The 2018 National High School Musical Theatre Awards, known more commonly as the Jimmy Awards, take place June 25 at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre. Tony winner Laura Benanti hosts the tenth annual ceremony, which will see 80 high school students compete for scholarships after having already won regional competitions for their performances in school productions.
The finalists participated in a professional training intensive at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and received mentorship from a variety of industry professionals. Their preparation culminates in the final show, during which the students will showcase the roles that earned them acclaim in group and solo performances.
Set to present at the June 25 ceremony are three Jimmy Awards alums currently on Broadway: 2014 winner Jai’len Christine Li Josey (SpongeBob SquarePants), 2010 winner Kyle Selig (Mean Girls), and 2012 finalist Nathan Salstone (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), as well as The Band's Visit Tony winner Ari'el Stachel and Heidi Blickenstaff and Cozi Zuehlsdorff of Disney Channel's upcoming Freaky Friday movie musical.
As previously announced, this year’s Jimmy Awards, named in honor of the late theatre owner and producer James M. Nederlander, will be live streamed in its entirety on Facebook with support from Dear Evan Hansen and Wells Fargo.