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Your Winners of the 8th Annual Jimmy Awards

28 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The eighth annual National High School Musical Theatre Awards, also known as the Jimmy Awards, took place June 27 at the Minskoff Theatre, honoring the best of the best in musical theater performance from 31 schools across the country. Tony nominee Zachary Levi (“She Loves Me”) hosted the inspirational ceremony, where 62 hopefuls sang Broadway-inspired tunes, including a number featuring songs from Broadway’s “On Your Feet!” and an opening medley that combined moments from the new and the classic: “Hamilton,” “Waitress,” “Chicago,” and more. Eight talented finalists then delivered solo performances for the chance to win coveted awards.  Top acting honors for the evening went to Josh Strobl of Los Angeles, who won best actor singing “Maria” from “West Side Story,” and Amina Faye of Charlotte, North Carolina, who won best actress with her performance of “A New Life” from “Jekyll and Hyde.” Best performance in an ensemble went to Devon McCleskey, »

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Indian Superstar Musician A.R. Rahman Claims Fukuoka Prize

30 May 2016 7:41 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

India’s multi-Oscar-winning musician and composer A.R. Rahman has been named as grand prize winner of the prestigious Fukuoka Prize.

The Fukuoka Prize was established in 1990 to honor the outstanding work of individuals and organizations to preserve and promote the unique and diverse cultures of Asia. Previous winners include Muhammad Yunus, from Bangladesh, who went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Mo Yan, from China, subsequent winner of the Nobel Literature Prize and another Indian music giant Ravi Shankar.

Prolific and multi-talented, Rahman has music credits for major Indian films including “Raavan,” “Yuvraaj,” “Rockstar” and “Rang de Basanti,” as well as Western and Hollywood titles including “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” “127 Hours” and “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Fukuoka Prize organizers said: “By his world-famous music, Mr. A. R. Rahman has opened up a new arena for film music, and has become a driving-force of this field to gain it a new recognition… »

- Patrick Frater

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