Cast List

Broadway Bound Children's Theatre is pleased to present our Winter 2018 production of Newsies! Jimmy Nixon, founder and executive director, directs three casts of tweens and teens in this entertaining musical. They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines... Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing musical from Disney is coming to Rainier Arts this January , 2019. A two-time Tony Award®-winning show, Newsies has audiences and critics alike calling it “a musical worth singing about!” (The New York Times). Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song
and dance you don’t want to miss.

Performance Schedule:

Cast 1:

February 1st @ 7:00 PM, February 2nd @ 2:00 PM,
February 9th @ 7:00 PM, February 10th @ 3:00 PM

Cast 2:

February 2nd @ 7:00 PM, February 3rd @ 3:00 PM,
February 15th @ 7:00 PM, February 16th @ 2:00 PM

Cast 3:

February 8th @ 7:00 PM, February 9th @ 2:00 PM,
February 16th @ 7:00 PM, February 17th @ 3:00 PM

Tickets Available Now!

Meet our Team:


Jimmy Nixon - Director & Executive Director

Jimmy Nixon  founded Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre after moving from Hollywood to Seattle in 1996. In the past 21 years, he has lead the growth of a company that began as an after school program serving a handful of students, into a successful non-profit organization that serves more than 1,500 young artists each year. Under Jimmy’s leadership, Broadway Bound has become a premiere youth theatre company in Seattle. Young artist from the program have gone on to appear on virtually all of Seattle’s professional stages, as well as national tours, television and film. Broadway Bound has mounted productions at several venues throughout the city of Seattle, including The Moore, The Paramount, and ACT. As the Executive Artistic Director of Broadway Bound, Jimmy has guided more than 100 musical productions, directing many of them himself. His 2006 production of Annie featured seven casts of young actors who performed in two theatres simultaneously; and his 2007 production of High School Musical sold more than 20,000 tickets at The Moore Theatre. Additionally, Broadway Bound has been recognized for the past seven years by the City of Seattle as a Civic Partner. In 2007, Jimmy led the effort to bring Broadway Bound’s program to South Seattle youth. His production of Dreamgirls opened a dormant Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center with sold out houses and front page coverage by the Seattle Times. His achievement and vision resulted in a partnership with the Seattle Public School District and additional productions at Rainer Beach High School, including Fame, Little Shop of Horrors, Cats, and the Seattle premiere of the new musical God Lives In Glass. Aside from Broadway Bound, Jimmy’s greatest passions in life have been his children, Ryah, Xan, Tayla, Ian, and the love of his life, Elizabeth.


Melina Karu - Resident Musical Director

Melina Karu is a classically-trained soprano and pianist originally from Yakima, WA. She began her vocal studies under the tutelage of Roger Stansbury and Debra Hardy. Melina first attended Yakima Valley Community College, where she was a two-time KCACTF Irene Ryan Award nominee. Once Hurricane Katrina ended her short stint as a Classical Vocal Performance major at The University of New Orleans, Melina was recruited into the University of Idaho’s new Musical Theatre pilot program. After finishing school and gaining much recognition and praise for her appearances in leading roles in productions at both local and regional levels (including Little Women, Godspell, The Grapes of Wrath with Will & Co. Shakespeare, The Secret Garden, Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding, and playing Cosette in Les Misérables, opposite Lupe Rios as Marius), Melina went on to direct the music for shows at high schools in her hometown (Jekyll & Hyde, Aida, etc.), where she was also named “Yakima’s Best Singer” in 2006. Melina then took time to pursue songwriting and choral arranging before relocating to Seattle in 2008. She is proficient in nearly every style of popular vocal music, and well-versed in niche genres such as yodeling and Celtic music. Melina is also a current member and resident soloist with the Seattle Ensign Symphony & Chorus. This is her eighth season as Musical Director at Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre.


Ioana Blanaru - Assistant Director & Stage Manager

Ioana Blanaru began her career as a child actor at an opera house in her hometown of Galati, Romania.She has performed in productions of Madam Butterfly, Tosca, and La Boheme, shows with which she has toured throughout Italy in 1996. Between the years of 1997 and 2009 she studied piano and classical guitar at Dimitire Cuclin School of Arts, in Romania. After she moved to the United States, she graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in drama design. Here, she worked as an assistant stage manager and sound design assistant for the University of Washington`s productions of Pentacost, The Real Inspector Hound and 5th Of July. Legally Blonde is Ioana's fifth show with Broadway Bound as a stage manager, previous shows were Annie, High School Musical, Guys and Dolls and Beauty and the Beast. She has also co-directed Willy Wonka with Seattle’s Littlest Performers.

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