HOUSTON -- The start of the new school year means the start of the competition season for thousands of musical theater students in Southeast Texas. Of the hundreds of high schools in the Houston area, 45 have been chosen to compete for this year's Tommy Tune Awards. The Tommy Tune Awards recognize the best productions of musical theater by high school students and their teachers. During the 2015-16 school year; each school's performance will be judged and evaluated by a team of Houston-based theater professionals. The winners will be announced at the awards show on April 19, 2016 at the Hobby Center.
TUTS' Tommy Tune Awards are named for Broadway legend, Houston native and Lamar High School alumnus Tommy Tune. A performer, director and choreographer with more than 50 years of stage experience, Tune received nine Tony Awards for his work in the following productions: Seesaw, My One and Only, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, Nine, Grand Hotel and The Will Rogers Follies. He was also awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2003 by President Bush.