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by Michael Portantiere



    WHAT A WONDERFUL THEATRE WORLD

    The Theatre World Awards are among the most special and meaningful events of each season, and that certainly held true for this year's ceremony, held on Tuesday afternoon, June 10 at the Helen Hayes Theatre. The 64th annual Theatre World Awards honored New York theatre newbies de'Adre Aziza, Cassie Beck, Daniel Breaker, Ben Daniels, Deanna Dunagan, Hoon Lee, Alli Mauzey, Jenna Russell, Mark Rylance, Loretta Ables Sayre, Jimmi Simpson, and Paulo Szot for their performances in various shows, from Drunken City to Passing Strange to South Pacific to Yellow Face. (Only Simpson wasn't present, because his show, The Farnsworth Invention, closed some time ago.) We begin our photo feature with shots of the honorees accepting their awards:

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    de'Adre Aziza (Passing Strange)


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    Cassie Beck (Drunken City)


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    Daniel Breaker (Passing Strange)


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    Ben Daniels (Les Liaisons Dangereuses)


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    Deanna Dunagan (August: Osage County)


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    Hoon Lee (Yellow Face)


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    Alli Mauzey (Cry-Baby), right, was delighted that presenter Andrea Martin gave her a cupcake from Magnolia Bakery along with her award.


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    Jenna Russell (Sunday in the Park With George)


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    Mark Rylance (Boeing-Boeing)


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    Loretta Ables Sayre (South Pacific)


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    Paulo Szot (South Pacific)


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    Here are photos of some of the afternoon's presenters, beginning with Alec Baldwin, who received his Theatre World Award for Loot in 1986


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    Griffin Dunne (Search and Destroy, 1992)


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    Laura Linney (Sight Unseen, 1992)


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    Rosie Perez (References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, 2001)


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    B.D. Wong (M. Butterfly, 1988)


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    Finally, here are pix of past Theatre World Award winners who provided the entertainment for this year's ceremony, beginning with Karen Akers (Nine, 1982).


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    Carol Lawrence (West Side Story, 1958)


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    Tyler Maynard (Altar Boyz, 2005)


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    Alice Playten (Henry, Sweet Henry, 1968)


    Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at 7:59 AM | Item Link


    Michael Portantiere comes to BroadwayStars with more than 30 years' experience as an editor and writer for such media outlets as TheaterMania.com, InTHEATER magazine, and BACK STAGE. He has also contributed articles and reviews to AfterElton.com, Playbill, and Stagebill, and has written notes for several major cast albums. Additionally, Michael is a professional photographer whose pictures have been published by THE NEW YORK TIMES, the DAILY NEWS, and several notable websites. (Visit www.followspotphoto.com for more information.)
    He can be reached at michael@broadwaystars.com


    The last five columns written by Michael Portantiere:

    07/13/2010: Presidential Material

    07/04/2010: Hardy Boy

    06/29/2010: High School Stars

    06/21/2010: Falling in Love Again

    06/17/2010: A Meeting of the 'mos (and Their Friends)

    For a listing of all features written by Michael, click here.

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