High school stars prepare for Broadway debuts in NYC

High school stars prepare for Broadway debuts in NYC


>>>NEW YORK IS ALREADY HOME TO THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS THE THEATER SCENE BUT ONCE A YEAR THE COMMUNITY LOOKS TO THE FUTURE. THE JIMMY AWARDS AS IT’S CALLED BRING HIGH SCHOOLERS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY TO THE CITY FOR A WEEK FULL OF LEARNING AND CELEBRATING THE STAGE. SANDY KENYON HERE WITH MORE. >>Reporter: NEXT MONDAY NIGHT TONY AWARD WINNER BEN PLATT WILL TAKE THE STAGE, HOME OF DISNEY’S, THE LION KING, TO HOST THE SHOW FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CALLED THE JIMMY AWARDS. THE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE SPENDING THIS WEEK EATING READY FOR THEIR BROADWAY DEBUT AT NYU TISCH SCHOOL OF THE ARTS HERE IN MANHATTAN. THEY ARE THE BEST SINGERS AND BRIGHTEST STARS, CHOSEN FROM AMONG 100,000 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. BROUGHT HERE FOR THE FINALS OF THE COMPETITION THAT OFFERS A HEAD START LIKE NO OTHER. >>IT’S A COMPETITION BUT EVERYBODY IS USING IT AS A LEARNING EXPERIENCE. >>Reporter: TWO WINNERS ARE SELECTED. ONE ACTRESS AND ONE ACT THERE. ♪ >>Reporter: ANDREW BARTH FELDMAN ONE LAST YEAR. >>TO BE HERE AGAIN IS SO SURREAL AND I KEEP PINCHING MYSELF EVERY SECOND. >>Reporter: THEN HE GOT DISCOVERED. HIRED TO STAR IN DEAR EVAN HANSEN ON BROADWAY. THE NEXT TIME I SPOKE TO THE TEENAGER, WE WERE IN HIS DRESSING ROOM. >>NEVER DID I THINK IT WOULD HAPPEN OR HAPPENED AS SOON. >>Reporter: NOW THEY ARE 86 YOUNG PEOPLE LOOKING TO FOLLOW IN HIS FOOTSTEPS. >>YOU SEE HIM AND IT’S JUST ONE OF THOSE FEELINGS THAT YOU CAN DO A TOO. WE ARE HERE AND HE WAS HERE . WHY CAN I? >>Reporter: REHEARSING FOR THE BIG SHOW THEY LOOK LIKE THE KIDS NEXT DOOR BUT THEIR TALENT SETS THEM APART. ♪ ♪ >>Reporter: SHE HAILS FROM MINNESOTA BUT FOR THE TWO CONTESTANTS FROM OUR AREA THERE IS A BIT OF EXTRA PRESSURE TO MAKE US PROUD. >>I’M FREAKING OUT. I CANNOT IMAGINE THAT I WOULD EVER GET THIS FAR. BUT AM HAPPY TO BE HERE AND HOPEFULLY THAT CAN TAKE SOMETHING FROM THIS EXPERIENCE AND MAKE THE BEST OF IT. >>IT’S A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY. I’M THANKFUL I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE ONE OF THE JIMMY AWARDS PARTICIPANTS. >>Reporter: MORE THAN $2 MILLION WORTH OF SCHOLARSHIPS HAVE BEEN AWARDED TO PARTICIPANTS SINCE THE START OF THE PROGRAM A DECADE AGO. IT’S NAMED FOR THE LATE THEATER OWNER JAMES JIMMY VERLANDER WHO WAS SO INSTRUMENTAL IN GETTING IT STARTED AND ADMINISTERED BY THE BROADWAY LEAGUE. ABC 7 IS A MEDIA PARTNER OF

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