Molly Greenwald Rising Star Scholarship
Molly Greenwald at BLTN's inaugural event in June 2013.
A $500 scholarship for rising stars, ages 7-15, looking to further their music theater education.
This scholarship can be used for a music theater camp, school program, or private lessons – any music theater education that gets you closer to your dream of being a star!
About Miss Molly
At our very first Broadway Lights the Night event, our stars had the honor of performing with Molly Greenwald, who bravely fought leukemia. Molly spent her time raising awareness and funds for the research that patients so desperately need. Although we lost her in December 2013, Molly's memory lives on in all that we do here at BLTN, including honoring an outstanding rising star each year with this scholarship.
Molly Greenwald performing with members of the Broadway casts of Jersey Boys and Hairspray at our inaugural event in June 2013.
2018 Scholarship Recipient
Eliana June Gamble
Eliana June Gamble is a 7 year old second grader from Manahawkin, New Jersey. She is a kind, adventurous and independent girl who one day hopes to be a Broadway star!
Eliana has been taking voice lessons since she was 4 years old with Starlight Performing Arts. She is currently enrolled in tap, ballet, musical theatre and acting with Starlight. Eliana’s favorite roles include Gabby (Home for the Holidays) and Children’s Ensemble (Joseph..) at Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven. She has also enjoyed playing a Munchkin (Wizard of Oz) and a Scout (Big Fish). She is set to appear in Elf! The Musical, opening in December this year at Surflight Theatre.
Eliana has competed for the past two years with Starlight’s All-Star team under the direction of Lisa Carlson, Jenny Stodd and James Patton. Eliana’s favorite musicals are Aladdin, Matilda and Spongebob. When not performing or rehearsing, Eliana enjoys playing with her school friends, playing field hockey and spending time with her family and her dog, Oscar. She is thrilled and thankful to be chosen as the 2018 recipient of the Broadway Lights The Night Rising Star Scholarship and she can’t wait to become a part of the BLTN family!
Abigal Paige Murphy
Broadway Lights the Night is very proud to announce Abigail Paige Murphy as the 2017 Molly Greenwald Rising Star Scholarship winner! Abby is a NYC-based actress, singer, and dancer. Abby is a member of the Emanon Players Drama Club and was recently cast as “Sarah Brown” in Guys and Dolls. She is in her school's Select Choir, serves as a member of the Forensics Team and the Student Council, and was recently the first recipient of the Dave Evans Scholarship Award for Community Service and Leadership.
Abby trains with the Julie Zarukin Vocal Studio in voice and acting. She dances at several studios, and has studied tap with Thommie Retter in NYC. She has trained in advanced acting at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia, the Eagle Theater in New Jersey, Broadway Theater of Pitman in New Jersey, and spent two years with Broadway Artists Alliance in NYC.
Some of her accomplishments include the US premiere of Dream Street at the Off-Broadway Pearl Theater under the direction of Laura Luc (Kids of the Arts) and Lyrics for Life at Symphony Space in NYC. Abby has also performed at Carnegie Hall in Tim Janis' American Christmas Carol. Abby has appeared at various cabaret venues, including Feinstein's/54 below, The Triad, Don't Tell Mama, the Laurie Beechman Theater, the Metropolitan Room, and the West End Lounge. Abby can be seen in the upcoming second season of the HBO series, Divorce.
In Abby's spare time, she loves participating in fundraisers and using her talents to make a difference and give back. Abby is so honored and grateful to be the 2017 Broadway Lights the Night scholarship recipient, and is ready to dedicate her passions to the BLTN Family!
2017 Scholarship Recipient
2016 Scholarship Recipient
Broadway Lights the Night is very proud to announce Grace Mozitis as the 2016 Molly Greenwald Rising Star Scholarship winner! Grace is a freshman at Mainland Regional High School in Linwood, NJ. She develops her vocal skills under the tutoring of Julie Zarukin and tap under Janine Teles. Grace has studied Advanced Acting and Musical Theatre at the Walnut Street Theatre School in Philadelphia and at the Joffrey Ballet School's Broadway Musical Theatre Intensive Program. She performed in the US Premier of "Dream Street" off-Broadway at the Pearl Theatre under the direction of Laura Luc.
