Join us October 20th from 6-9pm at the Xavier University Ballroom for the Sweet Sounds of Music. The event will feature music by The Hot 8, The Iguanas, Leah Chase, Robin Barnes, Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra. There will also be a silent auction & raffle with great prizes. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Uptown Music Theatre. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 504-563-7591.
On January 13–15, 2012, Uptown Music Theatre’s Broadway Babies—23 talented New Orleans youths competed in the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, GA along with over 2700 other students from around the nation. The event celebrated musical theater in its entire splendor, featuring professional actors, writers and producers specializing in theater.
The first day was a full one for the kids, with a 10-hour chartered bus ride from NOLA followed by a 2-½ hour rehearsal. They arose bright and early the next day to join their ABC division (7 groups representing 6 different states and ranging in age from 7–15). UMT respectfully cheered the 1st act at 8:45am, reigning champions—and geographic next-door-neighbors from Metairie, LA—Jefferson Performing Arts Society. Known for their excellent and professional productions, JPAS did not disappoint; their version of “Once On This Island” displayed championship form throughout. Another standout group, the all-Asian PS 124, Yung Wing Elementary from New York City, directed by Mr. Chester Lee, gave a strong showing that featured excellent choreography and props. These performances set a tone that the “Broadway Babies” had 4 hours to contemplate.
Last up in the division, UMT took the stage at 1pm with a firm resolve and purpose. Energized and engaged, our Broadway Babies gave their most brilliant performance to date. The judges commented on the kids’ precision, focus and sheer joy that left the audience both riveted and thoroughly entertained. After a holler of “Crescent City,” the kids danced out of the room chanting, “Who Dat!” (Although their beloved Saints would fall to the 49ers a few hours later.)
In an unexpected upset, our Broadway Babies won their division and proudly hoisted the big trophy for Outstanding Production. Out of 60 competing groups, UMT was 1 of only 7 featured on the big stage the following day, in front of 3,000 folks. In addition to the group recognition, several UMT kids were selected for individual honors. View competition video footage here:
UMT extends a special thanks to everyone who supported the kids’ trip.
Educator and Uptown Music Theatre founder Delfeayo Marsalis with some of the Broadway
Babies–who are raising money for a trip to Atlanta in January to compete in the 2012 Junior Theater Festival. UMT is one of 60 groups from 18 different states have been selected for adjudication. To make a contribution on behalf of the Broadway Babies, please make your donation on the right side of this page. Your contribution is tax-deductible and will help the Broadway Babies make it to the big stage!