Did you miss last night’s livestream, or just want to revisit the stellar performances from the 2023 Jimmy Award nominees? Playbill’s got you covered with this roundup of each number performed at the awards ceremony at the Minskoff Theatre.
The Jimmy Awards are presented in two acts. In the first act, all 96 nominees (who hail from around the country) perform in some capacity. They are divided into large dance-heavy group numbers and character medleys (where small groups of students each sing a segment as the character they were nominated for). Then eight finalists are selected, who each sing a solo number (check out Playbill's interview with the winners here). Marvel at this year's Jimmy nominees with the dynamic numbers below.
The show opened with a mashup jam-packed with Broadway musicals—some from the 2022-2023 season (like Kimberly Akimbo, Parade, and New York, New York) and some timeless classics, like MJ and Chicago. Try to spot all the musicals that were included!
Broadway Medley #1
Featuring Skylar Kline (Kansas City, Missouri) as Bert from Mary Poppins, Langston Lee (Austin, Texas) as Dmitry from Anastasia, Breton Sego (Albuquerque, New Mexico) as Dmitry from Anastasia, Samantha A. Nelson (Orlando, Florida) as Velma Kelly from Chicago: Teen Edition, Calista Zajac (Cleveland, Ohio) as Roxie Hart from Chicago: Teen Edition, Denver Dickenson Jr. (Tempe, Arizona) as Eddie Flagrante from Zombie Prom, Layla Abu Saada (Kansas City, Missouri) as Katherine Plumber from Newsies, and Kennedy Vanover (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) as The Drowsy Chaperone.
Broadway Medley #2
Featuring Will Gonzalez (Chicago, Illinois) as Usnavi from In the Heights, Hannah Jenkins (San Antonio, Texas) as Fanny Brice from Funny Girl, Cameron Duggins (San Antonio, Texas) as The Beast from Beauty and the Beast, Jack Haroutunian (New Haven, Connecticut) as Damien from Mean Girls, High School Version, Fabiola Caraballo Quijada (Dallas, Texas) as Motormouth Maybelle from Hairspray, Christian McCleary (La Mirada, California) as The Phantom of the Opera, Christian Strong (Columbus, Ohio) as Lola from Kinky Boots, Keegan McGowan (San Diego, California) as Spongebob Squarepants, and Noah Colvin (Durham, North Carolina) as Sebastian from Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
Tribute to Touring Broadway
The next big group number was a musical tribute to touring productions. The medley included songs and shows that reference traveling or take place all over the country, from the title song to Oklahoma! to “Getting Out of Town” from 42nd Street.
Featuring Jillian Armstrong (East Lansing, Michigan), Paulina Bradley (Midland, Pennsylvania), Luke Calaway (Appleton, Wisconsin), Kyra Carr (Austin, Texas), Grace Casciato (Des Moines, Iowa), Steven Dao (Omaha, Nebraska), Lily Davis (Appleton, Wisconsin), Helena Engberg (Columbus, Ohio), Qai Gerber (Boise, Idaho), Savon Harris (Cleveland, Ohio), Evan Hulse (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma), Charlie Lane (Tampa, Florida), Calvin Lindo (New York, New York), J.T. Loveless (Tulsa, Oklahoma), Grace Lupoli (New Haven, Connecticut), Kaitlyn Majewski (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Jackson Manning (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Ashley Manocchi (Schenectady, New York), Taigh Moran (Madison, Wisconsin), Alyse Negroni (Tempe, Arizona), Whit Robbins (Memphis, Tennessee), Corbin Drew Ross (Dallas, Texas), Ian Rubin (Washington, D.C.), Katie Ruttenberg (Charlotte, North Carolina), Anna Shea Safran (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Maya Sharma (West Palm Beach, Florida), Riley Stannard (Las Vegas, Nevada), Jacob Storey (Midland, Pennsylvania), Tirzah Villarreal (San Diego, California), Maggie Weckesser (Dayton, Ohio), Evan Williams (Rochester, New York), and Anna Wright (St. Louis, Missouri).
