Happy to announce that I’ll be joining producer Danielle Rudess at 4 p.m. on Friday in the rehearsal studios of her Helen Hayes Youth Theater in Nyack to announce – live via a lohud.com exclusive webcast – the nominees for the 16th annual Metropolitan High School Theater Awards.
There are 26 categories to go through – technical and artistic, from best lobby display and student soloist to best actress and actor and the coveted best overall production – and 40 schools from Rockland, Westchester and Bergen counties in the running.
They’re still tabulating the results from the exhaustive forms each judge fills out and no one will know – till Friday at 4 – whose names will be among the nominees.
After Friday’s live webcast, I’ll post the list of nominees here, so be sure to check back.
The awards ceremony will be June 3 and will once again be at the Paramount in Peekskill, which is now under new management (having survived a scare that had it shuttered from October till now) and will officially reopen the week after the Metros, with a concert by violinist Daisy Jopling.
Broadway star John Treacy Egan, now appearing with Matthew Broderick in “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” will host the evening.
Once again, we’ll be backstage before the show interviewing nominees and we’ll carry the entire ceremony as a webcast which you can see right here. I always say it’s the loudest, proudest night on the high-school-theater calendar across the Lower Hudson Valley. And it is.
See the list of participating schools here.