On Friday, Harrison junior Halle Mastroberardino was nominated for a Metro Award for playing Polly Baker in Harrison’s “Crazy for You.”
She didn’t have much time to savor the nomination, as she was expected at the Gershwin Awards bright and early on Saturday. The Gershwinds, at NYU’s CAP 21 Studios, give high-schoolers a day to rub elbows with Broadway coaches and actors in workshops before performing their solos for a panel of judges.
Alongside Mastroberardino was her “Crazy for You” co-star Lucas Pettinato.
At the end of a long day, Mastroberardino took home the Gershwin Award for best performance by a lead actress, besting students from across the New York region. Her victory gets her a free ride to CAP 21’s summer intensive program, a $1,000 scholarship toward her future education and an invitation to The Jimmys, the National High School Musical Theatre Awards June 26 to July 2. The Jimmys, a much longer version of the one-day Gershwins, feature winners from across the country, from the Gene Kelly Awards in Pittsburgh to Texas’ Tommy Tunes to Georgia’s Schuler Hensleys.
Backed by the powerful Nederlander Organizations (whose patriarch, Jimmy Nederlander, gives the awards their nickname), the final performance of the Jimmys takes place at the Minskoff Theatre Stage on Broadway, home of Disney’s “The Lion King.”
But before the Jimmys are the Metros, June 3 at the Paramount Hudson Valley in Peekskill, where Mastroberardino will perform alongside other nominees for best leading actress, and in a production number, too, as Harrison is up for best overall production.
Photo by Matthew Brown/The Journal News: Halle Mastroberardino in her last-period chorus class last fall. Mastroberardino was named best actress in the Gershwin Awards on Saturday, the day after she was nominated for a Metro Award. Both honors are for her portrayal of Polly Baker in “Crazy for You” at Harrison High School.