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by Michael Portantiere

    Every One a Winner

    One of the nicest things about the Theatre World Awards is that there are no nominations, so no one "loses." And since past honorees are chosen to present these annual awards to actors who have made their first big splash on the New York theater scene, it's accurate to say that everyone on stage is a winner. Here are my photos of the 66th annual Theatre World Awards ceremony, held on Tuesday, June 8 at New World Stages.



    Here's Scarlett Johansson, the beautiful young film star who made a smashing Broadway debut in an excellent revival of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge.


    Sahr Ngaujah, honored for his amazing performance in the title role of Fela!


    Presenter Brian Stokes Mitchell, who won his Theatre World Award in 1988 for his performance in Mail.


    Presenter Viola Davis, a 2010 Tony Award nominee for her performance in Fences and a 1996 Theatre World Award winner for her performance in Seven Guitars.


    Michael Urie was honored this year for his work in The Temperamentals.


    Urie's award was presented by his Ugly Betty co-star Vanessa Williams, a 1995 Theatre World Award winner for Kiss of the Spider Woman.


    Here's Bill Heck, who was honored this year for his performance in The Orphans' Home Cycle.


    I caught some of this year's winners in the lobby at New World Stages before the ceremony began. Here's Jon Michael Hill (Superior Donuts).


    Here's winner Stephanie Umoh with her Ragtime castmate Bobby Steggert, who won this year's Dorothy Loudon "Starbaby" Award.


    Nina Arianda, who earned across-the-board rave reviews for her performance in Venus in Fur.


    Winner Eddie Redmayne with his Red co-star Alfred Molina, a 1996 Theatre World Award honoree for his work in Molly Sweeney.


    Keera Keeley, a winner this year for her performance as Laura Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie.


    Chris Chalk (right), honored for his performance in Fences, with Condola Rashad, who won a Theatre World Award last year for her work in Ruined.


    In addition to the presentations and acceptance speeches, the fast-moving ceremony featured some entertainment and special appearances. Since the event was held on the set of Avenue Q, it was great to have original cast members Jennifer Barnhart and John Tartaglia on hand.


    I leave you with this photo of Jonathan Groff, a 2007 Theatre World Award winner for Spring Awakening, who wowed the crowd with his rendition of "Only in New York" from Thoroughly Modern Millie.

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    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 [email protected]adwaystars.com

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