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Theater World Award Winners

By: David Sheward

March 15, 2024: Theater award season is in full swing. The Lortels, Outer Critics Circle and New York Drama Critics Circle Award winners have been announced. Joining them are the 78th annual Theater World Award winners for outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway debuts. The awards will be presented on Mon. June 10 at 8:08pm at the Marquis Theater on the set of The Wiz. In addition to the honorees, A.J. Shively of Philadelphia, Here I Come will receive the 15th Annual Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater. As previously announced, Tony Award winner Len Cariou will receive the 11th Annual John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, and a 2024 TWA Special Award will be presented to theater journalist Peter Filichia, who has hosted the event for many years.

A.J. Shively and David McElwee in “Philadelphia, Here I Come”.Credit: Jeremy Daniel.

By: David Sheward

March 15, 2024: Theater award season is in full swing. The Lortels, Outer Critics Circle and New York Drama Critics Circle Award winners have been announced. Joining them are the 78th annual Theater World Award winners for outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway debuts. The awards will be presented on Mon. June 10 at 8:08pm at the Marquis Theater on the set of The Wiz. In addition to the honorees, A.J. Shively of Philadelphia, Here I Come will receive the 15th Annual Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater. As previously announced, Tony Award winner Len Cariou will receive the 11th Annual John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, and a 2024 TWA Special Award will be presented to theater journalist Peter Filichia, who has hosted the event for many years.

Here are the 2024 Theater World Award winners:

Ali Louis Bourzgui, The Who’s Tommy

Cole Escola, Oh, Mary!

Brody Grant, The Outsiders

Michael Imperioli, Enemy of the People

Phillip Johnson Richardson, The Wiz

Will Keen, Patriots

Nichelle Lewis, The Wiz

Rachel McAdams, Mary Jane

Maleah Joi Moon, Hell’s Kitchen

Tom Pecinka, Stereophonic

Sarah Pidgeon, Stereophonic

Chris Stack, Stereophonic

The Theater World Awards will present a logistical problem for several of the honorees. The Drama Desk Awards will be held the same day at 6:10pm at the NYU Skirball Center in Greenwich Village. At the DDs, Cole Escola is receiving the Sam Norkin Off-Broadway Award and Shively, Grant, Keen, McAdams, and Moon are nominees in the performance categories. In addition, Peckina, Pidgeon and Stack are part of the Outstanding Ensemble Award for Stereophonic. So if they plan to attend both events, they will need rapid transportation from downtown to Times Square.

The Theatre World Award honorees are chosen by the Theatre World Awards Committee which is comprised of Linda Armstrong (Amsterdam News), David Cote (The Observer), Joe Dziemianowicz (New York Theatre Guide), Peter Filichia (Broadway Radio), David Finkle (New York Stage Review), Elysa Gardner (The New York Sun), Harry Haun (Observer.com), Cary Wong (The Interested Bystander), and Frank Scheck (New York Stage Review/ The Hollywood Reporter).