Since 1984, TADA! Youth Theater has been providing young people of all different backgrounds the
opportunity to explore and perform musical theater together in an educational, supportive and professional
environment. In 2009 with a Special Drama Desk Award for "providing an invaluable contribution to the future
of the theater.” TADA! is the only youth theater to have won this prestigious award.
TADA! has also received many other honors and awards including the American Alliance for Theater
Education’s Anne Flagg Multicultural Award, Family Circle Magazine’s 1st Annual Halo Award, and more
than a dozen National Youth Theatre Awards. Additionally, in 2008 TADA! was honored with a Coming Up
Taller Award, our nation’s highest honor for youth development from the President's Committee on the Arts &
Every year, TADA! produces: original musical theater productions performed by kids for family audiences;
a discounted ticket program; free pre-professional training and youth development opportunities through
the Resident Youth Ensemble composed of over 80 NYC kids ages 8-18; renowned Arts Education in-
school residencies and after-school programs; and theater classes and camps for kids of all ages taught by
professional teaching artists and for which need-based financial aid is available.
TADA!’s original productions employ professional directors, designers, technicians and musicians who
work with a multi-ethnic cast of NYC children (ages 8–18) who are members of the TADA! Resident Youth
Ensemble. TADA!’s productions lauded by critics around the country including Back Stage about Rockwell’s
music for TADA!’s production of Princess Phooey “varied tuneful songs with wittily subversive lyrics…are fun,
never patronizing,” said Harry Forbes (April 29, 2008) and Theateronline.com who said, “Fresh, updated…will
surely delight the entire family.” TADA!’s Alum include Kerry Washington, Josh Peck, Christina Vidal, Mizuo
Peck, Jordan Peele and Ricki Lake.
Schedule of Upcoming Productions