Les Mis lead wins state theater award, will go to nationals

May 1, 2013

Congratulations to John Clay III, who earlier this week won the Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards in Chicago. Teachers from around the state nominated students for the award. Based on John’s video performance and recommendations, he was selected as one of 12 male and 12 female finalists. John won with his performance of “Bring Him Home” from Les Misérables. He will represent Illinois in New York on Broadway for the 2013 National High School Musical Theater Awards (also known as "the Jimmy").

John received training from Broadway in Chicago and will receive a week of workshops on Broadway this summer. He also will be part of the reality TV show “Broadway or Bust” on PBS. He is slated to perform on stage this Friday and Sunday at the Cadillac Palace Theatre directly after "Anything Goes" performs.