Newcomers Barrino, Galecki, Groff, Lee, Nighy and More Pick Up Theatre World Awards June 5

News   Newcomers Barrino, Galecki, Groff, Lee, Nighy and More Pick Up Theatre World Awards June 5 New York stage newcomers Fantasia Barrino, Eve Best, Mary Birdsong, Erin Davie, Xanthe Elbrick, Johnny Galecki, Jonathan Groff, Gavin Lee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bill Nighy, Stark Sands and Nilaja Sun receive their Theatre World Awards June 5.
Theatre World Award winner Fantasia Barrino in The Color Purple.
Theatre World Award winner Fantasia Barrino in The Color Purple. Photo by Paul Kolnik

As is tradition, the awards will be bestowed upon the theatre newcomers by former award winners. The 63rd annual awards ceremony will be held at a by-invitation-only event at New World Stages.

Presenters include Michael Cerveris (The Who's Tommy, winner in 1993), Barbara Cook (Plain and Fancy, 1955), Jennifer Ehle (The Real Thing, 2000), Patricia Elliott (A Little Night Music, 1973), Raúl Esparza (The Rocky Horror Show, 2001), Boyd Gaines (A Month in the Country, 1980), Rosemary Harris (Climate of Eden, 1953) and John McMartin (Little Mary Sunshine, 1960).

Actors' Fund President and Theatre World Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell (Mail, 1988) will accept a special award to be presented to The Actors' Fund in honor of its 125th anniversary.

The honors are awarded to those performers making their first major New York stage appearance (Broadway or Off-Broadway debuts).

The 2007 winners follow:

  • Fantasia Barrino, The Color Purple
  • Eve Best, A Moon for the Misbegotten
  • Mary Birdsong, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me
  • Erin Davie, Grey Gardens
  • Xanthe Elbrick, Coram Boy
  • Johnny Galecki, The Little Dog Laughed
  • Jonathan Groff, Spring Awakening
  • Gavin Lee, Mary Poppins
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, In the Heights
  • Bill Nighy, The Vertical Hour
  • Stark Sands, Journey's End
  • Nilaja Sun, No Child… Peter Filichia hosts the ceremony, which is being directed by Barry Keating. Kati Meister, Scott Denny and Erin Oestreich are the producers. Theatre World Awards founder John Willis will be in attendance.

    First presented in 1945, the Theatre World Awards are among the oldest theatrical awards. Traditionally, a committee of theatre writers chooses 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 official Theatre World Awards website.

    This year's honorees were chosen by the Theatre World Awards committee, comprised of Peter Filichia (Theatermania), Harry Haun (Playbill), Matthew Murray (Talkin' Broadway), Frank Scheck (New York Post), Michael Sommers (Newhouse Papers), Doug Watt (Critic Emeritus, New York Daily News) and Linda Winer (Newsday).

    For further information, visit theatreworldawards.org.

  • Theatre World Award winner Johnny Galecki in <i>The Little Dog Laughed</i>.
    Theatre World Award winner Johnny Galecki in The Little Dog Laughed. Photo by Carol Rosegg
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