The 73rd Annual Theatre World Awards Ceremony was held at The Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street), current home of The Great Comet, recipient of 12 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical. Peter Filichia hosted the event that recognizes actors talent the first time around. President Dale Badway coordinated a night not to be missed.
Carlo Albán (Sweat)
Christy Altomare (Anastasia)
Denée Benton (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812)
Jon Jon Briones (Miss Saigon)
Barrett Doss (Groundhog Day)
Amber Gray (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812)
Josh Groban (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812)
Lucas Hedges (Yen)
Raymond Lee (Vietgone)
Eva Noblezada (Miss Saigon)
accepting for Jeremy Secomb (Sweeney Todd)
Cobie Smulders (Present Laughter).
Katrina Lenk (Indecent, The Band’s Visit) received the 9th Annual Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater. She spoke of her high school teacher and the skills and discipline he instilled in her. My favorite story was of a death circle where actors learned to say good-bye to the show they just finished.
Glenn Close (Sunset Boulevard) received the 5th Annual John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. Presenting her award was her ex flame Len Cariou who she guessed about how they use to send love notes through the streets. Ms. Close was warm, engaging and down to earth as she told of her days on the stage.
Dave Molloy (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) was honored with a Special Theatre World Award in recognition for his Broadway debut as composer, writer, lyricist, orchestrator, and actor.
First presented in 1945, the prestigious Theatre World Awards, founded by John Willis, the Editor-in-Chief of both Theatre World and its companion volume, Screen World, are the oldest awards given for Outstanding Broadway and Off-Broadway Debut Performances. The Theatre World Awards are presented annually at the end of the theatre season to six actors and six actresses for their significant, reviewable, debut performances in a Broadway or Off-Broadway production. The ceremony is a private, invitation-only event followed by a party to celebrate the new honorees and welcome them to the Theatre World “family.” In what has become a highly entertaining and often touching tradition, 12 previous winners serve as the presenters, and often relive moments from past ceremonies and share wonderful stories rarely heard at other theatrical awards.
On hand were: