California Honors

THE RITA MORENO CALIFORNIA HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL HONORS will be co-hosted for the fourth year by CMT San Jose and Broadway San Jose at the San Jose Center for Performing Arts.

May 22, 2017 - 7:30pm
Tickets on sale now! Use Code RITA.


This awards competition recognizes outstanding achievement in high school musical theater north of Santa Barbara. The Outstanding Actor and Actress winners will be sent to the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA) - also known as the Jimmy™ Awards - in New York City, where they’ll perform on a Broadway stage before industry experts, and compete for scholarship opportunities to NYU's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. (

Entrants may register as individuals or entire productions to be considered for nomination in the following categories: Best Overall Production, Outstanding Actor, Outstanding Actress, Outstanding Supporting Actor and Outstanding Supporting Actress.

We look forward to working with some of the brightest high school theater stars in California!

Registration for the 2017 competition is now closed.

Rules & Guidelines

Qualifying Roles

2015 Highlight Video:

2016 Nominees and Winners
2015 Nominees and Winners
2014 Nominees and Winners

Prior, winners from the area competed in the Bay Area High School Musical Theatre Stage Top Honor Awards, hosted by the San Jose Stage company from 2010-2013.

About CMT San Jose

Currently in its 48th season, CMT San Jose impacts over 10,000 youth per season through multiple educational programs. CMT produces 10 shows a season encompassing 107 performances at the Montgomery Theater in San Jose.  (

About Broadway San Jose

Broadway San Jose - the northern California affiliate of the Nederlander organization - presents touring Broadway musicals at the San Jose Center for Performing Arts in partnership with Team San Jose, and is a member of the Broadway League. (

About James Nederlander

James M. Nederlander or “Jimmy” as the theatrical community knows him, is the Chairman of the Nederlander Producing Company of America Inc., which recently marked its 100th anniversary, and is in his 70th year as a producer of distinguished entertainment. He has produced innumerable Broadway plays and musicals, winning 11 Tony® Awards, and has presented operas, ballets, concerts and artists ranging from Nureyev to Sinatra to Billy Joel to U2. Nine of his theatres are on Broadway and the balance in Detroit, Los Angeles, San Diego, Tucson, Durham, Chicago and London. (