Saturday, June 29, 2013

Leaping Lizards! What a Night in NYC!

2013 NHSMTA Nominees in Times Square; Henry McGee

On Thursday night, the nominees had a chance to explore New York City! For many, this is their first time experiencing the sights and sounds and excitement of the city. Surrounded by the famous caricatures at Sardi’s, the nominees were treated to dinner (with delicious cheesecake for dessert) at this renowned restaurant in the heart of NYC’s theater district. While at Sardi’s, they were visited by Bob Wankel, President and Co-CEO of The Shubert Organization. Afterwards, everyone had a great time watching Annie the Musical on Broadway featuring Jane Lynch as Miss Hannigan.
Needless to say, everyone enjoyed their night on the town!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Getting Ready for the Ball


At lunch yesterday, the nominees were treated to a talk-back session with special guest Kirstin Tucker from theTony®-Winning musical - Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Kirstin has also performed in the National Tours of West Side Story and A Chorus Line as well as numerous regional theater productions. A former student of NHSMTA choreographer Kiesha Lalama, she graduated from Point Park University and has since danced her way to the Broadway stage.  She offered great advice about college training, answered questions about her responsibilities as Assistant Dance Captain, and even taught a mini dance lesson! Thanks R&H Theatricals for sponsoring yesterday’s lunch and for the awesome t-shirts!

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Nominees Have Arrived in N.Y.C.!

We are thrilled to welcome our 2013 NHSMTA nominees to New York City! Everyone is so excited to be here! With less than a week to put together a Broadway show, music rehearsals began right away for the opening number. The nominees also had a chance to get to know one another and meet everyone at the Pizza Party sponsored by Papa John’s. Want to see more photos? Visit our Flickr site and check out the Wednesday Night photo set! Today has more rehearsals in store, but we are looking forward to an exciting night on the town tonight!

For now… “N.Y.C. I give you fair warning, up there in lights they’ll be!”

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Announcing the 2013 Jimmy™ Award Nominees!

We are thrilled to present the 2013 Jimmy™ Award Nominees!! Learn more about each of these 62 incredibly talented students by visiting our website. Find out what role they played and which high schools across the country will be represented. See the official online nominee list HERE!

Congratulations to Benjamin, Allison, Sakyiwaa, Brian, Jana, Stirling, Michael, Jillian, John, Austin, Sierra, Connor, Rodd, Benton, Laura, Patrick, Bo, Annika, Samuel, Tim, Stephen, Martha, Myha'la, Anna, Emily, Rachael, Bridget, Lily, Billy, McKenzie, Russell, Chandler, Matthew, Sophia, Chris, Zach, Sarah, Halle, Trevor, Areon, Anthony, Ryne, Francesca, Eva, Sarah, Angelo, Dakota, Sarah, Shane, Kellen, Hunter, Nicole, Taylor, Harold, Maddison, Mason, Taylor, Natalia, Cam, Olivia, Ray and MacKenzie!

Only one more week until we get to meet everyone at the welcome pizza party!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Fractured Fairytales and Mixed-Up Musicals

Ever wonder what would happen if there were two Phantoms of the opera? Or what if Belle and Dorothy met Cinderella in the woods? Click the link to visit out our 2012 Medley Playlist and find out! The 2013 cast will include a variety of characters ranging from Reno Sweeney & Billy Crocker to Meredith Parker & Bat Boy. We can’t wait to see what happens when this year’s exciting cast comes together on the Minskoff stage!

(P.S. Be sure to check back next week for an exclusive first look at the 2013 nominees.)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

“The Prince Is Giving a Ball” (And Hosting the Jimmy™ Awards!)

We loved watching the cast of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella performing Sunday night on the Tony Awards®! From the dancing and singing to the transformation of Cinderella’s gown, the entire performance was magical. Have you heard, the Tony®-nominated stars - Laura Osnes (Cinderella) and Santino Fontana (the Prince) - will be hosting the 5th Annual Jimmy™ awards?

Cinderella marks Ms. Osnes fifth Broadway musical, starting with Grease, South Pacific, Anything Goes and Bonnie & Clyde, for which she was also nominated for the Tony Award® for Best Actress in a Musical. Mr. Fontana has previously appeared on Broadway in Billy Elliot, Sunday in the Park with George, Brighton Beach Memoirs and The Importance of Being Earnest, and Off-Broadway at Roundabout Theater in Sons of the Prophet.

Just like our Jimmy™ nominees, these Broadway stars got their musical theater start in high school! Ms. Osnes graduated from Eagan High School in Eagan, Minnesota where she performed in productions including Fiddler on the Roof, Peter Pan, and The Miracle Worker. Mr. Fontana, who graduated from Richland High School in Richland, Washington, performed in productions such as Little Shop of Horrors, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Othello. Perhaps we will see some of our 2013 Jimmy™ nominees performing on the Tony Awards® someday! “It’s Possible!

Keep Calm and Dream of Broadway

We are only a couple weeks away from the 5th annual National High School Musical Theater Awards! Behind the scenes preparations are well underway for an exciting week filled with rehearsals, surprise visits, NYC tours, special guest coaching and more, all leading up to the announcement of the 2013 winners of the Jimmy™ Awards!

Congratulations to the winners from the all of the regional awards programs! Check out our Participating Theaters page to learn more about each of these different programs across the country from New York to Texas to California. As the highlight videos and performance photos are coming in, we are already impressed by this year’s talented nominees. We cannot wait to meet everyone!

Be sure to connect with us on Flickr, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter so you will always be the first to know about NHSMTA! Get an exclusive sneak peak at the 2013 Jimmy™ Awards Playbill online right now with our PlaybillVIP (Virtual Internet Playbill)!