Nick Cordero, Bryan Cranston, Rebecca Hall, Ramin Karimloo and More Celebrated at June 2 Theatre World Awards

By Andrew Gans
02 Jun 2014

Emerson Steele, with Ben Davis, in Violet.
Emerson Steele, with Ben Davis, in Violet.
Photo by Joan Marcus

Winners of the 70th Annual Theatre World Awards are celebrated June 2 at a private ceremony at Circle in the Square. Theatre journalist Peter Filichia once again hosts.

Presenters include de'Adre Aziza, Dylan Baker, Len Cariou, Tovah Feldshuh, Trent Kowalik, Jefferson Mays, John McMartin and Zachary Quinto, with special performances by Cariou and Rob McClure.

The 2014 honorees for Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance, the 6th Annual Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater for an Outstanding Performance in a Broadway or Off-Broadway Production and the John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre were announced May 6 by the Theatre World.

First presented in 1945, the Theatre World Awards, founded by John Willis, the editor-in-chief of Theatre World and Screen World, are the oldest awards given for Outstanding Broadway and Off-Broadway debut performances. The Theatre World Awards are presented annually at the end of the theatre season to six actors and six actresses for "their significant, reviewable, debut performances in a Broadway or Off-Broadway production."



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 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.

2014 Theatre World Award winners follow:

Paul Chahidi, Twelfth Night, or What You Will
Nick Cordero, Bullets over Broadway
Bryan Cranston, All the Way
Mary Bridget Davies, A Night with Janis Joplin
Sarah Greene, The Cripple of Inishmaan
Rebecca Hall, Machinal
Ramin Karimloo, Les Misérables
Zachary Levi, First Date
Chris O'Dowd, Of Mice and Men
Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun
Emerson Steele, Violet
Lauren Worsham, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

2014 Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater winner:
Celia Keenan-Bolger for her performance as Laura in The Glass Menagerie

2014 John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre winner:
Christopher Plummer

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The Theatre World Awards, Inc. Board of Directors is headed by Dale Badway (President) with Tom Lynch (Vice-President), Stephen Wilde (Secretary), Tabitha Falcone (Treasurer), and Michael Kostel. For more information visit www.theatreworldawards.org.