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Michael Cerveris hosts Nat'l H.S. Musical Theatre Awards

"I've been Sutton Foster's stand-by for the past several years," joked Michael Cerveris.

“I’ve been Sutton Foster’s stand-by for the past several years,” joked Michael Cerveris.

The role of Sutton Foster will be played by Michael Cerveris on Monday night on Broadway.

The “Fun Home” star steps in for Foster, who’s been felled by laryngitis, to host the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, an annual showcase of teen talent.

“Theater helped me find a place in high school,” says Cerveris, 54. “I felt at home on stage.”

At Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire he played Bobby in “Company,” directed “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and acted in dramas by August Strindberg and Arthur Miller. Since graduating in 1979, Cerveris has won two Tonys — in 2004 for “Assassins” and this month for “Fun Home.”

And he remains “a total theater fankid,” Cerveris says. “I always take every opportunity to talk to students and to share what I’ve experienced along the way.”

That includes dealing with last-minute changes in scripts — and personal plans. Cerveris was at the airport on Sunday night en route to visit his dad in Pittsburgh when he got a call asking him to host the Jimmys.

“I called my dad, who’s a teacher,” says Cerveris. “He said ‘Do it.’ We’ll have a visit another time.”

Ryan Koerber

Ryan Koerber

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Ryan Koerber, left, and Marla Louissaint represent New York in the seventh annual Jimmy Awards.

In other words, the show must go on.

The National High School Musical Awards have been going on for seven years. They’re nicknamed the Jimmys for theater owner and producer James M. Nederlander. This year they’ll feature 52 teens from around the U.S. who will perform in groups and solo as they vye for best actor and actress honors that can open doors.

Eva Noblezada parlayed being a 2013 runner-up into a lead role in London’s current hit revival of “Miss Saigon.”

Representing New York: Ryan Koerber and Marla Louissaint, who won area contests that qualified them for the awards.

The Jimmy Awards Monday at 7:30 p.m. Minskoff Theatre (200 W. 45th St) $ 39-$ 175 at Ticketmaster.com

jdziemianowicz@nydailynews.com

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