Back to Before: Former Broadway Kids Return to the Stage

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Now and Then

Have you ever wondered, “what happens to the kids that I see in Broadway shows?”

Do they stay in the business, grow up to be super stars, do they keep performing?

Well, now you can find out, because there is a producer who asked that same question, mainly because she was one of those Broadway kids.

Dara Paige Bloomfield starred in Ragtime as a kid. Now all grown up, still performing with a spectacular voice, Dara has assembled (former) kids from musicals like: Les Miserables, Billy Elliot, The Full Monty, Matilda, Gypsy and many more. Dara books the performers in a show that she produces several times a year, filled with performance and story-telling.

I just saw an incarnation last week, presented by Feinstein’s/54 Below, which sports the elegance of old New York glamour, but, happily, at reasonable prices, with darn good food to boot! On Thursday evening, I had the great pleasure to enjoy “Back to Before: Former Broadway Kids Return to the Stage.” Each performer had a cool video introduction by some of the stars they worked with, including Broadway luminaries like Laura Benanti and Heidi Blickenstaff.

A great concept for a series, I was happy to learn that Dara has another similar night planned.

This time, she will combine the former Broadway kids with current kids in shows.

Now and Then: Current AND Former Broadway Kids Take the Stage” will take place on Feb. 24 at 9:30 PM. Doors open at 8:45. Tickets are from $30-$65, with a $25 per person minimum.

Definitely something fun and different to do.

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  • Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has joined The Story Plant Entertainment Company and is currently working on a film and Broadway play. Visit her website at

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