Rita Moreno Awards

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

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. (www.jimmyawards.org).

High school productions will 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!

Download and follow Rules & Guidelines for entry.

Important Dates:

September 29, 2017: Registration opens

December 15, 2017: Fall Materials Deadline

April 20, 2018: Spring Materials Deadline

May 21, 2018: The Rita Moreno Awards


NEW: This year we are sending adjudicators to school productions. If you are interested in applying to join the Adjudication Team, please complete this form. For more information, email deanna@cmtsj.org

Previous Year’s Nominees & Winners

 2015, 2016, 2017

About CMT San Jose

Currently celebrating its 50th season, CMT San Jose reaches nearly 40,000 youth and their families each season through its robust education programs, performances, and production workshops. CMT casts all who wish to participate regardless of financial or physically limitations. CMT produces 10 shows each season encompassing 107 performances at the Montgomery Theater in downtown San Jose.  (www.cmtsj.org)

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. (www.broadwaysanjose.com)

About James Nederlander

James M. Nederlander or “Jimmy” as the theatrical community knew him, was the Chairman of the Nederlander Producing Company of America Inc., which recently marked its 100th anniversary, and was a producer of distinguished entertainment for more than 70 years. He produced innumerable Broadway plays and musicals, winning 11 Tony® Awards, and 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.

Nederlander Broadway houses have hosted WickedHamiltonThe Lion KingAn American in Paris, Honeymoon in Vegas, and Finding Neverland.

Mr. Nederlander produced or co-produced more than 100 shows including ApplauseCopenhagenThe Will Rogers FolliesLes Liaisons DangereusesMe and My GirlLa Cage aux FollesNineNoises OffLena Horne: The Lady and Her MusicBenefactorsWoman of the Year, and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.

The Broadway League presented Jimmy with the Schoenfeld Vision for Arts Education Award in 2010 for establishing the National High School Musical Theatre Awards™.