Ben Platt Hosts High School Jimmy Awards 2017

Ben Platt will host the Jimmy Awards 2017.Ben Platt will host the 2017 Jimmy Awards on June 26.

After winning the Tony for Best Leading Actor in a Musical, Dear Evan Hansen star Ben Platt is slated to take to the stage to honor high school students through the Jimmy Awards 2017.

Platt is hosting the ninth annual Jimmy Awards, a two-hour talent showcase featuring ensemble and solo performances, on Monday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m., at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway.

Seventy-four high school students from across the nation will have their day on Broadway as they compete for the award for best performance by an actor and actress and other honors in a competition that also includes an Inspiring Teacher Award all to be streamed live on Facebook.

Viewers can get a pre-show update on the Jimmy Awards 2017 Facebook page as of 7:15 p.m.  Eastern Standard Time followed by a second update at 8:30 p.m. during intermission.

The Facebook livestream is being hosted student reporters Julia Fernandez from the Rita Moreno Awards in San Jose, and Nate Garner from the Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards in Chicago.

In addition to awards such as Best Actress and Best Actor, the first Inspiring Teacher Award will be presented by Wells Fargo to Brendan Jennings, who teaches in Burbank, Calif., and Larry Robinson, who teaches in Monroe, NC.

Students qualify to compete in the national awards, named for late Broadway producer and theater owner James Nederlander, by winning regional high school musical theater competitions presented by Broadway League member performing arts centers.

More than 1,300 high schools and 50,000 students participate in these annual events that since 2009 have led to more than $1 million in university and conservatory scholarships, according to the awards. Several student participants have already been cast in Broadway, touring and West End productions.

Jimmy Award nominees get some help before taking the stage for the ceremony thanks to nine days of  training with NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ New Studio on Broadway faculty members and other theater professionals.