NexGen Youth Orchestra gives young musicians the opportunity to work on fully staged musicals with other talented young artists, and to work alongside musical directors in the industry.


At NexGen Youth Theatre, we believe in creating opportunities for young people in every aspect of the theater industry. For our fully-produced Spring and Fall MainStage productions, we audition young musicians (high school through college) to be a part of our NexGen Youth Orchestra.


The types of instruments and number of musicians vary from show to show. These musicians get the experience of the fast-paced rehearsal process in the world of musical theater, and get to work with a professional Music Director who frequently works with, and hires, musicians in the professional world.



Fall MainStage Production of CABARET

Submission Deadline: Sunday November 28th


A Broadway favorite having been revived three times since its original 1966 production (in 1987, 1998, and 2014), Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Bohemian Berlin as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.


Set in a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920's draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee's bawdy songs as wry commentary together with the Kit Kat Klub's dancers and staff, Cabaret unfolds as a haunting portrait of the decadent world of 1930's Germany. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken with English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally's boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish. Musical numbers include "Willkommen," "Cabaret," "Don't Tell Mama", "Maybe This Time" and "Money."

PLEASE NOTE: We are requesting proof of vaccinations for anyone joining the program. All staff members, students, and interns involved with the production will be fully vaccinated. For any questions or concerns, please reach out at


Rehearsals and performances will take place at Dixon Place (161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002). The orchestra rehearsals will mostly occur during our tech week in the theater (afternoons/evenings December 13th-16th), with 4 performances from December 17th - 19th. One band rehearsal might be scheduled the week before tech, but it is the musician's responsibility to study their music on their own time. Availability will be asked on your audition form.


To audition, find the appropriate instrument in the breakdown below, and click on it. That will then download sheet music for one or two songs we would like to see recorded. This can be done very simply (with a phone camera is fine), and then uploaded to either Google Drive, Dropbox or a private YouTube link. Once the video is uploaded, please fill out the audition form below, and paste the link to the video there.

*NOTE*: Before auditioning, please be advised that musicians under the age of 18 will need parental consent to participate.


  1. Most instruments have two excerpts to prepare. The saxophones only have one each, as do the keyboard, guitar, banjo, and steel guitar.

  2. You only have to play the measure numbers specified next to the listed side(s) (see above).

  3. Certain parts are written so that one person plays multiple instruments (i.e. Clarinet/Saxophone, Guitar/Banjo/Steel Guitar). If you can play multiple instruments that is great, but not required.

  4. Your recording doesn’t necessarily need to be perfect. Some of these parts are rather challenging. Do your best.

  5. Listen to the Revival Broadway Cast Recording (1998) to give you an idea of each song’s feel and tempo.

  6. For the guitar part in Perfectly Marvelous, the chord voicings are poorly written. Use voicings that make sense to you.

Any questions, email