Broadway Medley #3
Featuring Tiffany Nowak (Buffalo, New York) as Belle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Sawyer Curtis (Nashville, Tennessee) as Edward Bloom from Big Fish, Dylan Bradford (Logan, Utah) as The Man in the Yellow Suit from Tuck Everlasting, Hope Galloway (Rochester, New York) as Miss Honey from Matilda, Gabbie Jison (San Jose, California) as Matilda, as Callista DeFeo (Providence, Rhode Island) as Penelope Pennywise from Urinetown, Kaylor Toronto (Los Angeles, California) as Roger Davis from Rent, and Samia Posadas (Tucson, Arizona) as Elle Woods from Legally Blonde the Musical.
Broadway Medley #4
Featuring Camille Nugent (Denver, Colorado) as Alice Murphy from Bright Star, Tyler Guinto-Brody (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) as Quasimodo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Isabella Vida Jackson (Washington, D.C.) as Deloris Van Cartier from Sister Act, Ayden Weinstein (Buffalo, New York) as Prince Eric from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Payton Carter (Boise, Idaho) as the Baker’s Wife from Into the Woods, Makenzie Woolridge (Houston, Texas) as the Witch from Into the Woods, and Lauren A. Marchand (New York, New York) as Elsa from Frozen.
Musical Tribute: Musicals Inspired by Shakespeare
This next group of nominees brought the house down with a musical tribute to Shakespeare—with musicals inspired by the Bard's plays, from West Side Story to Kiss Me, Kate to & Juliet.
Featuring Jaxon Allison (Orlando, Florida), Trever Arnold (Atlanta, Georgia), Croix Baker (Des Moines, Iowa), Kavan Bhatia (San Jose, California), Mark Bonney (East Lansing, Michigan), Ava Broneer (Los Angeles, California), Hailey Brown (Memphis, Tennessee), Lucas Brown (West Palm Beach, Florida), Patrick Comunale (Dayton, Ohio), Logan Esposito (Schenectady, New York), Payton Fraser (Chicago, Illinois), Joe Jacobson (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Thomas Jaques (Providence, Rhode Island), Sophi Keller (Logan, Utah), Nori Kai Little (Albuquerque, New Mexico), Emily Marx (Atlanta, Georgia), Lainey McCarter (Nashville, Tennessee), Kayla Rae McCarty (Palm Springs, California), Zoe McCracken (Las Vegas, Nevada), Korin Messina (Tucson, Arizona), Carly Mikula (Madison, Wisconsin), Mia Nelson (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Connor O’Brian (Denver, Colorado), Emma Perdue (Tulsa, Oklahoma), Lilly Pritchard (Durham, North Carolina), Omar Andre Real (Palm Springs, California), Nic Rhew (Houston, Texas), Annie Sardouk (Tampa, Florida), Jocelyn Tisdale (Omaha, Nebraska), Lance Toppin (Charlotte, North Carolina), Natalia Vassilian (La Mirada, California), and Gage Williams (St. Louis, Missouri).
For act two, a panel of judges selected eight semifinalists and eight finalists, all of whom receive scholarships. The finalists then advanced to perform a solo song that they spent the week perfecting with coaches and mentors. Finally, after listening to the solos, the judges chose the two Jimmy Award winners for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress.
The semifinalists were: Croix Baker, Steven Dao, Jackson Manning, Carly Mikula, Mia Nelson, Annie Sardouk, Ayden Weinstein, and Makenzie Woolridge.
Maya Sharma performed “In My Dreams” from Anastasia.
Corbin Drew Ross performed “Stranger” from Big Fish.
Samia Posadas performed “Stupid With Love” from Mean Girls.
Christian Strong performed “When Words Fail” from Shrek the Musical.
Anna Wright performed “I Cain’t Say No” from Oklahoma!
Omar Andre Real performed “I’m Alive” from Next to Normal
Lauren Marchand (who eventually won) performed “With You” from Ghost The Musical.
Langston Lee (who eventually won) performed “Wondering” from The Bridges of Madison County.
To end the evening, the nominees reunited onstage for a heartwarming medley about friendship and taking chances, starting off with “Friends” from Shucked and ending with "It's My Life" from & Juliet.