The whirlwind evening started at 4:30 pm when the students arrived at Shea's for a run through. The experience of standing on Shea's main stage for the first time can be quite overwhelming. Shea's production staff walked the students through the event and let them take turns rehearsing their speeches to an empty house before the actual announcement.
The Kenny students were then brought backstage to the catering room, where countless stars have dined between and before performances, for dinner, socializing, and last minute preparation. Then at 6:30 pm, they were brought back up to the stage for the actual announcement.
The enthusiasm and passion from the students was palpable to the audience. By the end of the night, everyone was excited not only for the 16-17 Broadway series, but also for the Kenny ceremony on May 14.
We thank all of the students presenters for their incredible work, professionalism, and preparedness for the event. We can't wait to see all of our finalists on May 14!