The winners of the 71st annual Theater World Awards, the trophies honoring debut performances on Broadway or off it, will look familiar to Tony watchers: More than half of the names on the list — including “An American in Paris” star Leanne Cope, who wins the Dorothy Loudon Award — showed up in the Tony nominations, too.
The Loudon Award spotlights a single outstanding performance in a Broadway or Off Broadway production. Chita Rivera, a nominee for “The Visit,” will take home another of the Theater World’s special trophies, the John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Geneva Carr (“Hand to God”), Ruth Wilson (“Constellations”), Alex Sharp (“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”), Micah Stock (“It’s Only a Play”), Robert Fairchild (Cope’s co-star in “American in Paris”) and Emily Skeggs and Sydney Lucas (both in “Fun Home”) all win a Theater World Award in advance of heading into their respective Tony races.
Off Broadway buzzmagnet “Hamilton” nabbed recognition for cast member Daveed Diggs. Benjamin Scheuer, creator and performer of well-received solo outing “The Lion,” was the only other name from Off Broadway to make the cut.
The 2015 Theater World Awards ceremony is set for June 1 at the Lyric Theater, currently home to the Broadway revival of “On the Town.” Winners of the awards were chosen by a group of New York theater journalists.
The winners of the 2015 Theater World Awards are:
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”
Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence: Leanne Cope, “An American in Paris”
John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater: Chita Rivera, “The Visit”