The Jimmy Awards™ (National High School Musical Theatre Awards) impacts more than 50,000 students annually who participate in high school musical theatre competitions sponsored by top professional theatres throughout the United States.

A Best Actress and Best Actor winner from each of these competitions is sent to New York for a week long theatre intensive of coaching and rehearsals with industry professionals in preparation for a one-night-only showcase on Broadway, where a panel of judges crowns the nation’s top performers.

The Jimmy™ Awards, named for Broadway impresario James M. Nederlander, program has been the catalyst for more than $1,000,000 in educational scholarships.

In 2012, the program inspired preeminent broadcaster WGBH Boston to produce a 3-part documentary series called “Broadway or Bust,” which follows students on a journey from their hometown competitions to their debut on Broadway.

The series remains popular viewing at

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