Over three weeks this year, over 3,000 people packed into off-Broadway theatres to witness an abundance of honesty, hope and resilience presented by the teenagers in our three programs.
These three original musicals were created by 139 NYC teenagers and played to sold out houses of families, friends, and community members. Every show was unique in its depiction of the challenges young people face and their ideas for change. Each show was received with a standing ovation as audiences were on their feet in support of our teenagers call for a better world. We are so proud of the hope our youth are creating and their vision for change. Check out show information and reviews below…
“Uproute” followed Jess and Elijah as they navigated their way through a city that is constantly changing. Throughout the show, those changes took on new meaning. Where do young people go when every inch of this city seems to be claimed and reclaimed? Can they survive these changing times? Can the city?
• “I wasn’t expecting this show. It was beautiful and hard to watch. The stories are incredible.”
• “Amazing, touching, real from the perspective of what our children are facing daily.”
• “The performance was wonderful. The emotions and actions of these performers was felt from my seat. This performance has made me think more about my life.”
View photos from “Uproute” performances.
View photos from “Uproute” rehearsals.
“Versus” followed two aspiring rappers with dreams for the future. Saphire and Gio are best friends trying to make it out of their neighborhood. Using their fans’ lives as inspiration for their latest material, they examined the struggles – poverty, neglect, discrimination, loss – that youth in New York City face every day. Would these two friends have it all without leaving one another behind? And if so, what does that mean for everyone else in their neighborhood?
• “I was great to see teenagers creatively show everyone what it is like dealing with the issues they face.”
• “Impressive is the only word that applies to the cast, and crew. It’s amazing seeing how talented and hardworking these teenagers are.”
• “The struggle is real but one person can change anything.”
View photos from “Versus” performances.
View photos from “Versus” rehearsals.
“Take it from the Top” In New York City it is easy to feel invisible. For Sebastian and his sister Lola this was especially true. As they each pursued different paths to leave their mark on the world, they were confronted with violence, loss, betrayal, and the ever-deepening question of their own self-worth. Would they find a way to truly be seen or end up alone and forgotten?
• “It was such an overwhelming/ powerful performance! So much passion, it was truly amazing.”
• “Fantastic job amazing energy, powerful stories, and I also liked the fact that different people interpreted other cast members stories.”
• “I am so impressed by the work this program is creating.”
View photos from “Take it from the Top” performances.
View photos from “Take it from the Top” rehearsals.