Competition sends local high school musical theater performers to Broadway

Broadway/San Diego recently announced that Ben Vereen will co-host the Southwest Region Ben Vereen Awards on June 14, as well as teach a special master class to the student finalists.

The Ben Vereen Awards is a local high school competition sponsored by San Diego County Credit Union in which two talented students from the Southwest region (which includes San Diego and Tucson high schools) will be crowned Best Actor and Best Actress and go on to compete at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York this June.

Vereen will also co-host a pre-show VIP meet and greet prior to the June 14 competition.

The San Diego high school competition of the Ben Vereen Awards will be held at the Spreckels Theatre in Downtown San Diego June 7. It will include up to 10 leading female and male semi-finalists, along with awarding Best Musical, Best Drama Teacher and “People’s Choice,” whereby a winner will be chosen by those in attendance. Following the local competition, semi-finalists from San Diego and Tucson will compete in the Southwest Region Finals at the Spreckels Theatre on Saturday, June 14, 2014.

The winning Best Actor and Best Actress performers will be flown to New York for a week of intensive training before they compete in the national finals, The Jimmy™ Awards, on a Broadway stage for a $10,000 scholarship on Monday, June 30, 2014.

Tickets for both competitions go on sale March 21 at the Spreckels Theatre Box Office, Ticketmaster, and online at or

Broadway/San Diego is still accepting local high schools to participate in the San Diego competition. For more information and to find out how your school can participate, please go to