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by Michael Portantiere


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    The 65th annual Theatre World Awards for Broadway and Off-Broadway debut performances were bestowed in an alternately heartwarming and hilarious ceremony at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Tuesday, June 2. Many celebs, including past winners of the award, were on hand to to celebrate this year's honorees: David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulish (Billy Elliot); Chad L. Coleman (Joe Turner's Come and Gone); Jennifer Grace (Our Town), Josh Grisetti (Enter Laughing: The Musical); Haydn Gwynne (Billy Elliot); Colin Hanks (33 Variations); Marin Ireland (reasons to be pretty); Susan Louise O'Connor (Blithe Spirit), Condola Rashad (Ruined); Geoffrey Rush (Exit the King); Josefina Scaglione (West Side Story); Wesley Taylor (Rock of Ages); and the cast of The Norman Conquests: Amelia Bullmore, Jessica Hynes, Stephen Mangan, Ben Miles, Paul Ritter, and Amanda Root. Here are my pics from the ceremony and the press reception that preceded it.

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    Photo by Michael Portantiere

    The highly entertaining company of The Norman Conquests.


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    A king among actors: Geoffrey Rush.


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    A chip off the old block: Colin Hanks.


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    Presenter Kristin Chenoweth, adorable as ever.


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    Condola Rashad (right) with her proud mother, Phylicia Rashad (now in August: Osage County).


    Photo by Michael Portantiere

    Chad L. Coleman with presenter Loretta Ables Sayre, who plays Bloody Mary in South Pacific


    Photo by Michael Portantiere

    The lovely Josefina Scaglione, a.k.a. Maria in West Side Story.


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    Josh Grisetti (right) with presenter Craig Bierko (Guys and Dolls).


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    Jennifer Grace with presenter Dylan Baker.


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    The preternaturally talented David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulish.


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    Rock on, Wesley Taylor!


    Photo by Michael Portantiere

    Marin Ireland with presenter Jane Houdyshell, who's currently appearing Off-Broadway in Coraline.


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    Andrea Martin, who presented the award to her Exit the King co-star, Geoffrey Rush.


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    Presenter Tovah Feldshuh (Irena's Vow), with John Willis, founder of Theatre World, the oldest pictorial and statistical record of the American theatre.


    Tuesday, June 02, 2009 at 11:36 PM | 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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