Though Edie Falco won't be moving with Side Man to Broadway due to an HBO movie commitment, she will stand on a Broadway stage Thursday, May 14, to receive a Theatre World Award for her performance in Warren Leight's comedy/drama.
Falco, who played a jazz musician's distraught, alcoholic wife, will be replaced by Wendy Makkena. The latter recently repeated her Off-Broadway role in The Water Children on the West Coast. Side Man makes its Broadway bow June 25 after beginning previews June 3.
Falco is one of five women and six men cited for the Outstanding Debut Performances they turned in, either on Broadway or Off-Broadway, from June 1, 1997 to May 31, 1998.
The other winners are Max Casella of The Lion King, Margaret Colin of Jackie, Ruaidhri Conroy of The Cripple of Inishmaan, Alan Cumming of Cabaret, Lea DeLaria of On the Town, Enid Graham of Honor, Anna Kendrick of High Society, Ednita Nazario of The Capeman, Douglas Sills of The Scarlet Pimpernel, Steven Sutcliffe of Ragtime and Sam Trammell of Ah, Wilderness!
Eddie Izzard won a special award for his one-man show Dressed To Kill, and an award for Outstanding Ensemble went collectively to Anna Manahan, Marie Mullen, Tom Murphy and Brian F. O'Byrne for The Beauty Queen of Leenane. The Theatre World Awards will be presented May 14 from 4 to 6:30 PM at the Roundabout Theatre. The committee of critics and columnists who voted these prizes are Clive Barnes, Peter Filichia, Alexis Greene, Harry Haun, Frank Scheck, Michael Sommers, Douglas Watt and the editor of Theatre World, John Willis.