Thesps Burtka, Kayden win Derwent

Honored for perfs in 'Baby,' 'Urinetown'

David Burtka and Spencer Kayden are the recipients of the 56th annual Clarence Derwent Awards, which honor the most promising performers on Gotham stages.

Burtka plays the innocent young man initiated into the ways of the world by a pair of mysterious elders in Edward Albee’s “The Play About the Baby,” currently playing Off Broadway at the Union Square Theater.

Kayden plays Little Sally in the musical “Urinetown,” which transfers to Broadway’s Henry Miller Theater in July.

Announcement was made by Carl Harms, trustee of the awards and prexy of Actors’ Equity Foundation, which administers them. Prizes come with $1,000.

Derwent nods were established in 1944 by Derwent, actor and former prexy of Actors’ Equity. Past recipients include Kristin Chenoweth, Calista Flockhart, Annette Bening and Gene Hackman.

Presentation will take place at 2 p.m. June 12 at the Actors’ Equity offices.

Judges panel includes Gotham critics and theater professionals.

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