Roger Rees Awards

10th Annual Celebration of The Roger Rees Awards to Be Held Online

The Broadway Education Alliance has announced that the 10th annual presentation of the Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance, a celebration of high school musical programs, will be held on Monday, June 1 at 7:30 PM (EDT) on BEA’s YouTube channel. Broadway On Demand, the new global theatrical streaming platform, will present the Roger Rees Awards live pre-show hosted by Ruthie Fierberg also on Monday, June 1 at 7:00 PM (EDT). 

The event will raise money for the Broadway Education Alliance, a New York-based not-for-profit organization and fiscal sponsor of The Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance, and draw attention to their mission of raising awareness for the value of arts education in schools by recognizing the outstanding work and talent of teachers and students in high schools across the Greater New York Metro area. To make a contribution, click here.

The Roger Rees Awards recognize the importance of theatre arts education and celebrate the exceptional life and career-long artistic excellence of Broadway’s beloved actor/director, Roger Rees. The online talent showcase will be produced by Cody Williams (On Stage) and hosted by NY1’s Emmy Award-winning reporter Frank DiLella and 2018 Roger Rees and Jimmy Award-winning Best Actor Andrew Barth Feldman, who made his Broadway debut as Evan in Dear Evan Hansen in 2019. 

The event will feature New York-area high school students in multiple musical numbers, including an opening anthem “As Long as There Is Love” from the highly anticipated production of Mrs. Doubtfire, and a closing finale to be announced. Roger Rees Award finalists will also be showcased.

To mark the 10th anniversary of this program, there will be a special performance of all 18 previous Roger Rees Award-winners (formerly called the Gershwin Awards), including three Jimmy Award winners: Ekele Ukegbu (2019 Best Actress), Andrew Barth Feldman (2018 Best Actor) and Marla Louissaint (2015 Best Actress).

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, BEA’s management team at Camp Broadway LLC worked collaboratively with participating school administrators to adapt the adjudication process for selecting the student nominees for Best Actor and Best Actress. Schools that had planned to produce an officially licensed production of a Broadway musical during the 2019-2020 academic year nominated two performers to represent their musical. Through a video audition process, professional Broadway coaches and music directors selected the top fifty students — 25 men and 25 women — to move forward in the competition.

A panel of Broadway professionals including Bonita Hamilton (The Lion King), Hal Luftig (Tony Award-winning producer), Rob McClure (Mrs. Doubtfire), Patricia Hoag Simon (Marymount Manhattan College), and Merri Sugarman (Tara Rubin Casting) will announce the Best Actor and Best Actress high school performer in the Greater New York region during the show.

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