About Life on Broadway

An Oral History of the Broadway Shutdown Series (COVID) by David Gordon (TheaterMania)
(interesting stories from actors about how the shows closed in this unprecedented time)

Road to the Tonys: The Life of a Kid Actor at School of Rock by Gordon Cox (Variety) 

School of Rock Faces Graduation by Alexis Soloski (New York Times)

Inside Broadway’s Secret Laboratory: Hamilton, Frozen, and So Much More! (New York Times)

Broadway Babies: Nine Broadway Shows Feature Child Actors by Robin Pogrebin (New York Times)

Life After Tomorrow DVD by Julie Stevens
(a must see documentary about the children who performed in Annie and how it affected their adult lives)

The Whys and Hows of Broadway Transfers by Sarah Parker (Dance Magazine)
The majority of Broadway shows arrive after having transferred from a regional theater, off-Broadway, or a national tour. Here’s what it looks like when your show gets transferred.

A Day in the Life of a Child Swing on Broadway by Jackie Reid (Backstage)

Bedtime? No, Curtain Time by Lizette Alvarez (New York Times)

Casting Director Jen Rudin Offers Advice for StageStruck Kids and Their Parents by Jen Rudin (Broadway.com)

Canada: The Stratford Festival:  Balancing Life and Work as a Child Actor in Billy Elliot 2019 by Galen Simmons (Regina Leader Post)

Unions and Laws/Rules

Work Hours for New York (PDF)
NY Dept of Labor Summary of Part 186 — Child Performer Regulations 
NY Dept of Labor Child Performer Overview Page (links to work permits, etc)

Equity National Young Performers Overview (PDF) 
Equity Young Performers Home Page


On Location Education

Professional Children’s School NYC

On Stage They’re Stars, Off Stage,Students.  Here’s How they Ace Both by Ryan McPhee (Playbill)

Backstage with Jill Valentine: Graduation from School of Rock by Alexis Soloski (New York Times)

Meet the Child Wranglers Who Babysit Broadway’s Tiniest Stars by Jane Ridley (New York Post)

Behind the Scenes with Vanessa Brown, Child Actor Guardian by Addie Morfoot (Crain’s New York Business)

Life on Tour: Backstage with the Youngest Members of the King and I (LA Times) 

Canada: The Stratford Festival:  Balancing Life and Work as a Child Actor in Billy Elliot 2019 by Galen Simmons (Regina Leader Post)

Tour Survival Guide: 12 Steps for Life on the Road (OnStage Blog, Mara Jill Herman)

Point-Counterpoint: Should Children Perform on Broadway? (TheaterMania critics) 


23 Performers Who Got Their Start as a Broadway Kid by Logan Culwell-Block (Playbill)

National Youth Theatre Awards

Periodicals and Online Databases



Internet Broadway Database


Playbill List of Upcoming Shows in Development

New York Theatre Guide (London Guide as well)

Broadway for Broke People Ticket Database 

Best Broadway Shows for Kids 2022


Raising a Star by Nancy Carson (by a long time kids agent; slightly outdated, but good history)

Making it On Broadway by Wienir and Langel (great book with stories from lots of adult actors on Broadway)

Parenting in the Spotlight: How to Raise a Child Star Without Screwing Them Up by Denise Simon

Lights on Broadway: A Theatrical Tour from A to Z by Harriet Ziefert, Elliot Kreloff (Illustrator)


Production & Audition Resources

Guide to Theater Costumes and Historical Dress

Eyeliner Makeup Tips for Beginners

Discount Dance Supply (Shoes and Wardrobe)

Thousands of Plays to License — Dramatic Publishing *including virtual rights

Broadway Jr. Shows 

Plays for Kids by Beat by Beat Press