"Let Me Be Your Star"! High Schoolers Benton Felty and Emily Homburger Blog About Performing on Broadway at the Jimmys

By Benton Felty and Emily Homburger
02 Jul 2013

Benton Felty

Benton Felty: July 1

Wow! All I can say is "wow." I just lived my dream of performing on Broadway. Now all I want to do is perform some more!

When I hit the stage with all of my castmates, my legs couldn't stop wobbling, and I knew that the stage was where I belonged. The big night was phenomenal and incredibly euphoric. Not only did the opening and closing numbers go without fault, but the medley I performed in provoked this response from Jimmy Awards host Santino Fontana: "Those singers must be on steroids! Those songs were in the original key!"

I could never be more proud. I hit all my notes flawlessly, and that B-flat in my song from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was the purest note I ever produced. I want to perform again… I have to!

In the end, no one from my medley was a finalist, but the amazing performers who took it all, Taylor Varga and Sarah Lynn Marion, deserved every bit of their prize.

If I had the chance to do it all again I would, because it was the most fun I have ever had in my life.

Emily Homburger: July 1

This could pass for the greatest night of my entire life. Hitting that stage with my new family was amazing, and hearing how loud the audience roared was unbelievable.

Being on that stage was a moment that I will never forget. Getting that feeling of knowing this was where I belonged made all of this process worthwhile.

My medley was an absolute blast. When it came time for the closing number, I was already crying…and once we left the stage for good, the tears just kept on coming.

It honestly breaks my heart knowing I might never see these people again. They have become such a huge part of my life. I can never imagine my life being the same without them.