Town Hall proudly presents Broadway Rising Stars, a national showcase that introduces New York audiences to the next generation of up-and-coming talent as chosen by a panel of discerning judges from among the most outstanding new graduates from schools such as the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, CAP21, Circle in the Square Theatre School, Marymount Manhattan College, The New School, NYU's Steinhardt Department of Music and Performing Arts, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and other acclaimed institutions. The 2018 Rising Stars is spearheaded by Scott Siegel, creator/writer/host of Town Hall's beloved Broadway by the Year series.
In the eleven years since Broadway Rising Stars first began, participants have scored top billing casting in Broadway shows as diverse as Wicked, Beautiful, Jekyll & Hyde, Hair, Les Miserables and Hamilton. Past Rising Stars have appeared on television in The Glee Project, Glee and A Christmas Carol. They have starred on the West End, been nominated for the prestigious Olivier award and played in countless national tours both in the U.S. and abroad.
NYU - Tisch:
Circle in the Square Theatre School:
Giliana "Gigi" Encarnacion
Christopher J. Essex
Kelsey Lee Smith