The life of a child is meant to be fun and carefree. The life of a Broadway star, while dazzling, is demanding. What happens when you combine the two? We have captured an average day in the life of Brandon Niederauer, 13, of Dix Hills. Niederauer is a student, guitarist and star of the Tony Award-nominated Broadway production of “School of Rock the Musical.” Follow along with us on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter for live updates and a snapshot of his life.
Brandon enjoys a bowl of Cheerios while catching up on Grammy news and performances from the previous night.
As part of his daily routine, Brandon tunes his guitar before getting ready for school.
Off to school
Crunching snow beneath his feet on Friday, Brandon says he was responsible for shoveling around his home after a winter storm hit Long Island on Feb. 9, 2017.
Brandon rolls his backpack into school for a day of learning and time with friends. "I like to feel normal," he says.
At my school today... My school's music room is the perfect place to spend my free period de-stressing after Science tests and a place to do homework. I get out at 2:40 then hop on the train for nyc and School of Rock the Musical Newsday takeover!
To make up for missed class time, Brandon spends much of his free time studying.
Brandon loves watching comedies like "Family Guy" during his commutes to Manhattan.
Brandon plays guitar in jam sessions and enjoys basketball pick-up games with fellow cast members to de-stress between shows.
Brandon rides the E train to Broadway on his way to the theater.
Every cast member has to sign in before each show.
When asked about how it feels to work on Broadway, Brandon said, "It's not work."
After the curtains close
Brandon stops to sign autographs for fans outside the stage door of "School of Rock."
In search of an after-show sugar rush, Brandon stops at Starbucks in Penn Station and orders a Birthday Cake Pop.
"There's nothing like the feeling of rocking out in front 1,500 people," Brandon said after the show.