, who also wrote the screenplay, this show boasts ten Tonys and ten Drama Desk awards including best musical in 2008. This is the story of Billy, a motherless boy living with his father in Great Britain during the 1984-85 coal miner's strike. The story promotes the subversion of traditional gender roles, as Billy gives up his boxing gloves in exchange for dancing shoes. He finds himself drawn to dance like a moth to a flame. This is a story of acceptance, tolerance, and love.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 28, 2021
La Jolla Playhouse has announced its return to live, in-person theatre with several exciting upcoming projects. This summer, the Playhouse will offer two on-site events: the Without Walls (WOW) production of A Thousand Ways (Part 2): An Encounter, by 600 Highwaymen, and the 2021 DNA New Works Series.
by Stage Tube - May 27, 2021
It's here! The 2021 POP Tour, PICK ME LAST, by Idris Goodwin and directed by Jacole Kitchen, is now available for streaming. Check out the all new trailer!
by A.A. Cristi - May 14, 2019
Riverside Theatre for Kids presents the area premiere of the popular children's book, Junie B. Jones, The Musical in a live stage show on May 30 - June 1, 2019.
by Gil Kaan - Mar 9, 2021
THE OXY COMPLEX, IAMA Theatre Company’s fourth offering of their 2020-21 season of new solo work exploring identity, isolation, race and connection, premieres virtually March 21, 2021. Playwright/performer Anna LaMadrid teams up with director Michelle Bossy, as she performs as the fictional character Viviana she wrote.
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 4, 2021
Artisan Children's Theater proudly presents JUNIE B. JONES JR. at its 150 seat Second Stage facility. The theater is located at 444 East Pipeline Road in Hurst.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Mar 2, 2020
Another howling success for kids, tweens and families was delivered by the premiere telecast of the Disney Channel Original Movie 'ZOMBIES 2' (Friday, Feb. 14, 8:00 p.m.), which according to Nielsen's Live+7 data is the #1 cable telecast of 2020 to-date (excluding sports/news programming) with nearly 5 million Total Viewers 2+. It was watched by 1.9 million Kids 6-11 viewers (12.56 rating), 1.4 million Girls 6-11 (18.43 rating), 1.6 million Tweens 9-14 (9.98 rating), 1.1 million Girls 9-14 and 4.9 million Total Viewers - higher ratings than its Feb. 2018 predecessor, 'ZOMBIES.' The sequel posted cable television's highest ratings among all Kid and Girl demographics since Disney Channel's premiere of 'Descendants 3' in Aug. 2019. Replays of the movie are strong performers on Disney Channel linear, Video On Demand and DisneyNOW and it ranks in the Top 5 TV Chart on Apple iTunes.
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 13, 2020
Musical Theatre of Anthem has announced their 2020-2021 Lucky 13th Season, bringing to the stage some new performances sure to delight patrons of all ages.  MTA will produce 8 shows offering tremendous opportunities for performers of all ages, including casting all youth who audition in productions for performers ages 6-19, as well as opportunities for adult performers.  
by Student Blogger: Danielle Urban - Mar 11, 2021
I still to this day wrestle with myself, telling myself I have to be better than the next person, or at the very least, just don’t be last. I realize that the mindset only drags me down, when you compare yourself to other people you’ll never win, you’ll never see yourself in a place that’s alright, where it’s okay to not be good at everything and to just learn, to go along for the ride and learn.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 6, 2019
One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score, FOOTLOOSE is the ultimate 80's dance musical with a message!
by Stephi Wild - Jun 25, 2019
Live a day in the life of this ever lovable and outspoken first grader with the premiere of Junie B. Jones, The Musical, at Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences, 10 Marriott Drive in Lincolnshire. Running from July 12 to August 11, 2019, with press opening on Saturday, July 20 at 10 a.m., this special one-hour presentation explores the wonderful works of Barbara Park's beloved best-selling books. Created by the team who brought Dear Edwina to the stage-Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich-and developed into a genuinely comical (and not strictly-for-kids) musical by TheatreworksUSA, Junie B. Jones, The Musical is directed and choreographed by Johanna McKenzie Miller, with musical direction by Ellen Morris.
by Tori Hartshorn - Jun 21, 2019
A kid's place is exploring space! Kids and families coast-to-coast will be inspired to take “one giant leap” into the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing celebration this summer with Ready Jet Go! and a “universe” of space-themed fun! From a new hour-long special, “Ready Jet Go!: One Small Step,” airing throughout June and July on PBS KIDS (check local listings), to an IMAX screening at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, from out-of-this world events on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to Ready Jet Go! space camps in cities nationwide this summer, young fans will be set to put on their spacesuits for the historic milestone!
by Lynn Beaver - Jul 8, 2021
ANNIE JUMP AND THE LLIBRARY OF HEAVEN finished its run at The Vortex Saturday night to thunderous applause from the audience and fireworks in the distance. What a triumphant return for live theatre at the iconic Austin venue The Vortex!
by Stephi Wild - Jul 31, 2019
A brand-new work from the pen of award-winning writer-director JOANNA WEINBERG is set to premiere at Sydney Fringe this Septembera??and it marks the stunning solo debut of comedian and actor JODINE HOLLI WOLMAN.
