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Tommy Tune Awards

Developed by TUTS in 2002, the Tommy Tune Awards honor musical theatre excellence at the high school level, celebrating outstanding student achievement in 15 categories. The Tommy Tune Awards are named after Broadway legend and Houston native, Tommy Tune, who attended Lamar High School.  TUTS' Tommy Tune Awards are designed not only to acknowledge remarkable artists in musical theatre at the high school level, but also to encourage their future in the profession by providing an opportunity to win scholarships, compete on a national level, and receive recognition from their peers. The Tommy Tune awards ceremony spotlights musical numbers from the nominated shows as well as reveal the winning performers, directors, choreographers, orchestras and designers who have defined excellence throughout school year. The awards ceremony is also broadcast on ABC channel 13.  Take a look at G.W. Carver Magnet’s Tommy Tune journey.

2016 Musical - Hairspray
(Collaboration with The Kinkaid School)

(10 Tommy Tune Nominations) 

Best Musical

Best Direction

Best Choreography/Musical Staging (WIN)

Best Musical Direction

Best Ensemble/Chorus

Best Stage Crew & Technical Execution

Best Costumes

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actress

Best Featured Performer (Jazmyne Charles)

Tommy Tune Awards Ceremony

It was canceled due to historic flooding.  A reception was held and Treat Carrier accepted the Best Choreography award.   

Hairspray Production Team
Carver Production Team
Roshunda Jones, Director, Jabari Collins, Technical Director & Choreographer, Sarita Salinas, Additional Choreography & Tamara Fleming, Production Assistant

Kinkaid Production Team
Justin Doran (Director), Krissy Richmond (Choreographer), Jack Beetle (Musical Director), Mark Sell (Technical Director) & Aaron Girlinghouse (Additional Choreography).  Houston & Drew Academy students were part of the ensemble.  

2015 Musical - Ghost

(2 Tommy Tune Nominations) 

Best Leading Actor (Kyle Ward)

Best Featured Performer (Kristopher Adams)

Tommy Tune Awards Ceremony
(Stephanie Quintero and Kedran Wade) performed in the closing number of the awards ceremony.  Kyle Ward performed in the Best Actor medley and opening number

Ghost Production Team
Roshunda Jones (Director), Jabari Collins (Technical Director & Choreographer), Raymond Rax & Donte Wright (Musical Director), Sarita Salinas (Choreographer) & Denzel Taylor (Choreographer).   Houston & Drew Academy students were part of the ensemble.  

2014 Musical - In the Heights

(9 Tommy Tune Nominations) 

Best Musical

Best Direction

Best Choreography/Musical Staging (WIN)

Best Musical Direction

Best Orchestra (WIN)

Best Scenic Design

Best Ensemble/Chorus

Best Actor (Nyles Washington, Usnavi) (WIN)

Best Supporting Actress (Amber Scott, Daniela)  (WIN)

 Tommy Tune Awards Ceremony

(Stephanie Garcia and Isaiah Rusk) performed in the closing number of the awards ceremony. Amber Scott and Nyles Washington performed in the opening number of the awards ceremony.  Nyles Washington performed in the Best Actor  medley.  Scott received a scholarship from the Theatre Under the Stars scholarship committeeThe In the Heights cast members performed Carnival Del Barrio and received a standing ovation at the ceremony. 

In the Heights Production Team

Roshunda Jones (Director), Jabari Collins (Technical Director & Choreographer), Kiana Day (Musical Director), Juan Polanco (Vocal Coach) Tamara Fleming (Production Assistant), Sarita Salinas (Choreographer) and Selina Baynard (Choreographer).   Houston & Drew Academy students were part of the ensemble.  


2013 Musical-The Color Purple

(12 Tommy Tune Nominations) 

Best Musical

Best Direction

Best Choreography

Best Musical Direction

Best Orchestra

Best Costume Design

Best Ensemble/Chorus (Win)

Best Actor (Trey Lewis, Mister)

Best Actress (Amber Scott, Celie)

Best Supporting Actor (Alric Davis, Harpo),

Best Supporting Actress (Delaney Williams, Shug Avery) 

Best Featured Performer (Sydney Malone, Sophia) 

 Tommy Tune Awards Ceremony

(Valencia De La Cerda and Andrew Wesley) perform in the closing number of the awards ceremony. Amber Scott, Trey Lewis, Alric Davis and Delaney Williams performed in the opening number of the awards ceremony.  Amber Scott and Trey Lewis performed in the Best Actor/Actress medley.  Alric Davis received a scholarship from the Theatre Under the Stars scholarship committee.  The Color Purple cast members performed Push Da Button and received a standing ovation at the ceremony. 

