NEWS TUTS to present Tommy Tunes Awards as online show on Tuesday April 28

The annual celebration of high school musical theatre in the Greater Houston area, is going online. In response to Harris County's active stay-at-home order, due to the coronavirus cris, event organizer Theare Under The Stars will live-stream the awards show on Ruesday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. on the Theatre Under The Stars Facebook page and on the YouTube Channel. The event was originally scheduled ot take place at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

"The Tommy Tune Awards is the ultimate celebrtion of high school musical theatre inour city, with typically over 2,500 young people from across Houston in attendance," said Israel Jimenez, director of community engagement for TUTS. "We knew we had to find a creative way to give these kids a very special evening during this difficult time."

In addtion to the annoucement of this year's winners during the online event, college scholarships will also be awarded to a talented group of graduating seniors who plan to pursue careers in the arts.

"We'll be featuring at-home performances from local high school students, clips of the productions nominated for Best Musical and some very special Broadway guests. There will be many surprises during the show," aid Olson Scott Kelly, TUTS' artistic associate and director of the Tommy Tunes Awards show.

The Tommy Tune Awards Program celebrates the educational value, artistry and community of high school musical theatre in the Greater Houston area. After evaluating the 46 paticipating Houston-area high school productions during the 2019-2020 schol year, a team of 36 Houston-based theatre professionals nominated students in 15 award categories. A complee list of rthe nominees for the 2020 Tommyt Tune Awards is avaiable online at







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