The Dazzle Awards presented by Pat & John Chapman inspire and honor excellence in high school musical theater and recognize the importance of musical theater and arts-education within the Northeast Ohio community. The program offers arts education opportunities throughout the school year including professional master classes, audition workshops, apprenticeships and more, and culminates regionally at Playhouse Square with the Dazzle Awards Ceremony, modeled after the Tony Awards®, to recognize outstanding musical theater productions and students.
Each year, a curated panel of independent adjudicators attends one production at each participating school and provides educational feedback and scores to determine nominations and awards in over 12 categories. The 2024 Dazzle Awards Ceremony is in the KeyBank State Theatre on May 18, 2024 at 7:30 p.m. The Dazzle Awards program is affiliated with the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (“The Jimmy Awards”) presented by The Broadway League Foundation. The regional winners of the Best Actor and Actress categories will represent Playhouse Square and Northeast Ohio at The National High School Musical Theatre Awards® (The Jimmy Awards®).
The Jimmy Awards® / The National High School Musical Theatre Awards® (NHSMTA®) program impacts more than 140,000 students who participate in high school musical theatre competitions sponsored by over forty professional theatres throughout the United States. Presented by the Broadway League Foundation, the program invites two winners from each of these regional ceremonies to participate in a theatre intensive including coaching and rehearsals with Broadway professionals in preparation for a one-night-only talent showcase. The program has been the catalyst for more than $5,000,000 in educational scholarships. For more information, please visit JimmyAwards.com.
Learn how your school can be a part of the Dazzle Awards.
Learn more about serving as an adjudicator for the Dazzle Awards.
Meet the team behind the Dazzle Awards
Browse past Dazzle Awards photos, highlights, past winners, and footage from the PNC Red Carpet.
Dazzle Awards alumni are invited to stay connected to Playhouse Square.