“I’m really excited to get to engage with Camp Broadway’s next generation of theatre artists, and hopefully inspire them as much as they are sure to inspire me…”

Adam Kantor has returned to Broadway this fall in the new musical THE BAND’S VISIT, by Itamar Moses and David Yazbek, and directed by David Cromer. Adam recently played the role of Motel Kamzoil in the Broadway revival of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, directed by Bartlett Sher. Adam made his Broadway debut playing Mark Cohen in the final cast of RENT which was preserved on DVD by Sony Pictures’ RENT Filmed Live on Broadway. He reunited with RENT director Michael Greif in NEXT TO NORMAL on Broadway, in which he played Henry. Adam played Jamie Wellerstein in the NYC revival of THE LAST FIVE YEARS, directed by its writer Jason Robert Brown, starring opposite Betsy Wolfe at Second Stage. Also off-Broadway, he played Princeton/Rod in AVENUE Q. At The Old Globe, he played Proteus in Shakespeare’s TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA directed by Mark Lamos, and Jeff in the world premiere of NOBODY LOVES YOU by Itamar Moses and Gaby Alter. Adam played Eddie in the world premiere production of DINER by Sheryl Crow and Barry Levinson, directed by Kathleen Marshall. On TV he was in Billions on Showtime in the role of Pununzio, and The Good Wife on CBS in the role of Ezra. Adam was a co-founder of the nonprofit arts organization Broadway In South Africa, which provided arts education to underprivileged youth in the townships of South Africa. He graduated from Northwestern University and also studied at the British-American Dramatic Academy. @AdamJKantor

Ages 18-25

Camp Broadway® is excited to present Before Broadway, a unique amateur talent showcase featuring an ensemble of 15 aspiring performers, ages 18-25, singing the songs by the Broadway composers who have inspired their dreams of having a career on Broadway. Cast through a national online search by a team of Broadway professionals, the members of the Before Broadway ensemble will make their New York stage debut performing solos, duets, scenes and stories that reflect their personal journey to Broadway. This 75-minute, one-night-only concert on Sunday, January 28 will also feature a Broadway veteran who will host the show. Join casting agents and talent managers, theatrical producers, family, friends and future fans to see emerging talent take their shot at 54 Below because it the room where the next Broadway star will be discovered.

About the showcase appearance at 54 Below:

Selected from a national audition of amateur performers from across the country, the cast will make their New York stage debut at the conclusion of a 3-day rehearsal featuring master classes in vocal performance, dancing and acting alongside a veteran Broadway performer at 54 Below under the direction Camp Broadway’s creative team including, Director / Choreographer Holly Raye (Broadway credits include Swing, Guys and Dolls Other New York City credits include Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, The Tony Awards).

The program includes:

  • Three days of rehearsal (Friday, January 26, Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28 approximately 8:30 am – 5:00 pm)
  • Group and individual rehearsals and coaching sessions with Broadway professionals (to be announced)
  • 54 Below rehearsal with 3-piece band and special Broadway host, Adam Kantor
  • Lunch on rehearsal days
  • Cast dinner at 54 Below
  • Program mementos (including t-shirts and photo montage)
  • Distribution of resume to guest talent agents
  • Sunday evening public performance at 54 Below (7:00 pm)

Eligibility & Audition Requirements:

  • Applicants must be 18 to 25 years of age by January 27.
  • Auditionees must be in enrolled in, or completed a musical theatre training program
  • The deadline for video audition submissions is January 1, 2017. No applications will be considered after this date.
  • Cast Members must be able to attend rehearsals on Friday, January 26,  Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28 in New York City
  • A non-refundable participation fee of $1,695 is required. (Travel to/from New York City and accommodations are not included in the package).

About Camp Broadway
CAMP BROADWAY® LLC is the commercial theater industry leader in audience engagement and a trusted source for parents and teachers seeking quality year-round enrichment programs, experiential events and educational workshops. Founded in 1995 as Broadway’s “original” summer camp, Camp Broadway has been devoted to making theatre arts an accessible and relevant vehicle for creative children to build confidence, hone presentation skills and discover their unique talents at every stage of their lives. The company’s portfolio of age-appropriate programs includes Shining Stars (age 6-9), Camp Broadway (age 10-13, 14-17) and Next Step (14-18).



