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BROADWAY'S
NEXT ON STAGE

Season 3
 
 
 
Hosted by:
Richard Ridge
 
 
With Judges:
Arielle Jacobs
Brittney Johnson
Michael James Scott
 
Lesli Margherita
Courtney Reed
Kate Rockwell
 
 
 

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The contestants listed below are the Top 10 High School and Top 10 College students, who qualified to continue in the competition. The Top 5 contestants in both categories will be determined by your votes and revealed in the broadcasts on May 27th and 28th (8pm ET).

What You Missed Last Week

 

 

 

Meet the Contestants

Matthew Beutjer

High School Top 3

From Huntsville, Alabama- Grissom High School 

Performances:

"Wondering" from The Bridges of Madison County
"Heaven's Light" from The Hunchback of Notre Dame
"She Cries" from Songs for a New World
"Being Alive" from Company
"Who I'd Be" from Shrek
 

Liesie Kelly

High School Top 3

From Spring, Texas- Texas Connections Academy at Houston

Performances:

"The Beauty Is" from The Light in the Piazza
"Cute Boys With Short Haircuts" from Vanities
"Vanilla Ice Cream" from She Loves Me
"Maybe This Time" from Cabaret
"No One Else" from Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

Tomi Newman

High School Top 3

From Springboro, Ohio- Springboro High School 

Performances:

"What Do I Need with Love?" from Thoroughly Modern Millie
"Dyin' Ain't So Bad" from Bonnie & Cylde
"Isn't It a Trial?" from Alice By Heart
"The Wizard and I" from Wicked
"You Oughta Know" from Jagged Little Pill

Jackson Perry

High School Top 3

From Greensboro, North Carolina- University of North Carolina School of the Arts High School

Performances:

"Enjoy the Trip" from Bring It On
"Hero and Leander" from Myths and Hymns
"Lonely House" from Street Scene
"Leo's Statement: It's Hard to Speak My Heart"
"Endless Night" from The Lion King

Nate Garner

College Top 3

From Minooka, Illinois - Webster University

Performances:
"It's Hard to Be the Bard" from Something Rotten!
"'Til I Hear You Sing" from Love Never Dies
"#householdname" from The View Upstairs
"Delivery" from Working
"The Waltz (Endless Night)" The View Upstairs

Mia Cherise Hall

College Top 3

From Rochester, New York- Syracuse University 

Performances: 

"For Forever" from Dear Evan Hansen
"Our Lady of the Underground" from Hadestown
"I Never Has Seen Snow" from House of Flowers
"Nothing Short of Wonderful" from Dogfight
"Fly, Fly Away" from Catch Me If You Can

Kodiak Thompson

College Top 3

From Hershey, Pennsylvania- Temple University

Performances:

"My Petersburg" from Anastasia
"Noel's Lament" from Ride the Cyclone
"Later" from A Little Night Music
"Never Getting Rid of Me" from Waitress
"Pretty Funny" from Dogfight

Meet the Judges

Arielle Jacobs most recently starred as Princess Jasmine in the smash-hit Broadway musical, Disney's "Aladdin," and is set to lead the new upcoming musical "Between The Lines." She is a California native whose journey from small farm town to The Great White Way is a tale of perseverance, moxie and true talent. Known for her "songbird-like ability," Ms. Jacobs made her Broadway debut starring opposite Lin-Manuel Miranda in the final Broadway cast of his four-time Tony and Grammy award-winning musical" In The Heights." Praised as "compelling" and "radiant" by Variety Magazine, and her voice as "powerful" by The New York Times, Ms. Jacobs continued her meteoric rise wowing audiences with starring roles in "Wicked" on Broadway, "Rent," Disney's "High School Musical," and "Into the Woods" where she performed opposite Emmy-nominated actor Tituss Burgess.

Brittney Johnson is an accomplished Broadway actress. Most recently she made Broadway History by becoming the first Woman of Color to play Glinda in Wicked on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include Les Miserables (Eponine), Motown the Musical (u/s Diana Ross), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Little Eva), Sunset Boulevard, and Kristin Chenoweth's : For The Girls. Brittney is also a sought after Audition and Vocal Performance Coach. She translates her experience in the industry into workshops, masterclasses, and speaking engagements to better prepare students and industry professionals for all the facets of life as a Performing Artist. As an Artistic Life Coach, Brittney advises and encourages artists of all walks of life, helping them discover and reach their highest potential in their personal and professional lives. It is Brittney's goal and desire to spread joy and encourage empathy through her artistry and outreach.

