July 11, 2020
through July 19, 2020
Ages: 8-19
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Ripley Grier Studios
520 8th Ave – NYC
New York Live Arts
219 West 19th St
Fee: $1125
Audition Registration

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




Auditions for the 2020 Festival have concluded. Thank you to all the incredible young people who auditioned either at our live auditions or by video submission. The 2020 festival auditions brought out our largest number of students ever. We sincerely wish we could cast each student who auditioned. We hope that if you are not selected for the program this year you consider one of Broadway Workshop’s summer 2020 Intensives taking place in New York City or on tour.  If you have been cast in the CMTF program, you will receive more program and registration information.


Live Auditions took place in NYC January 4-11, 2020. On line video submission video auditions closed on February 1, 2020.
If you are interested in being considered for possible openings in this program please email us at 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