The awards show will be hosted by local FOX-5 anchor Julie Chang and will feature a performance by students from Junior High School 278 in Marine Park, Brooklyn, as well as a special Broadway performance that will be announced shortly. Finneran received a Tony Award for the 2001 revival of Noises Off and is currently nominated again for her work in the revival of Promises, Promises. LaPaglia, a Tony winner for the 1998 revival of A View from the Bridge, is currently starring on Broadway in Lend Me a Tenor. The boys currently rotating in the title role of Billy Elliot are Jacob Clemente, Michael Dameski, Alex Ko, Liam Redhead and Dayton Tavares. Clemente will represent the group at the ceremony and accept the award on their behalf.
Inside Broadway develops and produces touring equity musical productions as well as after-school arts programs that allow students to experience theatre hands-on and to meet with professionals in the field. The annual cocktail reception and awards show is held to support Inside Broadway's mission of bringing the joys of theatre to New York City's public school students.
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