The National High School Musical Theatre Awards, otherwise known as the Jimmy Awards, have announced that Ben Platt will host the 2017 awards ceremony in New York City. The Dear Evan Hansen star will lead the evening at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre, in which students will compete for the chance to win the top honors of Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress.
Each year, students from across the U.S. travel to New York City to compete in the Jimmy Awards. The competing students—who have qualified through regional high school musical theatre award competitions in over 1,000 schools—are invited to spend a ten-day professional training intensive with NYU Tisch School of the Arts' New Studio in preparation for the evening. The winners are then selected at the New York City ceremony by a panel of industry experts.
“We are elated to have Ben Platt as our host this year! The Jimmy Awards are a way to praise and acknowledge the incredible theatre that is being done around the country in high schools, and the presence of a profoundly talented performer who is accessible to the next generation will be inspiring to students on stage and in the audience. Having such a dynamo sharing the stage with this year’s nominees will be an unforgettable moment,” commented Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, in a press statement. “We can’t wait for everyone to see the show we are planning, and to experience the excitement and enthusiasm of the event.”
For more information, visit NHSMTA.com.