62 high school students hopeful of a musical crown

June 30, 2013 • Entertainment

In this Thursday, June 27, 2013, photo, Anthony Nappier of Los Angeles practices singing “I Believe” from “The Book of Mormon” in New York City, ahead of the National High School Musical Theater Awards on Monday, July 1. Nappier is one of 62 students from across the nation competing for the contest’s top prizes and scholarship money. (AP Photo/Mark Kennedy)

NEW YORK (AP) — In a steaming, stuffy classroom downtown, it was time for some talented youngsters to face the music.

Half a dozen high school students from across the country were being critiqued on their singing and performance skills by a coach helping them prepare for the National High School Musical Theater Awards on Monday night.

One student from California was warned to perform “I Believe” from “The Book of Mormon” without an ounce of smirk. A teen from Utah was advised not to overthink a Stephen Sondheim lyric. And when a Colorado student wanted advice on whether she was better off singing a serious song from “Aida” or a funny one from “Cinderella,” she was asked to sing both. The funny one came out on top.

“That’s the one,” said the coach, Tony Login to read more

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