2020 Children’s Musical Theater Festival – Auditions

We are thrilled to announce information for the 10th Annual Children’s Musical Theater Festival in NYC!

The Children’s Musical Theater Festival is 9-day performance based theater program. The 2020 Festival will take place Saturday July 11- Sunday July 19, 2020! The Festival is by audition only. Students cast in the Festival will have the opportunity to originate roles in new musical works by up-and-coming theater writers or new cut-down versions of established musicals. The CMTF program is open to students ages 8-19.

Students are split into two groups based on age and each group is cast in ONE of the two festival shows.. Each show will have 2 performances in an Off –Broadway state of the art theatre in New York City. For our 2020 season, we will be returning to NEW YORK LIVE ARTS for all performances!

For Summer 2020 we are thrilled to continue our relationship with Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), Beat By Beat Press and Broadway Licensing, We will be work-shopping new titles for their catalogues! Past productions that had their start in the Children’s Musical Theater Festival include the school versions of The Addams  Family, Wind in the Willows, SPAMalot, Curtains, We Will Rock You, Flight of the Lawnchair Man, Vote! The Musical, Like You Like It, Beat Bugs, Cyrano and many others!

More info can be found at the dedicated festival website – www.CMTFNYC.com



Live Auditions will take place in NYC at Ripley Grier Studios – 520 8th Ave – 16th Floor. These auditions are part of the Broadway Workshop combined season auditions (2020 Main Stage Season and CMTF).

Saturday January 4 – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday January 5  –10:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Friday January 10– 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday January 11 – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Please prepare 16-32 bars of a standard musical theatre song. Please have sheet music in the correct key (accompanist provided). Please bring a headshot (Snapshots are fine) and resume. Students auditioning for the CMTF program can also audition for Broadway Workshop’s Main Stage Season (Chicago & We Will Rock you) do not need to sign up for an additional audition. There are no callbacks for the CMTF program.

Audition Online
If you are not available to attend a live audition, you may send in your audition via YouTube or Vimeo link. Follow the instructions below. Videos submissions will be excepted though Feb 1, 2020.

  • Tell us your name, age and what song you are performing.
  • Perform a short musical theatre song (no more than 2 minutes) that shows off your personality and vocal ability.
  • You may sing a-cappella, with a musical track or with live piano accompaniment. Please do not accompany yourself.
  • Upload video to YouTube (You can set it to Unlisted so only we can see it) or Vimeo.
  • Fill out the On-Line audition application – HERE
  • Online auditions will be accepted through February 1, 2020.
  • All students will be notified by February 5, 2020
  • If you have questions about this process or need more info contact info@broadwayworkshop.com


Full Program Dates: Saturday July 11, 2020 – Sunday July 19, 2020
Program Location: Ripley Grier Studios 305 West 38th Street (Between 8th & 9th Ave) & Theater Location – New York Live Arts – 219 West 19th Street.

Saturday, July 11 – Ripley Grier Studios
10:30 a.m – 1:45 p.m. Placement Audition for Show One (Ages 8-13)
2:00 p.m – 5:45 p.m. Placement Audition for Show Two (Ages 13-19)

Sunday July 12 – Ripley Grier Studios
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. First Rehearsal Day

Monday July 13 – Friday, July 17 – New York Live Arts
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for Show One (8-13 year-olds)
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. for Show Two (13-19 year-olds)

Performance Schedule

  • July 18, 2020 – 11 a.m. dress rehearsal, 3 p.m. performance
  • July 19, 2020 – 11 a.m. call, 1 p.m. performance (Possible change to 12 Noon performance)


  • July 18, 2020 – 4 p.m. dress rehearsal, 8 p.m. performance
  • July 19, 2020 – 4 p.m. call, 6 p.m. performance (Possible change to 5PM performance)

This is a tuition-based program. The fee is $1,175 /performer and includes not only the opportunity to perform in the New York City premier of a new musical, but also a week full of creating and rehearing new musical material. There are a few need-based scholarships available for families that qualify though PROJECT BROADWAY. Click here to complete a scholarship application. Please complete the online scholarship application prior to your audition or Video submission.

For more information of the festival and the audition process visit our CMTF site www.CMTFNYC.com

We are thrilled to share with you our 2020 Hotel Partner – Hilton Garden Inn, located in the heart of the theatre district. A special rate has been created for our CMTF cast and their families. This rate is ONLY available if you are booking on-line. Please note this hotel is located in the Times Square area and near Ripley Grier Studios (Where the first part of this program takes place) and not near the theater venue New York Live Arts, where most rehearsals and all performances take place. New York Live Arts is located on West 19th Street (3 stop subway ride from Times Square).

Hilton Garden Inn Times Square – CLICK HERE
790 Eighth Avenue, New York, New York, 10019, USA +1-212-581-7000
Travel Partner: 42nd Street Tours & Travel

Past CMTF Productions

Children’s Musical Theater Festival Past Pilot Productions

2019 – Cyrano De Burger Shack & Wind in the Willows 2.0
2018 – Wind in the Willows & Beat Bugs
2017 – We Will Rock You & Giants in the Sky 
2016 – The Addams Family & Changing Minds
2015 – SPAMalot & Space Pirates 
2014 – Curtains & The Most Epic Birthday Party Ever 
2013 – Flight of the Lawnchair Man & We are Monsters 
2012 – Vote & The Grunch 
2011 – Like You Like It & Musicville