Stage thesps are also Tony nominees
Anika Noni Rose and John Tartaglia have received the 59th annual Clarence Derwent Awards, which honor the most promising performers of the theatrical season.Rose stars as the title character’s young daughter in “Caroline, or Change.” Tartaglia stars in “Avenue Q.” Both are Tony nominees. The prizes are $2,000 each plus an engraved crystal trophy. And Margo Martindale and Tom Aldredge, likewise Tony nominees this season, have been selected to receive the first annual Richard Seff Award, honoring character actors, 50 years of age or older, for the best performance in a supporting role in a Broadway or Off Broadway production. Martindale played Big Momma in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” and Arledge played the religious lunatic mistaken for a millionaire in “Twentieth Century.” The prizes are $1,000 each. The announcements were made May 19 by Carl Harms, trustee of the awards and president of the Actors’ Equity Foundation. The awards presentation will take place July 13 at Actors’ Equity in New York.