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Next Stop: The Big Apple

June and July 2025, our next casts will take to the cabaret stage in New York City for an immersive experience in the heart of Broadway.


Participants will work with a professional theatrical staff as well as a cast of talented artists from across the country to rehearse and perform the show at a premier cabaret venue in the heart of New York City.


When not lighting up the stage themselves, the cast will experience the bright lights and big city that only the Big Apple has to offer!

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Guest Artists


Derek Klena

Mikayla Renfrow

Drew Gasparini

Chris McCarrell

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Derek starred on Broadway in critically acclaimed musical Jagged Little Pill, for which he received a Tony Award Nomination for “Best Featured Actor in a Musical”. He recently concluded his run as “Christian” in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Moulin Rouge. His performance earned him a Audience Choice Award for “Favorite Replacement.” Earlier this year, Derek also starred as “Joe Gillis” opposite Stephanie J. Block in the Kennedy Center’s limited run of  Sunset Boulevard. 

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Currently performing in Broadway's Aladdin,  Mikayla can currently be seen on Broadway understudying the role of Princess Jasmine and is also known for her performance as Nessarose in Broadway's Wicked.  Other favorite roles include Cinderella in R&H Cinderella (Paramount Theatre), Alice in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers  (The Muny), and Delee in Smokey Joe’s Cafe (The Fulton Theatre). Mikayla holds a Bachelor's in Music Theatre from the College-Conservatory of Music from University of Cincinnati.

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Some of Drew's musicals include the Broadway-bound adaptation of The Karate Kid, also Its Kind of a Funny Story for Universal and The Whipping Boy to name just a few. In 2020 Drew wrote his semi-autobiographical song-cycle We Aren’t Kids Anymore which is currently in development for a production in the UK with the Royal Theater. The popularity of Drew’s theater concept album I Could Use a Drink has led to sold out concerts all over the globe, including a production at the Garrick Theater in London’s the West End.  Beyond theatre, Drew was a songwriter for season two of the cult-classic musical TV show, SMASH on NBC. 

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Best known for originating the role of Percy Jackson in the Lightning Thief: the Percy Jackson Musical, Chris is also well known from his Broadway performance in the 2014 revival of Les Misérables as Marius. Television credits include Peter Pan Live (NBC), The OA (Netflix) and The Blacklist (CBS). Besides working on developmental new theatre in New York City, Chris has travelled to perform regionally at Kansas City Rep, Bucks County Playhouse, Great Lakes Theater, La Mirada, and The REV. Chris holds a Bachelor's of Music in Music Theatre from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music.

All listed guest artists are scheduled for 2024; however, as with any artist-driven program, all schedules are subject to change.


Participation fee includes a variety of immersive experiences listed below depending on selected package.

Silver, Gold, & Platinum Packages

$2500, $2850 & $3200

(excludes hotel accommodations, airfare and/or transportation costs to/within NYC, food & drink.) On Stage Collective will be providing a discounted rate for our preferred hotel, conveniently located near our rehearsal and performance venues.

Regardless of package selected, all Cast Members will be expected to arrive before the first rehearsal. The event week will conclude with performances at a premiere cabaret venue on Saturday.


  • Gain greater confidence through real-world performing experience;

  • Have fun interacting with other like-minded passionate performers;

  • Rehearse like the Broadway professionals do in a real-world studio environment;

  • Perform with talented artists from across the country in a high caliber, professional-quality show at a premiere cabaret theatre The Green Room 42 in New York;

  • Receive professionally recorded video footage of your performance;

  • Perform in a private zoom Mock Audition, receive immediate, personalized feedback, and participate in a Q&A session with a panel of industry professionals;

  • Participate in interactive master classes with Broadway Guest Artists;

  • Gain on the job training and receive feedback from Industry Professionals; 

  • Enjoy quintessential New York experiences with fellow cast members; 

  • Learn musical theater-style combinations in a dance class, led by Broadway performer;

  • Attend award-winning Broadway musicals like The Outsiders, Wicked, & Juliet, Back to the Future, and Water for Elephants!

Sample Schedule


Day One: Arrive in NYC

5 - 8:30pm Rehearsals at Pearl Studios

Day Two

9am - 6pm Rehearsals at Pearl Studios

  • TBA: Gold & Platinum Cast Members attend Master Classes with Guest Artists like Natalie Weiss, Elizabeth Teeter, Kara Lindsay, and Kevin Massey

  • TBA: Platinum Cast Members attend Dance Class with NYC Choreographer


7:30/8pm Platinum Participants attend Moulin Rouge & Wicked

Day Three

9am - 6pm Rehearsals at Pearl Studios

  • TBA: Gold & Platinum Cast Members attend Master Classes with Guest Artists like Natalie Weiss, Elizabeth Teeter, Kara Lindsay, and Kevin Massey

Day Four

9am-6pm Rehearsals at Pearl Studios and Run-through with Band at Michiko Studios

4:30pm Gold & Platinum Cast Members Immerse in Musical Theatre at the Museum of Broadway

8pm Platinum Participants attend MJ the Musical (optional show)

Day Five

11am Sound Check at 54 Below

1pm Doors Open to Audience

2-4pm: FOREVER Cabaret Performance at 54 Below

Current 2024 NYC Cast


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