On Wednesday April 20th, over 150 students, directors, and parents gathered at Shea's 710 Theatre for the 2016 Kenny Awards Nominations Announcement. Four nominees in the 13 award categories were announced throughout the evening. All ten finalists are automatically nominated for The Kenny, or the Outstanding Musical Production award.
The Kenny Awards have always had nominees in each category, but historically the program announced the nominees at the ceremony just moments before announcing the winners. In an effort to provide the students and the schools enough time to recognize the honor of being nominated and get excited about the honor, the Kenny Awards decided to hold a nominations announcement prior to the ceremony in 2014. The response was overwhelmingly positive and this year's nominations will mark the third annual Kenny Awards Nomination Announcement.
In September of 2015, the Kenny Awards was honored to be accepted into the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, aka the Jimmy Awards, named after James Nederlander. The Kenny Awards is one of over 30 regional awards programs nationally that will be participating in The Jimmy's this June.
The winners of the Kenny's Outstanding Leading Actor and Actress awards will be representing Western New York in the Jimmy Awards this June in New York City! The week-long Jimmy experience will include complimentary airfare and ground travel to and from New York City, complimentary lodging and food, and training sessions with Broadway theatre professionals. Throughout the week, over 60 students from across the country will be showing off their acting, singing, and dancing skills for various college scholarships.
The Jimmy program culminates in a ceremony similar to our Kenny Awards on Monday, June 27 at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre. This means everyone will be making their Broadway debut whether they win "The Jimmy" or not.
For over 25 years, hundreds of outstanding high school musical theatre productions in Western New York have been recognized and honored by The Kenny Awards.