Named for local Broadway star Tom Wopat, the Tommy Awards encourage, recognize and honor excellence in high school musical theater. Educators, and industry professionals review productions at more than 70 high schools in 23 counties and provide valuable feedback.
School and student achievements are honored and featured in an awards show held at Overture Center in June, and two outstanding performers advance to The National High School Musical Theater Awards (NHSMTA) competition in New York City.
Students at participating high schools can participate in the Tommy Performance Ensemble, become a Student Critic and attend workshops with Broadway tour performers. Check out the Student Participation Guide for more information.
Overture Center is pleased to collaborate with the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and The Grand Theater expanding the reach of the Tommy Awards to the greater Milwaukee and Wausau area schools.
2017 Tommy Awards Show will be held on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 6 PM
Tommy Awards on Wisconsin Public Television
Overture and WPT collaborated in celebrating the important work done in high school musical theater and are excited to share the talent and dedication with viewers around the state. A one-hour program will air in October 2016 featuring highlights from the annual awards show, and was part of WPT’s multiyear Young Performers Initiative, which celebrates Wisconsin’s young artists and those who inspire them. Find additional videos on the WPT website. Here is a teaser from this year’s program:
Wisconsin Public Television
- Flagship Channel: MON, OCT 24 at 8 PM & SUN, OCT 30 at 4 PM
- The Wisconsin Channel: SUN, OCT 29 at 10 PM
Milwaukee Public Television
- Channel 36.1: FRI, NOV 18 at 9 PM & SUN, NOV 20 at 1 PM
- Channel 10.1: SUN, NOV 20 at 10 PM
Tommy Award Recipients
Tommy Award Newsletters
- Oct 2016
- May 2016
- March-April 2016
- January 2016
- November 2015
- October 2015
- May 2015
- March 2015
- January 2015
- November 2014
- September 2014
- May 2014
- March 2014
- January 2014
- November 2013
- September 2013
Overture Center is pleased to collaborate with Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in Milwaukee, The Grand Theater in Wausau and Wisconsin Public Television.
This program was supported in part by American Girl’s Fund for Children, A. Paul Jones Charitable Trust, Kuehn Family Foundation, and a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Contact Programming and Community Engagement Manager Karra Beach