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2017 Jimmy Award Nominees Announced; Ben Platt to Host Ceremony This Month at the Minskoff!

THE JIMMY AWARDS have announced that 74 high school students from across America will compete for the award for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress as well as other honors and scholarships at the ninth annual awards ceremony. The presentation will take place on Monday, June 26th at 7:30PM at the Minskoff Theatre, 200 West 45th Street in Manhattan.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting JIMMYAWARDS.COM or TICKETMASTER.COM and range from $39 to $95. Premium seats are $250.

This year's awards ceremony is hosted by Ben Platt, who is currently starring in Pasek & Paul's Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen. He won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his portrayal of the title role.

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 1,300 high schools and 50,000 students participate in these annual events. Since the inception of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA) in 2009, participating students have earned over $1,000,000 in university and conservatory scholarships. Several student participants have already been cast in Broadway, Touring and West End productions.

Jimmy Award nominees will prepare for their debut on a Broadway stage during a nine-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.

During the ceremony, Brendan Jennings (Burbank, CA) and Larry Robinson (Monroe, NC) will receive the inaugural INSPIRING TEACHER AWARD presented by WELLS FARGO for the encouragement and inspiration that led their students to win the 2016 coveted Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance by an Actor.

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. Named in honor of James M. Nederlander, the late legendary Broadway producer and theatre owner, The Jimmy Awards are supported by many leading theatre industry organizations. More information can be found at JIMMYAWARDS.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 JIMMYAWARDS.COM.

The 2017 National High School Musical Theatre Awards
Participating Theatre Organizations and their Nominees:

City & State


Regional AwardsProgram

Best Actor Nominee

Best Actress Nominee

Albuquerque, NM

Popejoy Hall

The Popejoy Awards

Trey Caperton

Kayla Fallick

Appleton, WI

Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

Center Stage High School Musical Theater Awards

Felix Torrez

Liz Valentin

Atlanta, GA

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards

Ramone Nelson

Parker Jennings

Buffalo, NY

Shea's Performing Arts Center

The Kenny Awards

Ian Hayes

Grace Auer

Charlotte, NC

Blumenthal Performing Arts

The Blumey Awards

Justin Rivers

Anna Hertel

Chicago, IL

Broadway In Chicago

Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards

Justin Smusz

Carly Meyer

Cleveland, OH

Playhouse Square

Playhouse Square Dazzle Awards

Brandon Schumacker

Reyna Grace Moran

Dallas, TX

Dallas Summer Musicals

Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards

John Fredrickson

Shelby Priddy

Denver, CO

Denver Center for the Performing Arts

The Bobby G Awards

Austin Hand

Elleon Dobias

Des Moines, IA

Des Moines Performing Arts

Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards

Seamus Foley

Marisa Spahn

Durham, NC

Durham Performing Arts Center

Triangle Rising Stars

Nicholas Kraft

Kaylee Terrell

East Lansing, MI

Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Sutton Foster Ovation Awards

Antonio Cipriano

Catherine Elliott

Houston, TX

Theatre Under The Stars

Tommy Tune Awards

Ian Tonroy

Jasmine Rogers

Kansas City, MO

Starlight Theatre

Blue Star Awards

Joey Myers

Stephanie Ainsworth

La Mirada, CA

McCoy Rigby Entertainment

Spirit of the MACY Awards

Adrian Villegas

Maggie Gidden

Las Vegas, NV

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

Nevada High School Musical Theater Awards

Nathan Sink

Adelynn Tourondel

Logan, UT

MagicSpace/Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre

Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards

Levi Hopkins

Jessica Lewis

Los Angeles, CA

Hollywood Pantages/Nederlander

The Jerry Herman Awards

Cameron Vargas

Brighton Thomas

Madison, WI

Overture Center for the Arts

Tommy Awards

Max Pink

Jessica Minter

Memphis, TN

The Orpheum Theatre

The Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards

Ethan Benson

Asia Smith

Midland, PA

Pittsburgh CLO/Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center

Mancini Awards

Jacob Swanson

Addison Albert

Nashville, TN

Tennessee Performing Arts Center

Spotlight Awards - Nashville High School Musical Theatre Awards

Nathan Keffer

Hatty King

New York, NY

Disney Theatrical Group/Camp Broadway

The Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance

Dean Klebonas

Maddie Rubin

Omaha, NE

Omaha Performing Arts

Nebraska High School Theatre Awards

Lane Mongeon

Lauren Johnson

Orlando, FL

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Applause Awards

Tony Moreno

Sofia Victoria Deler

Palm Springs, CA

Hollywood Pantages/Musical Theatre University

Lucie Arnaz Awards

William Webster

Laurel Bollard

Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh CLO

Gene Kelly Awards

Jake Pedersen

Chloe Kehm

Rochester, NY

Rochester Broadway Theatre League

Stars of Tomorrow

Jack D'Angelo

Shelby Ennis

San Antonio, TX

ACE Theatrical Group, LLC/Las Casas Foundation

Joci Awards

Preston Perez

Adriel Salinas

San Diego, CA

Broadway/San Diego - Nederlander

The San Diego Ben Vereen Awards

Sky Frank

Jillian Strattman

San Jose, CA

Broadway San Jose

The Rita Moreno Awards

Eric Gaydon

Natalie Bourgeois

Schenectady, NY


Proctors High School Musical Theatre Awards

Patrick Shannon

Jaynie Parmenter

Seattle, WA

The 5th Avenue Theatre

The 5th Avenue Awards

Samuel Bennett

Morgan Roberts

St. Louis, MO

The Fabulous Fox/The Muny/Fox Performing Arts Center

St. Louis High School Musical Theatre Awards

Briley Blade

Maggie Kuntz

Tampa, FL

Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Broadway Star of the Future

Christian Meany

Maggie Musco

Tempe, AZ

ASU Gammage

ASU Gammage High School Theater Awards

Sam Primack

Briana Fleming

Tucson, AZ

Broadway in Tucson

Southern Arizona Ben Vereen Awards

Luke Gaff

Sophia Rose Franklin

THE BROADWAY LEAGUE (Charlotte St. Martin, President), founded in 1930, is the national trade association for the Broadway industry. The League's 700-plus members include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers who present in nearly 200 markets in North America. Each year, League members bring Broadway to nearly 30 million people in New York and on tour across the U.S. and Canada. The Broadway League has recently added a new category for International membership to collaborate with professionals from around the world who produce and present Broadway quality theatre. The Broadway League annually co-presents the Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards, one of the most coveted awards in the entertainment industry.

Key League programs and resources include: Kids' Night on Broadway, The Jimmy Awards, Stars in the Alley, Internet Broadway Database (,,, Commercial Theater Institute (with Theatre Development Fund), as well as numerous conferences and forums for our members. TheatreAccessNYC (co-produced with TDF) is the one-stop website of accessible Broadway performances for theatregoers with disabilities. is the League's official on-line headquarters for Broadway in NYC, on tour, and internationally.

For more information visit, or follow The Broadway League on Twitter @TheBwayLeague and on Facebook at Download the free and IBDB mobile apps from the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

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