5 June 2012 2:29 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Inside Broadway held its annual Broadway Beacon Awards on Monday night, honoring Christie Brinkley, Nick Jonas, Iatse Local One President James J. Claffey Jr., and the Millennium Broadway Hotel, where the event was held. The awards show focused on the honorees’ contributions to the theater community, as well as the work that Inside Broadway, a not-for-profit educational theater company, has done with students throughout New York City.The evening included a performance by Elizabeth Stanley, who just finished starring in “Million Dollar Quartet” Off-Broadway, plenty of jokes from entertainment reporter Julie Chang, who hosted the event, and even a surprise performance by Jonas, which incited much squealing from the younger members of the audience. But it was a group of ten students from P.S. 97 in Brooklyn who kicked off the show, performing an adorable rendition of “New York, New York” from the Leonard Bernstein musical, “On the Town,” which prompted. »

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