Broadway In Chicago Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards


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Broadway In Chicago is delighted to have high schools across the State of Illinois participate in the 12th Annual Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards. The Broadway In Chicago Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards (IHSMTA) celebrate excellence in high school theatre throughout the State of Illinois.

In a commitment to reach communities with schools who simply do not have the resources to produce full musicals, IHSMTA will be the first Jimmy’s® Regional Awards Program (RAP) to pilot a hybrid model to offer talented students the opportunity to experience IHSMTA and potentially The Jimmy Awards®. For more information on our Hybrid Model, please click here.

This year’s categories include Best Performance in an Actor Role, Best Performance in Actress Role, Best Production, Best Direction and Best Ensemble. Twenty-four nominees (12 in each Best Performance category) will receive tickets to a Broadway In Chicago show, perform on stage at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut) and compete in front of Chicago casting agents and theater professionals.

From the twenty-four nominees, two Illinois award recipients will go on an all-expense paid trip to New York City to represent the State of Illinois at The Jimmy Awards® and participate in 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® are named after legendary Broadway theater owner and producer James M. Nederlander. Broadway In Chicago is a Nederlander presentation and is excited to join the network of theatres across the country participating in The Jimmy Awards®.

Important Dates
School Applications Due: Monday, September 19 at 11:59PM
Tentative IHSMTA Program Date: Monday, May 22, 2023
The Jimmy Awards®: Summer 2023 (exact date to be announced)