The Ben Vereen Awards are the new Southwest Regional National High School Musical Competition. It covers a broad swath of geography from the southwest corner of New Mexico through southern Arizona to San Diego on the Pacific coast. At this time, Tucson and San Diego are each sending 5 finalists of each gender to compete. In both cities, finalist candidates have been selected through a comprehensive juried process leading to their local awards. At the Regional Competition, a Best Actor and Best Actress will be selected to compete on a national level at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards held in New York City on June 29, 2015 at the Minskoff Theatre, home of Disney’s THE LION KING.