Great Summer Reads for Theatre Kids – Ages 13-17

Does your teen know every word to the Hamilton soundtrack? And all the original choreography to Mean Girls? Or do they just dream of seeing a Broadway show one day?

You might have a theatre nerd on your hands – time to celebrate! These reads will give them more Broadway trivia to amaze you with.

  1. Seth’s Broadway Diary – Volume 1 by Seth Rudetsky

Seth Rudetsky has worked as the Music Sirector and/or pianist for some of Broadway’s biggest stars. He spent years as a pianist on Broadway playing for shows like Les Misérables, The Producers, and Ragtime. He currently divides his time between being the afternoon deejay and show host of “Seth Speaks” on the SiriusXM Broadway channel, and touring North America doing his show, Deconstructing Broadway. This book is compilation of Seth’s hilarious, Broadway-centric “Onstage and Backstage” columns for, chronicling his extraordinary life on and around The Great White Way.

Seth’s Broadway Diary is full of his personal Broadway experiences, such as going to the final performance and party for Rent, watching in terror as Jeff Bowen was dragged off the stage during [title of show], and the night he saw Spring Awakening and helped Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele break(-ish) the law. Plus, it provides the inside scoop on what it’s like performing with tons of fantastic stars like Rosie Perez, Andrea McArdle, Betty Buckley, Bernadette Peters, and more.

2. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

by Gregory McGuire

The basis for the smash hit Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Gregory Maguire’s breathtaking New York Times bestseller Wicked views the land of Oz, its inhabitants, its Wizard, and the Emerald City, through a darker and greener (not rosier) lens. Brilliantly inventive, Wicked offers us a radical new evaluation of one of the most feared and hated characters in all of literature: the much maligned Wicked Witch of the West, who, as Maguire tells us, wasn’t nearly as wicked as we imagined.

3. Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story

by DK with Foreward by Elaine Paige

This book showcases the complete history of the musical on stage and screen, from its origins in ancient Greece to early 20th century dance halls and vaudeville to the golden age of cinema productions to the record-breaking Broadway musicals of today. Packed with historical insights, memorabilia, behind-the-scenes gossip, and artifacts, Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story takes you on the ultimate behind-the-scenes tour of best-loved musicals, such as Chicago, Les Misérables, The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music, and many more.

FST is now offering in-person Summer Theatre Camp for students ages 7-17 on its downtown campus. A new session begins July 20. For more information or to enroll, click here