Jimmy Award Nominees Describe Their Life-Changing Broadway Debuts and Say a Bittersweet Farewell in Final Blog
By Keenan Buckley and Emma Magbanua
02 Jul 2014
The 6th Annual National High School Musical Theater Awards, also known as the Jimmy Awards, were held June 30. Nominees Keenan Buckley and Emma Magbanua blogged about their week in New York City and their journey to the Jimmys.
From June 25-July 30, 56 teenagers — who hailed from 31 regions across the United States — prepared for the 2014 National High School Musical Theater Awards, which took place at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre hosted by Ryan McCartan, the 2011 Jimmy Award winner who recently starred as JD in the Off-Broadway musical Heathers and appears on Disney's "Liv & Maddie."
Throughout the week students met with seasoned Broadway performers and creative artists, attended vocal coachings and rehearsals to stage this year's ceremony, where they performed and represented musical theatre competitions (where they were previously presented with an award for their performance in their high school production) sponsored by professional theatre organizations in cities across America. A panel of judges determined the recipients of the Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress awards.
Keenan Buckley and Emma Magbanua represented the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards in Millburn, NJ, for their respective performances as Julian Marsh in 42nd Street and Kim in Miss Saigon.
Buckley and Magbanua continue to update Playbill.com with an exclusive blog that takes readers behind the scenes and into the rehearsal rooms.
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