The Straz Center’s Broadway Star of the Future Award has been in existence since 2009 and until 2016 was awarded in conjunction with the Mainstage committee of the Florida State Thespians. In 2015, The Broadway League invited all member professional theatres to select representatives utilizing an adjudication model. This opened the door in the 2016-17 school year for the Straz Center to provide an updated program recognizing regional high school productions and hosting its own regional awards ceremony in the first annual Broadway Star of the Future Awards Showcase slated for late spring of 2017.
The National High School Musical Theater Awards
The Broadway Star of the Future Awards program is the Tampa Bay area’s regional awards program affiliated with the National High School Musical Theater Awards (NHSMTA) or the Jimmy™ Awards, named in honor of James M. Nederlander, legendary Broadway theatre owner and producer. The Jimmy™ Award for Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance by an Actor is awarded annually to two grand prize winners selected from a group of student performers representing participating professional theatres. For more information on the Jimmy Awards, visit: www.nhsmta.com.
Reaching 4 counties within the region, local public, private high schools and/or collaborative multi-school or school district productions may apply to receive adjudication and participate in the Broadway Star of the Future Awards Showcase which features performances by Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Musical nominees. Tampa Bay area theater professionals, college faculty and industry experts serve as reviewers for productions from participating high schools. The high school theater educator receives valuable feedback on their performance and category awards are tabulated based on reviewer ratings.
The Straz Center’s Broadway Star of the Future Awards (BSF) program is the Tampa Bay area’s celebration of outstanding student achievement in high school musical theater. The program focuses much-needed attention on the meaningful work being done on and off the stage by dedicated teachers and students within their high school theater programs. By recognizing and honoring individual artistry in vocal, dance, and acting performance, and honoring theater educators’ and administrators’ commitment to performing arts education, the Broadway Star of the Future Awards seek to encourage excellence in the performing arts, engage families in the activities of their students, ignite a far-reaching partnership between the Straz Center and area schools, and contributes to the development of future audiences for live performing arts in the Tampa Bay area.
The following schools are participating in the 2016-2017 Broadway Star of the Future Awards:
The 2016/2017 school year application deadline was January 31st. We will begin accepting applications for the 2017/2018 school year starting September 2017