March 20, 2020 - 1:45pm PT: Today, we have learned that The Broadway League has decided to cancel the 2020 Jimmy Awards® due to the ongoing crisis with COVID-19. This decision was made out of respect for the health and safety of the many students, families, theatre professionals, and fans who attend and participate in this national program each year.

 

Therefore, we have made the difficult, but necessary decision to cancel The 2020 Jerry Herman Awards this year. This includes both the audition & show rehearsal week, and our show which was to take place the final weekend in April 2020.

 

We know that many of your schools’ performances have already played your dates and been adjudicated. Unfortunately, nearly half of the remaining schools in our programs have been forced to cancel their programs – rendering any sort of modified nomination and award process impossible.

 

As our entire Broadway industry continues to find ways to navigate these very new waters, we will continue to look for potential ways to honor the efforts of your students and faculty for this school year. We simply ask for your patience as our team’s first plan of action is to get Broadway touring productions back in our buildings here and across the country. We will find our way to a bright future and chance to be together again to celebrate great student talent.

 

Although it seems far off, we look forward to the 2021 Jerry Herman Awards and honoring musical theatre excellence in our schools.

 

Thank you for your understanding, and know that our entire team is keeping you, your students, families and entire community in our thoughts.

 

We are all in this together.

High School Participation Guide

CLICK HERE for the 2020 Jerry Herman Awards High School Participation Guide

Adjudicator Application

Please email [email protected] to sign up to be a volunteer adjudicator for the 2020 Jerry Herman Awards.

NHSMTA | The Jimmy Awards

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Contact The Jerry Herman Awards

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What are The Jerry Herman Awards?

What are THE JERRY HERMAN AWARDS?

Each year, the Hollywood Pantages hosts the Jerry Herman High School Musical Theatre Awards with one goal: to constructively support local high school performing arts programs. Both public and private high schools from all over Los Angeles County submit productions for consideration across twelve performance and technical categories:

  • Scenic Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Costume Design
  • Orchestra
  • Ensemble/Chorus
  • Musical Staging/Choreography
  • Musical Direction
  • Technical Crew
  • Supporting Actor
  • Supporting Actress
  • "No Small Parts"
  • Best Production

The Hollywood Pantages sends volunteer adjudicators to all of the performances. In the spring, a team at the Pantages, determine the nominees using the adjudicators’ notes and a DVD of the production. 

To compete for the best actor and best actress categories, each participating school sends one male and one female lead to audition in front of a panel of industry judges. For two days leading up the award show, the best actor and actress nominees are narrowed down to three male and three female finalists. The six finalists perform a solo number on the night of the awards, with a trip to New York to participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The Jimmys) awarded to the final male and female contestants.

2019 Jerry Herman Award Winners! Click Here!

BEST ACTRESS​​​​​

JANINA COLUCCI

John Burroughs High School

West Side Story | "Anita"

 

BEST ACTOR

COEN SOSA

John Burroughs High School

West Side Story | "Tony"

 

BEST SCENIC DESIGN

Village Christian School | The Music Man

 

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN

Monrovia High School | In The Heights

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Long Beach Polytechnic HS | The Addams Family

 

BEST ORCHESTRA

John Burroughs HS | West Side Story

 

BEST ENSEMBLE OR CHORUS

Chaminade College Prep HS | The Wizard of Oz

 

BEST MUSICAL STAGING & CHOREOGRAPHY

L.A. County HS for the Arts | Once on this Island

 

BEST MUSICAL DIRECTION

Village Christian School | The Music Man

 

BEST TECHNICAL CREW

Monrovia HS | In the Heights

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Whitney HS | Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

TJ VERNON as Cogsworth

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Providence HS | Newsies

SABRINA WILLIAMS as Race

 

“NO SMALL PARTS" AWARD                                              

Oakwood School | Chicago                          

LOLA BODE as June                                     

 

BEST PRODUCTION

L.A. County HS for the Arts | Once on this Island

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR WINNERS!