Host of 'Glee'-type contest is a former winner

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 7:05 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — This year's host of the National High School Musical Theater Awards will certainly be comfortable handling the contest. After all, he won it three years ago.

Ryan McCartan, who co-stars in "Liv & Maddie" on the Disney Channel and "Royal Pains" on USA, on Monday returns to the same Broadway stage where in 2011 he won the "Glee"-like competition for musical teenagers.

Nicknamed the Jimmy Awards after theater owner James Nederlander, contest winners receive a $10,000 scholarship award, capping a months-long winnowing process that began with 60,000 students from 1,500 schools and ends at the Minskoff Theatre.

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