The awards were presented by past recipients, as tradition dictates. Presenters included 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). Peter Filichia hosted the awards, which are bestowed upon those performers making their first major New York stage appearance. Patricia Elliot also presented The Actor's Fund with a special award in honor of its 125th anniversary, which was accepted by Brian Stokes Mitchell.
At left (from top): Lin-Manuel Miranda; John McMartin and Erin Davie; Fantasia Barrino; Stark Sands and Boyd Gaines; Mary Birdsong; Jonathan Groff; Alec Baldwin; John Cullum and Eve Best; Johnny Galecki; Gavin Lee; Brian Stokes Mitchell; Barbara Cook and Harvey Evans; Michael Cerveris; Sharon McNight; and John Tartaglia.
Below: Xanthe Elbrick, Jennifer Ehle and Rosemary Harris at the 2007 Theatre World Awards.
photos by Aubrey Reuben