Bryan Cranston, Chris O’Dowd, Zachary Levi and Sophie Okonedo are among the dozen performers to score this year’s Theater World Awards, the annual kudo that honors thesps making their Broadway or Off Broadway debut.
Cranston snags the laurel for his performance as Lyndon B. Johnson in political drama “All the Way,” while O’Dowd takes the prize for his turn as Lennie (opposite co-star James Franco) in “Of Mice and Men.” Okonedo makes the list for her perf in Denzel Washington starrer “A Raisin in the Sun.” All three are currently nommed for Tonys, with Cranston and O’Dowd in the race for lead actor in a play.
Tony nominees make up a majority of t he Theater World list this year. Also among the dozen names on the roster are Paul Chahidi (“Twelfth Night”), Nick Cordero (“Bullets Over Broadway”), Mary Bridget Davies (“A Night with Janis Joplin”), Sarah Greene (“The Cripple of Inishmaan”), Ramin Karimloo (“Les Miserables”) and Lauren Worsham (“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”).
Levi scored the award for his turn in short-lived fall tuner “First Date.”
Christopher Plummer will take home the lifetime achievement award from Theater World, while Celia Keenan-Bolger — now vying for a Tony for her turn in “The Glass Menagerie” — scores the org’s Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater.
The 70th annual Theater Awards are presented by Theater World, the annual book that serves as something of a legit yearbook. This year’s ceremony is set for June 2 at Broadway venue Circle in the Square.
And the 2013-14 Theater World Award winners are:
2014 Theater World Award Winners
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 Miserables”
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 Theater Winner