Grace was a featured singer at Retter Entertainment's This Way To Broadway events and at KOTA's Lyrics for Life concert. She has performed at New York's Triad Theatre, Symphony Space, 54Below and The Metropolitan Room. She has been an anthemist for the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center and at the historic Palestra in Philadelphia. Grace was a first place winner in the 2015 International American Protege Competition, and was honored to perform her solo at Carnegie Hall.
2015 Scholarship Recipient
Carly Rose Sica
Broadway Lights the Night is very proud to announce Carly Rose Sica as the 2015 Molly Greenwald Rising Star Scholarship winner! Carly is a 15 year old sophomore at Southern Regional High School in Manahawkin, NJ. She is full of life and loves musicals...her recent favorite is Newsies.
Carly has been taking vocal lessons since she was 7 years old, and has been training with Starlight Performing Arts since she was 12. Some of Carly's favorite roles include Wendy in Our Gang Players' production of Peter Pan, for which she is nominated for a 2015 IMEA Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical. Other favorite roles include JoJo (Seussical the Musical) and the Baker's Wife (Into the Woods). Carly enjoys all aspects of theater and is sharing that love of theater with younger children while student directing a children's production of 101 Dalmations.
Carly was featured in Broadway Lights the Night's August 27, 2015 event, Crazy Dreams Come True at The Cutting Room NYC!
Broadway Lights the Night is very proud to announce Maya Karp as the 2014 Molly Greenwald Rising Star Scholarship winner! Maya is a very happy, smart, creative and busy 9 year old performer who loves singing, dancing and acting! Her recent stage credits include Les Miserables (Young Cosette/Eponine) at Axelrod Performing Arts Center (APAC), Gypsy (Baby Louise) at Old Library Theater (OLT), Evita (Ensemble) at APAC, Frogs, Monkeys and Bears, Oh My! (Megan/Principal) at OLT, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Lucy) at Music University Theater (MU), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park) at MU, and Snoopy! The Musical (Lucy) at MU. In addition, Maya has made many musical appearances in concerts with her glee group and band “Ladies First”.
She has participated as a vocalist in charity events for The Make a Wish Foundation, The Pajama Program, The Monmouth County Children’s Advocacy Center, and REACH Educational Services. Maya has weekly voice lessons, piano lessons, musical theater lessons, acting lessons, dance lessons, and rehearsals for her band and glee group. She maintains an A average in school, and she finds time to play with her big brother Ryan, her friends, and her dogs and cats.
Maya was featured in the 2nd Annual Broadway Lights the Night Gala on July 21, 2014 at the Bickford Theatre in Morristown, NJ.
2014 Scholarship Recipient
2019 Scholarship Recipient
Gabriel Amoroso is an 11 year old fifth grader from Toms River, New Jersey. Gabriel is an actor, singer, and dancer who has his sights set on the Broadway stage. He started singing at the age of 5 and hasn’t stopped.
Gabriel takes vocal lessons and acting classes with Jessi Clayton from The Professional Performance Prep in Eatontown, New Jersey. He is also enrolled in tap with From a Dancer’s Pointe. Some of his favorite roles include James (James and the Giant Peach Jr), Michael (Elf Jr), Young Simba (Lion King Jr), and Randy (A Christmas Story) at Brick Community Children’s Theater as well as Sebastian (The Little Mermaid Jr), and Chip (Beauty and the Beast) at Exit 82 Theatre Company. Gabriel recently participated in a reading of Galileo directed by Michael Mayer at New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater. Gabriel has also performed at the Green Room 42.
Gabriel is a proud member of the ZZak G Applaud Our Kids Foundation performance group. He loves performing with his friends while at the same time helping other kids. His favorite musicals are Beetlejuice, The Lightning Thief, and Hamilton. In his spare time, Gabriel enjoys the outdoors, reading and playing with his younger brother, Luca. Gabriel is so honored and grateful to be this year’s recipient of the Molly Greenwald Rising Star Scholarship.