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Frequently Asked Questions

I’m not an alumnus of Camp Broadway – is that OK?

Yes. There is no requirement to have attended the company’s program as a child or teenager.

Do I have to audition for this event?

Yes. Before Broadway is designed for up-and-coming performers to participate in a weekend of intensive training.

When is the deadline to submit my online audition for this event?

The deadline to submit online video auditions is December 1, 2017.

What are the prerequisites to participate in this event?

Auditionees should have successfully completed high school and are currently enrolled or have completed a formal musical theatre training program with the intention and goal to have a career as a professional performer.  This event is not intended for those with a casual interest in performing or as secondary to another career path.

Is daily, full attendance mandatory?

Yes. As this is a professional rehearsal process and showcase performance, there are no excused absences.

What is the capacity of Before Broadway?

Before Broadway is limited 15 ensemble members.

What is the rehearsal and performance schedule?

Rehearsals will be scheduled approximately 9:00 am – 5:00 pm January 26 – 28, 2018.  The showcase performance at 54 Below will have a curtain time of 7:30 pm.

If cast, when will I receive a detailed schedule?

Details of the schedule for Saturday and Sunday will be provided via email no later two weeks prior to the start of the program.

How will I stay updated on rehearsal and other details of the event?

Before Broadway has a private, dedicated page on our website featuring program details and other important information. A link to this page titled ‘The Callboard’ functions to update you on details specific to the event and will be provided to you in your confirmation email. Details about travel deals and program locations etc., can be found here.

What are the Before Broadway Staff Qualifications?

All staff members go through a rigorous interview and training process. Directors, Choreographers and Musical Directors must have Broadway and/or National Tour credits. Featured Players must have professional credits Our administrative staff, including on-site Line Producers, all have credentials in professional theatre as well.

What is your cancellation policy?

Due to the nature of this program, the fee is non-refundable if the ensemble member withdraws. If a session is cancelled by Camp Broadway, the full fee will be refunded.

Where do rehearsals for Before Broadway take place?

Please note the Camp Broadway administrative offices are not housed in any of these locations. Rehearsals will take place at:

  • Pearl Studios located on the 12th floor of 500 8th Avenue

Do you provide housing?

No. Neither travel nor accommodations are included in the fee for this event. However, we do have partnerships with area hotels. Check your program’s Callboard for any special offers that may be available during your program.

Do I need to bring lunch?

No. Lunch, healthy snacks and plenty of water will be provided. Any medical or dietary needs will be accommodated. You will have an opportunity to indicate this on the registration form.

What should I wear at rehearsals

Comfortable non-constricting clothes should be worn for rehearsal. Jeans are not permitted. No street clothing or bare legs, please. Clothing should be comfortable and easy to move in, but not too loose-fitting.

Do I need dance shoes?

Footwear you typically wear for theater rehearsals is appropriate. No flip-flops, sandals or platform shoes are permitted. We suggest that ensemble members wear the same shoes to rehearsal that they will wear during the performance (requirements will be available on the Callboard.

What should I wear for the showcase performance?

Ensemble members will be asked to bring simple costume pieces to wear in the showcase. These are items you will likely already own such as knee-length black dress for the ladies and black dress pants and button-down shirt for the gentlemen. This information will also be available on the Callboard with example photos and suggested items to purchase should you not own appropriate attire.

How do I purchase tickets to the showcase at 54 Below?

Camp Broadway does not directly manage ticketing for this event, family and friends wishing to purchase tickets may do so directly through the box office at 54 Below.

I have a specific question. Who can I talk to?

If, at any time, you have any questions about your registration or participation in our program, please contact Kerry Dineen, Community Engagement Manager at 212.575.3103 or kerry@campbroadway.com.

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