Held in Orlando the end of June started with regional auditions in LA, Chicago, New York and online. Twenty four semi-finalists and six finalists. I am proud of my organization for recognizing Musical Theatre (NATS prefers “Theater”—we’ll have to agree to disagree on this one) as a legitimate vocal performance medium and honoring young artists singing the songs from the only truly American Art form. The final round of competition brought a largely classical audience to it’s feet. The first time ever at a NATS competition! Lively discussion and different points of view about who won and who should have won—creating the opportunity for dialog. There are, of course, kinks to be worked out in the format and execution of this Musical Theatre Competition, but all together a splendid start!