Denzel Washington Hosts ‘Broadway Junior’ Event in New York

Denzel Washington Hosts Broadway Junior in NY
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Denzel Washington spent Monday morning at the Broadhurst Theatre with high school kids who participated in the Shubert Organization and Musical Theatre International’s “Broadway Junior” program.

The students who are from Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan, New York, performed songs from their school’s production of a student version of Broadway musicals, including Annie JR., Once On This Island JR., Hairspray JR., Dear Edwina JR., Fame JR., Seussical JR., Guys and Dolls JR., and Fiddler On The Roof JR. The schools that participated are listed below.

The Shubert Foundation/MTI Broadway Junior Program is a groundbreaking musical theater mentorship program that builds self-sustaining theater programs in public schools that have limited arts programming. The program is sponsored by The Shubert Foundation, Music Theatre International (MTI) and the New York City Department of Education. This student celebration is produced by New York City’s educational musical theater consulting firm iTheatrics. Use of The Broadhurst Theatre has been provided by The Shubert Organization.

Broadway Junior provides performance opportunities to children in New York City public schools who don’t otherwise have access to arts education.

Participating New York City Public Schools

Schools in the First Year of Program

  • Spring Creek Community School in Brooklyn, NY - Seussical JR.
  • PS23Q in Queens, NY - School House Rock Live! JR.
  • East New York Middle School of Excellence in Brooklyn, NY - Fame JR.
  • Lyons Community School in Brooklyn, NY - Once On This Island JR.
  • Global Technology Preparatory in Manhattan, NY - Seussical JR.
  • New Heights Middle School in Brooklyn, NY - Fame JR.
  • Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change in Manhattan, NY - Once On This Island JR.
  • IS 109, Jean Nuzzi Middle School in Queens, NY - Guys and Dolls JR.
  • PS 83, Donald Hertz in Bronx, NY - Guys and Dolls JR.

Schools in the Second Year of Program

  • MS 145X, The Academy for Creative Education & the Arts in Bronx, NY - Disney’s Aladdin JR.
  • Collaborative Arts Middle School in Queens, NY - Hairspray JR.
  • MS 447 in Brooklyn, NY - Hairspray JR.
  • Village Academy in Queens, NY - Fame JR.
  • PEACE Academy in Brooklyn, NY - Annie JR.
  • MS 22 in Bronx, NY - School House Rock Live! JR.
  • IS 364, Gateway Intermediate School in Brooklyn, NY - Dear Edwina JR.

Schools in the Third Year of Program

  • Dr. Gladstone H. Atwell, MS 61 in Brooklyn, NY - Fiddler on the Roof JR.
  • Soundview Academy for Culture and Scholarship in Bronx, NY - Fame JR.
  • MS 584 in Brooklyn, NY - Hairspray JR.

Second annual Shubert Foundation MTI Musical Theater Ensemble

  • Edward Bleeker JHS 185 in Queens, NY
  • MS 057 Ron Brown Academy in Brooklyn, NY
  • MS 072 Catherine and Count Basie in Jamaica, Queens, NY
  • Carroll Gardens School for Innovation in Brooklyn, NY
  • PS/MS 004 Crotona Park West in Bronx, NY
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