Theatre World Awards Ceremony Honors On the Town and Co-Lyricist Betty Comden Today | Playbill

News Theatre World Awards Ceremony Honors On the Town and Co-Lyricist Betty Comden Today The 71st Annual Theatre World Awards ceremony June 1 honors the legacy of the late Betty Comden — a multi-Tony winner and stage and screen musical legend — as well as the original 1944 production of On the Town, which co-starred and was co-written by Comden.

The awards will be given at Broadway's Lyric Theatre, where the John Rando-directed and Tony-nominated revival of On the Town is currently playing.

On the Town made its Broadway debut at the Adelphi Theater featuring music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics and book by Comden and Adolph Green. Comden, whose performance as Claire de Loone won in the first-ever Theatre World Awards, went on to become well known for such Broadway classics as Wonderful Town, Bells Are Ringing, Singin' in the Rain and On the Twentieth Century.

Each year the Theatre World Awards recognize six men and six women who made outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway debuts during the previous season. As previously reported, On the Town's Megan Fairchild is named among the winners, while The Visit's Chita Rivera will receive the 2015 John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

Megan Fairchild in On the Town Photo by Joan Marcus

Here is a complete list of this year's winners:

Geneva Carr, Hand to God
Megan Fairchild, On The Town
Sydney Lucas, Fun Home
Karen Pittman, Disgraced
Emily Skeggs, Fun Home
Ruth Wilson, Constellations
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
Robert Fairchild, An American In Paris
Collin Kelly-Sordelet, The Last Ship
Benjamin Scheuer, The Lion
Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
Micah Stock, It's Only A Play

The 7th Annual Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence, honoring an Outstanding Performance in a Broadway or Off-Broadway production, will be presented by Dame Diana Rigg to Leanne Cope for her performance as Lise in An American in Paris.

First presented in 1945, the Theatre World Awards, founded by the late Daniel Blum, who originated the series with publisher Jae Greenberg, are the oldest awards given for Outstanding Broadway and Off-Broadway debut performances.

The Theatre World Award winners were chosen by the Theatre World Awards Committee that includes Roma Torre (NY1), 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) and Frank Scheck (New York Post).

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