Updates on the upcoming 2024 Jimmy Awards at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre

The Broadway League Foundation has announced the 102 nominees who have arrived in NYC for the 15th annual National High School Musical Theatre Awards, better known as the Jimmy Awards, to make their debuts in a talent showcase on the Broadway stage, competing for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress as decided by a panel of judges, in addition to other top honors and scholarships. Tony, Emmy, and Grammy award-nominated singer, songwriter, actor, and philanthropist Josh Groban will host the ceremony, taking place on Monday, June 24, at the Minskoff Theatre.

Josh Groban. Photo courtesy of The Broadway League.

Named for Broadway impresario James M. Nederlander, the Jimmy Awards is a coast-to-coast celebration of outstanding student achievement, recognizing individual talent in vocal, dance, and acting performance. The program impacts approximately 130,000 students who participate in regional high school musical theater competitions sponsored by presenters of Touring Broadway productions throughout the US and has been the catalyst for more than $6,000,000 in educational scholarships. Founded in 2009 by Nederlander Alliances LLC, Pittsburgh CLO, and Broadway Education Alliance (BEA), the mission of the Jimmys is to raise the profile of musical theater in schools, to honor dedicated teachers, and to inspire the next generation of performers and enthusiasts. Numerous participants have already been cast in Broadway, Touring, and West End productions. As of this spring, 67 Jimmys alumni have performed on Broadway or on Tour.

Two nominees from each local regional ceremony have been invited to NYC for a ten-day theater intensive that includes coaching sessions, training, and rehearsals led by some of Broadway’s most accomplished professionals, culminating in a live performance in front of an audience. This year’s creative team includes director Van Kaplan, music supervisor Geoffrey Ko, choreographer Kiesha Lalama, and feature group director/choreographer Luis Salgado. For a full list of the nominees and their schools, click here.

Already announced, the recipients of the 2024 Inspiring Teacher Award – given to teachers who have been nominated by their students and chosen by a selection committee of Broadway League members in recognition of their roles in providing valuable guidance and encouragement for their students from last year’s Jimmy Awards – are Jacqueline McLean (Le Roy Jr. Sr. High School, Rochester, NY) and Paul Fillingim (Ronald Reagan High School, San Antonio, TX).

The 2024 Jimmy Awards Student Reporter Initiative, with support from Broadway News, will be represented by Nicole Scimeca from Broadway in Chicago Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards (Chicago, IL) and Richard “Ricky” Ragazzo from the Tommy Tune Awards (Houston, TX) – aspiring journalists who were selected following a nationwide submissions process and will cover The Jimmy Awards on social media. They will also conduct exclusive interviews with the 2024 Best Actor and Best Actress winners following the awards ceremony and will be welcomed for a special visit to the WABC studios to observe the behind-the-scenes production of an upcoming news segment.

The 2024 Jimmy Awards will stream for free online beginning at 7:30 pm on Monday, June 24, via the Jimmy Awards Facebook and YouTube channels. The ceremony will remain available online for three days afterwards, through Thursday evening, June 27. Apples and Oranges Arts is the streaming and video production partner of the Jimmy Awards. The official media partner of the Jimmy Awards is WABC-TV.  Links for American Sign Language interpretation will be available closer to the ceremony.

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