Lesli Margherita is an Olivier Award winner for her West End debut as Inez in ZORRO THE MUSICAL. Lesli made her Broadway debut originating the role of Mrs. Wormwood in MATILDA THE MUSICAL. After over 1000 performances, she bid farewell to the Broadway company of Matilda and crossed the street to The Helen Hayes to star as the diva Mona Kent in Broadway's DAMES AT SEA. Lesli later returned to MATILDA to close out its Broadway run. Off-Broadway, Lesli starred as Princess in EMOJILAND and Cindy Lou Who in the one woman tour-de-force WHO'S HOLIDAY.

Courtney Reed was last seen in Lauren Yee's award winning play Cambodian Rock Band at The Signature Theatre. She originated the role of 'Princess Jasmine' in Disney's smash Broadway hit Aladdin, directed by Casey Nicholaw. She also had the honor of being a part of the closing cast of the Tony Award Winning Musical In The Heights, in which she played 'Carla,' u/s 'Nina' and 'Vanessa.' She made her Broadway debut in Mamma Mia!Favorite Regional: 'Andrea' in Once on This Island at Papermill Playhouse directed by Thomas Kail. Television: Liza on Demand, Search Party, The Affair, Law & Order: SVU, White Collar,NYC 22, and CSI: NY. She will also be appearing in the upcoming Drake Doremus Film "Endings, Beginnings," starring Shailene Woodley.

Kate Rockwell recently starred as the original Karen Smith in Mean Girls: The Musical at the August Wilson Theater, which garnered her a Drama Desk Nomination. A natural brunette, her previous Broadway dumb blondes include originating the role of Skylar in Bring It On: The Musical, as well as roles in Rock of Ages, Hair, and Legally Blonde. She's also been seen recently as Nina Bennett on Fox's Almost Family, and on High Maintenance, Deadbeat, and Sex and the City: the Movie. Rockwell released her debut solo album, Back To My Roots, in 2018 on Broadway Records, and has performed her solo concert by the same name at Birdland Jazz Club, City Winery, and other venues in NYC. She is a WSET-certified wine lover and has the two cutest dogs on the planet.

Michael James Scott has played the Genie in Disney's Aladdin internationally including Broadway, London, the North American Tour and originating the role in the Australian Production for which he won the prestigious Helpmann Award for best Featured Actor in a Musical. He's also known for originating the role of the Minstrel on Broadway in Something Rotten and originating Dr. Gotswana (aka The Maggots Guy) in the Tony winning phenomenon The Book of Mormon. Other Broadway credits include Mamma Mia, Tarzan, All Shook Up, The Pirate Queen, Elf and Hair.

Meet the Season 2 Winners

Haiden Pederson (High School):

Tommy Kaiser (College):

 

 

Prizes

$1000 to a Charity of the Winner's Choice

Our winner's past charities have included the Alzheimer Association, The Trevor Project, The Actors Fund, National Indian Child Care Association, The Fund for College Auditions, and the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women.

Three-Month Scholarship to The International College of Musical Theatre

For three months, you can join ICMT students at their London campus at their studios in Hackney Wick. All training will be covered for the duration of the 3 months. Flights, accommodation, and board to be covered by the recipient. Monthly accommodation including kitchen facilities will cost approximately £650/month.

OR

Receive 3 months of online training with a West End Musical Theatre Voice,
Acting or Dance coach, then showcase your talent in front of an industry panel made up of a West End Director, Music Director and the Co-founder of the ICMT.

Merch Prizepack from the BroadwayWorld Theatre Shop

Pick out prizes from our Theatre Shop, with fun theater designs created by our team and Broadway stars like Courtney Reed! Our shop features a ton of shirts, mugs, pillows, and so much more sporting fun Broadway slogans and art!

A Virtual Vocal Lesson with Matt Farnsworth

Matt Farnsworth is an accomplished voice teacher, actor, and pianist living and working in NYC. He has been teaching voice since 1995 when he became the consulting coach on Broadway's production of RENT.

A Virtual Audience Skills Session with Telsey and Company's Rachel Hoffman

Rachel Hoffman is a casting director at Telsey + Co, and has cast many Broadway shows and national tours, including Come From Away, An American In Paris, Bring It On, Memphis, The Sound of Music, and more.

 

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