The honors are awarded to performers for making their first major New York stage appearance (Broadway or Off-Broadway debuts). The 61st awards ceremony will take place May 23 at Studio 54 from 3:30-6:00 PM. This season's Theatre World Awards winners are:
Tyler Maynard, Altar Boyz First presented in 1945, the Theatre World Awards are among the oldest theatrical awards. Traditionally, a committee of theatre writers choose six men and six women. On occasion, the awards bestow a Special Theatre World Award on "performers, casts or others who have made a particularly lasting impression on the New York theatre scene," as stated on the website.
This year's winners were chosen by a panel that included Playbill's own Harry Haun, Peter Filichia (Theatremania), Matthew Murray (Talkin' Broadway), Frank Scheck (The New York Post), Michael Sommers (The Star Ledger), Doug Watt (The New York Daily News) and Linda Winer (New York Newsday).
For more on the Theatre World Awards, including an archives of past winners, visit them on the web at www.theatreworldawards.org.