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 25, 2019
Virginia Stage Company is pleased to announce its new Board of Trustees President, Ann B. Brogan, and the election of eight new board members. A member of the Virginia Stage Company Board for six years, Brogan is a partner at Crowley, Liberatore, Ryan & Brogan, PC and an influential member of the Hampton Roads Community.
by Julie Musbach - Jul 19, 2019
Millbrook Playhouse opens their Saturday Morning Theatre for Young Audience series with JUNIE B. JONES -The Musical. Created by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich - a delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park's best-selling books, brought to life in a genuinely comical (and not strictly-for-kids) musical.
by Kaitlin Milligan - Jul 18, 2019
One of Los Angeles' best-kept musical secrets, indie folk songwriter Jamie Drake will emerge onto the national scene with her stunning debut album, Everything's Fine out September 20, 2019 via AntiFragile Music (pre-order). Today Jamie Drake has shared 'Redwood Tree' the latest single from the forthcoming album with AudioFemme. The track premiered on the site along with an exclusive interview with Jamie Drake. AudioFemme raves, 'Jamie Drake presents a portrait of herself as singer-songwriter driven by both pop sensibilities and sweeping cinematic tendencies, both of which make 'Redwood Tree' a 'tentpole' on the album's tracklist. The feeling of floating through reality displays itself beautifully on the track, its delicate arrangement meandering through a forest so lush, so thick and untouched by human hands, you never want to leave. 'Redwood Tree' will be available on all streaming services this Friday and follows up her first two singles, 'Everything's Fine” and “Wonder,” which have received a combined five millions streams on Spotify. 
by Stage Tube - Jul 18, 2019
Live a day in the life of this ever lovable and outspoken first grader with the premiere of Junie B. Jones, The Musical, at Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences, 10 Marriott Drive in Lincolnshire. Running from July 12 to August 11, 2019, with press opening on Saturday, July 20 at 10 a.m., this special one-hour presentation explores the wonderful works of Barbara Park's beloved best-selling books. Created by the team who brought Dear Edwina to the stage-Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich-and developed into a genuinely comical (and not strictly-for-kids) musical by TheatreworksUSA, Junie B. Jones, The Musical is directed and choreographed by Johanna McKenzie Miller, with musical direction by Ellen Morris.
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 8, 2020
Casa Mañana continues its 2019-20 Children's Theatre season, presented by Happy State Bank and sponsored by Frank Kent Cadillac, with the World Premiere of Frank-N-Friend, January 31-February 16, 2020. Tickets are on sale now.
by Kaitlin Milligan - Jan 3, 2020
Walt Disney Records is set to release the soundtrack for the Disney Channel Original Movie 'ZOMBIES 2,' the sequel to the #1 cable TV telecast of 2018 with Kids and Girls 6-11 and Tweens and Girls 9-14. Featuring original songs performed by the cast, the soundtrack will be available on Friday, February 14, in conjunction with the movie's premiere on Disney Channel (8:00 p.m. EST/PST) and DisneyNOW. 
by Keith Waits - Jan 20, 2020
Actors Theatre of Louisville's current production of The Wolves has an embarrassment of riches, onstage and off. Sarah DeLappe's Pulitzer Prize nominated, soccer-centric play is an important script that features 10 girls and femmes who pass the Bechdel Test as easily as the ball. They probably only spent about five minutes of the hour and a half run time talking about boys, and even those five minutes were really more about girls, friendship, and betrayal. The Wolves also has a production staff that is 90% women. That offstage commitment to forwarding gender parity at the industry-wide level is even more rare than the onstage corollary, and includes director Pirronne Yousefzadeh, and movement director Rocia??o Mendez, both of whom are clearly functioning at the height of their game.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 13, 2020
Sneak a peek into the 'Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal' of the outspoken and lovable Junie B. Jones!
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 11, 2021
Artisan Children's Theater announces auditions for Junie B. Jones JR. Book and Lyrics by Marcy Heisler, music by Zina Goldrich. Adapted from the JUNIE B. JONES Series of books by Barbara Park
by Stephi Wild - Feb 28, 2020
Long Island's Argyle Theatre has announced its 2020-21 season! The season will include the world premiere of new Joe Iconis musical, Punk Rock Girl September 10 a?" October 25, 2020.
by Stephi Wild - Feb 27, 2020
The Studio Theatre presents Junie B Jones - The Musical, March 5 - 15, 2020.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 27, 2020
West Valley Arts will present Footloose, running March 12-28, 2020 at Harman Theatre. With a stellar, local cast, Footloose will have audiences dancing in their seats. 'We were blown away by the talent at auditions and couldn't be happier with the cast we have. They are working extremely hard and it will show on opening night,' stated director Jeanne McGuire.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 13, 2020
Local Performing Arts School THE CENTER STAGE STUDIO (CSS) of Aliso Viejo, Calif. won a National Title & coveted 'Sweepstakes Award' at 'The Musical Theatre Competition of America' held at Disneyland California this past weekend making THE CENTER STAGE STUDIO one of the top Musical Theater Programs in the country.
by Marianka Swain - Feb 10, 2020
We're just starting our second week of shows at the Fortune Theatre in the West End, after three weeks of rehearsal, and every bit of it has been an absolute joy so far. Last week the audiences were great - laughing and screaming in all the places we hoped they might.
by Student Blogger: Kyle Morales - Dec 15, 2020
All of this babble of Godspell reminded me of the 2011 Broadway revival, which played at the Circle in the Square Theatre from 2011-2012.
by Kaitlin Milligan - Dec 12, 2019
Disney Channel returns to ZOMBIETOWN and SEABROOK in 'ZOMBIES 2'—the sequel to the #1 cable TV telecast of 2018 with Kids and Girls 6-11 and Tweens and Girls 9-14. This MONSTROUS comedy featuring the original cast, some exciting newcomers, a host of new songs and brilliant choreography premieres FRIDAY, FEB. 14 (8:00 p.m. EST/PST), on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW, in a programming event designed as a howling culmination of kids' Valentine's Day 2020 celebrations.
by Gil Kaan - Aug 6, 2021
Hollywood Museum founder Donelle Dadigan headed a re-opening ceremony of her Hollywood Museum August 4, 2021; commemorating the donated additional props from Bill and Patrick Shea to the Back to the Future Part I, II, III exhibit. On behalf of the Museum and the Shea father and son, Donelle presented a $5,000 check to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which Michael accepted via video.
by Stage Tube - Aug 31, 2020
Ariel, Trevor, and Chandler Kinney drop mics with Aneesa 'Young Nees' Folds and Anthony 'Two Touch' Veneziale from Freestyle Love Supreme.
by Julie Musbach - Aug 28, 2019
Unattended Baggage and Art House Productions presents a darkly funny and entertaining evening featuring the songs of the award-winning cult classic A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant, an unforgettable celebration of Kyle Jarrow's (with material by Alex Timbers) brilliant reenvisioning of a traditional Christmas pageant featuring E-Meters, Xenu, and L. Ron Hubbard's Dianetics. Experience incredible songs such as a?oeHey! It's A Happy Day,a?? ''Science Of The Mind,a?? and a?oeRaina?? like never before!
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Aug 19, 2021
Based on the historical events of the Little Rock Nine, Polkadots tells the story of third-grader Lily Polkadot just as she has relocated to the “Squares Only” small town of Rockaway. A forbidden friendship between Lily and Sky Square forces the skeptical people of Rockaway to see they have more in common than they have different.
by Stage Tube - Aug 15, 2019
Drama League Award winner Alfred Molina ('Red') guest stars on this Friday's new episode of Disney Junior's hit animated series 'Vampirina.' He voices the role of Sir Ghoulgood, a friendly ghost who resides in the local theater. In the episode, he sings a song titled 'Center Stage' about how he doesn't mean to haunt the theater, but he just can't help but perform, even if humans are around.
by Stephi Wild - Aug 12, 2021
Bell’s been able to ignore the only white kid in the neighborhood – until Des shows up in her driveway wielding a toy sword. Through the banter and play of childhood they consider how they might be friends despite their differences.  The show features Bréon Canady and Joe Gaskill and is directed by K Edmonds.
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 11, 2020
Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) announces their upcoming production of Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. 
by Stephen Mosher - Apr 28, 2020
Stephen Mosher's Pandemic Playlist Number Twenty-Two is one for the ladies!
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 23, 2020
August 7th, 2020 kicks off Elm Street Cultural Arts Village's bold new season for 2020 and 2021 - A Season of Character. Associate Artistic Director Siobhan Brumbelow discusses how the productions reflect the season theme: a?oeCharacter is a reflection of who we are, both individually and demonstratively.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 2, 2021
La Jolla Playhouse has announced the cast and creative team for its 2021 Performance Outreach Program Tour production, Pick Me Last, by Idris Goodwin, directed by Jacole Kitchen, Playhouse Director of Arts Engagement and In-House Casting. This year’s POP Tour will be available in a virtual format.
by Student Blogger: Danielle Urban - Apr 19, 2021
For everyone who loves theatre, but feels like it might be a little late to join.
by Julie Musbach - Apr 19, 2019
May is Lower East Side History Month, and Queer|Art is the new kid on the LES block, having recently relocated their offices from Nolita to the East Village this past year. Heralding their arrival to the neighborhood, they've organized four days of programming throughout May to celebrate the queer past, present, and future of their beloved new East Village home.
by Stage Tube - Apr 11, 2019
BroadwayWorld has the exclusive sneak-peek of the duet that Patti LuPone and Brian Stokes Mitchell will perform in this Friday's new episode of 'Vampirina.'