Tom Hanks, Bertie Carvel, Valisia LeKae, Rob McClure and More Are Theatre World Award Winners

By Andrew Gans
07 May 2013

Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
Photo by Joan Marcus

Theatre World's 2013 honorees for Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance, the Fifth Annual Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater for an Outstanding Performance in a Broadway or Off-Broadway Production, and the newly established John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre were announced May 7.

Winners follow:

2013 Theatre World Award Winners
Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway debut performance during the 2012-13 theatrical season

Bertie Carvel, Matilda The Musical
Carrie Coon, Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Brandon J. Dirden, The Piano Lesson
Shalita Grant, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Tom Hanks, Lucky Guy
Valisia LeKae, Motown: The Musical
Rob McClure, Chaplin
Ruthie Ann Miles, Here Lies Love
Conrad Ricamora, Here Lies Love
Keala Settle, Hands on a Hardbody
Yvonne Strahovski, Golden Boy
Tom Sturridge, Orphans

2013 Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater Winner
Outstanding performance in a Broadway or Off-Broadway Production
Jonny Orsini, The Nance

2013 John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre Winner
Alan Alda  

The winners will be celebrated at the 69th Annual Theatre World Awards Ceremony, which will be held June 3 at the Music Box Theater. Hosted annually by journalist Peter Filichia, the awards ceremony will be directed by Theatre World Award recipient John Tartaglia. Board Members Mary K. Botosan and Erin Oestreich return to produce the annual event.



The Theatre World Award winners were chosen by the Theatre World Awards Committee that includes David Cote (Time Out New York and “NY1”), Joe Dziemianowicz (New York Daily News), Peter Filichia (The Newark Star-Ledger, Emeritus) Harry Haun (Playbill), Matthew Murray (Talkin’ Broadway), Frank Scheck (New York Post) and Linda Winer (Newsday).

The Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater "honors an Outstanding Performance in a Broadway or Off-Broadway production." The award is chosen by the Trustees of The Dorothy Loudon Foundation, Lionel Larner, executive director, together with recommendations from the Theatre World Awards Committee.

The newly established John Willis Award is given for "lifetime achievement in the theatre to honor the man who created and maintained the Theatre World tradition for 66 years, encouraging new talent in an often challenging business." The John Willis Award will be presented annually by the Theatre World Award Board of Directors to the "man or woman whose lifetime achievements and personal generosity to the Theatre Community merit special recognition and acknowledgement."

The Theatre World Award Board of Directors is headed by Tom Lynch (president) with Dale Badway (vice-president), Alden Fulcomer (secretary), Tabitha Falcone (treasurer), Mary K. Botosan, Kimothy Cruse, Michael Kostel, Erin Oestreich, Lisa Rothe and Stephen Wilde.

For more information visit www.theatreworldawards.org.