This video is wonderful. I so admire @rosiestheatrekids—an organization that gets results that matter—results that change lives.

RTKids was launched in 2003 at PS 51, a Title 1 public school bordering on New York City’s theater district where students would walk past Broadway theaters daily, and never have the opportunity to go inside. Rosie noticed, and thought it was, “…like living in Hawaii, and never having access to the beach.”

Together, Rosie O’Donnell and Artistic and Executive Director Lori Klinger developed PS Broadway—RTKids’ foundational program. In 2003, all 40 fifth graders at PS 51 participated in 15 weeks of singing and dancing training, and every single fifth grader went to see their first Broadway show—all free of charge.

Over the years, RTKids has blossomed into much more than simply a song and dance venue. The dedication and inspiration of its expert staff and generosity of its guest Broadway professionals have yielded truly remarkable results. Today, RTKids services include performing arts instruction, life skills development, academic tutoring, and a home-away-from-home environment that is safe and nurturing.

The gift of theatre and learning is one of the best gifts that any kid could ever receive. Rosie was one of those kids. I was one of them also.

If you are able, consider supporting

Rosie’s Theatre Kids
445 W 45th St.
New York, New York 10036