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2016 Jimmy Awards Nominees Announced!

THE NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS (NHSMTA)/JIMMY AWARDS has announced that 62 high school students from across America will compete for the Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress at the eighth annual awards ceremony. The presentation will take place on Monday, June 27th at 7:30PM at the Minskoff Theatre, 200 West 45th Street in Manhattan. Tickets can be purchased by visiting NHSMTA.COM or TICKETMASTER.COM and range from $39 to $89. Premium seats are $250.

This year's awards ceremony is hosted by Zachary Levi who is currently starring in Roundabout Theatre Company's She Loves Me on Broadway. He was nominated for a 2016 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his portrayal of Georg.

Student performers qualify to compete in the national program by winning top honors at regional high school musical theatre awards competitions presented by Broadway League member performing arts centers. Over 1,000 high schools and 50,000 students participate in these annual events. Since its inception in 2009, the NHSMTA has enabled over $1,000,000 in university and conservatory scholarships to be awarded to talented students at the national and local level-several of whom have already been cast in Broadway, Touring and West End productions.

NHSMTA nominees will prepare for their Broadway debut during a ten-day professional training intensive with NYU Tisch School of the Arts' New Studio on Broadway faculty members plus other theatre professionals.

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges comprised of notable theatre professionals including Tony Award-winning producers and award-winning casting experts.

Founded in 2009 by Nederlander Alliances LLC, Pittsburgh CLO, and Broadway Education Alliance (BEA), NHSMTA's mission is to raise the profile of musical theatre in schools, recognize dedicated teachers and inspire the next generation of performers and enthusiasts. Also known as The Jimmy Awards, in honor of legendary Broadway producer/theatre owner James M. Nederlander, the NHSMTA is supported by many leading theatre industry organizations. More information about the National High School Musical Theatre Awards can be found at NHSMTA.COM.

The Broadway League administers the program through The Broadway League Foundation, which acts as its philanthropic arm. Part of the Foundation's mission is to enlighten and increase the public's knowledge, appreciation and awareness of the theatrical arts, and since its founding in 1993 has supported a number of projects to help preserve Broadway's heritage and introduce new audiences to Broadway theatre. The Foundation is a corporation organized under the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law of the State of New York, the purposes of which are exclusively charitable as defined in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Donations to support the program can be made at NHSMTA.COM.

The 2016 National High School Musical Theatre Awards

Participating Theatre Organizations and their Nominees:

City & State


Regional Awards Program

Best Actor Nominee

Best Actress Nominee

Albuquerque, NM

Popejoy Hall

Popejoy Awards

Devon McCleskey

Joliana Davidson

Atlanta, GA

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards

Will Davis

Shelbea Owen

Buffalo, NY

Shea's Performing Arts Center

The Kenny Awards

Joseph Russi

Rachel Kauderer

Charlotte, NC

Blumenthal Performing Arts

The Blumey Awards

Justin Rivers

Amina Faye

Chicago, IL

Broadway In Chicago

Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards

Jack Cahill-Lemme

Cecilia Trippiedi

Cleveland, OH

Playhouse Square

Playhouse Square Dazzle Awards

J.R. Heckman

Kate Klika

Dallas, TX

Dallas Summer Musicals

DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards

John Fredrickson

Kaiden Lynn Maines

Denver, CO

Denver Center for the Performing Arts

The Bobby G Awards

Curtis J. Salinger

Charlotte Movizzo

Des Moines, IA

Des Moines Performing Arts

Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards

Demarius Fisher

Poni Lejukole

Durham, NC

Durham Performing Arts Center

Triangle Rising Stars

Jacob Bush

Ainsley Seiger

East Lansing, MI

Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Sutton Foster Ovation Awards

Logan Dolence

Stacey Coleman

Houston, TX

Theatre Under The Stars

Tommy Tune Awards

Muhammad Yunus

Noelle Flores

Kansas City, MO

Starlight Theatre

Blue Star Awards

Lucas Lowry

Alison Ann Gillespie

San Antonio, TX

ACE Theatrical Group, LLC/Las Casas Foundation

Joci Awards

Travis Anderson

Madeline Barbara Burrow

La Mirada, CA

McCoy Rigby Entertainment

MACY Awards

Adrian Villegas

Amanda Dayhoff

Las Vegas, NV

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

Nevada High School Musical Theater Awards

Deimoni Brewington

Mariah Martin

Logan, UT

MagicSpace/Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre

Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards

Angel Martinez

Hannah Romney

Los Angeles, CA

Hollywood Pantages/Nederlander

The Jerry Herman Awards

Josh Strobl

Emma Griffone

Madison, WI

Overture Center for the Arts

Tommy Awards

Travis Ulrich

Kailey Boyle

Memphis, TN

The Orpheum Theatre

The Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards

Spencer Germany

Grace Martin

New York, NY

Disney Theatrical Group/Camp Broadway

The Roger Rees Awards

Zander Pacella

Sophia Condon

Omaha, NE

Omaha Performing Arts

Nebraska High School Theatre Awards

Matthew Hakel

Lauren Johnson

Orlando, FL

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Applause Awards

Tony Moreno

Emma Heistand

Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh CLO

Gene Kelly Awards

Devin Moore

Marnie Quick

Rochester, NY

Rochester Broadway Theatre League

Stars of Tomorrow

Mark Mitrano

Abigail DeWitte

San Antonio, TX

ACE Theatrical Group, LLC/Las Casas Foundation

Joci Awards

Travis Anderson

Madeline Barbara Burrow

San Diego, CA

Broadway/San Diego - Nederlander

The San Diego Ben Vereen Awards

Cameron Chang

Jazley Genovese

San Jose, CA

Broadway San Jose

The Rita Moreno Awards

Frank Demma

Samantha Gorjanc

Seattle, WA

The 5th Avenue Theatre

The 5th Avenue Awards

Hayden Call

Brooke Moltrum

Tampa, FL

Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Broadway Star of the Future

Blake Lafita

Francesca Iacovacci

Tempe, AZ

ASU Gammage

ASU Gammage High School Theater Awards

Noah Andrew King

Holly Payne

Tucson, AZ

Broadway in Tucson

Southern Arizona Ben Vereen Awards

Daniel Rosenberg

Sarah Chico

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