Broadway Upstate was founded in the spring of 2012. The vision was to create a theatre company for children in the Adirondack area that provided a learning environment as well as a performing experience putting on professional level musical theatre productions.
The company’s inaugural production was Jonathan Larson’s Rent which played at the Hudson River Music Hall’s brand new Black Box Theater in July of 2012. The musical was a huge success, playing to sold out crowds at every single performance. Broadway Upstate‘s first youth production, Charlotte’s Web – The Musical, which was staged by the late Fran Williams, also did exceedingly well, filling the recently closed Sanford Street School’s gymnasium.
The following year, Broadway Upstate began co-producing a string of family friendly musicals with the Charles R. Wood Theater. Many of those productions have broken records by selling out entire runs.