Theatre World Award

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The Theatre World Award is an American honor presented annually to actors and actresses in recognition of an outstanding New York City stage debut performance, either on Broadway or off-Broadway. It was first awarded for the 1945-46 season.

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The Inaugural recipients included Betty Comden, Judy Holliday and John Raitt. Winners are selected by a committee of New York-based critics. That committee includes (as of May 2013) David Cote (Time Out New York, NY1), Joe Dziemianowicz (New York Daily News), Peter Filichia (The Newark Star-Ledger, Emeritus), Harry Haun (Playbill), Matthew Murray (TalkinBroadway.com), Frank Scheck (New York Post), and Linda Winer (New York Newsday).[1][2] John Willis, founder of the Theatre World Awards and Theatre World Editor, died in June 2010. (Theatre World is the oldest definitive pictorial and statistical record of each American theatrical season and serves as a reference for theater professionals, students, and historians worldwide.)

Known as "Janus" after the Roman god of entrances, exits, and all beginnings, the award is a bronze sculpture designed by artist Harry Marinsky.

The winners for the 2010-2011 season were announced on May 10, 2011, with a ceremony to be held June 7; the awards are traditionally presented by former award winners.[3] The awards for the 2011-2011 season were announced on May 8, 2012 and presented at a ceremony held on June 5, 2012 at the Belasco Theatre.[2] The awards for the 2012-13 season were announced on May 7, 2013, and the 69th Annual Theatre World Awards Ceremony will be held on June 3 at the Music Box Theater.[1]

The Dorothy Loudon Starbaby Award is given by the Dorothy Loudon Foundation in connection with these awards. The first Starbaby Award was presented to Susan Louise O'Connor (Blithe Spirit) in 2009. Other recipients are Bobby Steggert (Ragtime and Yank!) (2009-2010),[4] Seth Numrich (War Horse) (2010-2011),[3] and Susan Pourfar (Tribes).[2] The (renamed) Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater Winner for 2013 is Jonny Orsini (The Nance).[1]

The first annual Lunt-Fontanne Award for Ensemble Excellence was presented at the 2010-2011 Awards, to the cast of The Motherf**ker with the Hat - Bobby Cannavale, Chris Rock, Annabella Sciorra, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Yul Vázquez. The award is in honor of the late Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne and is presented to an outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway ensemble.[5]

A new award, John Willis Award, is first awarded for the 2012-2013 season. It 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 first recipient is Alan Alda.[1]

Award winners[edit]

2012-2013[edit]

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2011-2012[edit]

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2010-2011[edit]

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2009-2010[edit]

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2008-2009[edit]

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  • Special Award to the entire cast of The Norman Conquests: Amelia Bullmore, Jessica Hynes, Stephen Mangan, Ben Miles, Paul Ritter and Amanda Root

2007-2008[edit]

2006-2007[edit]

2005–2006[edit]

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2004–2005[edit]

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2003–2004[edit]

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2002–2003[edit]

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2001–2002[edit]

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2000–2001[edit]

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1999–2000[edit]

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1998–1999[edit]

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