The Lucie Arnaz
The Lucie Arnaz were created to honor and celebrate the outstanding work of teachers and students in the performing arts, specifically musical theatre, in both public and private high schools in The Inland Empire, which includes both Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The Lucie Arnaz Awards is a competition but the overarching mission is to celebrate, honor and inspire quality performing arts experiences in our regions high schools and bring national attention to excellence in arts education. The Lucie Arnaz Awards were created and founded jointly by namesake Lucie Arnaz and David Green, who serves at the Executive Director and Producer of the Awards program. Mr. Green is the regional editor for Broadway World and has mentored and trained dozens of working actors on Broadway including Tony Winner Lindsay Mendez and Tony Nominees Stephanie Block, Susan Egan and Matthew Morrison.
The Lucie Arnaz are presented by The Hollywood Pantages Theatre, a Broadway League presenting theatre, and David Green’s Musical Theatre University, a comprehensive Conservatory program designed for young people with aspirations for careers in professional theatre, located in Rancho Mirage, California.
or the 2021 Season,Twenty six (26) public and private high schools from Riverside County have been invited to participate in The 2019 Lucie Arnaz Awards by personal invitation of The Executive Director. These schools are located in The Coachella Valley, Banning/Beaumont, Redlands, Yucaipa, Hemet, Murrietta, Menifee, Lake Elsinore, The Moreno Valley and Temecula. These are schools who have either previously participated in The Lucie Arnaz Awards or have been introduced by the recommendation of a previously participating school. In addition, high schools that contact the Executive Director directly by the registration deadline, up to a maximum of thirty (30) participating schools will be included.
The “Lucie A Award” is presented to the winning Leading Actor and Actress, selected in a live competition before a panel of Celebrated Broadway adjudicators, at The Lucie Arnaz Awards Ceremony. The participants must have played the Leading Role in their high school musical (as designated by The NHSMTA criteria) presented between October 2020 and May 2021. The criteria for participation has been modified during the 2021 Season because so many schools productions are dark due to Covid-19. This new criteria has been delivered directly to the performing arts instructors at participating schools.
Four Leading Actors and Four Leading Actresses will be selected as Finalists, based on the objective, numerical scores from the preliminary competition, and will compete LIVE in a virtually-streamed competition.
The top winners of The “LucieA Award” — Best Leading Actor and Best Leading Actress” — will represent The Inland Empire at The National High School Musical Theatre Awards, aka The Jimmy Awards, for a week-long, all expenses paid intensive training program and competition. This season The Jimmy Awards will be held virtually.
The National High School Musical Theatre Awards, aka The Jimmy Awards, are presented by The Broadway League and Pittsburgh CLO annually at The Minskoff Theatre In NYC. The winning Leading Actor and Leading Actress selected in a competitions sponsored by Broadway League Theatres throughout the nation, spend a week in New York City in rehearsals, master classes, coachings and seminars with the most celebrated actors, choreographers, dancers, directors, casting directors and writers on Broadway, that culminate in a competition to select The Best Leading Actor and Actress in America. Jimmy Winners and Finalists have already including Andrew Barth Feldman (2018) currently making his Broadway Debut as Evan in Dear Evan Hansen and Eva Noblezada (2013) nominated for A Tony Award as Kim in the 2014 revival of Miss Saigon. This season, due to Covid-19, the Jimmy Awards will be held virtually.
Lucie Arnaz is celebrating 50 plus years in show business. She began her long career in a recurring role on television on The Lucy Show, opposite her mother, Lucille Ball. At age fifteen, she became a series regular on Here’s Lucy, a show which ran for six seasons. She starred in her own series, The Lucie Arnaz Show and later in the critically acclaimed Sons & Daughters on CBS. On the big screen, Lucie has starred opposite Neil Diamond and Sir Laurence Olivier in The Jazz Singer (for which she received a Golden Globe nomination), opposite Tom Laughlin in Billy Jack Goes To Washington, alongside Ken Howard in Second Thoughts, and opposite Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Henry Winkler in Down To You, a Miramax film. With Stockard Channing and Sandy Duncan, Lucie created the role of Kathy in the west coast premiere of Vanities at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. She later won the role of Gittle Mosca in the national company of the Cy Coleman/Dorothy Field's "love of a musical", Seesaw, opposite John Gavin and Tommy Tune and directed by Michael Bennett. On Broadway she played role of the unforgettably wacky, Sonia Wolsk, in the Neil Simon/Marvin Hamlisch/Carole Bayer Sager musical They’re Playing Our Song, directed by Robert Moore for which she received The Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Circle, Theatre World and Outer Critic's Circle Awards. Ms. Arnaz returned to the Broadway stage where she received rave reviews for her portrayal of Bella in the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play, Lost In Yonkers, written by Neil Simon and directed by Gene Saks. Most recently, Lucie made waves as Berthe in the national touring company of Pippin, performing up-side-down nightly in a tantilizing trapeze act alongside original cast member John Rubenstein.