High school musical theatre performers from across the U.S. have gathered in New York City this week to compete in the 2017 National High School Musical Theatre Awards, also known as the Jimmys, which are presented June 26 at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre. Tony-winning Dear Evan Hansen star Ben Platt hosts the 7:30 PM ceremony.
Several of this year’s nominees were given the opportunity to submit questions to the Broadway stars who inspire them, including Tony Award nominees Josh Groban (The Great Comet), Ramin Karimloo (Anastasia), and Miss Saigon’s Eva Noblezada (a 2013 Jimmy Award nominee), each of whom responded in an on-camera message.
Check out the nominees’ questions and watch the video replies from their Broadway inspirations below:
HER INSPIRATION: Eva Noblezada
QUESTION: “Since Miss Saigon is a revival, how were you able to make the role of Kim your own?”
WATCH NOBLEZADA’S RESPONSE BELOW:
HIS INSPIRATION: Josh Groban
QUESTION: “How do you remain such a versatile performer, going from one role to the other, from genre to genre? What advice would you have for somebody who wants to go into a similar field?”
WATCH GROBAN’S RESPONSE BELOW:
HIS INSPIRATION: Ramin Karimloo
QUESTION: “What is your favorite role you’ve performed on Broadway?”
WATCH KARIMLOO’S RESPONSE BELOW: