FAQ

How were the contestants chosen for BROADWAY OR BUST? 

The 60 contestants who made it to New York City all won the regional competitions of the National High School Musical Theater Awards (NHSMTA).

What are the Jimmy Awards and when do they happen? 

The Jimmy Awards are named after famed Broadway producer and theater owner James M. Nederlander. The Jimmy Awards are given to the male and female winners of the NHSMTA.  The Jimmy Awards take place every year, usually in late June. 

What do the winners of the Jimmy Awards receive?

This year, the two Best Performance winners each received $10,000 scholarships from the Nederlander Organization to study performance and drama. Each of the four runner-ups received $2,500 scholarships. 

Who were this year's mentors/coaches?

Contestants were coached by some of Broadway's top talent—including Leslie Odom, Jr. (NBC’s "Smash;" "Rent"); Michael McElroy (Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations for "Big River"; "Rent," "Miss Saigon"); Liz Callaway (Tony Award nomination for "Baby;" "Cats," "Miss Saigon").

Who were the judges of the Jimmy Awards?

Jimmy Award winners were selected by a panel of Broadway brass including Scott Ellis (Roundabout Theatre Company); Kent Gash (New Studio on Broadway, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Department of Drama); Tony® Award-nominee Montego Glover (Memphis); Rachel Hoffman (Telsey +Co); Alecia Parker (NAMCO); Nick Scandalios (Nederlander Organization); and Bernie Telsey (Telsey + Co).

Where do the final performances take place?

The 60 participants performed their final performances for the judges at the Minskoff Theatre, located just a few blocks away from New York City's Times Square. The Minskoff Theatre has hosted numerous musicals and performances throughout the years, including "West Side Story," "Saturday Night Fever," and "Fiddler on the Roof." It currently hosts "The Lion King."

How do I audition for the Jimmy Awards? 

You can visit the NHMSTA site  to learn more about regional competitions. (SPOILER ALERT: the NHMSTA site lists the winners of the 2012 Jimmy Awards.) 

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