 Color Purple Production Team

Roshunda Jones (Director), Jabari Collins (Technical Director & Choreographer), Daryle Freeman (Musical Director), Tamara Fleming (Production Assistant), Sarita Salinas (Choreographer) and Denzel Taylor (Choreographer).   Houston Academy students were part of the ensemble.  

 2012 Musical-Little Shop of Horrors

(2 Tommy Tune Nominations)

Best Ensemble/Chorus

Best Choreography   

Tommy Tune Awards Ceremony
(K’Yuana Nelson
and Jeremiah Gray) performed in the closing number of the awards ceremony.  

Little Shop Production Team
Roshunda Jones (Director), Jabari Collins (Technical Director), Daryle Freeman (Musical Director), Tamara Fleming (Production Assistant), Chadwick Peters (Choreographer), Sarita Salinas (Choreographer) and Denzel Taylor (Student Choreographer).   Houston Academy students were part of the ensemble.  

2011 Musical-The Wiz
(10 Tommy Tune Nominations)

Best Leading Actor  (Donte Wright, Lion)

Best Supporting Actor (Jeremiah Gray, Scarecrow)

Best Supporting Actor (Alric Davis, Tinman)

Best Featured Performer (Erin-Audrey Allen, Ensemble)

Best Featured Performer:  (Denzel Taylor, Ensemble)

Best Costumes (Win)  

Best Orchestra

Best Crew/Technical Execution 

Best Lighting Design

 Tommy Tune Awards Ceremony

(Teashia Harrison and Donte Wright) performed in the closing number of the awards ceremony. Donte Wright performed in the Best Actor medley at the ceremony.

 The Wiz Production Team

Roshunda Jones (Director),  Jabari Collins (Technical Director), Daryle Freeman (Musical Director), Tamara Fleming (Production Assistant), Tamara Harper (Choreographer), Sarita Salinas (Choreographer),  Denzel Taylor (Choreographer), Trey Lewis (Technical Director), Cordero Jennings (Lighting Designer) and Denzel Taylor (Student Choreographer).   Houston Academy & Bethune Academy students were part of the ensemble.  

2010 Musical-Sweet Charity
(4 Tommy Tune Nominations)
Best Orchestra   
Best Costumes
Best Choreography
Best Ensemble  

Tommy Tune Awards Ceremony

(Stanley Jackson & Paris Kent) were selected to perform in the closing number of the awards ceremony.  Stanley received the Ruth Denney scholarship from the TUTS scholarship committee.  The Ruth Denney award is the top scholarship given at the Tommy Tune Awards.

Sweet Charity Production Team
Roshunda Jones (Director),  Daryle Freeman (Musical Director), Bryant Bowie (Choreographer), Sarita Salinas (Choreographer),  Denzel Taylor (Choreographer), Benjamin Graham (Technical Director) and Ian Reese (Technical Director).

 2009 Musical-Dreamgirls

(3 nominations)

Best Orchestra

Best Supporting Actor (Donte Wright, Jimmy Early)

Best Supporting Actress (Angela Flakes, Lorelle)  

Dreamgirls Production Team
Roshunda Jones (Director), Daryle Freeman (Musical Director) and Bryant Bowie (Choreographer)

2008 Musical-Cinderella

(1 nomination)

Best Orchestra

Tommy Tune Awards Ceremony
(
Jalissa Wilson & Tanisha Jackson)
 were selected to perform in the closing number of the awards ceremony. 

Cinderella Production Team
Roshunda Jones (Director), Courtney Holiday (Musical Director), Tamara Fleming (Production Assistant) Bryant Bowie (Choreographer), Marcus Turner (Technical Director) and Jean O’Neal (Vocal Director)  Houston Academy students were part of the Ensemble.