The 2019 Jimmy Awards® took place on Monday, June 24, 2019 at 7:30pm at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway, presented by The Broadway League Foundation. Ben Platt hosted.
The coveted Jimmy Awards for Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance by an Actor were presented to Ekele Ukegbu, The Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance (New York, NY) and Ethan Kelso, Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards (Logan, UT).
This year, the entire show was streamed live on Facebook and YouTube, brought to you by The Broadway League Foundation and 2017 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Dear Evan Hansen. Apples and Oranges Arts was the livestream and video production partner. The official media partner was WABC-TV.
The Jimmy Awards are named in honor of the late James M. Nederlander, Chairman of Nederlander Producing Company of America. Both winners were presented with a check for $25,000 to further their education. They will also be eligible for a four-year merit and need-based scholarship to attend NYU Tisch School of the Arts Department of Drama, contingent upon acceptance into the program.
Six finalists each received a $5,000 scholarship toward their future education:
Additional awards winners received a $2,000 scholarship each:
Best Dancer, presented by The Shubert Organization
Spirit of the Jimmys, presented by Hollywood Pantages Theatre
Best Performance in an Ensemble, presented by Disney Theatrical Productions
Rising Star, presented by The John Gore Organization
Special Recognition Scholarships:
Matthew Hinson (Charlotte, NC) and Tasha Partee (Woodmere, NY) received the Inspiring Teacher Award sponsored by Wells Fargo for the encouragement and inspiration that led their students to win the 2018 Jimmy Awards for Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance by an Actor.
At the ceremony George Salazar (Be More Chill) presented the nominee production number, a tribute to musicals about musicals. Jimmy Awards alumni Kyle Selig (Mean Girls) and Stephanie Styles presented the Week in Review Video. Last year’s Jimmy Awards winners and current Broadway stars Andrew Barth Feldman (Dear Evan Hansen) and Reneé Rapp (Mean Girls) presented the Inspiring Teacher Award Presented by Wells Fargo which features their respective teachers. Also making a special appearance at the ceremony was Derek Klena (Jagged Little Pill) who introduced the second production number, a celebration of the 15th anniversary of Wicked on Broadway.
Judges were comprised of notable theatre professionals including Tony Award-winning producers, award-winning casting experts and industry professionals. The evening of the performance, winners will be selected by Nathan Flower, Montego Glover, Alecia Parker,Marc Platt, Tara Rubin, Tom Schumacher, Stephen Schwartz, and Bernie Telsey. Preliminary judges who evaluated nominees prior to the ceremony included Gabriel Barre, Robert Cuccioli, Nathan Flower, Stephanie Klapper, and Seth Sklar-Heyn.
The production was directed by Van Kaplan and choreographed by Kiesha Lalama. Michael Moricz was the musical arranger and conductor, and Mary Jane Brennan was the writer. All four have been with the Jimmy Awards for all 11 years of the program. The Wicked tribute was arranged by Ben Cohn with special guest Director/Choreographer Wayne Cilento.