Ben Vereen Awards: Southern Arizona Competition - Broadway in Tucson and Arts Express are excited to announce that Tony Award-winner Ben Vereen will host the Southern Arizona "Ben Vereen" Awards. Celebrating excellence in local high school musical theater, this event is part of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards. The Southern Arizona Ben Vereen Awards showcases THE BEST local high school musical theatre students. Experience a STAR BEING BORN as 25 Tucson students compete for Best Actor and Best Actress and the opportunity to go to the National High School Musical Theatre Awards competition in New York City in June 2016 . Vote for The Audience Choice Award. All of the qualifying High School musical theatre programs will be recognized and trophies will be presented for Best Musical, Best Director and Best Creative Elements.